No courses planned for Gisborne in Term 1 and 2, 2018. The MBSR course will be delivered in Coburg and Brunswick in Term 1 and 2, 2017. Learn more here.
In Coburg – 8 Thursday nights between 8 February – 29 March (6:30pm – 9pm) including a silent retreat / workshop in March.
No courses will be delivered in Gisborne in Term 1 or Term 2, 2018. The MBSR course will be delivered in Coburg.
Absolutely! The answer is yes if you would like to learn:
Three decades of research into the MBSR program have highlighted the following benefits:
Developed in 1979 by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and his team at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is now an internationally recognised course at the cutting edge of mind-body and preventative medicine that has helped millions of people to:
Each session consists of mindfulness meditation training including guided meditations (seated, lying down and walking/movement meditations), gentle yoga, small and large group activities, group discussions, individual enquiries and feedback, and presentations. Many participants describe the course as an in-depth meditation course!
With time, participants learn how to suspend ‘doing’ for periods of time and shift over to a ‘being’ mode; how to make time for themselves; how to slow down and nurture calmness and self-acceptance; how to observe what their mind is up to from moment to moment; how to watch their thoughts and how to let go of them without getting caught up and driven by them; and how to make room for new ways of seeing old problems and for perceiving the interconnectedness of things.
Participants are expected to undertake at least 45 minutes of mindfulness meditation practice each week outside of the weekly session.
Participants are provided with:
The MBSR course is about inviting and encouraging people to participate in improving their own health and wellbeing. An education training course as opposed to therapy, the course teaches people how to take better care of themselves as a complement to whatever the healthcare system is able to do for them.
The MBSR course in Gisborne is attended by diverse people united by their interest to improve or regain control of their mental and physical health and to attain at least some peace of mind. They are often referred by their doctors or increasingly self-referred for a wide range of life and medical problems ranging from headaches, high blood pressure, back pain, heart disease, cancer, stress, depression and anxiety.
In many instances, people enrol, not because they are feeling physically, emotionally or mentally unwell, but because they feel they would like to gain more balance and peace in their lives.
Health professionals – including doctors, nurses, social workers and psychologists – often attend the MBSR course in Gisborne for their own professional and personal development. The benefits they derive from the course can be shared with their clients/patients whom would benefit greatly from a mindfulness practice.
What they learn in MBSR is the HOW of taking care of themselves. The course itself is not a replacement for their medical treatment but a vitally important complement to it.
Although people are originally referred to the MBSR program to learn how to relax and to cope better with their stress, it is often the case that this is simply the beginning of the benefits they experience. Outcome studies over many years as well as patient’s anecdotal reports show that upon completion of the course, people often experience fewer and less severe physical symptoms and live with greater self-confidence, optimism and assertiveness. They are more patient and accepting of themselves and their disabilities. They are more confident of their ability to handle physical and emotional pain. They are also less anxious, depressed and less angry. They feel more in control, even in very stressful situations that previously would have sent them spinning out of control. In other words, they are handling the ‘full catastrophe of their life’ much more skilfully.
Further information on the benefits of the program can be found here.
– James Baraz
“Mindfulness starts when we recognise the tendency to be on automatic pilot.”
In Week 1 you will learn how to:
In addition, you will be introduced to the two modes of mind: thinking and sensing, as well as the definition of mindfulness.
“It is not the stressors per se, but how you handle them which influences the short and long-term health effects they may have on your mind and your body.”
In Week 2 you will learn how to:
In addition, you will be invited to experiment with integrating mindfulness into day-to-day life.
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust
In Week 3 you will learn how to:
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopefully in love with Spring.” –George Santayana
In Week 4 you will learn:
“A meditation practice can open our eyes to how we respond to the unpleasant (such as stress). Rather than generating further stress by reacting with aversion, you allow yourself to ride the waves of the stress (in the event stress is always present) rather than fighting its existence.” –Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn
In Week 5 you will:
“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” –George Bernard Shaw
In Week 6 you will learn how to:
“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, or deep warm friendship with yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead, do meditation as an act of love.” –Bob Sharples
In Week 7 you will:
“Happiness not shaken by conditions begins with imagining that such stable and open happiness exists, and could exist for us. We need wisdom in order to know how to make such happiness real. This implies patience, perspective, and an ability to see things as they are.” –Sharon Salzberg
In Week 8 you will:
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We do our best to keep our fees as affordable as possible and every effort is made to ensure people are not excluded from our courses. Reduced course rates can be offered to people on a health care or concession card.
No, this does not matter. Participants on the course are taught how to meditate using a variety of meditation techniques. The majority of meditation practice is guided.
The course is delivered over an 8 week period. Each week involves a 2.5 hour session. Towards the end of the course, there is also a full-day silent retreat. Participants are expected to spend 45 minutes each day throughout the course practicing meditation.
Each session consists of mindfulness meditation training including guided meditations (seated, lying down and
walking/movement meditations), gentle yoga, small and large group activities, group discussions, individual enquiries and
feedback, and presentations.
Not necessarily as all mindful movement and yoga exercises are very basic and gentle. We also provide plenty of
modifications to each pose to ensure people of all fitness levels and abilities can participate. There is also no expectation that you do any of the poses or movements and people are encouraged to recognise and respond to their own physical
Participants are encouraged to share with the group how their meditation practice is going week-to-week. Our experience has shown that people tend to get more out of the MBSR course when their contribute to class discussions, share their
experience and ask questions. That said, there is no expectation that you speak at all.
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The course is delivered at Bundaleer Homestead, 201A Gisborne-Melton Road, Gisborne, Victoria.
Please note that we are only at the premises when the course is in progress.
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in Gisborne is easily accessible for people living in Macedon, Mt Macedon, Woodend, Ballan, Sunbury, Melton, Kyneton, Taylors Lakes, Daylesford and Bacchus March.