Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of meditation is taught?

We teach a variety of meditation techniques rather than one particular type. Participants are introduced to the main principles of mindfulness meditation and how to integrate mindfulness in practical and meaningful ways that suit their needs and lifestyle. We introduce and practice the body scan, breath based sitting meditation, mantra, mindful movement, walking meditation and a number of other meditation techniques.


2. Are the meditation courses religious?

No, the Learn to Meditate courses and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses are not religious.


3. Where are the courses delivered?

We deliver courses in two locations in Gisborne. One of these courses is delivered at Bundaleer Homestead in Gisborne.


4. How do the courses work?

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in Gisborne runs over an 8 week period with each week’s session running for 2.5 hours. The MBSR course also includes a full day retreat. The Learn to Meditate / meditation courses in Gisborne are usually 6 weeks in duration, with each week’s session running for 1.5 hours.

In both courses, participants can sit on chairs or on the ground. Courses involve a mixture of small and large group discussion and meditation practice, as well as group discussions.


5.  Will I have to speak or address the group during the course?

Some sessions during the courses involve small or whole group discussions. 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 Learn to Meditate and MBSR courses when they contribute to class discussions, share their experience and ask questions. That said, there is no expectation that participants speak or contribute to the group discussions at all.


6. I cannot afford the course fees. What options do I have?

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.


7. I have never done meditation before. Does this matter?

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 courses are well attended by people new to meditation as well as people wanting to rejuvenate and refresh their meditation practice.

8. I have mobility issues. Does this affect my ability to participate in the course?

The Learn to Meditate course has a small component of mindful movement. The MBSR course has a larger component of mindful movement meditations.

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 limitations.


Interested in registering for the course but would like your questions answered first? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us via telephone on 0409 137 053 or on email via

Please also refer to the FAQs on the Learn to Meditate webpage and MBSR webpage.