Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners
Our six-week course is the ideal place to begin if you are new to meditation and mindfulness, or looking to refine and develop your skills.
If you’re anxious, stressed, overtired, overwhelmed, or tend to overthink, this course will equip you with techniques to help manage your most troubling thoughts and emotions. You’ll also learn how to relax your body, calm your mind and rest deeply whenever you need to.
The course also introduces strategies for managing pain and for developing better focus, for maintaining your health, and for thinking clearly and creatively.
If weekly classes don’t suit your schedule, or you’d like to try us out before committing to a course, come along to one of our Sunday afternoon workshops.
Thanks for a great course and for giving me such effective meditation techniques. I really enjoyed the sessions and the way you conducted them. Perfect time of the day to go home feeling exceptionally refreshed and human.Nola B.
What actually happens on course?
Please note that this is a meditation course and not simply a meditation practice group. As such, there is a combination of theory, practice, and discussion each week, all designed to equip you with a good understanding of what meditation is, how it works, and how to do it.
In the first two weeks emphasis is placed on dispelling the common myths and misconceptions that make meditation seem difficult, if not impossible, for many. You’ll also be introduced to the key principles of meditation and mindfulness so that you can be sure that you know what you are doing and what attitudes or mindsets are most helpful when learning to meditate.
In subsequent weeks the emphasis shifts from theory to practice. You’ll be introduced to meditation in a graduated way, with relatively simple and short practices to start, leading on to longer and more challenging practices as we progress. The courses are designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussion and recommend that you make use of the opportunity to engage with your teacher and make the most of his or her experience.
For more details on what to expect on course please refer to our FAQ.
What styles of meditation are taught on course?
The course focuses on teaching you the fundamental skills of meditation, using forms of meditation that are simple to understand, enjoyable, pragmatic and results oriented. We teach a range of techniques, focusing on those that experience has shown to be most effective for the greatest variety of people. Our intention is to help you to discover the ways of meditating that suit your particular needs, temperament and lifestyle.
Meditations range in length from a few seconds to roughly half an hour, and we include all the most common techniques as well as a few of our own unique inventions. We’ll cover meditations on the breath and body, as well as sounds, movement, repeated phrases, and simple visualisations. We’ll also introduce effective strategies for working with thoughts, emotions and pain and explore a range of mindfulness techniques for everyday use.
We aren’t affiliated with any particular religious or spiritual tradition but draw on techniques and strategies from both traditional and contemporary sources, utilizing the tried and tested ‘standards’ as well as the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience.
What if I’m not a beginner?
You certainly don’t have to be a beginner to benefit from this course. We’ve had students with decades of experience come along. They typically leave with a new-found appreciation for meditation and mindfulness, having developed a greater understanding of the underlying principles, having been exposed to a range of new techniques and approaches, and having developed more nuanced ideas of how their minds work.
The course, therefore, is suitable for anyone who wishes to gain a clearer understanding of the mechanics and principles of meditation and also for anyone interested in learning forms of meditation that can be integrated into a working life.
If you’ve previously completed meditation retreats, but have found the techniques difficult to sustain in ‘real life’, or if you’ve had a long history of meditation practice in more formal settings and traditions, our Beginners Course offers approaches to meditation that you may find more suited to the demands of contemporary living.
The Beginners Course is an essential prerequisite for anyone considering going on to do our Meditation Teacher Training Course.
When does the next course begin?
Courses run continually throughout the year. Check the course schedule for start dates, times and locations.
How much do courses cost?
$235 / $200 Concession
How do I enrol?
You can enrol online via the schedule or registration pages. The whole process will only take a minute and you can elect to pay via direct debit, credit card or cheque / money order.
Need more details?
Course Details & Features
6 x 90 minute sessions.
Attend classes at any venue.
Receive weekly summary emails.
Access comprehensive notes.
Download guided meditations.
Miss a class? Join in next term.
Repeat courses at the concession rate.
Access a sense of calm, peace and balance, whenever you need to.
Relieve headaches, reduce muscular tension and learn to manage chronic pain.
Reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, anger and confusion.
Since completing the Melbourne Meditation Centre’s Basic Meditation Course, I have recommended it to many of my patients. Why? Not only does the course teach a range of practical techniques that help to reduce stress and anxiety, it is firmly grounded in medical research and evidence. Highly recommended.Dr Amanda Osborne
Thanks for all your wisdom and teachings. You’re great at making the theory and practice of meditation accessible to all – a pretty amazing skill.Kate T.
My Fitbit tells me that during last night’s meditation my heart rate dropped to 40bpm. That’s as good as sleep!Bruce S.
For someone who overthinks and analyses things way too much I was surprised how I managed my thoughts differently!Andy H.