New to meditation and mindfulness?
Looking to refine and
develop your skills?
Our six-week Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners Course is the perfect place to start.
If you have a busy mind and find it hard to relax and switch off (or even to sit still), that’s no problem. Our approach is user-friendly, realistic and practical.
And if you’re anxious, stressed, overtired, overwhelmed, or tend to overthink, we’ll help you to better manage even your most troubling thoughts and emotions.
On course you’ll learn:
- The fastest way to relax your body.
- The most reliable ways to calm your mind.
- How to break free from stress and worry.
- How to use meditation to fall asleep.
- How to integrate meditation into a busy day.
“Since completing the Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners Course, I have recommended it to many of my patients. Why?
Not only does the course teach a range of practical mindfulness meditation techniques that assist in reducing stress and anxiety, it is firmly grounded in medical research and evidence.
— Dr Amanda Osborne
Casey Medical Centre, Cranbourne.
Why should I choose this course?
This is no ordinary meditation and mindfulness course.
Our approach is pragmatic, easy-to-understand, and enjoyable. In fact, many students describe our classes as the highlight of their week.
It’s also a course that doctors and psychologists regularly recommend to their patients, so you can be confident that you’re in good hands.
Just as importantly, we make meditation possible for everyone, even those who have previously found it difficult or frustrating.
You’ll be relieved to know that we don’t require you to sit still or stop thinking. And we certainly won’t just throw a couple of techniques at you and hope they stick.
Instead, we’ll demystify meditation, explaining exactly how it works and guide you through the necessary steps to ensure you’re doing it “right.”
By the end of our course, you’ll understand meditation in a way that few people ever do. We’ll introduce you to unique and valuable insights and techniques that you won’t easily find elsewhere.
Indeed, it’s common even for experienced meditators to tell us how beneficial they found the course, and to express surprise at how much they learnt.
“Thanks for a great and far less confronting introduction to meditation than I had originally imagined.
The course was really well taught, and our teacher always had great insights, support and advice.
It really was a great experience, so thanks again!”
— Lorenzo P.
When does the next course begin?
Courses run continually throughout the year.
Check the course schedule for start dates, times and locations.
How much does the course cost?
$235 / $200 Concession
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 introductory workshops.
“I gained so much from this course. I thought I had a fair grasp of meditation and what it was but I was happily proven wrong.”
— Edward C.
“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.
6 x 90-minute sessions.
Attend classes at any venue.
Comprehensive course notes.
Weekly summary emails.
Guided meditations included.
168 page text book.
Class recordings available.
Miss a class? Join in next term.
Repeat courses at the concession rate.
“I am so grateful for all the value and guidance I have received during this meditation course. In addition to meditation and mindfulness, I am learning to receive, which is a big topic for me. You have created a very warm and welcoming circle, which I am glad to be part of.
I especially like your down to earth approach and explanations, as well as the lightheartedness whilst working with a complex subject.”
— Sanna R.
What happens on course?
In this practical course — for people with busy minds and lives — you will learn simple, effective techniques for bringing calm and balance into everyday life.
You won’t be required to sit still or stop thinking, but you will learn how to relax your body and calm your mind. You’ll also be able to deal better with worry and anxiety, sleep better and generally enjoy life more.
A range of meditation and mindfulness techniques are taught so that you find the approaches which work best for you.
Each lesson includes a short discussion explaining an aspect of meditation or mindfulness, gentle loosening and stretching exercises, expert guidance through the meditations and opportunities to ask questions.
What will you learn on course?
- what meditation is, how it works and how to do it.
- ‘spot’ meditations which you can use to help de-stress / restore clarity and calm
- sensory awareness exercises for managing worries / helping to stay present
- mindful movement, breath and body awareness practices for triggering immediate relaxation
- how to access profound relaxation via meditations on the body, breath, sounds, movement, touch, repeated phrases and simple visualisations
- unique practices for better managing thoughts and emotions
- meditations for working with pain and anxiety, and for falling and staying asleep.
What if I’m not a beginner?
Nonetheless, you don’t have to be a beginner to benefit from the Beginner Course.
Students with decades of experience often 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of meditation do you teach?
We do not teach one type of meditation. Instead, we teach a selection of techniques so that you can find what works for you. You’ll be introduced to all the major types of meditation available. More importantly, we teach you the essential principles of meditation and mindfulness, so that you go away with a clear understanding of what meditation is, how it works and how to do it.
Do you teach mindfulness meditation?
Yes. Mindfulness and meditation — for most practical purposes — can be considered to be the same thing. Both refer to the practice of paying (or regulating) attention. For a more thorough explanation please refer to the article What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? In any case, on all our courses and workshops you’ll be learning to meditate, and to practice mindfulness.
What type of people attend your courses?
Ordinary people of all ages: students, office workers, business people, professionals, artists, retirees etc. Many suffer from insomnia, anxiety, tense muscles and an overactive mind. Some come with health problems that are exacerbated by stress. Some have tried meditation previously but were taught techniques that were difficult to apply in daily life.
Do I have to sit cross legged on the floor?
No. All our classes are conducted in chairs — usually arranged in a large circle to facilitate group discussion and to allow room for some mindful movement exercises.
What do I need to bring / wear to class?
Just yourself. There are no special requirements, though some people like to bring a pen and paper to jot down notes. You may also like to bring a bottle of water.
What if I miss the first week?
It’s okay to join in from Week 2. However, if you miss the first two weeks we recommend you wait until the next round of courses begins.
What if I can’t make my usual class?
If you can’t make your usual class you can attend at an alternative venue, or attend during the next round of courses.
What if I can’t make all six sessions?
For best results you’ll want to aim to attend all six classes. However, you’ll still benefit if you can’t attend them all. Comprehensive course notes and recordings of each class (except Week 1) are emailed to you after each class.
What happens if I enrol and then can’t attend?
If you cancel before the course starts, you are entitled to a full refund (minus a $55 cancellation fee). No refunds are offered once a course has started.
How many people are there in each class?
Class sizes usually vary between about 8 and 20.
Can I attend the courses on a casual basis?
No. However, we run workshops for those who can’t commit to a full course.
If I am seeing psychologist or have a mental health problem should I attend?
If you are seeing a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional, or have suffered from a serious mental health issue in the past, we recommend that you check with them before enrolling.
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.
I really enjoyed the whole course from beginning to end. It has helped me reconnect with meditation and I now put much less pressure on myself to ‘do it right’ when I meditate. I am starting to enjoy it again, which means I’ll keep doing it!
For someone who overthinks and analyses things way too much I was surprised how I managed my thoughts differently!
My Fitbit tells me that during last night’s meditation my heart rate dropped to 40bpm. That’s as good as sleep!
Summary of Benefits
Stay calm at work, on the road, and even when the kids are driving you up the wall.
Get to sleep more quickly. Enjoy a good night’s rest. Stay relaxed when you wake up at 2am.
Access a sense of calm, peace and balance, whenever you need to.
Reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, anger and confusion.
Relieve headaches, reduce muscular tension and learn to manage chronic pain.
Optimise immune system, reduce your blood pressure and improve circulation.
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