$125 FOR A FULL 4-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS COURSE. INCLUDES 4 CLASSES WITH AN EXPERIENCED MINDFULNESS TRAINER, THE WILDFLOWERS MINDFULNESS APP, DOWNLOADABLE GUIDED MINDFULNESS MEDITATIONS FOR YOU TO KEEP AND A 45-PAGE GUIDEBOOK.
Held in Waiheke, these courses are specifically designed for people with busy schedules. They are the perfect, simple and easy way to learn mindfulness meditation or to develop a more regular practice.
At just $125 for four weeks and including streamable and downloadable mindfulness meditation audio files as well as a guidebook and weekly emails, this is great value and the ideal starting point for you to de-stress, learn a new skill with support from a group and an experienced facilitator.
What is Mindfulness and How Does it Work?
“Mental Health Foundation mental health promoter Grant Rix says mindfulness has been shown to benefit our brains to such an extent that we can feel calmer, more aware, have an increased ability to focus and concentrate, remember things better and feel happier.”
What you get from this course…
- An understanding of what mindfulness is and how it works
- Clear guidance and instructions on how to meditate
- An opportunity to relax and de-stress
- Practical techniques you can use at home on a regular basis
- An increased sense of well-being
- High quality audio guided mindfulness meditations, available for download
- Suitable for absolute beginners as well as those familiar with mindfulness and meditation.
What’s included in this course…
- Four weekly 55-minute group classes
- Guided mindfulness meditations for you to download
- Handouts with useful reflections and practices (available to download as well)
- Opportunities for questions and answers
- Weekly email articles and instructions.
No religion, no dogma, no funny positions…
- There is no religion, dogma or belief systems to adopt in mindfulness-based meditation and methods
- The instructions and explorations throughout the day have a focus on practical, everyday life
- We sit on chairs and there are no strange positions at all .
- Emphasis is given to your own experience, not theory.
“Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex… This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety… The researchers found that the meditators showed a pronounced shift in activity to the left frontal lobe. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.” – Psychology Today
This particular course emphasises your own natural wisdom, your own innate OKness, right here and now. The instructions and guidance will be explicitly inviting you to embrace your whole human experience as it happens, moment by moment with a radical acceptance.
Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” – Jon Kabat Zinn (Professor of Medicine Emeritus Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine).
Mindfulness and meditation are both gaining in popularity as more and more people discover how this simple skill can have a profoundly positive impact on their life. Organisations such as Google, Apple, Nike and Yahoo! now run mindfulness programmes and sessions for staff during work hours. Modern research about mindfulness and meditation shows measurable and significant benefits to people including less stress, less anxiety, greater focus, calm and happiness.
Week 1: What is Mindfulness?
- What mindfulness is
- The benefits of mindfulness and meditation
- How to get the most from the course
- Guided body scan mindfulness meditations
- Question and answers/ discussion.
Week 2: Working with the Mind
- Why thinking can be problematical
- Practical ways to work with difficult thoughts
- Self-judgement and how to intervene
- Guided mindfulness meditation – counting the breath
- Question and answers/ discussion.
Week 3: Working with Emotions
- What are emotions?
- Learning to feel emotions
- The RAIN method
- Non-judgement and acceptance
- Guided mindfulness meditation on feelings
- Question and answers/ discussion.
Week 4: Radical Acceptance
- What it means to be present
- How wanting causes stress
- Developing wisdom and insight
- Authentic self-compassion
- Open awareness guided mindfulness meditation
- Question and answers/ discussion
- Next steps.
Includes streamable mindfulness meditations plus email weekly articles and workbook
- A variety of MP3 guided meditations available
- Guided meditations are available immediately upon registration
- Guided meditation is by New Zealand teachers
- Professionally designed 45-page workbook included in course.
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Refund and Transfer Policy
- Full refunds are available up to one week before a course starts.
- Free transfers to other courses are available up to one week before a course starts.
- Once a course has started, full refunds are only available if you attend every class of the course and feel you have not got value. In this case you are entitled to and will be given a full refund.
- Refunds are not given if you do not attend every class of the course and if you simply ‘do not like’ the course or decide it ‘is not for you’.
- For more details about our refund and transfer policy, please read our FAQ.
How long is each weekly class and what happens?
Each class is 55 minutes long. There will be a guided meditation for a period. This will include meditation instruction. After the meditation and instruction. there will be a talk or discussion. This includes a question and answer time.
Who is it suitable for?
This course is suitable for any of the following:
- 18-year-olds and over
- People who have never meditated or practised mindfulness before
- People who have just started meditating or practising mindfulness.
About the teachers
The approach by all Mindfulness Works teachers is straightforward, practical and heartfelt and directed towards you discovering your own innate wisdom and authentic experience.
Born in England in 53, Andy always loved life and the natural world. Andy went on to study zoology and teaching. He worked as a park ranger for 16 years and now runs his own business as well as enjoying theatre and singing with his wife, Maya. He and Maya also have a very active border collie that likes swimming at the beach.
Andy has been interested in love and the heart from a very early age. Spiritual teachers were his childhood heroes. He dabbled in the Spiritualist church, divine light and alternative medicine before turning to the teaching of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. Andy could be called a non-religious Buddhist but prefers to acknowledge the lineage of teachers and the understandings that he has realised as a result of following their instructions, which are both utterly simple and profound.
Testimonials for the Introductory Course:
“The course was very relaxed and friendly, and full of useful practical advice that recognised the limits to time that everyone faces. Also I liked the mix of people attending, with a range of different reasons for being there.” — Rosie Cree
“Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions, I have enjoyed ‘noticing’ my own state, but also it has transferred to everything around. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted.” — Sandy Good
“The course guidebook was a useful guide and very informative. I also enjoyed the formal practice and the way different strategies were explained.” — Linda Daniell
Questions or More Information:
Please review the Mindfulness Works Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have any further questions or require more information, please contact us.