Reduce anxiety, improve sleep and increase self-acceptance with mindfulness

“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.”

— NZ Mental Health Foundation Press Release July 2012

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The Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Reduced stress & anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Improved self-regulation
  • Relaxation

Practical, non-religious mindfulness courses facilitated by New Zealand based experts

“Mindfulness interventions are highly effective at improving mental wellbeing in general populations, as well as clinical populations, with a robust evidence base supporting a wide number of approaches and delivery formats.”

– Dr Joep van Agteren, Dr Matthew Iasiello, Laura Lo – Beyond Blue

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How it works…

Step 1: Discover what mindfulness is and if it is right for you

Step 2: Learn why our course is the best way to learn mindfulness

Step 3: Find a course near you and book a time that suits

Evidence-based practices

Non-religious and practical

Includes 4 week sub to CALM

Feel the change in your life from day one

Experience a sense of calm and freedom with practical mindfulness meditation exercises you learn on day one of the course.

Increase feelings of OKness

Re-discover your inherent OKness. Equip yourself with practical strategies to remember that you are OK, even during the challenging times.

Reduce stress and anxiety

“Mindfulness helps you to keep your thoughts in the present moment. As you practice, you tend to get better at calming the mind and keeping things in perspective. ” — Dr Grant Blashki is a practising GP and Beyond Blue’s lead Clinical Advisor

self-acceptance and self-love

Mindfulness teaches us how to be more accepting and loving towards ourselves and to discover the joy in being imperfectly perfect, just as we are.

Built by Experts. Designed for Everyone.

Learn from the best. All our facilitators have extensive mindfulness experience and are accredited by Mindfulness Works to offer these courses.

We’ve Designed it with YOU in Mind.

Our course has been specifically designed for beginners and has a strong emphasis on simple and practical mindfulness strategies


We run the number 1 in-person beginners mindfulness course in New Zealand.


Our courses all include 4 x 1 hour live sessions in a small group, a 45 page guidebook, downloadable guided mindfulness meditations and a 4 week subscription to the premium version of the CALM mindfulness app


Our courses are confidential and safe with skilled mindfulness trainers

Practical and Non-Religious Courses

No funny positions. No dogma.

Our courses are practical and designed for every day people.

We emphasise your own experience and trusting your own insight, awareness and wisdom as you develop it with mindfulness

100% Money Back Guarantee

We’ve got your back

If you are interested in learning mindfulness then you want to actually experience the benefits. We offer a full money back guarantee. If you attend all sessions of a course and feel you have not received benefit, we will refund you in full

“Thank goodness I came across Mindfulness Works. I have learnt so much in a year and am the happiest, most authentic and content that I have ever been. Learning acceptance without judgement has been an eye opener for me.”


We are Passionate about MINDFULNESS

Our team knows mindfulness and knows how to teach it

Learn from the best. Highly experienced, down to earth mindfulness teachers accredited by Mindfulness Works. Meet just 4 of our team here…

Glenda Irwin – Lead Mindfulness Works Trainer

Glenda holds professional qualifications in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and a Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Psych). She is a member of NZAPP (NZ Association of Positive Psychology), receiving regular guidance to enhance her practice and professional work. As a Master Trainer Coach with ANZCAL, Glenda leads trainings in mindfulness applications for affiliated coaches.


Chani Grieve

Chani has had a dedicated meditation practice for over 16 years, and has been teaching mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats in both New Zealand and Australia since 2012.

Chani works as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Embodiment Trainer and is passionate about helping people connect with their bodies to access the evolutionary intelligence and strength we all possess as the foundation of our practice. She has particular experience and skill in offering trauma-integrating embodiment practice, and is the creator of The Embodiment Journey; a 5-month embodiment practice program.

Chani supports participants to connect with their inspiration, trust their own experience, and use their practice to contribute to a healthier, happier, saner world. She lives in Nelson with her partner and their young daughter.

Lucy Schwabe – MBSR Trained Teacher

Lucy Schwabe has a bachelor of health science, is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, qualified acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

She has been practising Taiji since 1987 and meditation since 1995, and is passionate about mind-body interventions as a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

Lucy started Wholistic Health Works in 1997, enjoys working with people in the community and offering mindfulness-based interventions for individuals and groups.

She is inspired by being in nature, is often seen practising taiji in the Wellington Botanic Garden and loves exploring the path of simplicity with others

Gavin is a mindfulness-based coach and psychotherapist with a Masters in counselling and psychotherapy.

He is also a Chartered Accountant who has worked in corporates and accounting practices where he has held numerous roles at a manager and senior manager level.


John Fletcher

John Fletcher is a qualified mindfulness educator. John first experienced the benefits of mindfulness when he attended a Mindfulness-based pain management programme in Manchester (UK) for chronic back pain. Inspired by the immediate
benefits he experienced, he trained and became accredited to provide the Breathworks mindfulnessprogramme and has run programmes in the UK and NZ for groups and individuals with chronic pain conditions.

John has also contributed to the establishment and success of the Pause, Breathe, Smile Programme within schools in New Zealand. He has introduced mindfulness practices in Primary and Intermediate
schools across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.



You’re only one click away from taking the step that could change and impact your life in a BIG way. We’re on a mission to foster self-love and acceptance in the world, so let’s get this started!


25,000 people and counting!

Our vision: “Improving the mental health of New Zealanders and fostering self-love in all”

Mindfulness Works is the largest mindfulness training organization in Australia. Over 25,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week in person course across Australia and New Zealand.

Mindfulness Works is committed to:

  • Providing accessible and affordable mindfulness courses.
  • Offering a diverse range of experienced and skilled mindfulness trainers.
  • Providing courses in a practical format with exceptional supporting resources.
  • Improving the mental health of all of us and fostering self-love in all.
  • Supporting our facilitators with options for further professional development.


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