New Zealand’s number one mindfulness course, 100% live and online with NZ-based expert facilitators.
4 one-hour classes over 4 weeks delivered live via Zoom. This course is practical and non-religious. It includes a 4-week subscription to the premium version of the CALM mindfulness app, and a 46-page guidebook, downloadable guided mindfulness meditations for you to keep. Each course has a maximum of 20 participants.
“Thank goodness I came across Mindfulness Works. I have learnt so much in a year and have the happiest, authentic and content that I have ever been. By learning acceptance without judgement has been an eye opener for me.” — Rebecca Young
Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat Zinn (Professor of Medicine Emeritus Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine). The benefits of regular mindfulness are…
✔ Reduced stress and anxiety
✔ Improved sleeping patterns
✔ Less self-judgement and more self-acceptance
✔ Greater feelings of joy and freedom
✔ Improved mental health
✔ Effective ways to work with difficult thoughts and emotions
“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.”- NZ Mental Health Foundation Press Release July 2012
“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
✔ Full length 4 week course so you can practice and report back
✔ 100% live, engaging and interactive learning environment. Max 20 people per course
✔ No risk money-back guarantee; if you attend all the classes and don’t feel you have received any benefit get your money back
✔ Facilitated by New Zealand based mindfulness experts
✔ Online and live version of NZ’s number one mindfulness course
✔ Exclusive 46-page guidebook including weekly assignments, in-depth articles and a reading list.
✔ Exclusive, private Facebook Group only available for course participants and graduates.
✔ Over 15 guided downloadable guided meditations for you to keep.
✔ No religion. No dogma. No funny positions. Practical and non-religious course.
✔ Designed for absolute beginners
Learn from the best. Course facilitator and Mindfulness Expert
— Glenda Irwin
Glenda is a lead facilitator for Mindfulness Works and trains other facilitators in the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course. She has authored numerous mindfulness courses and is the author of the official follow-on courses: Mindfulness 2.0 and Mindfulness and Relationships.
Glenda studied with the USA teacher Amy Saltzman in 2010 and has continually pursued professional development throughout her teaching career. Trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CFT (Compassion-Focussed Therapy), Glenda is studying Psychology at AUT University. Her level of coaching qualification is that of Trainer Master Coach whereby she supports ANZCAL coaches to use mindfulness in theirs, and their clients’ response to change. Glenda has extensive and long term experience in teaching and one-to-one support. She continues to see her work as a privilege and receives consistently excellent feedback.
“Glenda turned on a light at the end of a very, very dark tunnel and paved the road for me to find my own way, not just with my thoughts and emotions, but life in general. Glenda has provided me with the tools to continue practicing mindfulness and meditation. I cannot speak highly enough of not only Glenda’s work, practice and what she is about but also who she is as a person – someone who is open-minded, professional and compassionate.” – Jocelyn Homan
Free 4 week subscription to the premium version of the CALM meditation app included with every course.
“Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted.” — Sandy Good
How this course is delivered
This is a live, online beginners mindfulness course delivered through Zoom. Zoom is free and works on all modern smartphones, computers and tablets. These courses are fun, personalised and responsive and with real-time engagement with the facilitator, the participants and the practice. Each course has a maximum of 20 people on it.
“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.”
New Zealand Mental Health Foundation Press Release July 2012
“I feel calmer. I am able to use techniques when my triggers go off. Using the meditation at night has allowed me to get a better night’s sleep.” — Sue Mathew
This particular course emphasises your own natural wisdom, your own innate OKness, right here and now. It is presented in a practical, non-religious way.
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 meditation
- Questions 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
- Questions 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
- Questions 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
- Questions and answers / discussion
- Next steps.
What people are saying about the Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course
“Am so glad I did the course and would recommend it to everyone.” — Rosie Smith
“Huge reduction in anxiety, calmness of mind and body and empowerment over my symptoms.” — Jo Kirwan
“Thank goodness I came across Mindfulness Works. I have learnt so much in a year and have the happiest, authentic and content that I have ever been. By learning acceptance without judgement has been an eye opener for me. I’m continuing my journey of self compassion and feel excited and hopeful for my future. But am grateful of the now and who I am today…” — Rebecca Young
“Using mindfulness to help me better manage unrelenting anxiety, obsessive worrying & sadness. I have found that using the apps is helpful when having a stressful day, & I intend to keep practicing daily. Thank you.” — Cecily Wilson
“Mindfulness is now my go-to tool when I’m overwhelmed or need to re focus.” — Biljana Rufati
“The facilitator was exceptionally good. Really highly skilled.” — Victoria Barkway
“The facilitator took her time to explain things, asked questions, and was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.” — Janine Taylor
“The facilitator was interesting, captivating, funny, down-to-earth, compassionate and extremely good at what she does.” — Rosie Smith
“The facilitator presented well and had a very calming demeanour. I looked forward to the class every week.” — Paulette Fraser
“[The course] covered all key areas of peoples’ basic issues and addressed them well. I also like the apps you recommend and all the extra info in the booklet!” — Biljana Rufati
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 one hour 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 MINDFULNESS WORKS
Mindfulness Works is the largest mindfulness training organisation in New Zealand. Over 15,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course.
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.