Mindfulness Plus – Mindfulness & Meditation Booster Sessions
Empower Your Self
Enhance Your Self
Enlighten Your Self
Mindfulness Plus is for people who want more Mindfulness and Meditation in their lives
4 sessions EVERY month
NZ’s Best Teachers
Join the best mindfulness and meditation teachers in New Zealand for weekly, live, interactive bite-sized online Zoom mindfulness and meditation sessions.
Bite-sized live and online mindfulness and meditation sessions to keep you relaxed, focused and connected.
Mindfulness and meditation are like meals, best enjoyed with the company of others. Practising with others and with a teacher gives us the inspiration, support and pleasure that makes it easier to embed these practices in our lives.
“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” — Eckhart Tolle
Mindfulness Plus booster sessions make regular and ongoing mindfulness and meditation practice easy, fun and impactful.
Powered by Mindfulness Works, the #1 mindfulness training organisation in New Zealand
Over 17,000 New Zealanders have completed Mindfulness Works courses. We are the largest mindfulness and meditation training organisation in New Zealand and Australia. All Mindfulness Plus teachers are accredited with Mindfulness Works.
UPCOMING BOOSTER SESSIONS
All sessions are $20NZ each
Embodied Mindfulness – Practices to Support Living at the Speed of
Moment to Moment Awareness
Sunday, 17 October 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Explore what it means to have an embodied mindfulness practice
In the first part of our Mindfulness Plus session, we will be moving attention through the body during a guided body scan to support body-mind integration while relaxing and opening to the play of sensations. This will be followed by a group discussion and short talk on embodied mindfulness as a way to develop whole beingness and loving, connected presence. In part 3 of our session, there will be time for questions and answers.
Embodied Mindfulness: Sunday, 17 October 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Facilitated by Lucy Schwabe
The Power of Mindfulness in All Our Relationships
Sunday, 24 October 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Mindfulness IS a state of relationship. With self foremost and then, as I am often quoted as saying “ME/WE”; presence just cannot help but give itself to others.
The practice of mindfulness is actually a skill the brain builds, known as ‘interception’ — a psychological term for being able to feel sensations in the body. It takes training the brain and once gained, it initiates the evenness that is the parasympathetic nervous response. If we are calm in ourselves, we are calm within our experience, our practice is enriching our relationships, those we have with everyone and everything we encounter. That can only be good! Let’s have a good old go at bringing this into our daily experience. Join Glenda and others like us, who intend to practise mindfulness together: for relationships’ sake.
The Power of Mindfulness in All Our Relationships: Sunday, 24 October 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Facilitated by Glenda Irwin
Mindfulness: Making it Real, Making it Happen
Sunday, 31 October 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Many people find the idea of mindfulness (and meditation) easier or more appealing than the habit of it. Often this is exacerbated by having it be too much about ‘ritual’ or ‘practice’, as opposed to a response or a way of being, of living. We will explore how to make mindfulness and meditation a more ‘go to’ and effortless space, a part of how you live and who you choose to be. Drawing on Martin’s experience as a personal and leadership coach (someone who is well versed in change and behaviour adaptation), we will explore how to integrate mindfulness and meditation into your life in a way which has it be a happening and for real thing.
Mindfulness: Making it Real, Making it Happen: Sunday, 31 October 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Facilitated by Martin Wilson
Meditation as a Surrender to Love
Sunday, 7 November 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Spiritual practice is the practice of remembering, more and more, in the midst of daily life, our relationship with the Spirit of Life, or Love. In this session, Rachel will talk about mindfulness practice as a preparation for spiritual practice. This will be followed by a practical guided meditation session, then the chance for you to share reflections or ask questions.
Meditation as a Surrender to Love: Sunday, 7 November 4.00PM – 5.00PM NZ Time
Facilitated by Rachel Tobin
What to Expect in Mindfulness Plus Sessions
✅100% non-judgmental environment — no pressure, no expectation, no agenda
Experience an environment where you can just be as you are. No pressure to talk and no pressure to be any particular way. If you do talk, experience being actually listened to, without being judged or ‘fixed’.
✅Fresh, live guided meditations — kick back and relax
Enjoy being guided in meditation. Kick back and relax and let your mindfulness and meditation teacher guide you in an experience of calm and insight.
✅ Connection, compassion and community
Small groups of like-minded and like-hearted people all together in the session. Seek out your favourite teacher and enjoy the genuine support that comes from having a live teacher and practising with a group.
✅ Modern approach. Ancient wisdom
Sessions incorporate the latest neuroscience which are presented in a totally non-religious way but also call upon 2,000 years of insight and wisdom that has been developed by meditation practitioners.
✅ Your authority. Your journey
Mindfulness Plus sessions always emphasise your own authority and your freedom to develop your own practices that work for you.
✅ Reaffirming you are completely OK
All teachers re-affirm your own OKness and encourage you to discover and affirm this in yourself as well.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn
Learn from the best mindfulness and meditation teachers in New Zealand — live and interactive.
Glenda is a senior facilitator for Mindfulness Works.
She began teaching mindfulness to children and parents by consultancy and alongside the Gifted Children’s Association in 2010. Training with teachers in USA, NZ, Australia and the UK, Glenda has since applied her extensive practice to mindfulness and relationships, eating, sleep and coaching models. She has a private consultancy: Red Letter Mindfulness & Positive Psychology offering coaching and therapeutic support for flourishing and optimal living. More on her extensive mentoring within corporate settings and individual sessions via Zoom and at her studio in Auckland can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RedLetterMindfulness.
Glenda is an ACT and CFT therapist and recently completed a Graduate Diploma Health Science (Psychology). Her combined trainings in acceptance, compassion and positive psychology support her strength-based approach to mindfulness consultancy.
Glenda observes the philosophical practice of mindfulness within Buddhist and Taoist traditions but considers herself a secular practitioner (not engaging in rituals or oaths). She has a love of learning and continues to apply her attention to further (Bachelor Hons Health Science) academic studies in 2022.
Ask Glenda what she feels is her greatest strength and she will tell you her resilience and luck in having a ‘glass half full nature.’ Glenda is a single parent to one son; she loves to dance and laugh out loud and loves her new hobby, kayaking.
John has 15 years experience working with mindfulness in a variety of settings.
John first experienced the effectiveness of mindfulness when he attended a Breathworks mindfulness-based pain management programme in Manchester (UK) for his chronic back pain. He went on to become accredited as a trainer in the Breathworks mindfulness programme in 2006.
John lives in Tauranga and is an Educator for the Pause, Breathe, Smile Programme — teaching mindfulness in primary and intermediate schools. He also provides bespoke mindfulness training for groups and individuals with particular focus on health and wellbeing, chronic pain, children and families.
John is an experienced Clinical Supervisor and works with a variety of organisations around the Bay of Plenty region. His previous work experience includes senior roles in NGOs in the Disability Sector, Community Development and Children’s Services Development in the UK and NZ.
He enjoys being in the wilderness, reading science fiction and practising Taoist Tai Chi — a moving meditation. John is an Instructor for the Taoist Tai Chi Society of NZ.
Lin describes herself as a Kiwiporean who goes through the flux of life like most do. MSc in Psychology from Otago, she has worked as a psychologist and as a wildlife guide on a farm. Full-time, she is a long-term mindfulness practitioner and experiences mindfulness as an ongoing journey of discovery, adventure and service.
Her practice and training roots from the contemplative wisdom traditions, as well as the practical science-based traditions. She is a facilitator for Mindfulness Works, and trains new facilitators when they come on board. Lin specialises in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and its related programs. She is a Teaching Partner of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, UK and teaches, trains and supervises facilitators internationally. She is familiar with teaching mindfulness from the introductory level to the more in-depth and across a range of contexts; community, schools, healthcare, workplaces. She appreciates nature, her mentors, family, friends and each one she is meeting on this journey.
Lucy’s philosophy of mind-body work has evolved over 20 years of education and practice.
Beginning with a Bachelor of Health Science, she qualified as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner and certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher.
She is passionate about bringing a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and enjoys working with individuals and groups in person and online. Lucy specialises in facilitating embodied mindfulness and tai chi courses. Her all-time favourite slogan is ‘Choose to stay curious.’
Martin Wilson is the principal of and a personal / leadership coach with Selfmade Coaching. He’s also an Associate for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ’s Working Well Programme.
Previously, Martin was a partner in a large commercial law firm and then established his own legal practice.
Juggling the challenges of being a busy lawyer, a parent and an over-thinking, over-achieving self, contributed to Martin’s first ‘foray’ into meditation 20 years ago. From there, he developed a broader interest and participation in mindfulness work and related self-awareness growth practice, much of which he engages in as a coach.
His principal mindfulness / meditation experience comes from the Vipassana tradition and yet he is a keen explorer of other approaches.
Rachel facilitates Mindfulness Works courses in the lower North Island and is the director of the art of mindfulness, which offers 1-day and residentialmindfulness retreats; workshops; mindfulness training in organisations; and individual mindfulness-based life coaching and mentoring. Her work often includes meditation-in-movement practices, qi gong and breathwork. Rachel’s intention is always to point people towards the path of living with more ease, self-understanding, wellbeing and joy.
In her own words: “I know at first hand our human capacity for pain, and I have understood that it is the mind which creates and perpetuates the most intense suffering. I have found mindfulness practice to be wonderful for learning how to slow down to a more natural pace of Life, to uncover limiting thinking patterns, and to cultivate more ease, spontaneity and gratitude in the daily duties of everyday life.
In 2007 I had the great privilege of meeting Aotearoa-born Spiritual Master, Sri Yanchiji, and am engaged in a practice of studentship with him. The spiritual journey, of re-discovering the natural and inherent joy that comes from simply Being — and finding out all that eclipses that happiness — is increasingly informing my work with others.”
Rachel is also a poet, a qi gong teacher and a Feldenkrais practitioner.