Auckland Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. East Auckland. Starts Wed 5th November

Auckland Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. East Auckland. Starts Wed 5th November
Event on 2014-11-05 20:00:00

“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

 Benefits of mindfulness & meditation:

 What is mindfulness?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 your 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.  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.  

"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 
About The Course:

  • Practical with no dogma or religion
  • Bookings are essential. The last course was fully booked prior to starting
  • Class numbers are restricted to 30 people
  • Each class includes a instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections
  • Meditation is in chairs (mats and cushions are available if you prefer this)
  • 4 weekly 55 minute classes
  • Receive an articles, weekly emails and 2 x downloadable guided mindfulness meditations
  • Safe and supportive environment
  • Learn to meditate in a simple, clear, effective and practical way
  • Develop your capacity of self-awareness, self-understanding, compassion and mindfulness
  • Generate greater calm, insight and wisdom

Course Contents:

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
  • 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
  • Questions and answers / discussion

Week 3: Working with Emotions and Feelings


  • 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

All Introductory Courses Include:

  • 2 x guided mindfulness meditation audio files
  • Handouts and articles for each class
  • Weekly email instructions and articles

Refund policy and money back guarantee

Should you attend the entire course and not be satisfied you are entitled to a full 100% refund should you wish.
How long is each weekly class and what happens?

Each class is 1 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 you if you have never practised mindfulness or meditation or if you have attended introductory mindfulness and meditation courses and want to deepen your practise
The trainers are Glenda and Chris Irwin

Glenda: Glenda Irwin is a Mindfulness teacher for families. She studied under Amy Saltzman of ‘The Still Quiet Place’ (USA) – a mindfulness model for children formulated by Saltzman in conjunction with Jon Kabat–Zinn. She attended trainings with Ross Bernay via the NZ Buddhist Council. With further modules of Action & Commitment Therapy under Elizabeth Maher.

Glenda has private consultancy for Mindfulness techniques in her studio practice and does regular workshops in support of children’s practice via The NZ Association for Gifted Children. She does private consultancy for families – with individuals and group emphasis. She gives speaking engagements regards the great outcome of Mindfulness for children with gifts and special learning needs and also with regards to the anxieties suffered when parenting through difficult times.

Chris: Chris is a New Zealander. He ordained as a Buddhist monk for over 10 years, practicing meditation with teachers in Thailand and Europe. On returning to New Zealand he trained in Gestalt psychotherapy and post-graduate psychology. He has been in counselling, psychotherapy practice for the last 15 year seeing individuals and couples.

Chris blends an in-depth knowledge of mindfulness meditation practices and approaches of psychotherapy and psychology to help people manage and resolve personal issues – ultimately, to create wellness in people’s lives. It is from this experience that Chris has evolved his approach to mindfulness meditation that is both accessible and compassionate.

As well he has work extensively in the corporate world supporting culture and organisational change.

Chris has also run a number of businesses and in so doing understands that we all face the task of balancing demands of work, family life and getting some ‘me’ time.

Testimonials the Introductory Course:

“I had never done meditation before and already had preconceived notions of what it would be like such as “religious and a bit airy fairy”. Surprisingly this course was the opposite. I found Karl very relatable, when he talked about our thoughts. Like a lot of people, I tend to overthink everything from past events to future, or simply beating myself up. Karl helped me to take a step back and recognise I’m not my negative thoughts and they do not define me. I now feel a sense of peace. The mediation itself is relaxing and helps you de-stress from the day’s events. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to de-stress and gain inner peace.” Summer

Questions or More Information:

If you have questions or require more information, please or ring Karl on 027 411 2900

at Highland Park Community House
47 Aviemore Dr
Auckland, New Zealand

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