Melbourne (Mount Martha) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Thursday, 17 August, 7.00pm Sessions

Melbourne (Mount Martha) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Thursday, 17 August, 7.00pm Sessions
Event on 2017-08-17 19:00:00
“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: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day-to-day life Studies and articles on the 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.   "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 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 approx 20 people Each class includes instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections Meditation is in chairs  Four weekly 60-minute classes Receive articles, weekly emails and 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 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 and Feelings  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 All Introductory Courses Include: 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 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 you if you have never practised mindfulness or meditation or if you have attended introductory mindfulness and meditation courses and want to deepen your practice. Your trainer is Angie Roach Angie has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 20 years and finds it brings a flow and calm to her life. Living life mindfully brings her clarity, happiness and peace and sharing this knowledge with others has become her life's work. She has studied yoga and many traditions of mindfulness and meditation; her official training coming from the lineage of Venerable Ayya Khema. With a background in horticulture and permaculture, she brings her mindfulness to her work in kitchen gardens, teaching children mindfulness and meditation techniques and helping them to feel a connection with the earth and each other. Angie is the founder of Green Heart which runs workshops in meditation, mindfulness, permaculture and earth connection. Her passion is helping people find peace in the present moment and feeling connected to the earth and each other.   Testimonials 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: If you have questions or require more information, please Email karen@mindfulnessworksaustralia.com  Use Website Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form

at Frankston Library
60 Playne Street
Frankston, Australia

The Meatpacking District’s Sweat Sessions May 23

The Meatpacking District’s Sweat Sessions May 23
Event on 2017-05-23 18:00:00
WHAT:
The Meatpacking District’s popular wellness program Sweat Sessions returns to New York City offering free outdoor workout classes nearly every Tuesday night, May 9 through August 29. The al fresco fitness series is a local favorite, providing three 45-minute classes at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The Meatpacking Business Improvement District has partnered with Samsung 837 and collaborated with The Wellth Collective to create a robust wellness program.
Post select workouts, the Meatpacking District hosts the Cool Down at Samsung 837, promoting healthy eating and maintaining wellness of mind and body and showcasing a variety of food and beverage partners from the immediate surrounding area. This week, the Cool Down will feature FuelGood.
Classes are free to the public. Participant sign up and upcoming schedules can be accessed by visiting thesweatsessions.splashthat.com. Mats will be provided.

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

6PM: Liftonic
7PM: Bari
8PM: NW Method

WHERE:
The Meatpacking District’s Sweat Sessions will take place at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park, on 10th Avenue between 14th and 15th streets.

The Cool Down takes place at Samsung 837 located on 837 Washington Street.

About the Meatpacking District:
The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is the not-for-profit business alliance of the area whose mission is to support the business community and to keep the area clean, safe and beautiful. The BID runs a robust array of hyper-local marketing initiatives and events programming along with a public relations campaign to support the economic health of the neighborhood. As the Meatpacking District community continues to reinvent itself year-in and year-out, the Meatpacking BID seeks to revitalize and reinvigorate right alongside all of the innovators that call the Meatpacking District home. For more information, please visit, meatpacking-district.com.

About Samsung 837:
Samsung 837 is the first of its kind technology playground and cultural destination for consumers, creators, tech enthusiasts and community members. A physical manifestation of the Samsung Brand, 837 is a flagship experience center, which represents the intersection of technology and humanity, and features Samsung’s full portfolio of signature services and technology – ranging from mobile devices to home appliances – and highlights how they can enhance and amplify everyday experiences. Samsung 837 is located at 837 Washington Street in New York City’s Meatpacking District and is open from Monday-Friday (11AM – 9PM), Saturday (10AM – 10PM) and Sunday (10AM – 8PM). For more information, please visit, www.samsung.com/837.

About The Wellth Collective:
The Wellth Collective (TWC) is the premier fitness and wellness activation design and strategy shop. TWC works to connect fit generations to like-minded brands by creating campaigns and designing healthy experiences within hospitality, communities, and corporations. With health quickly replacing wealth as today's primary measurement of success, The Wellth Collective thrives by helping others discover their own new definition of 'wellth'. Find TWC at www.wellthcollective.com.

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at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park
10th Avenue between 14th and 15th streets
New York, United States

Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Sunday Course. Starts Sun 21 Aug 2016 5.30pm Sessions

Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Sunday Course. Starts Sun 21 Aug 2016 5.30pm Sessions
Event on 2016-09-09 17:30:00
“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: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day to day life Studies and articles on the 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 20 people Each class includes a instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections Meditation is in chairs  Four weekly 50-minute classes Receive an articles, weekly emails and a high quality guided meditation MP3 download at no extra cost 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: Two free 20-minute guided meditation MP3s 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 50 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 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 Your trainer is Neave Ross-Wallace Neave began her career as a therapist in 1991 when she joined the telephone counselling service Parentline. During her 5 years with Parentline she became the senior trainer and President of the organisation and began her mindfulness-based psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand. For the next 12 years she worked as a therapist in both private practice and at the Home and Family Counselling and Education center where she saw clients and ran adult education classes. Neave went on to gain a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from Canterbury university and in 2010 trained at the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest as well as completing her training as a Waldorf/Steiner teacher. Neave has been practicing mindfulness since 1992, and presently delivers a mindfulness programme called Pause, Breathe, Smile to children aged from 5 to 12 years of age on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation as well as having recently trained with neuropsychologist Rick Hanson author or Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness.Neave lives in Governors Bay, has been married to Wallace for 30 years and has two adult children. 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 email karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz or ring Karen on 027 664 9281.

at Mary Potter Community Centre
442 Durham Street North
Christchurch, New Zealand

CANCELLED Dunedin Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation – 4 wk course. Thursday Course. Starts Thurs. 17 Mar 2016 5.30pm Sessions

CANCELLED Dunedin Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation – 4 wk course. Thursday Course. Starts Thurs. 17 Mar 2016 5.30pm Sessions
Event on 2016-03-30 17:30:00
All sessions run from 5.30pm – 6.30pm “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: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day to day life Studies and articles on the 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 25 people Each class includes a instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections Meditation is in chairs  4 weekly 60-minute classes Receive an articles, weekly emails and guided meditation download 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: A free 20 minute guided meditation CD (worth ) 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 60 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 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 trainer is Kovido Maddick Kovido Maddick spent 10 years as a Buddhist Monk and has been teaching meditation classes, retreats and workshops for the past 20 years. He has been teaching a Mindfulness-based Stress-Reduction Programme since 1996. Kovido has co-facilitated the 'Men Alive' men’s group, a personal growth group for men, for 12 years. He is a Hakomi graduate and is passionate about helping people fulfil their potential. He also has the Dunedin franchise for The Great Kiwi Backrub Company and has been rubbing happy backs for the last five years. Kovido is married, has two young children and a dog, and lives in Dunedin.  Kovido's website       Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information:  Email: karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz Ring or text: 027 664 9281 Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form Testimonials for the Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 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 

at Alexander Mcmillan Room
Level 1, Dunedin Community House , 301 Moray Place
Dunedin, New Zealand

Auckland Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Central Akld. Thursday Course. Starts Thurs 17 Mar 2016 5.30pm Sessions

Auckland Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Central Akld. Thursday Course. Starts Thurs 17 Mar 2016 5.30pm Sessions
Event on 2016-03-30 17:30:00
“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: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day to day life Studies and articles on the 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) Four weekly 55-minute classes Receive an articles, weekly emails and two 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: Two 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 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 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.     Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information:  Email: karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz Ring or text: 027 664 9281 Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form Testimonials for the Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 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 

at Pioneers Womens Hall – Conference Room
High Street
Auckland, New Zealand

Hamilton – Intro to Mindful Eating. 4-Week Monday Course. Starts Mon. 07 Mar 2016 5.30pm Sessions.

Hamilton – Intro to Mindful Eating. 4-Week Monday Course. Starts Mon. 07 Mar 2016 5.30pm Sessions.
Event on 2016-03-10 17:30:00
AN INTRODUCTION TO MINDFUL EATING for entire course including 4 classes, guided mindful eating exercises and weekly articles Mindfulness has proven to be very effective in assisting people to eat in a more naturally healthy way. Healthy, in this case, meaning a way that is right for your lifestyle and your body. Join Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Heidi Douglass, for the Mindfulness Works – Mindful Eating Course. Mindful eating involves use of meditation and mindfulness practices to build our capacity to be aware and to direct our attention to the present moment. With mindful eating, we can better observe our triggers to overeating and eating when we are not hungry. With mindfulness, we can develop a new, flexible relationship to food and eating. The use of mindful eating techniques can help us, with regular practise, to reconnect with our body’s own systems for hunger and fullness and to start to identify the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that lead us to overeat or eat when not hungry. By listening to what our bodies need, we can move toward a more positive relationship with food and with our bodies. This course is an abbreviated overview of Mindfulness Based-Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT).  MB-EAT is an evidence-based, 12 session, group program created in the USA by Dr. Jean Kristeller and colleagues. What you get from this course… Ways to decrease mindless eating, emotional eating and binge eating. How to reconnect with your body’s own built in systems of hunger and fullness. How to release yourself from negative judgments about food and your body. How to slow down, savour and more fully taste and enjoy food. How to become less reactive and more calm; especially when making food decisions.   What’s included in this course… Four weekly 60-minute group classes Three guided mindfulness meditations for you to download Handouts with useful reflections and practices Opportunities for questions and answers Extra weekly online articles.   No weigh-ins, no calorie counts… There are no weigh-ins or calorie counts required for you to get benefit from this course. The course encourages you to use your own insight and awareness to guide you. The course is designed by expert psychologists and delivered by experienced trainers. There is no religion or dogma in the course; just a focus on your own everyday experience.   Week 1: What is Mindful Eating?  What is mindful eating and how can it be helpful? What evidence do we have that it works? How can we cultivate mindful eating behaviour? Week 2: Our Body and Our Thoughts: Internal and External Triggers to Eating We will look at internal and external triggers for hunger and eating. We will discuss how our patterns and habits of thinking can influence when we eat and how much we eat. These thought patterns can lead to mindless eating, emotional eating and binge eating. We will cover black and white thinking and behavioural chaining. We will discuss the benefits of taking a non-judgemental stance towards ourselves and the food choices that we make. Week 3: Chasing Taste: Mindfulness of Our Taste Buds We will demonstrate how mindfulness of how our taste buds operate can influence how much of any one type of food we consume. We will look at how we can shift our focus from quantity of food to quality of food: we can eat less yet feel more satisfied. Week 4: Cultivating Connection and Kindness Towards Yourself and Your Body Many people with food issues make negative judgments about themselves and dislike their bodies. Guilt about food intake is common. We will discuss some ways to move away from this pattern and towards kindness and acceptance and a more positive relationship with food and with our bodies.   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    Who is this course suitable for? Anyone who is overweight. People who struggle with emotional eating, binge eating or mindless eating.   People who struggle with guilt over food decisions. People wanting to explore mindfulness and meditation in relation to relaxation, stress reduction and wellness.   How long is each weekly class and what happens? Each class is 60 minutes long. A typical class will include: An overview of the topics for that session A practical mindfulness exercise A guided mindfulness meditation An online article Time for questions and answers.    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.   Your trainer is Dr Heidi Douglass Dr. Heidi Douglass is an American trained Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological assessment and treatment services for adults, children and couples in Hamilton. Dr. Douglass provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) along with other evidence-based therapeutic approaches (ACT & DBT) depending on the needs of the person. Dr. Douglass has experience treating a wide range of problems including weight management, eating disorders, anxiety and stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression and trauma. Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Treatment (MB-EAT) is one of her specialities. Over the years, Heidi has held clinical and research positions at some of the most prestigious American Institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston University, Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC, Brown University in Providence RI and three Hospitals of the American Veterans Administration, and within New Zealand at Otago Medical School. For over two years, she worked as an obesity expert for the Waikato DHB in Hamilton. She resigned from this position to return to private work in August 2013. Most recently, Heidi has become very interested in the scientific literature regarding the health outcomes of a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet (WFPBD). In March 2014, she completed a certificate program through Cornell University in the USA on plant based nutrition.   Testimonials for Heidi and The Mindful Eating Programme: "I attended a 1-day workshop with Dr Heidi Douglass in October 2014, introducing us (providers and public) to Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Treatment.  Dr Douglass has a lovely calm manner and “practiced what she preached’’ leading us in a day of mindfulness and eating awareness. I work with clients with eating disorders, and see benefits of this programme for people with disordered eating. The skills they would learn in this non-threatening environment could be very effective on their journey towards change.” Lynne Blake, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Hamilton NZ. "Heidi established a warm and inviting setting for the workshop. She moved through the workshop at a pace that allowed one to absorb and consider the information. The content of the workshop had a good balance between presenting the empirical information and real life events. The experiential exercises were fantastic and provided a sample of how mindfulness and mindful eating would be beneficial for myself and the clients I work with in my practice." Vanessa Burrett, MSocSci, DipPsych(Clin), MNZPsS Registered Clinical Psychologist, Hamilton, NZ.   “I have attended Dr Douglass’s workshop. The workshop was well organised, the content was relevant and linked to the everyday challenges I face. Dr Douglass used structured guided meditations. I recommend this professional workshop for those managing their relationship with food.”   Andrea Cullen, PhDâ"‚Registered Clinical Psychologistâ"‚Te Kohao Health   Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information, please email Email: karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz  Ring or text: 027 664 9281 Website Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form

at The Link Centre
Cnr Te Aroha Street and River Road
Hamilton, New Zealand

Albany Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk Course. Tuesday Course. Starts Tues. 16 Feb. 2016. 6.00pm Sessions.

Albany Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk Course. Tuesday Course. Starts Tues. 16 Feb. 2016. 6.00pm Sessions.
Event on 2016-03-02 18:00:00
“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: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day to day life Studies and articles on the 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) Four weekly 55 minute classes Receive an articles, weekly emails and two 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: Two 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 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 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 trainer is Teagan Fea With over 15 years of experience as a Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Teagan inspires and educates people how to change and transform their lives through the power of mindfulness. As an international teacher, she has taught in Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and Mexico and has assisted hundreds of people to find inner peace through yoga, meditation and counseling. As a Coach and Counselor, Teagan has pioneered a holistic approach that assists people to transform their lives, using Yoga Therapy and Somatic Psychotherapy. This work has been recognised for assisting and affecting positive change in hundreds of people, particularly those who suffer from anxiety and depression disorders. Teagan only recently arrived back in NZ after 20 years living abroad, including the past 2.5 years in México.     Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information:  Email: karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz Ring or text: 027 664 9281 Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form Testimonials for the Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 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 

at Kawaipurapura Retreat Centre
14 Mills Lane
Auckland, New Zealand

South Auckland Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4-week course. Monday Course. Starts Monday 15 Feb 2016 5.30pm Sessions

South Auckland Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4-week course. Monday Course. Starts Monday 15 Feb 2016 5.30pm Sessions
Event on 2016-02-29 17:30:00
“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: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day-to-day life Studies and articles on the 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 an 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 articles, weekly emails and 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: 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 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 you if you have never practised mindfulness or meditation or if you have attended introductory mindfulness and meditation courses and want to deepen your practice.   Your trainer is Wimal Wickramasuriya Wimal (Wim) Wickramasuriya was born into an Eastern Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka and moved to New Zealand as a teenager to begin a life of Western culture at Gisborne Boys High in the east coast of the North Island. The cultural difference has made the blend of East meeting the West a cognitive experience as he progressed through life within the engineering field, real estate selling and owning a business. So much was misunderstood and miscommunicated along the way. Difficult work life, family life and health issues prevailed. The innate being was constantly challenged. Teachers appeared, practice became ritual and Wimal was drawn into Mindfulness as a rich basis to live life fully and be more “in-tune” with himself and others. Attending to life with more self-compassion and gentleness…. to develop a greater sense of awareness and manage stressful and anxious situations using mindfulness as a tool. Mindfulness practice has transformed the way Wimal lives his life now, knowing this is another journey beginning. He is excited to facilitate this enriching wisdom so others can cultivate their own experiences and see life through “new eyes” and have a better appreciation of life and living – a new life skill. Wimal has three daughters and two granddaughters.     Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information:  Email: karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz Ring or text: 027 664 9281 Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form Testimonials for the Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 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 

at Manurewa Library
7 Hill Road
Auckland, New Zealand

Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Thursday Course. Starts Thurs. 4 February 7.00pm Sessions

Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Thursday Course. Starts Thurs. 4 February 7.00pm Sessions
Event on 2016-02-18 19:00:00
“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: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day to day life Studies and articles on the 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) Four weekly 50-minute classes Receive an articles, weekly emails and two 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: Two 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 50 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 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 Your trainer is Lin Ong Lin, like you, is a human being who encounters the ups and downs of life and the universal wish to be in contact with happiness and peace, and has experienced moments of this in mindfulness practice. She invites you to embrace this path of discovery in the ongoing journey.  Her first formal encounter of mindfulness practice began about 15 years ago. Her search for a way to understand suffering in the mental mind began with observation and then studies in psychology, social work and coaching.  This led her to various explorations and adventures, that brought her eventually to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Through the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), UK-supervised pathway, she is certified to deliver MBCT. She is thankful to her supervisors, Marie Johansson and Dr Christina Surawy, and to Prof Mark Williams. Her training stems from retreats conducted by members of the team at OMC; Melanie, Ann, Antonia and Mark and Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has found that what we cannot escape from is that knowledge remains mere knowledge until we integrate the practice into our own lives. Lin has a strong interest in research-based approaches that bring together the strength of modern science and ancient wisdom to help empower people, be familiar with the mind-body and to access the natural spring of well-being in people. Lin is deeply grateful to developers and teachers of MBSR/MBCT, and to her other precious teachers and friends from various walks of life. She is touched by those whose lives she has encountered. Her motivation is to work alongside you in a way that enlivens and empowers, so that you can continue to benefit yourself and others around you. She is open to working to make this possible through means that fit. www.naturenurturesparks.com     Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information:  Email: karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz Ring or text: 027 664 9281 Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form Testimonials for the Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 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 

at Woolston Community Centre
Ferry Road , Woolston Park
Christchurch, New Zealand