28. August 2019 - 19:00
Canberra (Chifley) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course | Chifley Community Room | Wednesday, 28. August 2019
The Mindfulness Works exclusive 4-week introductory course provides you with an opportunity to experience the benefits of mindfulness.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE?
4 x classes
4 week free gift subscription to the Calm premium mindfulness app
Weekly emails with extra articles and instructions
Downloadable guided mindfulness meditations for you to keep
ABOUT MINDFULNESS WORKS
Mindfulness Works is one of Australia's largest mindfulness training organisation. Every month over 600 people complete the Mindfulness Works introductory course across Australia and New Zealand.
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).
Modern research about mindfulness and meditation shows that over time and with regular practice, mindfulness offers significant benefits to people including less stress, less anxiety, greater focus, calm and happiness.
“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
THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
With regular practice and over time, mindfulness and meditation can offer the following benefits.
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved sleeping patterns
Greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Deeper levels of self-acceptance and self-love
“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
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE WITH CLINICAL OR SEVERE DEPRESSION
Many studies show that with regular practice and over time (at least 8 weeks), mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety. However if you have severe or clinical depression, it is important that you receive specialist medical advice.
For more information and support on depression and to get help, please visit:
Beyond the Blue
Phone: 1300 22 4636
FULL 4-WEEK COURSE – DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS: Give yourself the full experience of a 4-week course rather than just an introductory workshop or a shorter course. Mindfulness takes time to develop as a habit and a full 4-week course allows you to practise between classes; giving you a greater opportunity to experience the benefits of mindfulness for yourself in a real way.
NO RISK MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE: If you attend all the classes (complete the course) and don’t feel you have received any benefit, you are entitled to a full 100% money-back refund. You still get to keep all the course materials, downloadable guided meditations, workbook and app.
EXCLUSIVE 45-PAGE GUIDEBOOK: Our exclusive 45-page professionally-designed Mindfulness Works guidebook is for you to keep. This includes weekly assignments, lots of articles and a reading list.
FREE 4 WEEK GIFT SUBSCRIPTION TO THE CALM PREMIUM MINDFULNESS APP: All participants on courses receive a free 4 week gift subscription to the full version of the award-winning Calm Mindfulness and Meditation App. PLUS get a 25% off the price of a 12 month subscription to Calm premium.
NO RELIGION. NO DOGMA. NO FUNNY POSITIONS: This course is practical and fun with no religious elements at all. We sit in chairs, the language used is clear and modern.
EXPERIENCED AND WELL-SUPPORTED TEACHERS:Receive guidance from experienced mindfulness teachers who have received our Mindfulness Works teacher training and partake in ongoing professional development.
Week 1: What is Mindfulness and What are the Benefits?
Week 2: Mindfulness and The Thinking Mind
Week 3: Mindfulness and Emotions
Week 4: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners who have no or very little mindfulness and meditation experience. This course is not suitable for children and is best for people aged 18+.
YOUR COURSE FACILITATOR IS NEIL SHEPHERD
Neil is passionate about personal development. He sees it as a means towards living a calmer, happier and more interesting life, and he is keen to share this with others.
Neil started his practice over 17 years ago, mostly seeking strategies to better manage the life challenges he was experiencing at the time. After an experience with mindfulness and meditation, he developed a fascination for it and has since participated in a significant number of meditation retreats, practices and workshops. Some interesting examples are several years of mindfulness meditation practice with a Buddhist lama, the challenging “Vipassana” 10-day silent retreat, and an Eckhart Tolle retreat in Costa Rica. He also practised yoga for a number of years to help with mind-body connection.
Neil comes from a corporate background in Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, Consulting, Systems Management, Business Improvement, Presenting and Training.
He is inspired by natural beauty, travel and creativity. As an avid traveller, he has trekked and motorcycled through Nepal, walked Tasmania’s 7-day Overland Track and motor-homed through Europe along with numerous other travel adventures!
Neil's ethos is “Life is to experience”. His focus is also to simplify where possible, be kind, and avoid anything too extreme – he believes the world could do with some more smiles and kindness!
Neil's website is
QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION:
If you have questions or require more information:
Ring 1 800 138 119
Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form
TESTIMONIALS FOR THE MINDFULNESS WORKS INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION COURSE:“Thank goodness I came across Mindfulness Works. I have learnt so much in a year and am the happiest, authentic and most 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
“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
Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This course is for people 18 years of age and over.
What should I bring to the event?
Please bring comfortable, warm clothing. If you would like to sit on a cushion or stool, please bring this with you.
What's the refund and tranfer policy?
We offer full refunds or transfers up to one week before this course starts.
If you attend all 4 classes of the course and feel you have not got value, you are entitled to a full refund.
We do not offer refunds if you do not attend all 4 classes of the course.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?