Wollongong Beginners Mindfulness
The Introducing Mindfulness Course
This 3 week Course offers a brief taste of mindfulness practices and related theory, which can help those who are new to mindfulness have a mindful pause in daily life. It is designed by the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation collaborating with the University of Oxford.
What will you learn
The course has three sessions. Each session has a theme that is woven into meditation practices and discussions:
Session 1: Paying attention with curiosity and care
Understanding what mindfulness is and practicing where and how we can place our attention.
Session 2: Learning new ways of being
Exploring different ways of living: thinking or just simply being. Learning how we could use them appropriately to rebalance our life.
Session 3: Responding (not reacting)
Recognising our unhelpful re-activities of thoughts and behaviours. Exploring how to use mindfulness practice to make a responsive choice in difficult times.
How will you learn
The Introducing Mindfulness Course is a group-based learning program. It has 3 theme-based sessions . Each session takes around one hour. In weeks 1, 2, and 3, teachers will introduce one theme and lead related meditation practices and discussions.
There will be some home practices between sessions. Teachers will share recordings for guided meditation practices. In the next session, you are invited to share your practice experience such as delights and difficulties.
A course handbook is provided in the first session.
What may be the benefits
We hope you could experience some of the following benefits through the four sessions and your home practices:
- Improved positive emotions and quality of life
- Having a stronger sense of purpose in life
- Being more self-compassionate and resilient in difficult times
- Reduced uncomfortable feelings of emotional tension
- Less rumination and nervousness
What may be the challenges
Although you may face some of the following challenges, it is important to believe that all difficulties both in this course and in life can be transformed into opportunities for growth. No mud, no lotus.
You may feel strange while practising meditation. However, it is important to know that the program is a secular mindfulness course rather than any spiritual practice.
Benefits cannot be seen immediately. It takes time for practices to reveal its potentials. That is why the course includes 3weekly sessions and home practices.
It can be challenging to stay in a group. The course is a group-based learning journey that cultivates a sense of common humanity. No one is alone to suffer.
What happens after you complete the course?
You will be invited to give feedback (not compulsory).
In the last session, you will be given information about ways to continue your mindfulness journey.
About the Teacher:
Wei comes from China. She is a mindfulness practitioner and teacher. She enjoys practicing mindfulness in the early morning. She has spent 18 months receiving professional mindfulness teacher training at the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation. Wei is also a PhD student studying mindfulness and elite athlete mental health at the University of Wollongong. She is looking forward to sharing mindfulness with more people. As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “peace is every step, we shall walk hand in hand’.
3 week Course PRICING:
$88 *Concession $66 (citing of concession pass required)
Full payment is required for online bookings to confirm your place. There are *Concession rates available for Full-time students (Uni at least enroled in 3 subjects per semester), Blue Card Pensioners, Unemployed, HealthCare card etc. A compulsory Mindfulness Pre-Course Health Questionnaire will be emailed upon registration (please check both inbox and spam folders).
Upcoming Introducing Mindfulness 2023 course dates
Bookings are essential. Please phone the Wellness Centre on 4226377
8 Week Mindfulness for Life Course
"Mindfulness for Life" an 8 week in-depth programme is scheduled for September. This program is intended for those looking for a "deeper dive" into Mindfulness (MBCT_L) to cultivate lasting and sustainable change. Next Course Weds. 31st Jan. 2024 6.30pm More details HERE
Would you like to learn how to help:
- stay relatively calm in tense situations
- have increased self-confidence
- develop feelings of compassion, gratitude and love
- improved sense of inner peace and calmness
- increase intuition and perception
- improve learning and retention
- increase productivity
- reduce irritability and mood swings
- lower levels of apprehension
To register your interest please Contact Us below or phone 02 42263777
These classes are not religious per say but will draw on examples in all traditions including the non-traditional. They are not aligned with any wider organisation, religious or political group etc.
Yoga, Pilates, Meditation & Mindfulness or other Wellness Centre classes are not a substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis or treatment.