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A Foundation Course in Mindfulness

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Monday, 1 February 2021 @ 8:00 am - Tuesday, 9 March 2021 @ 5:00 pm

A Foundation Course in Mindfulness

Don’t just react: respond.

Life and work can sometimes be overwhelming. Keeping up with rapid technological changes is just one of the increased demands upon our attention and time. We all need to be able to ride the wave of change without getting lost in the turmoil or burning out. Through mindfulness practice, it is possible to find an effective way forward, allowing us the breathing room to respond rather than just react to challenges, while developing insight, mental focus and resilience.

Tame your pacing mind

Our human tendency is to want to escape from life’s challenging situations through distraction and entertainment. Mindfulness cultivates a sense of connection to basic human goodness and healthiness, strengthening our capacity to relate directly, sympathetically and honestly with life’s ups and downs.

Rediscover your wellbeing

According to the mindfulness tradition, our positive qualities are simply a natural expression of human awareness. And that is the key: mindfulness is not about reinventing ourselves or about self-improvement. Rather it’s about uncovering who and what we already are in a genuine and caring way. When we do this, we may discover:

  • Better focus – our attention does not have to wander or become distracted
  • Clear seeing – we can strengthen our capacity to perceive subtle changes
  • Spacious minds – we don’t have to be caught in habitual patterns and reactions – there’s lots of room to work with everything and everyone that we encounter
  • Creativity – with spaciousness comes spontaneity, curiosity and playfulness
  • Sense of connection – with self and others (also we may find that we are better able to build stronger, healthier relationships internally and externally)
  • Stress reduction – we can be kind to ourselves, knowing how to motivate ourselves and others without resorting to either fear, intimidation or running away.

Course Format

The course is delivered in five weekly modules. Each module takes about an hour to complete and consists of a series of short video lessons. Lessons range from about 8 minutes to 20 minutes. You will gain most benefit if you practice the techniques as well, which may take an additional 10 to 20 minutes per day.
A Foundation Course in Mindfulness


We will kick off with a live video conference and then meet as a cohort in the third week (module 3) for another live check in session. Each week there will be discussion forums to engage your questions and insights with other participants and with the instructor. There will be optional readings and small assignments to support you to integrate the material into your practice. Live meetings (via Zoom) will take place from 1 -2 pm on February 1, 19 and March 9. Course materials will remain available until the end of March.


Monday, 1 February 2021 @ 8:00 am
Tuesday, 9 March 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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