An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation — Whanganui

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The Josephite Retreat Centre

(Quiet Room)

14 Hillside Terrace

Whanganui, North Island 4500

New Zealand

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Reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and increase self-acceptance with mindfulness. New Zealand's number one mindfulness course.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course. Each class is one hour, once per week. This course is practical, non-religious and designed for beginners. The course includes

  • 4 classes with an experienced mindfulness trainer
  • 4-week subscription to the full version of the CALM app
  • Downloadable guided mindfulness meditations for you to keep
  • A 45-page guidebook

“Using mindfulness to help me better manage unrelenting anxiety, obsessive worrying & sadness. I have found that using the apps is helpful when having a stressful day, & I intend to keep practicing daily. Thank you.” — Cecily Wilson

Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” — Jon Kabat Zinn (Professor of Medicine Emeritus Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine).

The benefits of regular mindfulness are…

✔ Reduced stress and anxiety

✔ Improved sleeping patterns

✔ Less self-judgement and more self-acceptance

✔ Greater feelings of joy and freedom

✔ Improved mental health

✔ Effective ways to work with difficult thoughts and emotions

“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

✔ Full length 4-week course so you can practise and report back.

✔ No risk money-back guarantee; if you attend all the classes and don’t feel you have received any benefit get your money back.

✔ Includes 4-week subscription to the premium version of the CALM mindfulness and meditation app.

✔ New Zealand’s number one mindfulness course.

✔ Exclusive 45-page guidebook including weekly assignments, indepth articles and a reading list.

✔ Over 15 guided downloadable guided meditations for you to keep.

✔ No religion. No dogma. No funny positions. Practical and non-religious course.

✔ Designed for absolute beginners

Week 1: What is Mindfulness?

  • What mindfulness is
  • The benefits of mindfulness and meditation
  • Guided body scan mindfulness meditation.

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.

Week 3: Working with Emotions

  • What are emotions?
  • Learning to feel emotions
  • The RAIN method
  • Non-judgement and acceptance
  • Guided mindfulness meditation on feelings.

Week 4: Radical Acceptance

  • What it means to be present
  • How "wanting things to be different" causes stress
  • Developing wisdom and insight
  • Authentic self-compassion
  • Open awareness guided mindfulness meditation
  • Next steps.


Kia Ora. My name is Carrissa Brown.

I am passionate about all forms of natural healing, energy and its inter-dimensional power. I am of Maori descent and have practised many forms of healing through Massage / Mirimiri most of my life; aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, deep tissue, relaxation, sports massage, including Maori Healing, and th more ancient practice Kaha Ra Mirimiri, using hot stones and sound and working at a cellular level to help release and recalibrate cellular memory, releasing traumatic emotional triggers.

I am passionate about Meditation and its importance in everyday life, in staying balanced, centred and safe. Becoming an observer of my own innerness has been one of the biggest learnings and healings of my journey to date and is ongoing. The daily practice of meditation helped me to find freedom from depression and PTSD. I feel honoured to have this opportunity to share this practice with others, to help them, as I helped myself, to remember how to be still, to be present, to be kind to oneself. Knowing firsthand how powerful it is for people to understand this process for their own wellbeing and that of their families.

I have completed training in other methodologies of meditation —Transcendental Meditation, Beautiful State. So when the opportunity to become a part of the Mindfulness Works team, it absolutely felt 100% meant to be. I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with and share the freedom of nothingness, clarity, absolute LOVE, and did I say FREEDOM?

I really look forward to working with you, and sharing this gift of Mindfulness with you; trust me when I say it will change your life forever, if that is what you choose.

Mindfulness Works is the largest mindfulness training organisation in New Zealand. Over 15,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course

Mindfulness Works is committed to:

  • Providing accessible and affordable mindfulness courses.
  • Offering a diverse range of experienced and skilled mindfulness trainers.
  • Providing courses in a practical format with exceptional supporting resources.
  • Improving the mental health of all of us and fostering self-love in all.
  • Supporting our facilitators with options for further professional development.
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