Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Tuesday Course. Starts Tue 01 Nov 7.00pm Sessions
Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Tuesday Course. Starts Tue 01 Nov 7.00pm Sessions

Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Tuesday Course....

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Woolston Community Centre

Woolston Park

486 Ferry Road

Woolston, Christchurch 8023

New Zealand

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psych today“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:


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.



Questions or More Information:

If you have questions or require more information: 


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 

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Woolston Park

486 Ferry Road

Woolston, Christchurch 8023

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