Gold Coast (Southport) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Wednesday, 18 January, 6.00pm Sessions
A$110
Gold Coast (Southport) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Wednesday, 18 January, 6.00pm Sessions

Gold Coast (Southport) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week...

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Southport Community Centre

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6 Lawson Street

Southport, QLD 4215

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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.


"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


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 approximately 20 people
  • Each class includes an instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections
  • Meditation is in chairs (mats and cushions are available if you prefer this)
  • Four weekly one-hour classes
  • Receive an articles, weekly emails and 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:

  • A variety of 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 60 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 practice.


The trainer is Gustavo Cestari

Gustavo is the founder and director of AMAR Centre for Growth and Mindful Living, an organisation devoted to bringing forth what is best in human beings and bringing to life the applied art and science of happiness and living a meaningful and fulfilling life. He is a psychotherapist, has undertaken three degrees in Psychology, is an experienced mindfulness meditation instructor and educator, a yoga teacher and a keen advocate for positive change in individuals and society.

Along with introductory courses, Gustavo also runs the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), Mindfulness at Work and Mindfulness in Schools programs, and Mindfulness Retreats in Nature on the Gold Coast and overseas. He assists individuals and professionals of diverse backgrounds to better deal with the stresses from work and life, increase resilience, reconnect to their true values, and live a healthier and more balanced and satisfying life. His psychotherapy work is largely influenced by the field of Positive Psychology, which seeks to identify and expand on human strengths, maximise potential and performance, and promote fulfilment and vitality in life.

Gustavo’s meditation practice stretches over 16 years and his work with mindfulness meditation is informed by extensive training and is based on both experiential and academic grounds. He brings much warmth, presence, clarity and passion to assisting others in cultivating mindfulness in their lives.

In the domain of his own life, Gustavo fully embraces living a meaningful, empowered, adventurous, healthy and fulfilling life; a life based on his values, authenticity and creativity!

Testimonials the Introductory 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


Questions or More Information:

If you have questions or require more information, please

Email karen@mindfulnessworksaustralia.com

Use Website Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form

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