Rangiora Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Tuesday Course. Starts Tue 07 Feb 2017 6.15pm Sessions
NZ$95
Rangiora Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Tuesday Course. Starts Tue 07 Feb 2017 6.15pm Sessions

Rangiora Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Tuesday Course. Sta...

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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 20 people
  • Each class includes instruction, guided meditations and time for questions/reflections
  • Meditation is in chairs
  • Four weekly 60-minute classes
  • Receive an articles, weekly emails and a high quality guided meditation MP3 download at no extra cost
  • 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 free 20-minute guided meditation MP3s
  • 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.


Your trainer is Kate Brandram-Adams

Kate is excited to be part of bringing mindfulness courses to Christchurch, Rangiora and North Canterbury, where so many people have suffered losses and are experiencing ongoing stress in their lives.

Kate has a love for practising and teaching mindfulness as it allows for a way of being with people “as we are” in any moment…… sad, happy, anxious, joyful, frustrated, lonely…. the whole caboodle of this life as a human being! The 10 thousand joys and the 10 thousand sorrows. Mindfulness’ values of friendliness, openness, curiosity and not just going with what is said but checking it out in our own experience, resonate deeply with her. She loves the fact that you can’t get it wrong….. your experience is your experience!

Mindfulness is a fundamental part of Kate’s life and infuses every part, imperfectly, with difficulty at times and ease at others, but it is always there. Even if it is simply the awareness of not being at all mindful! She has a daily meditation practice, attends regular meditation and mindful living retreats and has done personal development work with mindfulness therapists. It is a value of hers not to teach anything that she is not willing to experience herself, allowing her to teach with authenticity and compassion.

Kate has completed and continues to do ongoing training in teaching mindfulness: including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through “Openground’’. She teaches MBSR and mindfulness in other settings and groups. She is supported to teach by experienced mindfulness teachers from around the world.

Kate is also a registered mental health nurse who specialises in addictions and holistic approaches (integrating body, mind and spirit for wellbeing) including training in naturopathy, nutrition and massage.

Kate has a passion for the integration of ancient wisdom with modern day neuroscience. Thus uniting the art and science of supporting people to discover their own source of wisdom, wellbeing and healing; connecting with their own “inner teacher”.

Kate is grateful to the many mindfulness teachers in her life that include animals and the nature around her that she is part of.


Questions or More Information:

If you have questions or require more information:

Email: karen@mindfulnessworks.co.nz

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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