Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
The 8-week mindfulness training program that could change your life ... for good!
8 Tuesdays (6:00 - 8:30 pm), 14 July - 1 September, 2020
+ A "Day of Mindfulness" intensive on Sunday 23 August (9:30 am - 4:30 pm)
Online via Zoom platform
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based, practical and empowering program that brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life. You will learn specific skills and practices to build your innate capacity to break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.
This course provides an in-depth approach to shifting your habitual thinking mind into a new and freer framework.
Imagine how it would feel to come home to the wisdom of your body’s senses, and to arrive in this moment more peacefully, calmly and more confidently than you may have ever thought possible.
With mindfulness meditation practices and gentle movement as the core of this life-enhancing program, you will learn simple and highly effective ways to take better care of yourself towards the living of a healthier, more skilfully responsive life.
The online format allows you to attend this course from the comfort of your home. Depending on the state-of-play by late August, there is a possibility that the full-day session may be held in person. However, the online format works very well with this program, giving opportunity for a wonderfully genuine face-to-face experience.
All you need is a private space that is warm and comfortable, in which you have room to move, lie down, and be part of each class via your device and internet connection. No travel through the dark, cold nights of winter, while you learn some vital new skills that will support you for the rest of your life.
This is the same program as televised on Catalyst on ABC television last year – there are many Mindfulness courses and classes available out there these days, but this is the ridgy-didge AND extensively researched Mindfulness program that started the modern Mindfulness ball rolling…
Through the learning and cultivation of skills, attitudes and knowledge MBSR offers a tested approach to develop our innate human capacities for attention, awareness and wise action. You will learn a range of mindfulness practices which encourage an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your internal experiences including thoughts, emotions, body sensations and impulses, and how to apply this in a practical way to this moment now – whether it be challenging and difficult or joyful and exhilarating.
MBSR is different from many other mindfulness offerings in terms of dedicated attention with a teacher, time spent in actual practice and the transformative power of the experience with other people in the group.
Psychological regulation ~ learning how to calm down and balance your nervous system
Emotional awareness ~ getting to know your own emotions and how to accept, explore and transform them
Cognitive flexibility ~ developing more concentration and clarity, and less rigidity in your beliefs and attitudes
Engagement with values ~ bringing what you care about into how you live
Behavioural change ~ experimenting with small changes leading to bigger shifts in life
I came to Australia from Canada in 1989, on a personal adventure quest. Along the way, some difficult life circumstances led me to taking up a regular practice of mindfulness and yoga in 1998. Truly, this ongoing practice has sustained me through thick and thin over the intervening years.
The internal changes I’ve experienced were (and continue to be) compelling, and have led me to teacher training in yoga and its therapeutic application; and to Mindfulness Meditation training. Specifically the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, which has a very particular, evidence-based curriculum.
I am a member of Meditation Australia, as well as a qualified teacher of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, through Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia. I am also a senior teacher with Yoga Australia. I specialise in teaching meditation techniques that support calm, resilience, and healthy choices in living. These include Mindfulness Meditation practices, specific breathing techniques, and therapeutic yoga.
"The Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) course opened a portable toolkit that I never fully understood I (already) had. Cherise’s broad experience and inclusive approach combining simple yoga and guided meditation gives life and context to the structured elements of the course. The insights shared and establishment of regular practice has been both challenging and profoundly rewarding.
It’s a toolkit for life."
"I really loved the MBSR course, and Cherise was a fantastic facilitator. Her calm, warm and thoughtful approach was really appreciated. She was able to lead the group through not only the mindfulness practices, but the theory and group conversations. I would definitely recommend MBSR to anyone who is interested, has the opportunity and wants to invest in themselves."
Join in the July 2020 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program to participate in 27 hours of direct classes (online via Zoom), plus the establishment and development of your lifelong practice of Mindfulness
Tuesday 14 July - Tuesday 1 September, 2020 – 6-8.30pm
+ Full Day on Sunday 23 August
3 x monthly payments of $150
Please Note - Attendance at this program is being kept small, even in this online format, to enhance the group and individual experience. Numbers are strictly limited!
(If you have been financially disadvantaged by the CoVid-19 Pandemic situation, and yet you are keen to participate in this program, please give me a call and we can discuss how we can manage this financially. Don’t let lack of money stop you if you are really keen.)
As part of international guidelines for this program, a pre-enrollment interview is part of the process. This gives us a chance to discuss aspects of the program and how I may support your participation as well as any questions you may have.
Once you have filled in the registration form below and paid your deposit, I will ring you to arrange our interview and finalise enrolment.
If you have any questions prior to filling in this enrolment form, please ring me on 0418 836 600 or email me to enquire.
Enrolments will close 1st July 2020.