Mindfulness Classes, Workshops, and Retreats
Mindfulness and Leadership
From Google’s ‘Search Inside Yourself’ worldwide program, all the way down to local community groups, there is a growing recognition that benefits attained through learning some simple mindfulness skills add to the productivity, effectiveness, and general happiness of individuals at work, at home, and in the community.
My past experience as a leader and manager in a corporate environment has underlined the importance of developing a personal practice that supports development as a human being first, leader or team player second.
Emotional, mental and spiritual intelligence grow from this personal development, enabling calmness in times of stress, an enhanced self-awareness and understanding of one’s effect on others, and encouraging others to be the best they can be.
The results are happier, more harmonious office/corporate environments with attendant results on productivity. This is true leadership!
Mindfulness as a personal approach
The benefits of a regular practice of Mindfulness develop first in one’s own personal life, which then radiates out into family life, community life, and work life.
Stress reduction, enhanced sense of personal well-being, lowered levels of anxiety and depression all come from creating specific time for tending to oneself.
Learning simple Mindfulness Meditation techniques, understanding how the mind/body/emotional complex is made up, and developing an ongoing habit of Mindfulness – these are the core approaches to stepping into life in a new, more present, more truly you, way.
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 4-week course
Held regularly through 2022, this course will give you a basic overview of Mindfulness, as well as experience with a few different mindful meditations.
The course is designed and coordinated through Mindfulness Works Australia, which has been running Mindfulness courses for the past several years across the country.
Your registration fee covers a printed manual, access to the Calm meditation app, weekly support emails, and follow-up suggestions/resources. You are also encouraged to develop a new habit – a daily meditation time. From here the benefits of Mindfulness truly begin to flow.
Dates: Variable, check Mindfulness Works website
Times: Thursdays for 4 weeks, 7.00-8.00pm
Location: Woodcroft Community Centre (in same building as Woodcroft Library)
Finding Peace in a Frantic World 6-week course
This course is a deeper experience of mindfulness practices and theory. The course, developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, is based on the traditional 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, but the key learning points and practices have been shortened and adapted.
The course consists of 6 weekly x 90 minute sessions and includes 10 to 20 minutes of home practice per day, so lighter and more accessible for many. Perfect for those new to mindfulness meditation, but also a great refresher for those that have done MBSR, or a next step for those that have done the 4-week intro. This course can also be run as a workplace programme on demand.
The course commences on the evening of Tuesday 5 April, 2022, from 6.30-8pm at Studio Soul Space in Willunga, SA.
Course cost includes a 48-page printed manual, downloadable app with weekly meditations to follow along with, and 2x weekly half-hour live online meditation sessions which are optional to attend but can support your home practice. Total cost = $427
Corporate and Community-based Workshops
Scheduled on as-needs basis – POA
Mindfulness Basics (2-4 hours):
These classes are designed to give an introductory overview of what mindfulness is (and is not). They can be brought into a corporate or community-based environment, including a variety of exercises that create interaction between individuals as well as personal enquiry time.
In consultation with you, a typical course will include some theory around how our brains work and thinking habits; a few experiential mindfulness practices; as well as building some basic skills for de-stressing and relaxation.
‘Mindful Leader’ Workshop (1-2 days):
Run as either residential or non-residential immersion experiences.
These workshops are designed on consultation with you and include:
- Overview of mindfulness development.
- Theory on brain development and thinking habits.
- How emotional intelligence and mindfulness are linked.
- Simple mindfulness/meditation techniques that can be used anywhere, promoting enhanced self-awareness and regulation.
- Ample time to practice a range of mindfulness ‘tools’.
- Time for reflection/personal goal setting.
- Other aims identified through consultation process.