MBSR – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

Course Overview

Break the cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion: MBSR brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices that can be incorporated into your daily life.

Come and see how this inspiring course, now running in the Illlawarra, can help you develop more mental, emotional, physical and psychological resilience and well-being.

Start applying your innate capacity to both reduce distress, and also enhance delight and appreciation for what is here. By learning where and how to place attention, the world opens up, and small and big freedoms can be found.

The course will surprise you – it is plain-speaking, emotionally intelligent and alive.

What does it cover?

This course includes:

  • an individual phone interview prior to the course, and ongoing individual support from your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class, over 8-9 weeks, plus one full retreat day
  • mindfulness meditation and body awareness training
  • an exploration of your own patterns and how to transform them
  • good conversations about things that matter
  • scientific rationale for the practice
  • access to Openground audio app for practice and a 100 page course book

What do participants experience?

You spend quite a bit of time during the course really investigating your mind and body in the company of people whose lives and discoveries over the eight weeks give you something profound – a feeling of connection and belonging that you haven’t felt for a while. You spend time listening deeply, not only to your own experience of sensations, thinking, feeling and action, but you get to know your patterns in a way that is tender and caring but also transforming. You find out that you can do things differently to make serious changes in how you experience your five-year-old, your boss, your insomnia, your pain, your anxiety, your depression. You discover both subtle and big changes in how you want to spend your time. You get some confidence in your own goodness and the goodness of others – which can be a rare experience these days.

How is MBSR different from other Mindfulness courses?

MBSR courses offer depth, safety, continuity and connection with a highly trained, dedicated teacher to help you engage with the heart of the matter – so that you can find more resilience, effectiveness and authority in your life. While a short course, app or workshop may offer a taste of mindfulness, it is unlikely to provide you with the experience, space and time to develop your own practice, which is what leads to the outcomes you probably want and are truly possible from this inspiring method. Come exactly as you are!

Please note:

It will take time!
It will cost you!
It may be uncomfortable!
It may change your life!

Adele would like to thank Openground for their permission to quote directly from their website.

Course Schedule

Adele isn’t running MBSR courses first half 2024:

Please contact Sue at Mind Your Busyness for MBSR in Wollongong Term 1 and 2 2024.

TERM 3 2024: at Russellvale Community Hall

Tuesday 30th July 2024 10am-1pm
Tuesday 6th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 13th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 20th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 27th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 3rd September 2024 10am-12.30pm
Sunday 8th September 2024 10am-4.30pm Mt Keira Girl guides camp
Tuesday 10th September 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 17th September 2024 NO SESSION 
Tuesday 24th September 2024 10am-1pm

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Course Costs

Our goal is to keep the course accessible to all those who could benefit. 

The full cost is $630.

For Pension and Centrelink Health Card Card holders the cost is $450.

There is a 5% discount for regular Woonona Medical Practice patients and a 20% discount If repeating the course.

Those experiencing financial hardship are welcome to contact Adele to discuss a subsidised place. Payment plans will incur an extra $25 due to the extra admin involved.

Course Attendance

MBSR courses are run 2-3 times per year for 8 weekly sessions (plus one all day retreat, which sometimes makes it a 9 week course), usually coinciding with the school term. It is important to attend every session if at all possible. Zoom sessions are available if unwell or away.

The weekly sessions support the daily home practice of 45 – 60 minutes. The above research outcomes apply to participants who did home practice as well as attend the sessions.

See below for scheduled venue, dates and times

Dates & Venue

TERM 3 2024: at Russellvale Community Hall

Tuesday 30th July 2024 10am-1pm
Tuesday 6th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 13th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 20th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 27th August 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 3rd September 2024 10am-12.30pm
Sunday 8th September 2024 10am-3.30pm Mt Keira Girl guides camp
Tuesday 10th September 2024 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 17th September 2024 NO SESSION 
Tuesday 24th September 2024 10am-1pm