8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (includes an All Day Retreat) with Amara

Sunday 8th May 2022


Here’s why training in mindfulness is so important for your health and wellbeing.

If you’ve been experiencing stress, anxiety, sleep issues, physical pain and nothing you’ve tried seems to make a lasting difference, there is simply no better option than to undertake mindfulness training. By doing so, you’ll have an inner resource that you can draw upon for the rest of your life. At the end of this 8-week course you’ll have a regular mindfulness practice that you can do by yourself, you won’t even need an app to guide you, because you’ll know what you’ll be doing. It’s just one of the reasons why the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course is regarded as the gold standard in mindfulness training.

You’ll find that training in mindfulness teaches your mind to be in the present moment.

You’ll find that training in mindfulness teaches your mind to be in the present moment.

So often we move through our daily life with our body doing one thing, and our mind off somewhere else completely. And while daydreaming may be pleasant every now and again, science has shown that when our minds wander, we typically feel less happy.

By training in mindfulness you’ll learn valuable skills such as how to work with strong emotions, how to cultivate more positive mood states, and importantly how to find inner peace even with a busy mind.

Mindfulness has been defined as ‘paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally as if your life depended on it.’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn) Because the quality of your life really does depend on it. You can either move through life at the mercy of your own mental states and emotional reactions, or you can learn to cultivate attention in such a way that allows you to enter into a wiser and more loving relationship with your whole life.


What is the background of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course?

The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) was developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Inspired by his own mindfulness practice, Kabat-Zinn wondered whether mindfulness practice could ‘help patients mobilize their own interior resources for learning, growing, healing, and transformation.’

And it did.

Since 1979 there has been an enormous amount of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of Kabat-Zinn’s 8-week MBSR program in its ability to reduce stress, anxiety, decrease blood pressure, improve sleep, improve emotional regulation, memory, concentration, and increase self-compassion.

MBSR is highly respected within the medical and scientific fields and more than 24,000 people have completed the MBSR course since1979. If you’re experiencing stress, anxiety, pain, or sleep disturbances, this course will help you. Similarly, maybe you’re a health professional wanting to include mindfulness as part of your self-care routine, or perhaps you’ve dabbled in mindfulness or meditation over the years but you still haven’t got a solid personal practice.
This course is for you.


Why should you do the 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course?

People who have completed the 8-week MBSR course report experiencing

  • an increased ability to deal with stress and difficulties
  • enhanced feelings of balance and wellbeing
  • a reduction in physical and psychological symptoms
  • an improved immune system
  • more energy and productivity
  • better attention, concentration, focus and creative problem-solving
  • enhanced resilience, connection, meaning and purpose in their life


Best of all, you’ll lay a foundation within yourself that will support you for years to come. You will complete the course with a thorough theoretical and practical experience of mindfulness.
You will be empowered with the skills, knowledge and experience to practice mindfulness on your own, without a teacher or an app – anywhere, anytime.


You will learn:

  • the basic neuroscience and psychological underpinnings of mindfulness
  • the physiology and psychology of stress
  • how to develop more proactive ways to respond to stress
  • how to be less reactive and have more choice
  • how mindfulness makes difficulties and challenges workable
  • how to engage more adaptive coping strategies
  • interpersonal mindfulness skills to enhance personal relationships
  • techniques for investigating emotional states and knowing your emotions
  • ways to cultivate positive emotion states such as gratitude and self-compassion
  • how to work with thinking that arises while practising mindfulness
  • how to maintain your own personal mindfulness practice

And much more…


This course is suitable for:

  • Anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, pain or sleep issues
  • Novice and experienced meditators
  • The meditation dabbler, yet to develop their own personal practice
  • Anyone looking for an evidence-based approach to mindfulness meditation


Your 8-week MBSR course consists of:

  • 8 x weekly 2.5 hour classes 
  • All day Mindfulness Retreat, Sunday 12th of June – 9.30am / 4pm 
  • 110-page course manual
  • lifetime access to a meditation app with over 25 guided meditation practices
  • individual feedback and support from your teacher
  • access to a live face to face mindfulness practice group only available to MBSR graduates


Each weekly face-to-face class consists of:

  • formal and informal mindfulness practices
  • body awareness training
  • investigation of patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour
  • brief lectures and discussions
  • scientific rationale for the practice


The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is the most comprehensive and highly regarded mindfulness course around. It has been tried and tested for over 30 years in clinical settings with an abundance of research to back it up.


You Also Get:  All Day Mindfulness Retreat

The one-day retreat is an intensive day of practice. It is designed for you to practice the skills learnt in MBSR across multiple levels of your life. The retreat also prepares you to apply these methods far beyond the conclusion of the program.




What will you need to commit?

Just like learning any other new skill, such as surfing or a new language, you need to practice. Reading a book about mindfulness or attending classes and not practicing at home simply isn’t enough to reap the rewards of mindfulness.


By signing up for this course you’ll need to commit by:

  • Attending each of the 8 weekly classes, as best as you can.
  • Attending the one day retreat
  • 45 minutes of home practice, 6 days per week

Meet Amara: 

Amara is an accredited Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction facilitator, trained with the Mindfulness Training Institute Australia – New Zealand.

Amara began practicing mindfulness yoga and meditation in 1977.  During her 35 years of teaching experience she has taught mindfulness yoga and meditation in private consultation, schools, work places, community groups, retreat centres and hospitals.

From 1987-2008 she was manager and senior teacher at the Manly Yoga and Meditation centre, a not for profit organisation.



After you register Amara will be in contact with you to arrange a brief individual pre-course meeting.

If  you would like to ask Amara some questions about the course and how it may support you, please email or a book a phone chat by clicking here https://beingmindfulnow.com.au 


Sunday 8th May 2022 To Sunday 3rd Jul 2022
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm





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