Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – finding fresh ways of being

Saturday 1st May 2021

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week foundational mindfulness training course which is evidence-based, practical and empowering. As seen on Catalyst TV.

Undertaking this in-depth training to develop a steady mindfulness practice will offer you a precious capacity for the rest of your life. We take a genuine, personal approach and our dedicated teachers will go the extra mile to help you engage with each other and your practice in ways that are immediately satisfying and helpful. You will learn a range of mindfulness practices to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your own internal experiences and how to apply this in a practical way to immediate life challenges. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based, user-friendly program that brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Openground is proud to be endorsed by Emeritus Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn – who developed MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 for people suffering chronic and acute stress, chronic pain and illness, and associated anxiety and depression.  As seen on ABC Catalyst TV.


Focus and presence

Cultivate more concentration and capacity to be in the moment with what matters to you most, here and now.  


Emotional calming

Reduce reactivity, learn to befriend your emotions and to express them in ways that set clear and caring boundaries.  


Clarity and wisdom

See your patterns and values with more clarity so that your actions can be more beneficial to yourself and others.

What does it involve?

  • an individual phone interview, and ongoing individual support from your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class, over eight 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

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

Book early as our courses fill up quickly. 



We love to offer enabling discounts for people who have a need for our support because of disability, long-term unemployment, students (with no help from parents) or chronic pain conditions that prevent work. And there is much need at the moment of course, because of the increased strain of COVID. So if you have access to assets, savings, shares, or property, can we ask you to reflect on whether you can stretch to afford the full fee at this time, or maybe choose a payment plan. Thanks! 

Please complete this questionnaire today if you need a serious discount and we will be back in touch soon.

Saturday sessions: 2.00-4.30pm at Qi Manly
Session 1: 01 May
Session 2: 08 May
Session 3: 15 May
Session 4: 22 May
Session 5: 29 May

Day of Mindfulness Retreat: Sunday 06 June, 9.30 – 4.00pm
Venue: Prince Henry Centre, 2 coast Hospital Rd, Little Bay 

Session 6: 12 June
Session 7: 19 June
Session 8: 26 June

Meet your teacher Amara Saraswati

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Amara began practicing mindfulness yoga and meditation in 1977. On noticing how effective the practices were in supporting her physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and with a heartfelt longing to be able to support others, she immersed herself in study and practice. From 1987-2008 she was manager and senior teacher at the Manly Yoga and Meditation centre, a not for profit organisation.

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 to inpatients at both Manly and Royal North Shore Hospital drug and alcohol rehabilitation units. From 2017-2018 she taught 4 classes a week to inpatients in the acute mental health wards at Manly Hospital.


Saturday 1st May 2021 To Saturday 26th Jun 2021
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Qi Manly: Surya Studio


$695 for 8 weeks

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