Mindfulness: the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment Kabat-Zinn 2003
Deirdre’s course has helped me a great deal personally and in my connections with others and the environment. The topics covered each week are extremely meaningful, useful, practical and totally do’able! I am calmer, happier and slowly learning to have compassion for myself. I absolutely recommend this course. Deirdre is a magnificent teacher.
Tam Holden, Taupō
I loved this course. Deirdre is a marvellous teacher and the course was a wonderful mixture of mindfulness science and its practical application. Each week we were introduced to something new and thought provoking. I felt very safe in the group and loved the discussions and the way we grew in our confidence to continue with our own practice. Sarah Hart, Taupō
On Going Opportunities:
for those who have completed an 8 weeks course
One-day weekend workshops are held through-out the year to explore and consolidate skills and practice. Annual one-day silent retreats are also held locally and kept at a very manageable price to provide a unique opportunity to deepen and strengthen the mindfulness practices learned in the first 8 weeks. Re-take opportunities are available for a $100 to enable a repeat of the course when it runs with spare spaces.
Those who have completed an introductory programme are invited to attend free fortnightly lunch time meet-ups where they can participate in a 15 minute guided practice, ask questions and share and support each other in their developing mindfulness practice, at no cost.
Week 1 Introduction to the Neuroscience of Mindfulness. Establishing your mindfulness practice
Week 2 Mindfulness of the Body and the Senses. The neuro-physiology of the Stress Response
Week 3 Mindfulness of Thinking. Focused and Open Awareness
Week 4 Mindfulness of Emotions and the Three-Brain model
Week 5 Mindful Self-Compassion and working with difficult emotions (the RAIN approach)
Week 6 Positive Neuro-plasticity and Savouring/Gratitude Practice
Week 7 Goals and Values and Self-Regulation
Week 8 Happiness, Well-Being, Psychological Resilience and continuing your daily mindfulness practice
Weekly handouts (hard copy and/or digital) including useful links and further reading build into a comprehensive file. An email summary follows-up each session and recommended audio practices for home use are introduced each week along with a digital Resource File and Reading List.