MBSR courses

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Those who have taken this user-friendly course report feeling more engaged in their work and relationships, with fewer symptoms of stress and also an increased sense of authority in their lives.

Come and see how this inspiring eight week course can help you develop more mental, emotional, physical and psychological resilience and well-being. Book early as our courses fill up quickly.

Course locations

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Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
The Buddhist Library
90 Church Street, Camperdown
Bondi Junction (Night)
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Bondi Junction (Day)
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Thursdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
139 Artarmon Rd, Artarmon
Northern Beaches
Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club
Surfview Road, Mona Vale
Armadale (Day)
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12:30pm
Chi Flow Yoga  
Suite 3A 727 High St, Armadale
Moonee Ponds (Night)
Wednesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Moonee Ponds Mind Body Health
23 Gladstone St, Moonee Ponds
Hawthorn (Night)
Thursday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness
16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne
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What will you be learning in the course?


Focus and presence

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

The practice helps interrupt endless rehearsing the future and rehashing the past and to arrive in the moment, again and again.

Savour your precious life. Stop procrastinating. Become present with loved ones and your work.


Emotional Calming

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

The practice helps to digest difficult emotions and cultivate more positive states including calm, interest, warmth, vitality and compassion.

Dissolve anxiety and irritation. Find more peace and ease. Understand the process of your own mind.


Clarity and wisdom

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

The practice helps to grow confidence in building new habits and more choice in responding to challenges.

Be curious.
Recognise your situation.
Act with courage.

Personal attention and skilled teaching:

We have found that most people who try mindfulness programs without a properly trained teacher or with an app, simply don’t practice. Our teachers are all well-trained, dedicated, experienced and go the extra distance to help you engage with the practice in a way that can bring real transformation.

Evidence-based program:

MBSR is the “real McCoy” of mindfulness training. Unlike many shorter courses (for which there is no evidence of benefit) MBSR has 35 years of research behind it and is recognised as the gold standard for mental and physical health in the field. It can lead  to measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress as well as improving the immune response in eight weeks.

Excellent value:

Our 27 hour courses happen over 8 weeks – offering not just a taste of mindfulness but a proper immersion. (Many short courses are actually more expensive than MBSR on an hourly rate basis.) We also offer serious discounts if you need a hand.

The MBSR course was first developed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has been widely researched over the past 35 years and is at the cutting edge of integrative and preventative medicine.

Openground offers MBSR Australia-wide (NSW - SydneyNewcastle, Wollongong) (VIC -Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga,) (QLD - Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast) (WA - Perth), (SA - Adelaide), (TAS - Hobart) - including by Distance education.

We do like to offer discounts to Health Care card holders and others in genuine financial difficulty (eg for those with disability, unemployment, chronic pain, students with very little support from their parents, or other constricting circumstances). To keep the books balanced, we appreciate you paying the full fee if you can afford it! In some locations you can book in early to get a significant early bird rate. Courses are offered four times a year in most locations, roughly in line with the school terms. 




I've tried meditation and I can't do it!

Yes we know!  Everybody has this experience when they first start mindfulness practice.  It is not a problem and won't stand in your way of developing more ease and peace in your life through the MBSR training.  It is just "grist for the mill".   Most people in the class will feel the same way.

We need to start with the mind we have.  If it is busy and preoccupied - that is the perfect place to begin.  Initially, mindfulness practice is really about becoming familiar with your own mind and body and exploring ways to soothe, calm and simply explore how we tick.

Step-by-step throughout the course you will be offered lots of different ways of practicing in order to bring this way of being more into your life. The science is really motivating as we find out why we have such jumpy, 'jack-rabbit' minds and what they need in order to calm down and become a little clearer.


Who is it for and what does it involve?

The course is for anyone who wants to reduce work, family or health-related stress and to bring a greater sense of balance and meaning to their lives and also to manage challenges more skilfully. The MBSR course involves -

  • an individual phone interview with your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class once a week for eight weeks plus one full retreat day
  • yoga and body awareness training
  • exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
  • brief lectures and discussions
  • individual feedback and support
  • scientific rationale for the practice
  • your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and course book

What are the benefits?

 Over 35 years of research into the MBSR program has found evidence for these outcomes:

  • Greater capacity to deal with stress
  • Increased sense of well-being and balance
  • Lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms
  • Increased energy and productivity, feeling more engaged with life
  • Stronger immune system
  • Increased levels of attention and concentration
  • More creative problem solving and greater focus
  • Increased sense of connection, meaning and purpose

In recent years research in neuroscience has made compelling discoveries about the brain’s capacity to grow and change, including evidence that meditation helps to create new pathways in the brain that increase our ability to be more positive and creative.

Why is it important to practice?

Mindfulness is not a good idea - it is a practice!

Like learning to swim, do Pilates or play golf – it is not so useful to just hear about it or read about it. It is the experience and practice that will lead to lasting and profound changes for you. Training in mindfulness offers a very portable set of skills so can be practiced anywhere, anytime.

But to benefit fully from the program are you willing to make a commitment to undertake some daily formal practice for the eight weeks? This will make all the difference to your satisfaction with the course and your life.

Give it a go and let's see what happens!



Why not just an app or a 4 week course?

Most of us busy humans don't like it but change takes time. Therefore MBSR unfolds over 8 weeks and beyond - with 28 hours of training, 2.5 hour sessions plus a whole day retreat and with quite a bit of home practice. There are lots of promises of a quick fix about lately. You will see many short courses (four to six weeks long and offering between 4 - 9 hours of training) that claim to be based on 'MBSR' or 'the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn' and also inaccurately drawing on the MBSR research-base - when this is not evident in the structure of the course or the experience of the teacher.    Mindfulness involves changing habits of mind and body. Change happens through practice and the evidence suggests that eight weeks provides the time for new cognitive, emotional, neurological and behavioural changes to become embedded. Our experience is that practice is most effectively developed in a sustainable manner when there is an ongoing personal relationship with a teacher who really knows their stuff. We encourage you to do some research. If you are quite stressed or meeting some big challenges you might be better doing an in-depth, evidence-based program.    Read here about why an app may not be the best way of learning.       .



I am a health professional. How will it help me in my work?

MBSR is a wonderful program for those in helping professions. It assists with our capacity for listening, empathy, compassion and genuine curiosity. It can also help us see into our own patterns that get in the way of being truly helpful. MBSR is however not a professional training in using mindfulness with clients: in this course, we are all in the same boat. We welcome you to experiment with leaving your professional hat at the door and really immersing yourself in the mindfulness practice. Doing our MBSR course is an opportunity to learn about mindfulness from the inside out by engaging in the group process and learning from everyone in the group.

There are good ethical and professional reasons to have an in-depth understanding of your own personal mindfulness practice before teaching others. A sustained mindfulness practice, including doing an MBSR course and a teacher-led silent mindfulness retreat, is a pre-requisite for training to teach others. For more information about professional mindfulness training in Australia, go to: MTIA


Distance mindfulness training

A distance course with a difference.

We offer Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction by Distance Education and we think you will find it quite different to other online options. We believe that mindfulness training is not well-served by a "one size fits all" online model and is best done through a relationship with a teacher.
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What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018