Programmes

Our tailored training and development programmes, workshops, conference sessions and corporate retreats are interactive, participative, well researched, and very practical in their approach and delivery.

Mindfulness is about “developing high levels of self-management by switching off the autopilot and getting in the driver’s seat of your life.” We love this quote from Rasmus Hougaard of Potential Project and place a high value on helping our clients get back into the driver’s seat and take conscious control of their lives.

We show people how to apply concepts, principles and techniques in day-to-day life, and work with clients’ existing situations i.e. real-life scenarios to help provide useful and immediately relevant results.

We facilitate a high level of group involvement and engagement and place a very high value on our clients feeling comfortable enough to discuss and consider even potentially ‘difficult’ topics and issues.

We also work one-on-one with CEOs and senior managers, on request.

Mindfulness brings improved employee effectiveness, wellbeing and retention, and has a positive impact on the quality of your product and the satisfaction of your customers.

Mindfulness-Based Personal Effectiveness (MBPE)

Our flagship programme, MBPE is about the internal journey and developing new disciplines and skills to help navigate the external world and flourish as you do so.

It’s designed to run over 16 consecutive weeks, or in two blocks of 8 weeks, and consists of weekly sessions to provide participants with very practical mindfulness tools and techniques to become better able to stay present, remain calm and ‘positive’, or recover quickly from knock-backs (which of course we all have from time to time!).

It’s an opportunity to put in a pause, press re-set, and ‘go again’, without the baggage that may have accumulated along the journey so far.

The programme is very application-focused and provides weekly Home Practice Exercises & Activations to complete throughout the week. This helps develop new habits of thinking and behaviour and facilitates integration of learning.

Shorter programmes using selected content from the main programme, and tailored to meet specific needs, are also available on request. These can vary in length from 4 to 12 weeks.

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“Anyone and everyone could benefit from this, particularly a group of people from the same business – if everyone was on the same page learning the concepts then just imagine the change across the team and delivery of product/service.
My relationships in both my marriage and at work have developed for the better as I’ve used the skills I’ve learnt”

Beth Elstone, Event Manager & Promoter

Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM)

The MBSM course has been designed by two leading Western meditation teachers, Paul Bedson from The Gawler Cancer Foundation and Ian Gawler.

Dr Ian Gawler has played a major role in pioneering and popularizing meditation and other mind-body techniques in the Western world and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the community.

MBSM is ideal for both those who are new to mindfulness and meditation, and those who already have a practice. MBSM helps us learn to relax the body, calm the mind, and progress into the deeper stillness of meditation. In addition to the many well-proven benefits to our health, healing and wellbeing, meditation also helps us to get to know ourselves better.

MBSM can be run over 8 consecutive weeks, or in a modular format, and includes a comprehensive workbook and guided relaxation and mindfulness meditation audios for your personal use both during and after the course.

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“Excellent, inspiring.  Very good balance between facts, science, anecdotes, ancient wisdom, discussion and meditations.”

Alice, Doctor

“I really, really enjoyed the MBSM Course – so many thanks for such a wonderful, practical and inspirational course. You delivered a real gift in such a beautiful way.”

Cam McLeay, Private Guide and Explorer

FAQs

How do I learn mindfulness?

While it’s always useful and helpful to have the theoretical and research-based data to read about, talk about and ponder, it’s no substitute for your first-hand experience of mindfulness. Even ten minutes of practice every day will quickly help you develop new neural pathways and develop new habits of behavior. Brain imaging studies show that mindfulness practice reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of thought, feeling and concern for others. You’ll start to learn mindfulness in the opening session of all our courses, programs and workshops.

Is it hard?

Like anything new, learning to live mindfully takes practice and repetition. The pay-off though is rapid as we learn to sustain our attention and direct it more skillfully, breaking the grip of worry, judgement, impulsive reactions and the feeling of being out of control. We learn to experience greater levels of calm, peace, focus, kindness and compassion.

Who’s it for?

Anyone and everyone! Mindfulness helps people of all ages think more clearly, learn more effectively, perform better and feel calmer, less anxious and less stressed or hopeless. There are no prerequisites other than a desire to experience more of what life has to offer, a willingness to explore and investigate and experience the practicalities of living mindfully, and a curiosity about uncovering and learning more about one’s habits of thinking, feeling and behaviour – and the extent to which they either help us grow and develop, or keep us stuck.

Mindfulness of breath?

Because mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds moment-by-moment, our own selves become our ‘laboratory’. We begin our exploration with our breath, paying attention to the sensations of the breath as it enters and leaves the body. Tuning in to our breath brings us right into the here and now and anchors our awareness in the body. The breath plays a vital role in healing and is an incredible support in developing a mindful approach to life, and to our day-to-day experience.

Mindfulness of body?

Many of us spend time focusing on our external appearance without paying much attention to actually experiencing what’s going on inside of our body, being open to the messages it has for us, and without judgment. We tend to take the sensations of our body for granted, and consequently can find ourselves disconnected from the present moment. Developing an affectionate and gentle curiosity about our body helps us to learn important things about ourselves as we enter more deeply into the practice of mindfulness, and potentially pre-empt or prevent certain illnesses or conditions from taking up residence.

Mindfulness of thoughts?

Many of us get caught up in our thoughts and find ourselves living out of the past or the future, missing out on the experience of being present in the here and now. Mindfulness of thoughts gradually helps us to let go of reactions and judgments, and distance ourselves from the stories that our thoughts create. Learning to observe our thoughts without trying to either remove them or hang onto them naturally leads to thoughts settling. That leads to a direct experience of the natural stillness and calm of the mind.

Mindfulness of emotions?

Research in the area of psychoneuroimmunology (the scientific study of the impact of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours on our immune system) has shown that the more our emotions flow and are expressed appropriately, the better our health and wellness. Healthy people with strong immune systems attend to feedback signals from their bodies, including their emotions. The practice of mindfulness of emotions helps us gently and kindly check in with how we are feeling, without judgment, in any moment. This helps our emotional energy to flow more freely and unlocks our creativity, passion, and spontaneity. Mindfulness of emotions is also a core relationship skill because as we develop compassion, patience and acceptance for ourselves, we’re better able to extend those qualities to others.

Conferences and Retreats

We provide conference presentations and sessions on mindfulness, personal effectiveness and mindful leadership. We’ve been asked to speak about mindfulness for as little as 10 minutes, and for as long as 2 hours at various conferences in New Zealand.

Our corporate retreats, including team development, are tailored to meet the needs of you and your team. These can run from a half-day ‘mini’ retreat, up to 3 days, and in addition to mindfulness related topics, can also include:

  • Mindful Movement
  • Yin Yoga
  • Gentle restorative yoga for the workplace
  • Yoga Nidra

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“Thank you for your wonderful session yesterday – I found your presentation really excellent.”

Margaret Wellwood, Lawyer

“Thank you so much for Saturday afternoon, it was great! Breaking down the different areas of mindfulness has helped me to relate to how I can achieve more balance in life.”

Pip Parsons, Business Development Manager

More Client Comments

“The busier you are in life, the more benefit you will get from this course.”

Chris G, Manager

“I now have a marvellous tool to manage my thinking and feelings. I am calmer, happier, more positive.”

Paulette Durrant, Art Therapist

“It’s actually made me stop and think more about the little things I zoom over in everyday life …”

Tania Boshier-Jones, Graphic Designer

“Flourish(ing) is that state where you experience positive emotions and have resilience so that you can function well in your life; it includes having some ability to bounce back from knock-backs, and a strong sense of self-esteem and purpose, and an ability to achieve your goals.”

Shaun Robinson, CEO, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
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