Mindfulness Groups

A long-term meditator herself, Maggie has specialised in teaching mindfulness since beginning her training with Jon Kabat Zinn & Saki Santorelli in 2009. She runs groups in the following Mindfulness programs: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); Positive Neuro-plasticity; Mindfulness Based Self Compassion; Circle of Security parenting training; and Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a practice and evidence-based 8-week meditation program that has been shown to strengthen mental, physical and emotional resilience and wellbeing.  Participants commonly finish the program feeling happier, more aware, and more empowered to live in a way that feels healthier or more meaningful.  This awareness can include a “felt” sense of how thinking influences body sensations and emotions, and vice-versa, and ways of interrupting the automatic “doing” mode of mind that can take us into rumination & a whole host of other numbing, avoiding or controlling behaviours. 

Developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, patients initially came to MBSR to learn how to live with life-threatening illness or chronic pain, and the anxiety or depression that often accompanied this.  Over many years, the research indicated that participants consistently experienced a greater sense of ease and wellbeing.  These positive outcomes attracted the interest of leading international psychologists who themselves took up meditation and this way of being, so that – in partnership with Kabat-Zinn & colleagues – they could develop their own version of the program specifically targeting depression, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression.  MBCT has consistently proven equally effective as medication for treating depression and significantly more effective than medication, for preventing its re-occurrence.

Maggie’s mindfulness teaching training has been through the Centre for Mindfulness, Massachusetts, and also Openground in Australia, and combines a thorough grounding in both MBSR and MBCT.  Although she mostly now teaches MBSR, her clinical experience with anxiety, panic, trauma and depression enhance her ability to teach in a way that combines the best of both programs and embrace the universality of experience or what Jon Kabat-Zinn sometimes describes as “Full Catastrophe Living!”  Whether you have been referred to the program for depression or anxiety, or a stressed out corporate high flyer, or a health professional wondering what all the fuss about mindfulness is about, it really doesn’t matter.  We all share the same tricky nervous systems and mammal brains designed for survival, not ease, and the program is about finding out for ourselves whether daily meditation practice helps to create less stress and more ease, satisfaction, compassion, wisdom or happiness.

 
 

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN AN MBSR COURSE?

 
 
  • A 2.5 hour class once a week for 8 weeks, plus one full retreat day (28 hours total class time)

  • Mindfulness meditation training (in stillness and movement), including daily practice at home of about 40-45 minutes using CDs & a Course book as a guide.

  • Exploring patterns of thinking, feeling, body sensations, and behaviour

  • Brief lectures & discussion

  • Individual feedback & support when needed

 
 

UPCOMING MBSR COURSES

Maggie typically offers 2-4 MBSR or other mindfulness courses locally each year.