Welcome to Mindfulness in New Zealand

Mindfulness in New Zealand offer accredited & highly evaluated courses for Practicing & Facilitating Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Improve Attention and Mental Resilience. The trainer is Rita Riccola. Rita has 30 years experience of mindfulness and meditation and is one of New Zealand’s leading mindfulness trainers with more than thousand attendants to her online and face to face courses.

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2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Certificate – Zoom & Face to Face


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Bring Mindfulness to the Classroom – Online Certificate


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1 Day-Mindfulness For Mental Balance & Calmness


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MBSR Based Interactive Courses Covering Polyvagal Theory, Activities & Practices

 As the benefits of mindfulness practices are becoming more widely recognised, there is now a growing demand in all sectors of life for mindfulness training and trained mindfulness facilitators.

We offer mindfulness courses to learn to access calm, ‘rewire the brain’ to self-regulate, restore balance to the nervous system. build resilience and reprogram conditioned behaviours and beliefs that are unhelpful.
Mindfulness reshapes our biology to a state of calmness, presence and awareness.

We also provide mindfulness facilitation courses for teachers, counsellors, social workers, parents and anyone who wants to learn how to establish an ongoing Mindfulness practice for themselves and help others.

Why Choose Us?

Internationally Recognised Accreditation
Our courses are accredited with IMMA (International Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance).
These courses are designed to meet the growing need in all sectors ( education, medicine, psychology, social work, physiotherapy, business etc) for evidence-based strategies that lead to self-regulation, emotional awareness and lowered stress and anxiety.

Leading Trainer
Learn Mindfulness from a professional educator with more than 30 years experience of mindfulness and meditation.

Highly evaluated courses
Hundreds of teachers, social workers, counsellors etc. have taken the 2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Course. The trainings receive consistently high evaluation and reviews.

All Age Groups
The program is designed and has been successfully implemented for all age groups from 4 year old pre-schoolers to 80 year old seniors.

Life-Time Access
When you register for an online course or a face-to-face training you receive lifelong access to the course material and all the resources provided. Ongoing support is available.


“I just wanted to take the time to express how much I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 day course…I have attended other mindfulness training but really feel your offering is unparalleled”.Sarah H.
“This has been a wonderful course and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with others!”
Nancy C.. Auckland, NZ
“This Course Exceeded My Expectations”.
Angela B, psychologist, Auckland
“Thanks for all your help and an Awesome useful course”.
Debra S.

Some of the organisations that have provided our courses to members of their staff




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Evidence-based results from more than 3,500 research papers from around the world continue to show that the regular practice of mindfulness is an effective mental training leading to improved attention, awareness and lowered stress and anxiety as well as improved mental and physical wellbeing. One of the clearest messages from contemporary neuroscience is that our sense of self is anchored in a vital connection to our bodies.

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2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Training With A 8 Week Online Component


This course gives you the background, science, practices and techniques to teach/guide others and establish a regular practice yourself.
There is a great need for mindfulness trainers who can guide adults, students and children towards experiencing mindfulness and to establish the practices themselves to experience the many on-going benefits; decreased anxiety and stress, increased mental clarity, better self-regulation, better sleep quality to name a few.

“I’ve really loved this course. I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools.”
Natalie E. Auckland, NZ

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Bring Mindfulness to the Classroom


In this self-paced online certificate course you will receive the tools and training to teach mindfulness to those around you. Unpack all aspects of mindfulness in your own time in this self-paced online course. Establish your own practice through gudied audios. Learn to facilitate and get the confidence to guide both groups and one-to-one sessions for any age-group through watching demonstration videos, studying text material and applying the ready-to-use lesson plans.
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“A great course. Life changing. Can’t wait to get started in the classroom!”.
Emma B.


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“The Science of Safety”
Staff Training in the Workplace


Our work pay the bills, occupy much of our time and can even give our lives purpose. But it can also be a source of stress: tight deadlines, long days and difficult conversations.

Regular mindfulness practice is a proven way to improve focus and awareness and make it possible to shift attention when caught up in stress and anxiety.

Contact us to learn more about our workplace programs for teams and management


2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course



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Learn Mindfulness Facilitation from an experienced trainer.


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Help Alleviating Anxiety

Become a certified mindfulness teacher and help to alleviate stress and anxiety
This is an Accredited & Highly Evaluated Course for Practicing & Facilitating Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Improve Attention and Mental Resilience.

This MBSR based course gives you the background, science, practices and techniques to teach/guide others and establish a regular practice yourself.

There is a great need for mindfulness trainers who can guide adults, students and children towards experiencing mindfulness and to establish the practices themselves to experience the many on-going benefits; decreased anxiety and stress, increased mental clarity, better self-regulation, better sleep quality to name a few.

Learn Mindfulness Facilitation from an experienced trainer.

“I’ve really loved this course. I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools.”Natalie E. Auckland, NZ

NEW! – One Day Mindfulness for Mental Balance & Self-Regulation


Discover the power of breathing

In this one day course you will learn to establish a personal mindfulness practice for mental balance with strategies to deal with stress and anxiety and much more in a safe and supportive space together with like-minded people using the powerful formal and informal practices developed by the original MBSR members who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn. (The founder of Western mindfulness).

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“Many thanks for your wonderful course, which was very thought provoking” Patricia C. Ireland


Mindfulness Classes in Auckland City


Relaxing Mindfulness Meditation Classes in the City

Mindfulness Meditation Classes To Befriend Your Mind and Increase Mental Balance & Clarity
» Boost Resilience
» Find Focus & Fulfillment
» Make the Body-Mind Connection
» Soothe Anxiety

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SIGN UP FOR THE AUCKLAND AREA FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES AND GET 20% OFF


NEW BOOK COMING SOON!


The Practice of Mindfulness and Balance

A Mindful Approach to Navigating the Nervous system for Calmness & Mental Clarity

Written by New Zealand Mindfulness Practitioner Rita Riccola. The Practice of Mindfulness and Balance offers simple strategies to deal with the everyday demands of life that we all face.

“Thank you Rita for providing such a thorough course in Mindfulness” Anne C.

The Practice of Mindfulness and Balance offers tips and tools to become present and aware of the right now and by scanning the QR codes throughout the book, readers can listening directly to the author as she guides the practice exercises.
You can pre-order it HERE

This book is for anyone who is ready to explore their inner world of thoughts and feelings…

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MINDFULNESS & FLOW

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Start Your Mindfulness Journey Today!

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“I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools. THANK YOU” – Natalie E. Auckland

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Flow is the natural state of the brain when free of self -doubts, distractions, negative emotions, unproductive incessant aimless thinking. When we are in a  state of flow (present moment awareness), we are naturally creative, calm and still inside and in touch with all the good in our lives. When in a state of flow, the brain releases chemicals that allow you to absorb information so you are mentally sharper, present more alert and responsive.

Mindfulness practice brings you in alignment with the state of flow; your natural intelligence, your original state of being, (before it was covered over with all the conditioned beliefs and unhelpful mental behaviors,  wanting, trying, hoping, negative self -talk) a state of being uninterrupted, stress- free that allows the natural state of joy to arise in you as you make more direct and meaningful contact within yourself and with the world around you.

“Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you see? What do you hear?”Jon Kabat-Zinn

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“1 Day Self-Care Workshop”


A one day self-care workshop for teachers, social workers, counsellors, mental health workers and anyone interested at the beautiful Eden Garden Epsom Auckland.

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“I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools. THANK YOU” – Natalie E. Auckland

2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Courses


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In this 2 day certificate course you will not only be introduced to and learn the the powerful Mindfulness techniques that are helping individuals from all walks of life to have more balance and focus in their lives. You will also receive the tools and training to teach these techniques to anyone around you, including students and children.

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COURSES IN 2020

Course in Auckland 14-15 April 2020

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Venue: Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland

Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Auckland 28-29 May 2020

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Venue: Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland

Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Friday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Auckland 9-10 September 2020

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Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Auckland 1-2 December 2020

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Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Wellington 20-21 May 2020

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Hotel Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel, 169 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington CBD

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, 8 week online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Wellington 2-3 September 2020

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Hotel Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel, 169 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington CBD

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, 8 week online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Christchurch 13-14 May 2020

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $550
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, 8 week online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Christchurch 16-17 September 2020

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $550
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, 8 week online course and ongoing support.

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Course in New Plymouth 7-8 October 2020

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $550
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, 8 week online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Rotorua 14-15 October 2020

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thirsday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $550
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, 8 week online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Tauranga 21-22 April 2020

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Venue: Central Tauranga, to be advised

Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Cost: $550
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, A Lesson Plan, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, 8 week online course and ongoing support.

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2020 COURSES

Course in Sydney 24-25 March 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.00am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Sancta Sophia College
8 Missenden Road
Camperdown, Sydney

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual,an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Sydney 16-17 June 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.00am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Sancta Sophia College
8 Missenden Road
Camperdown, Sydney

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Course in Sydney 10-11 November 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.00am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Sancta Sophia College
8 Missenden Road
Camperdown, Sydney

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual,an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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COURSES 2020

Melbourne 16-17 March 2020

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Monday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Hotel Best Western Plus, 225 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Melbourne 30 June-1 July 2020

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Tuesday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Hotel Best Western Plus, 225 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Melbourne 17-18 November 2020

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Tuesday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Hotel Best Western Plus, 225 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Cost: $495

Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Brisbane 9-10 June 2020

Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: To be advised, Central Brisbane

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Coolangatta 11-12 March 2020

Wednesday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Green Mount Beach Hotel, 1 Hill St, Coolangatta

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Coolangatta 3-4 November 2020

Tuesday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: Green Mount Beach Hotel, 1 Hill St, Coolangatta

Cost: $495
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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Adelaide 22-23 June 2020

Monday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Tuesday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: To be advised, Central Adelaide

Cost: $595
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

COURSES 2020

Perth 25-26 June 2020

Thursday: 9.30.am-3.30pm
Fridayday: 9.30am-3.30pm

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Venue: To be advised, Central Perth

Cost: $595
Including: Morning tea, Mindfulness Teaching Manual, an 8 week Mindfulness Workbook, online course and ongoing support.

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I had the pleasure of studying with Mindfulness in Australia and completed their 8 weeks Mindfulness Facilitator Training certification including the 2 day live workshop.
Having studied several mindfulness courses I was looking for something more comprehensive, I must say this was the best training I have done this far. The course content was clear, concise and leading edge. Rita as a facilitator is approachable and knowledgeable. The sheer amount of resources provided with the course sets you up for success and has been a huge asset to my business”.

Sarah Akil Managing Director - Crystal Clear Wellness Co

Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

“This course has taught me so much about Mindfulness and the positive benefits that I have experienced from practicing mindfulness daily has forever changed my life.”

Sarah P.


ABOUT THE TRAINER

Rita Riccola is one of New Zealand’s leading mindfulness trainers and the author of the book “The Practice of Mindfulness and Balance”.

She is a former teacher and a trained mindfulness teacher who has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA.

Rita has been a Vipassana and yoga practitioner for 30 years. In 2000-2002 she attended a number of Barry Long’s ‘Course in Being’ seminars, (Barry Long was one of Eckhart Tolle’s teachers).

Her 2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Course has been taken by more than thousand individuals, including school teachers, life coaches, psychologists and counsellors in both New Zealand and Australia.

She have provided staff training for numerous schools across New Zealand to help integrate mindfulness practice to the curriculum. These courses are designed to meet the growing need in all sectors to offer Mindfulness training.

“Absolutely wonderful course, unforgettable”.
Tyler C.

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Why Mindfulness?

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Relieve Anxiety & Stress


In our fast paced lives, where we rush from one demand to another, there is very little time or space to stop and pause. Mindfulness offer the tools needed to connect with our inner intelligence, where we can access natural calmness beneath the busy minds.


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Let go of Anger & Frustration


Coming in contact with your direct experience in the mindful state allows us to become familiar with the patterns that direct our lives; our thoughts, emotions and reactions.


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Overcome Negative Thinking


Pain is an inevitable part of being human but suffering is optional. In mindfulness we learn how to manage our thoughts and emotions instead of letting emotions and thoughts manage us.

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Stop Inner Chatter


Aimless thinking and inner chatter is draining our energy and clouding over the present moment. One of the most common benefits from regular mindfulness training is greater mental clarity and a new sense of inner peace.


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Have Better Sleep


To be able stop incessant thinking and worrying is one of the great benefits of Mindfulness and it makes it easier to go to sleep and have unbroken sleep throughout the night.


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Stop Living in the Past


Mindfulness practices increasingly bring you more into the present with the growing awareness that going over the past keeps you stuck in the past.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Mindfulness is a way of noticing where your attention is in the present moment without judging it good or bad. It’s about not wandering off into an imagined future or going over the past but fully engaging right here right now.

The ability to focus on one thing at a time is a skill and requires practice. Just as athletes train on a daily basis to maintain fitness and stamina, Mindfulness, which is a mental training, requires regular daily practice to experience the many well documented benefits especially of de-stressing, relaxing the body and generally self-managing in a new and empowering way.

Through guided, simple easy-to-do practisies you are training the mind to be more present in the moment. resulting in it to be less anxious, more alert and alive.

Everyone really and especially anyone

  • Who over-thinks
  • Thinks anxiously as a regular behavior.
  • Stressed people
  • People who engage in constant negative self-talk
  • People who can’t sleep because of incessant inner chatter
  • People who operate on ‘auto-pilot’ and are always ‘on’..
Current research tells us 20 minutes a day is required to achieve lasting benefits. This can be broken into two 10 minutes sessions-easily do-able when you experience the inner calm and rest from the robotic mind.
You will slowly (sometimes quickly) begin to experience a lightness of being, less anxiety, better sleep, easier communications and a general improved sense of well-being and have more energy. These are not empty promises but almost guaranteed if you follow the instructions, do the practices regularly and begin to live more Mindfully.
Yes, you get a certificate after completing the 2 days training and the 8 week online component which is a 8 week self-paced course to establish your own practice.
Meditation and Mindfulness are very similar the only difference being that Meditation takes many more forms;chanting, mantras as well as breathing and visualisations however Mindfulness meditation is a specific set of exercises that focus exclusively on the five senses.
Many places that run Mindfulness courses do so on a donation basis and are connected to spiritual centers. Mindfulness in New Zealand is an independent group and the trainers pay to live just like everyone else. Everybody needs to be paid for their effort as well as the cost of hiring venues and paying advertising to let people know the courses exist.
The 2 day course is an immersion into mindfulness facilitation, covering all ground; science behind it, practices, methods, tools and resources. It gives you a strong foundation and also ongoing support afterwards and many of the attendants start implementing these techniques in their profession directly after the course. With that said, in the end, it is your regular practice and self enquiry together with you own communication and coaching skills that leads to the ability to facilitate effectively. 
No, the course is for teaching everyone, adults, children, teenagers, although it has grown out of working with students.
Yes, it is accredited with IMMA (International’s Meditation and Mindfulness Alliance)