Accredited & Highly Evaluated Course for Practicing & Facilitating Mindfulness

TWO DAY ONLINE CERTIFICATE

GET THE SKILLS & CONFIDENCE TO FACILITATE MINDFULNESS

Using Successful Methods



MBSR Based Mindfulness Course



LEARN HOW TO TEACH MINDFULNESS WITH AUTHENTICITY & INTEGRITY

MBSR Based Interactive Course Covering Polyvagal Theory, Activities & Practices – Get Accreditation & The Confidence To Help Others To Find Purpose, Calm & Joy


COURSE DURATION: 2 DAYS
ACCREDITED: Yes
CERTIFICATE: Yes
WHEN: 10-11 April, 1-2 May 2024 etc.
WHERE: Online Zoom & Face-to-Face Trainings

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

In this 2 day accredited 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 adults, students and children.

In our increasingly distracted and fragmented world we now have to ‘teach’ mindfulness to re-empower people with their own natural ability to restore the fragmented mind to a state of wholeness and presence.

Mindfulness is not new, it is thousands of years old and has been practiced in many eastern cultures as a way of maintaining mental balance against the inevitable distortions the mind generates. Mindfulness has made it to the west for a number of reasons; technology has developed and allowed researchers to study and understand the function of the brain more fully so that we now have an enormous amount of evidence-based research confirming the benefits of regular practice.

Mindfulness is not just some trend, but a proven method to help increase focus and awareness, make it possible to self-regulate and shift attention when caught up in negative thinking and worrying. Mindfulness exercises are designed to train our awareness and the ability to stay calm under stress and turbulence as well as having better sleep and increasing resilience.

Understanding how the brain works goes a long way to empowering people to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness ‘teaches’ us how thoughts and feelings affect our state of being and how we are able to train ourselves, intentionally, to observe the activity of the mind without becoming entrapped and start believing every thought the mind produces or be swept away by every emotion felt.

The ability to control attention is one of the key markers of a successful life. Regular mindfulness practices is a proven method to help increase focus and awareness, make it possible to self-regulate and shift attention when caught up in negative thinking and worrying. Mindfulness exercises are designed to train our awareness and the ability to stay calm under stress and turbulence as well as having better sleep and increasing resilience.

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms that underpins mindfulness widespread success and application as well as all the exercises that will help you establish your own regular practice and the additional training, tools and resources to successfully guide groups or one to one sessions.

This course gives you the science, practices and tools to guide and help others and the inspiration & guidance to establish a regular practice for yourself.

Take out the guesswork

It could be a daunting task to implement a mindfulness plan if you didn’t know where to start…

With this training and the resources that comes with it, there is no need to “reinvent the wheel” as we will be looking into how to design a program for each participant’s specific purposes and learn from each others experience.

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

Mindfulness trains us to recognise we have a choice of where to put our attention and to recognise when we are becoming trapped in unhelpful thinking.

The course is based on the successful program Mindfulness in Australia has been running the past seven years as well as latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness designed by the original MBSR members
who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

The Key Points of Successful Facilitation

Mindfulness can’t be learnt by just talking or reading about it. Mindfulness is experiential. To be able to teach mindfulness you need to understand how it works from the inside out. Teaching mindfulness is about guiding people to their own mindfulness practice. It’s about co-creating an environment where mindfulness can ‘happen’. In this ‘safe space’ everyone has the ability to come into a deeper contact with who they really are by continually being offered the possibility of surrendering to the present moment, exactly as it is, without an agenda or expected outcome.

During the two days we will be looking carefully at the basic neuroscience; how purposefully connecting with the body’s self-calming para-sympathetic nervous system leads to- lower stress and anxiety, increased attention and mental clarity, improved social and emotional intelligence and a host of other life-enhancing benefits.

In this course you will learn, as the teacher/guide, how to use language, your voice, authority and authenticity to create an environment, where a deep trust between participants naturally arises as well as a sense of freedom and safety.
To guide mindfulness is like nothing else, it is not teaching in a traditional sense, it is not therapy. It is more like ‘decluttering’ the over-filled, busy mind.

By establishing your own Mindfulness practice and the fundamental understanding of how mindfulness works from a more scientific point of view, you will build the foundation needed to effectively guide others on to their own mindfulness journey.

This is an interactive course covering theory, activities and practices. You will have opportunity to deepen your own Mindfulness practice and be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions. Participants also get the chance to guide classes for first-hand experience.


IN SHORT-What will you learn?

In our fast-paced world, where the increasing demands of living puts enormous stress on all people, children, teenagers and adults, the purposeful, daily cultivation of minimising stress, self-regulation, connection to self, others and the world around us has been proven to assist mental, emotional and physical balance.

This training will give you a resource to improve everyone’s, including adults, students and children’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety as well as improve attention and focus and cultivate kindness and empathy.
Benefits such as:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • Better self-management
  • Less reactivity
  • Improved mental resilience
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Better memory
  • Increased attention and focus
  • Better conflict resolution skills

are common and expectable result from regular Mindfulness practice.

It doesn’t matter if you never meditated or done one Mindfulness exercise in your life, this course is for anyone who are moved to establish their own Mindfulness practice and get the tools and resources to help others to improve focus, mental resilience and impulse control.


Tools & Resources


Over these 2 days we will cover so much ground and learn so many things that it would be almost impossible to remember it all afterwards but the best thing is that you don’t need to. You will get printed and digital documentation on all aspects of what we learnt in the course.

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WHAT DO YOU GET FROM THIS COURSE?


  • Guidance given by an experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment with a beginner group.
  • Learning simple practices to help anyone to relax the body, eliminate stress, calm the mind.
  • Be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions.
  • Deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition.
  • Example of how to build mindfulness lessons that is engaging for people of any age.
  • complete documentation incl. a 8 weeks self-paced mindfulness online course.

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    “This Course Exceeded My Expectations”.Angela B, psychologist, Auckland
    “The 8 week course has allowed me to re connect with the person I used to be and ignite my passion to forge forward, to help others find their passion, peace, connection and love within themselves. So they too, can help others to find their way in life. Thank you for this experience and training”
    Sia, Sydney, AUS
    “I’ve really loved this course – both the online component and the two day course, I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools. THANK YOU :-)”
    Natalie E. Auckland, NZ
    “This has been a wonderful course and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with others!”
    Nancy C.. Auckland, NZ
    “I have really enjoyed this course and now practise mindfulness during my day. I have found that it has made me ‘see’ things in a different way and that I am more focussed on the world around me.”.
    Michelle S.
    “Thank you Rita for providing such a thorough course in Mindfulness. This has come at exactly the right time for me as I look towards a less cluttered lifestyle, on the physical plane as well as the emotional and spiritual. Thank you once again,

    Anne C.

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    TWO DAY INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS FACILITATION
    Learn How To Teach Mindfulness Using
    Proven & Successful Methods

    based on the latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness


    Be Open, Curious and Kind to Yourself

    Mindfulness isn’t about not thinking, it’s about observing our thoughts and feelings and over time, becoming more aware of underlying patterns that are often fixed and robotic.

    Polyvagal Theory

    During the two days we will be looking at the polyvagal theory and basic neuroscience; how purposefully connecting with the body’s self-calming para-sympathetic nervous system leads to- lower stress and anxiety, increased attention and mental clarity, improved social and emotional intelligence and a host of other life-enhancing benefits.

    In this course you will learn, as the teacher/guide, how to use language, your voice, authority and authenticity to create an environment, where a deep trust between participants naturally arises as well as a sense of freedom and safety.
    To guide mindfulness is like nothing else, it is not teaching in a traditional sense, it is not therapy. It is more like ‘decluttering’ the over-filled, busy mind.

    By establishing your own Mindfulness practice and the fundamental understanding of how mindfulness works from a more scientific point of view, you will build the foundation needed to effectively guide others on to their own mindfulness journey.

    A Path to Healing

    However you can’t just ‘add water’ and suddenly you are mindful. Recognising that the only way we get skilled at anything is to do it again and again – That is why this course comes with an 8 week online component where you slowly, day by day, establish a personal mindfulness practice. You learn all the classic formal practices within a context where they make sense and you get to incorporate mindfulness to your daily life at your own pace using guided audios. This self-paced online component goes even beyond the formal and introduces a path to forgiveness and acceptance that can heal frayed relationships and come to terms with ‘unfortunate’ life events.

    WHAT YOU GET


    2 DAYS MINDFULNESS FACILITATION TRAINING


    A two day immersion into Mindfulness guided by a an experienced mindfulness trainer and educator in a safe, relaxed environment with like-minded people.
    We will learn practices to relax the body, eliminate stress, calm the mind and experience the mindful state.
    We start out by cover the background, basic neuroscience, physiology of breathing and how mindfulness works from a more scientific point of view.
    Over these two days You will be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions and deepen the contact with your natural intelligence and intuition. There will also be opportunities to guide sessions for first-hand experience for those who want.




    You will learn practices to eliminate stress and experience the mindful state.

    A Mindfulness Facilitator Manual on how to use language, your own authenticity and natural authority, to create a space where Mindfulness can ‘happen’.



    A MINDFULNESS FACILITATOR’S PACK

  • Templates on how to build dynamic and engaging lessons for children and adults.
  • A Mindfulness Facilitator Manual with key points for guiding and leading mindfulness sessions with inspiring and pedagogical tips on how to use language, your own authenticity and natural authority, to create a space where Mindfulness can ‘happen’.
  • 8 Weeks Ready To-Use- Lesson Plans that complies with the objectives of the curriculum for personal development, that you can use as they are or as a starting point when you build your own lessons.
  • 8 week workbook that cover all main mindfulness exercises; breathing. listening, eating etc.
  • A powerpoint presentation with over 60 slides that you can use freely as a resource.
  • A Certificate of completion of the training- accredited with IMMA (international Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance).
  • Ongoing support.

  • When you register you also get access to a complete self-paced online course to establish your own mindfulness practice.




    8 Week Online Course

    Part of the training is a 8 week online course that you can do in your own time. This component is part of the accreditation and will help you to establish (or deepen) your personal practice by weekly engaging lessons and keeping a daily journal.
    INCLUDING:

    • A 60 page Mindfulness Training Manual covering eight week lessons in downloadable PDF format
    • Guided Mindfulness audios for each weeks exercises that you can listen to on any device.
    • Videos Recommended videos and talks to watch as a complement to the course
    “Many thanks for your wonderful online course, which was very thought provoking”Patricia C., Ireland

    Face To Face & Online Zoom Training


    The online version of this course is held using the Zoom online meeting platform that we have found being both intuitive and to offer a fluent meeting experience. It is used by millions of people worldwide and if you have not used it before it is very easy to install and use. You get an email with instructions in good time before the training.


    Who is the course for?


    • Teachers
    • Yoga Trainers
    • Counsellors
    • Social Workers
    • Consultants
    • Psychologists
    • Team Leaders
    • Personal Assistants
    • Life Coaches
    • Physiotherapists
    • Doctors
    • Nurses
    • Parents
    • Pastors
    • & anyone who want to add Mindfulness Facilitation to their skill set

    About the Trainer


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    Rita Riccola


    “Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
    -Louise Dore, Auckland



    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.

    Course Content – Day 1 & 2



    • What is Mindfulness?
    • How does it work?
      Evidence-based research results
      and the neuroscience.
    • Why Teach Mindfulness to Students and Children.
    • Breathing Exercise 1 and 2
    • Guided Body Scan
    • The STOP Method
    • How to build a MIndfulness Lesson
    • Tools & Resources




    • How to identifying patterns of thinking and reacting that keep us trapped.
    • Practical ways to work with  Difficult Thoughts and Emotions.
    • Turning boredom and restlessness into curiosity
    • Mindful Listening-expanded awareness.
    • The ‘Mountain meditation’
    • Training Session – Teaching Mindfulness
    • Questions and Answers, feedback/personal Enquiry into your own experience

    Course Description

    ZOOM OR FACE TO FACE
    The courses are held either as a zoom meeting where all participants can communicate with each other or as a face to face meeting where we sit together in a room. The size of the group in both cases is between 6-12 people.

    COURSE CONTENT
    The course covers both the practices and theory of mindfulness including basic neuroscience and polyvagal theory. We do a lot of practices and look at why the need for mindfulness and inner mental regulation has become so urgent in recent years. On day 2 we do more practices and you also get guidance on how to create your own program for your specific audience and much more.

    ONLINE COMPONENT
    Included in the course is an 8 weeks online component that you can do in your own time. With guided audios and step by step instructions this course helps you to establish a personal mindfulness practice.

    TOOLS & RESOURCES
    After completing the 2 day training you will receive more than 30 resources and tools to expand on this course.

    CERTIFICATE
    Also, after completing the 2 day and 8 week online component you receive a certificate and you will be eligible to become a member of IMMA (international Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance).

    COST
    The cost for the zoom training is $445 and for face to face $550 (held in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Coolangatta and Brisbane)
    There are payment plans available, (pay a $100 deposit and then $50 weekly).

    PAYMENT OPTIONS & PLANS
    You can pay securely on the website with Paypal or credit card or you can request an invoice. If you want to use a payment plan, choose ‘Bank Deposit’ as the payment method and say ‘payment plan’ in the order comments field.
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    Why Choose This Course?

    Internationally Recognised Accreditation
    Our courses are accredited with IMMA (International Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance). After completion you will be eligible to apply for IMMA membership.

    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 professionals and individuals have taken the 2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Course. The trainings receive consistently high evaluation and reviews.
    See testimonials here

    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.

    Be part of a Community
    Connect with like-minded people that support each other.

    WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY

    “I just wanted to take the time to express how much I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 day course…I have conducted other mindfulness training but really feel your offering is unparalleled”.Sarah A.
    “I am extremely grateful for your teachings…you are truly inspirational”.Wendy R.
    “Thank you, this wonderful experience, which is now forever a regular practice in my life”.Susan H.
    “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 A.

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    After the 2 day training you will receive more than 30 resources to expand on all aspects of Mindfulness; manuals, articles, white papers, videos and posters to assist you in your efforts to guide mindfulness effectively. A certificate will also be issued after completion.

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    2024

    APRIL

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 10-11 April 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    MAY

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 1-2 May 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 29-30 May 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    JUNE

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 5-6 June 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 26-27 June 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    JULY

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 17-18 July 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 31 July-1 August2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    AUGUST

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 14-15 August 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 28-29 August 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    SEPTEMBER

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 11-12 September 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 25-26 September 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    OCTOBER

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 9-10 October 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    NOVEMBER

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 12-13 November 2024

    Tuesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 27-28 November 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    DECEMBER

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 11-12 December 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    MAY

    2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Training In Auckland 8-9 May 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    (There will be breaks for morning tea and lunch).

    Cost: $495
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 week online course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

    Venue: Eden Garden in Epsom, Auckland

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    AUGUST

    2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Training In Auckland 21-22 August 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    (There will be breaks for morning tea and lunch).

    Cost: $495
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 week online course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

    Venue: Eden Garden in Epsom, Auckland

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    MAY

    2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Training In Wellington 22-23 May 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    (There will be breaks for morning tea and lunch).

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 week online course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

    Venue: TBA Central Wellington

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    MAY

    2 day Face-to-Face Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Christchurch 15-16 May 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    (There will be breaks for morning tea and lunch).

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 week online course, Tools & Resources and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    APRIL

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Sydney 16-17 April 2024

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

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning Tea, 8 Week Online Course, Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans and ongoing support.
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    JUNE

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Sydney 11-12 June 2024

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

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning Tea, 8 Week Online Course, Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans and ongoing support.
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    OCTOBER

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Sydney 30-31 October 2024

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

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning Tea, 8 Week Online Course, Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    APRIL

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Melbourne 24-25 April 2024

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

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, Online Course and Ongoing support.
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    JUNE

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Melbourne 18-19 June 2024

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

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, Online Course and Ongoing support.
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    NOVEMBER

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Melbourne 6-7 November 2024

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

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, Online Course and Ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    OCTOBER

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Brisbane 23-24 October 2024

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

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, Online Course and Ongoing support.
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    “Thank you Rita for providing such a thorough course in Mindfulness. This has come at exactly the right time for me as I look towards a less cluttered lifestyle, on the physical plane as well as the emotional and spiritual. Thank you once again”.
    Anna C.

    Why Learning Mindfulness is the Greates gift you can give yourself

    Our thoughts are the root cause of suffering. They are the cause of worry and stress. The problem is that those, especially, self-critical thoughts of not being good enough etc. mostly goes on ‘under the radar’ where we don’t recognise them. They are like an invisible automatic response in our head that get triggered in different situations.

    With mindfulness practice we can put the spotlight of awareness on our thoughts and patterns of behaviours and start recognising that we have a choice of where we put our attention and learn that we can shift attention when trapped in negative self-talk and unhelpful thinking patterns. That is the doorway to inner freedom.

    Mindfulness can’t be learnt by just talking or reading about it. Mindfulness is experiential. It is by actually doing the practice you start experiencing the benefits.

    During the day we will be looking carefully at the basic neuroscience; how purposefully connecting with the body’s self-calming para-sympathetic nervous system leads to lower stress and anxiety, increased attention and mental clarity.

    Learning mindfulness is like nothing else, it is not “learning” in the traditional sense, it is not therapy either. It is more like ‘decluttering’ the over-filled, busy mind.

    THE SCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS

    Understanding how the brain works goes a long way to empowering people to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness ‘teaches’ us how thoughts and feelings affect our state of being and how we are able to train ourselves, intentionally, to observe the activity of the mind without becoming entrapped and start believing every thought the mind produces or be swept away by every emotion felt.

    In recent years, scientist’s have revealed what mindfulness and meditation practitioners have known for centuries; bringing awareness to the mind and body (nervous system) and training our attention to ‘listen’ to what’s happening in the body and mind leads to calmness, presence and alert awareness.

    This level of awareness anchors us in the body and we develop an increased level of alertness for shifts and changes and in particular notice when our thoughts and feelings are becoming troublesome.

    THE LONG TERM DANGERS OF STRESS
    Many people are unable to find a way to put the brakes on stress. Chronic low-level stress keeps the nervous system activated, constantly ‘on’ much like a motor that is idling too high for too long. After a while, this has an effect on the body that contributes to the health problems associated with chronic stress.

    Persistent epinephrine surges can damage blood vessels and arteries, increasing blood pressure and raising risk of heart attacks or strokes. Elevated cortisol levels create physiological changes that help to replenish the body’s energy stores that are depleted during the stress response.

    People prone to stress, anxiety and dysregulation can learn to self-regulate by regularly practicing these simple, highly effective strategies as well as adopt a daily breathing and relaxing practice to re-educate the vagus nerve away from anxiety and fear response back to safety.

    Many people have lost the sense of purpose and meaning in their lives and live day to day on auto-pilot in a world of “doing” without being present in the moment, never taking time to stop for even as little as 5 minutes, to reflect and recharge.

    Mindfulness reshapes our biology to a state of calmness, presence and awareness

    Mindfulness is about bringing attention to the present moment awareness and being fully present as life unfolds; without having expectations or an agenda or trying to interfere to get a particular outcome you ‘want’.
     
    Acceptance of what is, is a large part of living mindfully. Too often we want things a particular way, try to influence people and events because we think we know best or want a particular outcome rather than just letting life unfold in the moment.

    It takes time to retrain the mind and body but with daily practices of as little as 15 minutes, research show us that in 63 days the brain will automatically default to protective patterns when the pressure is on. In other words, through regular mindfulness practice we can restore and activate emotional and mental resilience when challenges arrive.

    Thanks to the work of Stephen Porges and Bessel Van de Kolk, it is now well known, through evidence-based research, that focused breathing exercises, putting the attention on the body’s sensations (breath, tightness, warmth, softness etc) and many others simple practices can intervene the escalation of stress and anxiety and de-regulates the traumatic nervous system response bringing the nervous system back to a sense of calm, safety and connection.

    “With Mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the
    traditional sense – you are in fact removing some of the mental clutter
    that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of
    equilibrium”.Rita Riccola
    “With Mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the
    traditional sense – you are in fact removing some of the mental clutter
    that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of
    equilibrium”.Rita Riccola



    WHAT IS POSSIBLE WITH THIS TRAINING?

    Whether you just want to be more present in your own daily life and maybe share these techniques with the people closest to you, which is wonderful, or you are looking at starting a new career, both these options are possible with this training. There are innumerable applications of the material and knowledge you receive from this course, you will be able to create your own program to run, for example:

    » One-to-one sessions to reduce stress and anxiety for your existing or new clients
    » A wellness strategy in the workplace for both staff and management
    » Daily short sessions to improve attention and focus in the classroom for students of all ages
    » Group sessions to help improve wellbeing in nursing homes or mental health facilities
    » Teenage groups for better self awareness and emotional regulation
    » Public mindfulness classes for general relaxation and wellbeing
    » Emotional intelligence programs for children at home or in preschool
    and much more.

    What’s possible with regular mindfulness practice is living a life of purpose as well as experiencing life more vibrantly. With this training you are able to share this with others as well.

    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)

    NEW COURSE

    DECODING DISCONNECTION


    Too often we are trapped in the prisons of our own minds. When we listen to the inner chatter too much, are constantly connected and distracted by devices, lose connection with community and each other in meaningful way, fail to truly listen to others -we lose contact with ourselves, others and nature- all important for our wellbeing and mental health.

    Intentionally cultivating a connection to nature has been shown  reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. The constant demands of this fast-paced world, work and life in general can be corrected. Reconnecting with ourselves, others and the natural world are all necessary to maintain inner calm, mental clarity.



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    Decoding Disconnection is a 1 Day Virtual Online course/retreat where you will learn mindfulness based strategies to purposefully connect with the energy of nature and release the grip of the constant, often critical inner chatter.

    COURSE DATES:

    Sunday 31 May, Wednesday 3 June
    9.30am-3.30 pm
    Cost: $195 (incl.resources and
    8 week online mindfulness training).

    REGISTER HERE

    Take a Break to Relax & Rejuvenate

    MINDFULNESS RETREAT

    With Like-Minded People in a Beautiful & Natural Setting

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    Why Mindfulness?


    Research over the past few decades has found that Mindfulness training helps to;

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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.

    What Participants Say


    “What I liked best about the 2 day training was the relaxed, knowledgeable approach to Mindfulness”.
    -Laura, Melbourne

    “I liked the pace, experiential learning and the facilitators sharing her experience”
    Alison, Sydney

    “This has been a wonderful course and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with others!”
    Nancy C.. Auckland, NZ


    “I’ve really loved this course – both the online component and the two day course, I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools. THANK YOU :-)”

    Natalie E. Auckland, NZ


    “Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
    -Louise Dore, Auckland



    “This Course Exceeded My Expectations”.
    Angela B, psychologist, Auckland

    “Thank you Rita for providing such a thorough course in Mindfulness.
    Warm blessings”

    Anne C., Auckland


    “I’ve really loved this course – both the online component and the two day course, I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools. THANK YOU :-)”

    Natalie E. Auckland, NZ


    “The 8 week course has allowed me to re connect with the person I used to be and ignite my passion to forge forward, to help others find their passion, peace, connection and love within themselves”.

    Sia K, Sydney, AUS


    Register for this course
    and start the 8 week online component today!

    The course cover both the practices and theory of mindfulness including basic neuroscience and polyvagal theory. We do formal and informal practices and look at lost connections and why the need for mindfulness and inner mental regulation has become topical in recent years. On day 2 you also get in-depth guidance on how to create a program for your specific audience and much more.


    Pay securely via credit card or invoice. Payment plans are available.

    Yes, I want to Register & Receive The Online Component Today!

    After the 2 day training you will receive more than 30 resources to expand on all aspects of Mindfulness; manuals, articles, white papers, videos and posters to assist you in your efforts to guide mindfulness effectively. A certificate will also be issued after completion.

    Yes, I want to Register & Receive The Online Component Today!

    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 Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance).

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