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“Thank you again Rita, for facilitating a safe space to explore mindfulness.
The weekend was so inspiring and also gave me such clarity and guidance around the next steps I will be taking in my career”.

David S
“This course was fantastic!”.
Sam K, Australia


Rita Riccola is one of New Zealand’s leading mindfulness trainers.
She is the author of the book ‘The Practice of Mindfulness and Balance’ and a trained mindfulness teacher with over 30 yrs experience.

Rita Riccola Has been a Vipassana and yoga practitioner for 30 years after discovering there was a way to ‘tame my mind’.
“I have attended many silent retreats over the years. I always believed that life is the teacher and was sceptical of dogmatic, religious practices so for me Mindfulness was perfect. From 2000-2002 I went to a number Barry Long’s seminars (Aust.) on a Course in Being (Barry Long was a teacher of Eckhart Toll).

I have been working on finding ways to pass on all I have learned about the mind and emotions and finally as Mindfulness reached the mainstream things has allowed that to happen. In 2012 I set up Mindful NZ Schools in an effort to bring Mindfulness practices and the proven benefits to schoolchildren in New Zealand.
In 2023 I founded Mindfulness in New Zealand and Mindfulness in Australia and started to run courses in mindfulness facilitation for teachers, social workers, counselors etc. I have also done staff trainings in many schools and organisations both in New Zealand and Australia.

I have completed courses with Mindful Schools USA in preparation to offer schools in New Zealand Mindfulness classes (Mindful NZ Schools) which I have been doing since 2012: I have been training teachers at Diocesan and Dilworth Junior College in Mindfulness in an effort take the practices to their students. I have been running an after-school program for children and parents for the past 2 years at Grey Lynn Community Center. I get regular requests to run public Mindfulness classes which I am now offering.

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

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


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…


Feedback for the 2 day Virtual Mindfulness Facilitation Training in July 2020

I had the pleasure of studying with Mindfulness in New Zealand 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 comprehensice, I must say this was the best training I have done thus 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 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 from both New Zealand and Australia to her online and face to face courses.


2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Training


Bring Mindfulness to the Classroom



Mindfulness For Personal Mental Balance & Calmness



A One Day Training In Balancing the Nervous System for Ultimate Wellbeing


Covers among many other things:
• Steps to avoid Burn-out
• How to Recognise Stress Triggers
• Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System
• Polyvagal Theory

Learn skills to cope with stress, fear, depression and anxiety in a safe place together with like-minded people.

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

Why not make the inner world, where we spend most of our time, a still, silent and calm place to be?

Experience the Transformative
Power Of Mindfulness

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There is no religion, dogma or beliefs attached to Mindfulness. Mindfulness has it’s roots in many contemplative practices but doesn’t require or impose on anyones belief systems. It’s a mental activity that has proven to be of great benefit for maintaining physical, mental and emotional balance.

Evidence Based

The many benefits of Mindfulness have been well documented especially in the past 30 years since Jon Kabat-Zinn established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme that has led to the wide-spread, evidence based research and the acceptance of these non-religious, practical exercises anyone can do.


Mindfulness practice doesn’t require any preparation or beforehand knowledge about meditation. Anyone can experience the effect from these simple exercises.

Explore our courses

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.


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


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.

“A great course. Life changing. Can’t wait to get started in the classroom!”.
Emma B.


“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