May 1, 2023 - Jun 5, 2023
May 1, 2023 - Jun 5, 2023
Oct 22, 2023 - Oct 27, 2023
We are offering the following:
The aim is to support those who wish to cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion in their personal and work lives to ease stress and burnout to promote well-being and resilience.
MindfulPath presents mindfulness and self-compassion workshops targeting professionals in Australia and 8-week courses for everyone in the Gold Coast.
Mindfulness means paying attention in the here-and-now, so we can develop an awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. Self-Compassion means that we attend to ourselves with kindness and care, wanting what is in our best interest in the long term to strengthen and empower ourselves. When we add self-compassion to mindfulness we greatly increase the power of transformation and our capacity for happiness.
Compassion-based approaches involve acceptance of ourselves; meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging or criticizing ourselves or seeking the “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. By practising being in the present, we are not at the mercy of our harsh inner critic or of our wandering mind that is rehashing the unpleasant past or worrying about the future. We are more able to learn from the past to create a better future.
In the early stages of the practice, you become more able to recognize triggers or influences around you and opt-out of the auto-pilot mode, so you can break unhelpful habits and cravings; thus becoming freer, to find your own meaningful way to live. As you become more experienced, you become more discerning and able to redirect your mind in ways where you can problem-solve more effectively and enjoy life better.
Mindfulness is easy and simple. We just need to remember to do it. We can increase mindfulness and self-compassion by meditating and practising yoga, but also in every day activities by simply paying more attention in a specific way, while walking, driving, brushing our teeth or having a shower.
Mindfulness was initially introduced to the Western World by Jon Kabat-Zinn who the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and more recently of self-compassion. Numerous modified programs are targeting schools, prisons, hospitals, business, corporate sectors and beyond. In early 2000 Paul Gilbert proposed a model called Compassion-Focused Therapy or Compassion Mind Training and in 2010 Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff designed a Mindful Self-Compassion program both of which integrate the most recent neuroscience research findings in mindfulness and compassion.
Jon Kabat-Zinn founded Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 1979 to treat the chronically ill. Since then Mindfulness has revolutionized behavioural medicine and psychology. In the mid-1990 Paul Gilbert in the UK was developing Compassion-Focused Therapy for individuals and Compassionate Mind Training group programs. Around 2010 Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer designed Mindful Self-Compassion. Those compassion-based approaches are skill-based training programs focusing on the practice of mindfulness but also on the key aspect of how we can meet our stresses and struggles with compassion.
Both Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion aim to integrate the last 30 years of research and clinical work in mindfulness and compassion including various concepts/strategies from MBSR, MBCT, DBT, ACT and Positive Psychology. They incorporate principles and practices that are taught in other mindfulness programs teaching additional practices to improve on how we relate to ourselves to find ways to calm and soothe ourselves in times of stress to ease the threat system. They introduce practices, specifically aiming at:
Both approaches also introduce new meditations such as "affectionate breathing", "soothing breathing", "giving and receiving compassion", "compassionate friend", "compassionate self", "loving-kindness for ourselves", "soft-soothe-allow", "compassionate walking" and many others.
Numerous studies have shown that practising mindfulness and self-compassion, even for just a few minutes per day for a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, cognitive and social benefits.
Here are some of these benefits in many various settings:
Mindfulness, Meditation and Self-Compassion training is for everyone from all walks of life, young or old, who wants to be more aware, to act more consciously, to live more deeply, to cultivate a more compassionate self.
What to Expect
The emphasis in Compassion-Focused Therapy/Compassion Mind Training and Mindful Self-Compassion is to learn mindfulness and self-compassion to understand ourselves better and to build emotional resources. We become stronger as we develop the capacity to be with our difficulties and with ourselves, in a mindful compassionate way enabling us to deal more effectively with challenges. In all our courses, the goal is for participants to directly experience and learn practices that evoke mindfulness and self-compassion that they can practice in their daily activities to transform their lives. The courses are based on approaches initially developed by Paul Gilbert (Compassion-Focused Therapy/Compassion Mind Training) and Chris Germer and Kristen Neff(Mindful Self-Compassion) based on the latest neuroscience research findings.
During the courses, you will learn formal and informal practices which means ways to practice mindfulness and self-compassion throughout your day for a minute or so at the time as well as the more formal mindfulness meditation which require 15-20 minutes of dedicated time.
To assist in your learning you will be provided with a manual handout and mp3 downloads to support your home practices.
Who is it for
We can all benefit from learning Compassion Mind Training and Mindful Self-Compassion. Our courses are especially popular with health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses, medical practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, school teachers, coaches, mindfulness/yoga teachers, counsellors, but also with other individuals who work in caring roles, helping others.
Previous experience in meditation or mindfulness is not necessary to participate in these training programs.
The hours of attendance to the courses will count toward Continuing Professional Development(CPD). The courses are advertised in the Australian Association of Social Workers(AASW) Newsletter and in the Australian Psychologist Association(APS) on the calendar of events. They are also promoted by Compassionate Mind Australia. A certificate providing the number of hours of CPD attended will be provided for professionals requiring evidence of professional development certificates(CPD) (i.e. nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors, psychiatrists, teachers etc.).
Scholarships for students and income-based reduction fees
MindfulPath is committed to offering mindfulness and self-compassion training programs, courses, retreats and workshops at an affordable price in the Gold Coast, Canberra and Sydney in Australia.
We believe that compassion benefits everyone. Therefore, we would like to make the courses available to everyone. We don't want finances to be an obstacle to your participation in this program. We are open to discuss income-based reduction fees. We also provide a limited number of scholarships for students in health and medical professions. If you wish to discuss this further with us, please contact us via email.
Repeating the program
If you wish to do the program again to consolidate your journey in compassion please contact us, and we will give you a 25% discount on the second registration fee.
-Cancellations request received up to or before 2 weeks (10 working days) before the event – the full payment will be fully refunded minus the booking fee.
-Cancellations request received up to 10 working days before the event – 70% of the payment of the workshop/course will be refunded or you will be able to attend a future workshop of your choice.
-Cancellation request after registration, with a further request for a transfer to a later workshop, received 10 working days or more before the event will be accepted and no fees charged.
-Cancellations request received 10 working days or less before the event – sorry, there will be no refund however, you will be able to attend a future workshop plus $50 in administrative fees.
-Cancellations request received after the beginning of the workshop will be accepted and the payment will be deducted considering the number of sessions attended, adding the cost of the handout and an administration fee of $50.00
-If you are missing some sessions in the current 8-week program, you can inquire about how you can make up for the missing sessions by attending another program at a later date for a fee.