Quentin is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher. He has completed training with the Mindfulness Training Institute Australasia (MTIA), under the supervision of Timothea Goddard who is an accredited MBSR teacher, psychotherapist and workplace trainer.
The course is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D.
“The practice of mindfulness meditation involves learning to attend to what is happening in the present moment – paying attention to thoughts, feelings and sensations in a non-judgemental way. You will be encouraged to bring an attitude of curiosity and acceptance to every experience – no matter what it is.” Timothea Goddard
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness shines the light of awareness on all aspects of our lives and therefore provides us with more choice and greater control over our actions and lives and is thus a vehicle for freedom. The various mindfulness practices are tools which when applied provide insight, so that perceived problems may not have changed, but our relationship to them has. Ultimately we are developing discriminating wisdom, which is noticing for ourselves the ways of being which create suffering and ways of being which lead to happiness.
Benefits of Mindfulness
There has been much research undertaken which shows that mindfulness practices of MBSR are effective in helping people to deal with stress and stress related illnesses such as insomnia, high blood pressure and headaches. Mindfulness has also been shown to be particularly helpful with managing anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Other benefits may be:
- Increased health and wellbeing
- Improved relationships
- Increased creativity, concentration and resilience
- A sense of interconnectedness with all of life.
“Learn how to stop all your doing and shift over to a ” being” mode, learning how to make time for yourself, how to slow down and nurture calmness and self-acceptance of yourself, learning to observe what your own mind is up to from moment to moment, how to watch your thouhghts and how to let go of them without getting so caught up and driven by them, how to make room for new ways of seeing old problems and for perceiving the interconnectedness of things, these are some of the lessons of mindfulness. “ Jon-Kabit-Zinn
About the 8 Week MBSR Course
The 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course brings meditation and yoga together. The course consists of attending a group session of 2 ½ hours each week and a 1 day retreat. Mindfulness is a skill and like any skill it needs to be practiced. This requires a certain level of effort, time and commitment to practice. So, in addition to attendance of the 8 week course, each participant is invited to undertake approximately 30-40 minutes home practice, six days per week between classes, by following audio tracks which are supplied. The main mindfulness practices are: a body scan, gentle yoga and sitting meditation (which can be practiced in a chair or on a cushion). The mindfulness practices are not about emptying the mind of thoughts or transcending ordinary life, or even trying to relax (although relaxation my result). Rather, through observing what is happening in our bodies and minds in a non-judgmental way, we can become present to our lives as they are.
“The present, whenever it is recognized and honoured, reveals a very special, indeed magical power: it is the only time that any of us ever has. The present is the only time that we have to know anything. It is the only time that we have to perceive, to learn, to act, to change, to heal.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Course Costs: $550
- 8 sessions of 2 ½ hours of group mindfulness practice.
- 1 day retreat
- 4 home practice cd’s
- Mindfulness training course book.
Quentin will speak with each person enrolling in the course to discuss any issues, questions or special needs they may have.
Course Dates 2018 – July 22nd
Time: Sundays 1.30-4pm.
What to bring: wear loose comfy clothes appropriate for yoga; a yoga mat if you have one; meditation cushion if you want to sit on the floor (chairs will be available).
Venue: South Perth Senior Citizens Centre, 53 Coode Street
Note: Day of Mindfulness will be held on Saturday 11th of August, at the Henderson Environmental Centre, North Beach. Then the following day Session 4 will be back to South Perth.
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Next course running February 2019.
Day of Mindfulness
Henderson Environmental Centre, North Beach
Links to more information on mindfulness
Quentin has been practicing yoga and meditation for the past 20 years and teaching yoga for 17 years. He is a student of ShantiMayi with whom he has completed many retreats including 3 ten day vipassana/silent retreats. He has also been involved with training other yoga teachers. He a registered teacher with Yoga Australia and attends regular professional development courses. Quentin is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher.