Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8 Week Course

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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.

“And more and more people seek out mindfulness for any number of reasons: to reduce stress; to improve physical and psychological well-being; to be more effective, skilful, and kind in relationships, at work, and throughout their lives.” Bhante Gunaratana

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

This includes:

  • 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

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 3rd of March, at the Banks Reserve Pavilion 60 Joel Terrace, Mt Lawley. Then the following day Session 5 will be back to South Perth.

Session Day  Date & Time
1 Sunday

4th February


2 Sunday

11th February


3 Sunday

18th February


4 Sunday

25th February


Day of Mindfulness Saturday

3rd March


5 Sunday

4th March


6 Sunday

11th March


7 Sunday

18th March


8 Sunday

25th March


Next course running July 2018.

Day of Mindfulness
Banks Reserve Pavillion: 60 Joel Terrace, Mt Lawley

Links to more information on mindfulness


About Quentin

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.

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