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 buddha saw that understanding and love are one.

Without understanding there can be no love. Each Person’s disposition is the result of physical, emotional, and social conditions. When we understand this, we cannot hate even a person that behaves cruelly, but we strive to help transform his/hers physical, emotional, and social conditions.

Understanding gives rise to compassion and love, which in turn gives rise to correct action. In order to love, it is first necessary to understand, so understanding is the key to liberation.

In order to attain clear understanding, it is necessary to live mindfully, making direct contact with life in the moment, truly seeing what is taking place within and outside of oneself.

Practicing mindfulness strengthens the ability to look deeply, and when we look deeply into the heart of anything, it will reveal itself.

This is the secret treasure of mindfulness- it leads to the realization of liberation and enlightenment.

Life is illuminated by right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration”


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

This includes:

  • 7 sessions of 2 ½ hours of group mindfulness practice.
  • 1 day retreat
  • home practice mp3 audio tracks
  • 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 2023 – Week 1 starts on Sunday the 30th of April.


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).    


Venues: The primary venue is the South Perth Senior Citizens Centre, 53 Coode Street. For the all day retreat , on the 3rd of June and week 2 (7th of May) we will be at the Henderson Environmental Centre.


Note: Day of Mindfulness will be held on Saturday the 3rd of June, at the Henderson Environmental Centre, North Beach.  


Session Day  Date & Time
1 Sunday

30th  April


2 -Henderson Evironmental Centre Sunday

7th May




14th May


4 Sunday

21st May


5 Sunday           

28th May


                     ALL DAY                               Henderson Environmental  Centre  Saturday  3rd of June   9.30am-3.30pm                                      




6-7 Sunday

11th  June


8       Sunday

18th June September




Day of Mindfulness  3rd of June

Henderson Environmental Centre, North Beach





MBSR Body Scan 1-35 Minutes

MBSR Body Scan 2 – 43 minutes

MBSR Sitting 1) Awareness of breathing

MBSR- Sitting 2) Awareness of body and breathing

MBSR – Lying down yoga

MBSR Practice 2 – Yoga Standing

MBSR-Loving Kindness Meditation or Metta Meditation

MBSR-The Mountain Meditation

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.


“ The world is changing so fast and we need different thinking and tools to cope.  So many people today (adults and children), are burning out in anger, guilt, anxiety and depression. 

Quentin Albertsen is making a difference in our world !  The thinking and tools he teaches in his MBSR Meditation Course are critical for us to survive in the future.  To reconnect to ourselves, each other, and nature again, to take a whole new approach to solve our personal and global challenges.  Teaching our whole brain to flow again, logic and intuition, to think creatively, have great ideas and make great decisions.   

I cannot recommend Quentin Albertsen’s course and approach to teaching highly enough.  From practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years, he leads by example, and provides ‘wisdom’, versus just ‘knowledge and information’, that can be gained anywhere. ” 

Fiona Maron, “Human Resource Management Consultant’ (November 2017)

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