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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR)

MBSR brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Come and see how this inspiring course now running in the Illlawarra can help you develop more mental, emotional, physical and psychological resilience and well-being. All qualified MBSR teachers including Adele have a personal meditation and movement practice, and have undergone intensive teacher training. 

What does it involve?

  • an individual phone interview prior to the course, and ongoing individual support from your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class, over 8-9 weeks, plus one full retreat day 
  • mindfulness meditation and body awareness training 
  • an exploration of your own patterns and how to transform them 
  • good conversations about things that matter
  • scientific rationale for the practice 
  • access to Openground audio app for practice and a 100 page course book


How MBSR came about and the science behind it.

The MBSR course was first developed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has been widely researched over the past 30 years and is at the cutting edge of integrative and preventative medicine. It is the gold-standard of secular mindfulness based approaches for mental and physical health.and leads to measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress as well as improving the immune response. 

Images retrieved from Sara Lazar PhD ( "Her amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress." - TEDX TALKS


Catalyst Series 20 The Mindfulness Experiment in iview researches some outcomes on participants during an MBSR course in Sydney in 2018. MBSR also features in the 2020 Shannon Harvey's award winning documentary My Year of Living Mindfully

What do participants experience?

You spend quite a bit of time during the course really investigating your mind and body in the company of people whose lives and discoveries over the eight weeks give you something profound - a feeling of connection and belonging that you haven't felt for a while. You spend time listening deeply, not only to your own experience of sensations, thinking, feeling and action, but you get to know your patterns in a way that is tender and caring but also transforming. You find out that you can do things differently to make serious changes in how you experience your five-year-old, your boss, your insomnia, your pain, your anxiety, your depression. You discover both subtle and big changes in how you want to spend your time. You get some confidence in your own goodness and the goodness of others - which can be a rare experience these days.

How is MBSR different to other mindfulness courses? 

MBSR courses offer depth, safety, continuity and connection with a highly trained, dedicated teacher to help you engage with the heart of the matter - so that you can find more resilience, effectiveness and authority in your life. While a short course, app or workshop may offer a taste of mindfulness, it is unlikely to provide you with the experience, space and time to develop your own practice, which is what leads to the outcomes you probably want and are truly possible from this inspiring method. Come exactly as you are! 


It will take time!
It will cost you!
It may be uncomfortable!

It may change your life!

Woonona Medical Practice would like to thank Openground for their permission to quote directly from their website. 


Your teacher:  Dr Adele Stewart


Our goal is to keep the course accessible to all those who could benefit. The full cost is $595. For Pension and Centrelink Health Card Card holders the cost is $445. There is a 5% discount for regular Woonona Medical Practice patients and a 20% discount If repeating the course. Those experiencing financial hardship are welcome to email Adele to discuss a subsidised place. We do not usually do payment plans due to the extra admin involved.

Dates & Times

MBSR courses are run 2-3 times per year for 8 weekly sessions (plus one all day retreat, which sometimes makes it a 9 week course) usually coinciding with the school term. It is important to attend every session if at all possible. Zoom sessions are available if unwell or away. 

The weekly sessions support the daily home practice of 45 - 60 minutes. The above research outcomes apply to participants who did home practice as well as attend the sessions. 


2022 - Term 4 ENROLMENT OPEN 

Saturday 8th  October 2022 2-5pm All Saturday sessions at Woonona Medical Practice

Saturday 15th  October 2022 2-4.30pm 

Saturday 22nd October 2022 2-4.30pm

Saturday 29th  October 2022 2-4.30pm

Saturday 5th  November 2022 2-4.30pm

Saturday 12th  November 2022 2-4.30pm

Sunday 20th November 2022 10am-4.30pm Mt Keira Scout camp

Saturday 26th  November 2022 2-4.30pm

Saturday 3rd  December 2022 2-5pm


2023 - Term 1 ENROLMENT OPEN 

Tuesday 7th  February 2023 10am-1pm All Tuesday sessions at Russelvale Community Hall

Tuesday 14th  February 2023 10am-12.30pm 

Tuesday 21st  February 2023 10am-12.30pm 

Tuesday 28th  February 2023 10am-12.30pm 

Tuesday 7th  March 2023 10am-12.30pm 

Tuesday 14th  March 2023 10am-12.30pm 

Sunday 19th March 2022 10am-4.30pm Mt Keira Scout camp

Tuesday 21st  March 2023 10am-12.30pm 

Tuesday 28th  March 2023 10am-1pm


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For questions please phone reception on 02 4283 3433,  click here to submit on online enquiry or you can directly email Adele. Please feel free to make an appointment to see Adele (no charge for a short appointment) to discuss whether the course would be suitable for you.

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