Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
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.
This 8 week evidence based program leads to measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress as well as improving the immune response. 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. All qualified MBSR teachers have a personal meditation and movement practice, attend yearly silent meditation retreats, have undergone intensive teacher training and have ongoing peer supervision.
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 202 Harvey's award winning documentary My Year of Living Mindfully
It will take time!
It will cost you!
It may be uncomfortable!
It may change your life!
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.
MBSR courses offer depth, safety, continuity and connection with a dedicated, experiences 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 as you are! No problem!
Guaranteed to be inspiring, perplexing and demanding - or your money back!
Woonona Medical Practice would like to thank Openground for their permission to quote directly from their website.
Dr Adele Stewart has trained in MBSR with the Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia and New Zealand and is a Level II registered teacher. She has had a regular mindfulness meditation and movement practice for many years after doing her first 10 day silent meditation in the 1980's.
Adele offers a down to earth, engaging and compassionate attitude to teaching mindfulness. She is proud to be an associate of Openground.
Our goal is to keep the course accessible to all those who could benefit. The full cost is $595 (all fees include GST). Full payment is generally required before the course begins. Those experiencing financial hardship are welcome to email Adele at to discuss a discount, scholarship or payment plan (and obtain a discount code). For regular practice patients the cost is $520, for those repeating the course the cost is $480, for Pension and Centrelink Health Card Card holders the cost is $420.
MBSR courses are run for 8 Saturday afternoons at the practice (plus one Sunday all day retreat) usually coinciding with the school term.
The weekly sessions support the daily home practice of 45 - 60 minutes. This is an important part of the course.
3.00pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 21 November 3.00pm - 5.30pm
2021 - Term 1 - Taking enrolments now - click above to enrol online or to download enrolment form.
Saturday 6 February 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Saturday 13 February 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 20 February 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 27 February 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 6 March 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 7 March 9.45am - 4.30pm - all day retreat at Mount Keira Scout Camp
Saturday 13 March 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 20 March 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 27 March 3.00pm - 6.00pm
For questions please phone reception on 02 4283 3433 or click here to submit on online enquiry. Please feel free to make an appointment to see Adele (no charge) to discuss whether the course would be suitable for you.
We have found that it is beneficial to speak on the phone individually with your teacher before meeting as a group. After enrolling, Adele will be in touch to speak with you briefly about your particular intentions and to answer any questions you may have.