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MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) 8-Week Course


MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) 8-Week Course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for anyone interested in reducing stress associated with work, study, family life, chronic pain or illness. MBSR helps you to help yourself. 

Developed more than 30 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, MBSR is often referred to as the benchmark or ‘gold standard’ of mindfulness courses. MBSR is taught in hundreds of locations worldwide  and, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people to have benefited. 

Since its inception, MBSR has been at the heart of numerous studies of the effects of mindfulness practice and led to the development of mindfulness-based therapies. 

Completing an MBSR course has proven to:

• reduce stress and emotional reactivity

• boost immune function, sleep quality and general wellbeing

• relieve anxiety, depression, chronic pain and burnout

• improve concentration, cognitive flexibility, decision-making, communication, compassion and relationships

MBSR helps you to help yourself. You will come to know, understand and transform the habits that no longer serve you well and, improve your outlook on life and wellbeing.


The Program

Typically and traditionally, MBSR is delivered as an eight-week course consisting of a weekly class, daily practice between classes and an optional day of silent practice.

Weekly classes in Townsville will begin Tuesday 3 September, 5.30 – 8pm. The final class will be Tuesday 22 October.

Each class is 2.5 hours duration and includes:

Information and instruction related to mindfulness, meditation and the mind-body connection;

experiential practice of mindfulness meditations, mindful movement and mind-body awareness; and,

small and larger group activities, discussions and reflection –focused on applying mindfulness to everyday situations and addressing barriers of effective practice.

You will be provided with a comprehensive course handbook and guided practice recordings to support  on-going practice. You will be invited to commit to 45 minutes of daily mindfulness practice between classes and to bring mindfulness to ordinary, everyday activities.

An optional day of silent practice will be scheduled sometime between the fourth and seventh class.

Mindful Works founder and facilitator, Dr Sharn Rocco, completed MBSR Teacher training with Openground in 2012. Since then she has facilitated  MBSR courses for more than 200 people in various locations including Townsville, Forster, Taree, Magnetic Island and New York.


Your Investment

$550 pp

$455 Pre Early-bird Registration – Closes 30 April

$475 Early-bird registration – Closes 30 June

Ticket for 2 – $975

Individual concessions and payment plans available on request

Tax Deductions and CPD Points may apply.

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This includes:

8 x 2.5 hour classes

Expert instruction

Guided daily practice recordings

Course handbook

Optional day of silent practice

Discounts on all subsequent Mindful Works courses and retreats


What people are saying about Mindful Works MBSR courses:


“…I loved the course and believe it to be a wonderful learning opportunity … have highly recommended it to various of my friends as well as to staff members at work.”

– Susan, Teacher, Forster


“An incredible journey … I have learnt much about myself and the habits that do not serve me well, especially my response to stress and anxiety. …noticing so many benefits, as are those close to me.”

– Julie, Journalist, Wyngham


“…a positive impact on my anxiety. …very helpful. …especially at work. …Thanks for opening a new door.”

–Tom, Health Care Administrator, New York


“…a great opportunity to stop and step out of the busyness of daily life, to practice and be encouraged to live life with greater mindfulness.”

– Simon, Environmental Officer, Magnetic Island


“I have benefited greatly from the course. …The practices in class and at home were quite challenging but very rewarding.”

– Brett, Teacher, Forster


“Provided a great space to gain different perspectives and to reflect on my way of life.”

– Lesley, Carer, Townsville


“I looked forward to each week and what it would bring.”

– Rob, Nurse, Taree


“A wonderful way to learn about myself …to learn techniques to cope and grow.”

– Bruce, Engineer, Forster

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