Half-day Retreat – Face to Face – Sunday 25th October 2020 – Fully Booked

The retreat is a half day of mindfulness practice held mostly in silence under the guidance of experienced Simply Mindful facilitator, Jennifer Holmes. A range of mindfulness practices familiar to MBSR students are included in the retreat.

Take time out to deepen your practice and refresh body, heart and mind. This is a wonderful way to connect with and support each other and ourselves whilst taking care of our health and community.

Mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, connect us with a strong calm presence and enable us to act skilfully, cooperatively and compassionately. Practicing as a community will help us all to stay sane, stay connected and remind us of our shared humanity.


Graduate Practice Group – Online spaces left only- Term 4| Oct 19 2020 (Mon evenings)

Face to face places are booked out, so please understand that any new registrants will need to join the group online. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Join us in this 8 week practice group to extend, enrich and deepen your practice. This in depth extended group practice will be led by two wonderful teachers Anthony Hopkins and Jenny Holmes. Anthony will lead guided practices exploring use of noting and deepening concentration, clarity and equanimity. Jenny will lead guided mindful movement and yoga practices. In stillness and movement, these core components of mindfulness training help reduce suffering and bring greater ease, clarity and connection. (more…)

Mindfulness for Stressed Parents – November 6th to 27th 2020

Simply Mindful is delighted to offer a 4 week face to face Mindfulness for Stressed Parents program on Friday mornings in November.

Some stress is normal and healthy but for many parents, stress is a constant companion which can lead to ill health and impact negatively on quality of relationships and other parts of life.

The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic fast on the heels of a challenging summer of bushfires and smoke has added another layer of stress, uncertainty and anxiety to the lives of parents which has flow-on effects to children.

Mindfulness for Stressed Parents is designed to give parents added skills to nurture themselves, address their stress levels and build more harmony and peace in their home.

The program includes weekly 2-hour face to face sessions on Friday mornings and an early morning weekly guided meditation online. Friday morning sessions will be face to face, with the extra mid week half hour guided meditations online.

Parents will learn the fundamentals of a Mindfulness practise and other techniques including Insight Journaling and how to cultivate more personal harmony and peace.

Suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. No prior experience of Mindfulness is necessary.
Numbers are limited, so please register early.

Facilitators: Your teachers will be Jennifer Sexton and Simply Mindful Director, Megan Layton. Jennifer has a passion for bringing mindfulness into schools and family life and has personally experienced the way mindfulness practice has helped her as a parent. Megan has worked with adults, children and teenagers, parents and communities for the last 22 years in a range of very challenging settings. She is convinced that mindfulness has the potential to bring out the best in us as parents, even when we’re under a lot of pressure. It can change your life, improve your relationships and empower you as a parent. She has navigated her way through the rocky shoals of separation, divorce and adolescence and although far from perfect, she’s certain mindfulness helped her to dig deep and be her best self in fraught situations.

Megan says;
‘I know mindfulness has helped me stay calmer and respond more creatively and compassionately as a parent. It’s also helped me to nurture myself as well as my kids. I am really proud of the young people they’ve become and at least some of that is down to this amazing resource inside me – mindfulness! It’s never too late to learn, so give yourself a gift and start now.I don’t know where I would be without mindfulness.’

Before the program starts you will receive a reminder email and a brief phone call from Jennifer.

Online mid week guided meditation sessions will be held 6.30am – 7am Tuesdays 10th, 17th and 24th of November. In your registration confirmation email you will receive details on how to join these sessions.

A note on course fees: As this is the first time we’ve run this program, we are offering it at a reduced price. If you are unable to afford the full fee please email megan@simplymindful.com.au and let us know what you can afford. Registrations close 4th November 2020.

COVID-19 Hygiene Precautions: Hygiene and social distancing precautions will be taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of participants in line with current ACT health advice for COVID-19. Participants will be notified of these closer to the start date.

Half Day Self-Compassion Retreat Sunday 13th December

‘We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves’ (the Dalai Lama)

Cultivate a warm connected presence with yourself.

This retreat will focus on cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion together. Feeling more at home and truly able to rest in who you are. The priceless inner resource of self-compassion is particularly helpful when facing difficulties and the pressures and strains of life. The more connected and present we are, the more energy we have for fully engaging in our lives. It leads to calm, reduces inner tension and conflict and helps us feel both cared about the caring. This naturally flows into our relationships with others and the rest of our lives.

Please note that you must be a current or previous graduate of our 8 week MBSR Program in order to attend the half-day retreat. Participants from other reputable programs will also be accepted. (more…)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Term 1 Monday evening| Starts Feb 1st 2021

We’re looking forward to holding our Monday evening program in person at our wonderful Dickson venue. Hygiene and social distancing precautions will be taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of participants in line with current ACT health advice for COVID-19. Participants will be notified of these closer to the start date.

We recommend you register soon to avoid disappointment. Due to COVID-19 the class size will be limited. If you have questions, specific needs or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@simplymindful.com.au or 0490354900. We will endeavour to be inclusive of anyone with health vulnerabilities or concerns.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is widely recognised as the world’s gold standard mindfulness training. It is a comprehensive in depth 8 week mindfulness program focused on working with the challenges and stress in your life wherever you find it.We have been teaching MBSR in the Canberra region for over 15 years. (more…)

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