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.
In practice group this term there will be an emphasis on exploring the ‘See Hear Feel’ approach developed by Shinzen Young (called Unified Mindfulness). Much like Jon Kabat-Zinn (the founder of MBSR), Shinzen Young is a respected and highly developed practitioner himself who has developed his own methodology for teaching mindfulness. Like Jon Kabat-Zinn he also has a great interest in science, is deeply motivated to share mindfulness and reduce suffering and has helped very many people in his decades of teaching. There are very many complementarities with MBSR and both MBSR and UM point us in the same direction. They do develop and emphasise slightly different tools and ways of using the tools or skills of practice. They have different vocabularies and different things to offer us. This may appeal or be extremely helpful for some of us at particular times and not for others. These differences are actually one of the reasons we were keen to offer this opportunity. There is the potential for a range of practice approaches to enrich and extend practice and also to cater for a diverse range of experiences, needs and backgrounds.
Anthony is a long time meditator, mindfulness practitioner and student of MBSR and United Mindfulness. Anthony has also trained with Julianna Raye in the ‘Unified Mindfulness’ system established by Shinzen Young, American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant and author of ‘The Science of Enlightenment’.
Jenny is an experienced mindfulness practitioner, MBSR teacher and yoga teacher-in-training with a deep interest in body based practices
Anthony Hopkins is an experienced mindfulness meditator, having first learned the practice in 1997 during a ten-day silent retreat in the Blue Mountains. Since then he has been a serious student of the practice and experienced its benefits. Anthony can personally attest to the life changing potential of the MBSR course and has also practiced and led practice groups in other similar traditions for many years. He has a deep interest in compassion practices and in bringing mindfulness and compassion to the criminal justice system. Anthony began his career as a criminal defence lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Alice Springs and continues to practice in criminal law. He is a Barrister and an Associate Professor at the ANU Law School.
A note about fees
The program fee below covers all 8 sessions. If you can, we would appreciate it if you could pay the standard fee. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID -19 or the bushfires we are happy to offer a reduced price. Please select the second option below. If either of these options are not manageable, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants can choose to do the practice group either face to face at The Gathering Place Dickson, or live online via Zoom. When you register you will receive a Zoom link in your registration email. You will also be sent a reminder email with the link a few days prior.
- ClassMonday July 20, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- ClassMonday July 27, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- ClassMonday August 3, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- ClassMonday August 10, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- ClassMonday August 17, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- ClassMonday August 24, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- ClassMonday August 31, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- ClassMonday September 7, 20206:30 pm - 8:00 pm