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UpcomingSelf-Compassion 11th October 6 weeks


‘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. Feel deeply at home in your own skin.

This six week program will focus on cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion together.

The science around self-compassion is very compelling. Self-compassion is a powerful tool for healing our relationship with our selves, parts of us that are fractured or wounded. It helps us to feel more at home in our own skin, safer, more supported more connected.  The 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.

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UpcomingGraduate Practice Group | Starts Monday 11th October 2021


 In this gathering you can extend your mindfulness practice in a group setting as part of the Simply Mindful community.

Due to lockdown this course will commence online. All participants will be sent a Zoom link before the course begins. We will resume face to face classes from the 30th October, and we will continue to offer the option of joining online for the duration. 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 when we do meet face to face. Face to face classes are held at our Dickson venue, The Gathering Place, 4 Bancroft St Dickson.

Whether you’ve recently completed your MBSR course, would like to bring attention back to your mindfulness and meditation practice in a supportive environment; or would like to continue to deepen your practice, Simply Mindful would love to support you in this. This Mindfulness Practice Group will meet for 8 Monday evenings this term.

Our teachers lead the group, providing an opportunity to participate in a range of practices. These include led meditation practices, silent meditation, walking meditation, mindful yoga, and at times short discussions about aspects of meditation. This term’s practice group will be led by Anthony Hopkins

UpcomingMindful Yoga October 12th, 8 weeks


In Term 4, due to lockdown this course will commence online. All participants will be sent a Zoom link before the course begins. We will resume face to face classes from the 30th October, and we will continue to offer the option of joining online for the duration. 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 when we do meet face to face. Face to face classes are held at our Dickson venue, The Gathering Place, 4 Bancroft St Dickson.

In the practice of Mindful Yoga we intentionally bring mindful awareness to the body as we move, stretch and breathe. (more…)

UpcomingMindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Term 4 Tuesday evening starts October 12 2021


  • Due to lockdown this course will commence online. All participants will be sent a Zoom link before the course begins. We will resume face to face classes from the 30th October, and we will continue to offer the option of joining online for the duration. 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 when we do meet face to face. Face to face classes are held at our Dickson venue, The Gathering Place, 4 Bancroft St Dickson.

We recommend you register soon to avoid disappointment.  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.

We recommend you register soon to avoid disappointment. 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…)

UpcomingMindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Term 4 Wednesday Morning Starts 13 October 2021


  • Due to lockdown this course will commence online. All participants will be sent a Zoom link before the course begins. We will resume face to face classes from the 30th October, and we will continue to offer the option of joining online for the duration. 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 when we do meet face to face. Face to face classes are held at our Dickson venue, The Gathering Place, 4 Bancroft St Dickson.

We recommend you register soon to avoid disappointment.  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.

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…)

UpcomingPositive Neuroplasticity Term 4, 29th October, 2021 – 6 weeks – face to face


In this exciting course you’ll build on your existing understanding of mindfulness and the skills which underpin mindfulness. You will learn how to turn fleeting everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths. This can help to reduce the influence of the negative bias, reduce negative emotional reactivity and recover more quickly from setbacks and difficulties.

Each session will include experiential learning, exploration of key concepts and skills and the opportunity to practice and apply new practices. There will be a course book to help guide you through the course and home practices each week.

Simply Mindful Director, Megan Layton will be teaching PNT. She has been endorsed and trained by Dr Rick Hanson. She has been helping people integrate positive neuroplasticity into their lives and their practice for many years.

Wondering if it’s for you? Previous participants say:
‘The positive neuroplasticity training is so empowering – it’s amazing to be able to gradually change the way I move through the world by choosing to focus on what is beneficial. The responsive approaches to relationships meditation is revolutionary – an embodied guide towards freer more compassionate relationships with others – and myself! Thanks so much, Joo-Inn, 2019

We highly recommend you purchase Rick Hanson’s book Hardwiring Happiness as part of the course.
Pre-requisite: It is a pre-requisite to have undertaken training and practice in mindfulness. This is to ensure participants have the necessary foundation of understanding and skills to benefit fully from this program and be able to apply it. MBSR is the recommended pre-requisite program however other reputable in-depth mindfulness programs may be considered.

A note about fees
If you can, we would appreciate it if you pay the standard fee. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID -19 or are a full-time student or health care card holder we are happy to offer a reduced price – please email us at info@simplymindful.com.au.

UpcomingFree mindful movement classes in Glebe Park


Check back here for more information. Registrations opening soon.

Join Simply Mindful in Glebe park (near the corner of Akuna St and the Gandhi Statue) in the city on Wednesday mornings in November and December for free mindfulness, as part of the City Renewal Authority ‘Renew You’ Festival.

These free Mindful Movement sessions are open to newcomers and experienced meditators. We’ll begin with some gentle mindful movement including yoga and walking meditation to nourish and care for your body and settle your mind. In the practice of Mindful Yoga we intentionally bring mindful awareness to the body as we move, stretch and breathe. The second half of the class will be a guided mindfulness meditation. Over the 8 weeks we’ll move through a range of mindfulness meditation practices to help you make a fresh start and move into your day from a place of greater awareness, clarity and centredness.

What is involved?

Mindfulness is well understood as a powerful and evidence based way to improve both physical and mental health. Learn to care for your body and mind, increase your ability to be truly present and aware. Come and practice mindfulness in movement and stillness with Canberra’s most well known mindfulness teachers. Each class will begin with gentle mindful movement to help attend to the needs of the body and settle the mind. Then we’ll move into a guided mindfulness meditation in stillness.

Mindfulness meditation is open to anyone and compatible with any belief system,since mindfulness is an innate human capacity. The practice of mindfulness meditation develops our capacity to be truly awake, present and aware in more of our days. This means we can draw on more of our intelligence, creativity and skill more of the time. This is particularly valuable in important relationships and work, as we tend to spend a lot of time preoccupied by the past and the future and not really present to what’s right here in front of us.

What to bring

Bring your face mask, water bottle, yoga mat, a cushion if you’d like to sit on one, and wear comfortable clothing that you can stretch and move in. Wear layers as it can still get chilly in the mornings.

All welcome

UpcomingMindfulness for Stressed Parents – November 3rd, 6 weeks


The greatest gift you can give your child is yourself!

Simply Mindful is delighted to offer a 6 week face to face Mindfulness for Stressed Parents program on 6 Wednesday evenings starting November 3rd 2021.

Bring more of your creative genius to your parenting.

Mindfulness for Stressed Parents will help you  address stress and reactivity, build internal resources, gain insight into those stuck places and get unstuck.

“I have noticed a big difference in my life. I am more present in my day, more aware and more able to tune into my family. The self-doubt has gone away.”
(Participant, 2020)

Mindfulness can change your life, improve your relationships and empower you as a parent.

Over 6 weeks you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn a range of mindfulness practices specifically to help you as a parent
  • Be more fully present, open and aware as a parent so that you have more capacity during rocky times and can seize opportunities to connect, and grow
  • Take time to pause and reflect on important patterns and reactivity, gain insight into them and make changes
  • Reduce stress and learn to work skilfully and compassionately with strong emotions
  • Reflect on and practice ways to build more harmony and peace within yourself and at home
  • Reconnect with yourself and your loved ones with intention

‘The greatest gift you can give your child is your self.
This means that part of your work as a parent is to keep growing in self-knowledge and in awareness.
We have to be grounded in the present moment to share
what is deepest and best in ourselves.’
(Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn)

In response to fantastic feedback from our 4 week pilot in 2020 we’ve expanded Mindfulness for Parents to 6 weeks.

More feedback from our 2020 participants:

‘I learnt ways to calm myself and look at situations differently. This was really powerful for me.’

‘I really enjoyed the format and content. I understand better who I am as a parent and who I want to be’

Who is this for?

You are welcome, whether the children in your life are young or old, whether you are in a blended family, nuclear family or extended family. Whether you are a single parent or partnered, a grandparent or relative or friend, whether your family situation is stable, fluid or changing. If you’ve got children in your life, come!

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. If you’d like to bring more of the best of yourself to your relationships with children, this is for you.

Suitable for beginning and experienced meditators.

No prior experience of Mindfulness is necessary. Numbers are limited, so please register early.

Facilitators: Your teacher will be Jennifer Sexton.  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.

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

A note on course fees:  We’ve kept fees as low as possible to make this program accessible.  If you can we would appreciate it if you could pay the standard fee.  Reduced fees are for those experiencing financial hardship including pensioners, health-care card holders and full-time students.

COVID-19 Hygiene Precautions:

  • We are happy that we are able to meet face to face in November. All participants will be sent a link in early November. 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.

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Come and discover your own possibilities for learning, growing, healing and transformation.


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