How do I pay for my Simply Mindful course?
Simply Mindful offers 4 ways to pay program fees:
Electronic funds transfer – Please be sure to record your surname in the reference field
- Account name: Simply Mindful
- BSB: 012 955
- Account Number: 418061556
- Note this is a new account as of January 2019, please update details
Cheque or money order
- Please make cheques payable to Simply Mindful and post to: Simply Mindful PO BOX 5206 Lyneham ACT 2602.
- Payments can be made by arrangement over the phone and at pre-course meetings.
- Please email or phone us on 0490 354 900 to arrange credit card payments.
- There is 2.5% surcharge for credit card payments.
- For the MBSR course you can bring cash to your pre-course meeting.
Someone down the road is offering a mindfulness course for only $395. What’s the difference?
There may be no difference. Check it out! It is likely that with a shorter course (ie 4 weeks of 1 hour each week) that you will get ‘mindfulness lite’, a superficial and no doubt helpful course, but not something that sticks, or substantially changes anything in your life.
For over 35 years, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been the gold standard of teaching mindfulness in a secular setting for the relief of physical and psychological suffering. It is taught by people who have committed themselves to training, doing retreats and having a personal practice themselves, over many years. Training takes place over a long period, is in depth and high standard.
However, many people are now offering “mindfulness” courses “based on MBSR” or “based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn” with very little personal experience and immersion in mindfulness practice themselves, and little or no training in MBSR. These courses are often shorter, perhaps 6 sessions of 1.5 hours (ie 9 hours long) or 6 sessions x 2 hours (12 hours long) for around $400. This works out as more expensive than the MBSR program which is 27 hours long, including a silent retreat day, plus email and phone contact with the teacher if you need it during the 8 weeks.
What can I do if I want to do MBSR but it is too expensive for me?
We have a commitment to making the MBSR program accessible to as many people as possible, even when people can’t afford the full fee. To this end, we offer very generous payment plans and discounted places.
At your pre-course meeting, speak with the teacher who is in charge of the course you want to attend about what you can afford. We are proud of the fact that we have never turned anyone away from doing the program just because they couldn’t afford the full fees.
Why should I do MBSR when I can go to a local meditation centre for free?
Many people come to MBSR because they specifically want a mindfulness training that is secular and has no particular spiritual orientation or beliefs attached to the process.
As well, most “free” meditation centres rely on people’s generosity to support and sustain their work and the teachings. In order for these centres to survive, they need to be considered as supported by the people who use them.