Mindfulness programs

We offer a range of mindfulness programs and groups throughout the year, run by Curtin’s Counselling and Disability Services.

Daily mindfulness sessions

Our mindfulness meditation program runs on the Bentley Campus from Monday to Friday, and anyone at Curtin can attend.

The daily mindfulness sessions cover a variety of approaches. All sessions are 30 minutes long commencing at 12pm sharp in Building 109, Level 2. No registration is required, simply report to reception and you will be directed to the appropriate room.

Online live meditation sessions

You can access our daily meditation sessions at home, through your laptop, or your work desk via our online streaming option.

As part of our mindfulness program we are offering some sessions online in order to allow for as many people as possible to participate. As such, advertised sessions can be accessed via live stream, or attended onsite. Dates will be announced via Facebook or the Newsletter.

Mindfulness online

We offer eight weeks of Mindfulness Online for the practice and experience of mindfulness as a tool and attitude for handling the experience of stress.

Participants (students, staff, and spouses) will be provided with weekly posts, material and tapes for learning and/or refreshing mindfulness skills. The main ‘work’ of the program is done at home using guided meditations that support you to develop a mindfulness meditation practice in your life.

It is essential that you make a commitment to practice the guided meditation exercises daily so you need to consider this before registering your interest.

Silent Retreat / Day of Mindfulness

We offer a rare opportunity to engage in a longer form of mindful meditation and reflection.

This is a day for exploring what it is like not to fill our time with distractions, noticing what comes up and quality of contact with this experience as it changes (moving toward/away/against or meeting it). We get to be with this changing landscape of our mind through the day.

This retreat day is an invitation to turn off electronics and put them away for the day. There is not even any calling or texting in the breaks!

Why silence? Silence can be seen as a generosity for oneself (dropping the exterior social persona) and for others silence can be experienced as a gift.

This retreat day is also part of the formal eight week mindfulness programs.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for depression

This group is designed for people who have had at least one episode of depression and are interested in developing some skills to prevent or better manage future episodes.

The practice of mindfulness meditation allows you to pay close attention to the present moment, noting your thoughts, feelings and body sensations with an attitude of curiosity and non-judgment. This non-reactive stance on your experience creates the possibility of working more wisely with sadness, fear and worry, emotions that are central to the experience of depression.

In the MBCT program, participants meet together as a class for eight weekly 2.5 hour classes. The main ‘work’ of the program is done at home between classes, using guided meditations that support your developing practice outside of class. In each class, you have an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully. Each class is organised around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice.

It is essential that you make a commitment to practise the 45-minute guided meditation exercises daily so you need to consider this before registering your interest. Also, a brief discussion with one of the facilitators is a prerequisite for beginning the program to determine whether it fits your particular goals and/or circumstances. Information you share in the pre-group meeting and classes will remain confidential.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for anxiety

This group is designed for people with anxiety-related concerns who are interested in developing some skills to prevent or better manage their experience of anxiety in future.

The practice of mindfulness meditation allows you to pay close attention to the present moment, noting your thoughts, feelings and body sensations with an attitude of curiosity and non-judgment. This non-reactive stance on your experience creates the possibility of working more wisely with sadness, fear and worry, emotions that are central to the experience of anxiety.

In the MBCT program, participants meet together as a class for eight weekly 2.5 hour classes. The main ‘work’ of the program is done at home between classes, using guided meditations that support participants’ developing practice outside of class. In each class, you have an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully. Each class is organised around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice.

It is essential that you make a commitment to practice the 45-minute guided meditation exercises daily so you need to consider this before registering your interest. Also, a brief discussion with one of the facilitators is a prerequisite for beginning the program to determine whether it fits your particular goals and/or circumstances. Information you share in the pre-group meeting and classes will remain confidential.

Mindfulness-based conflict response (MBCR)

The MBCR program is designed for people who have experienced difficulty in managing conflict and are interested in developing some skills to prevent or better manage conflict in future.

The practice of mindful conflict management allows you to pay attention to the present moment in conflict, recognising your conflict pattern, behaviour and conflict response with an attitude of openness and non-judgement. It will help you identify your automatic response with an attitude of curiosity towards your perceptions and then working more skilfully with discomfort, frustration, anger, and worry, emotions that automatically occur when we are not feeling comfortable in conflict.

In the MBCR program, participants meet together as a class (with two facilitators) for eight weekly 2-hour classes. The main ‘work’ of the program is done at home between classes, using guided meditations that support your developing practice outside of class. In each class, you have an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully. Each class is organised around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is an eight week program which will help you to develop more mental, physical and psychological wellbeing and resilience.

This course has been shown to help alleviate a wide range of physical and psychological difficulties, increase wellbeing and enhance performance and engagement in work and life.

This course was first developed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has been widely researched over the past 30 years and is at the cutting edge of integrative and preventative medicine.

Mindfulness-based stress management (MBSM)

The MBSM program is designed for people who have experienced difficulty in managing stress and/or are interested in developing some Mindfulness techniques to prevent or better manage stressful situations in future.

Participants meet together as a class for 8 weekly 2- hour classes. The main ‘work’ of the program is done at home between classes, using guided meditations that support participants’ developing practice outside of class.

It is essential that participants make a commitment to practice the guided meditation exercises daily so you need to consider this before registering your interest. Also, a brief discussion with one of the facilitators is a prerequisite for beginning the program to determine whether this program fits your particular goals and/or circumstances.

Mindfulness for couples

An eight week course for couples wanting to interact more mindfully.

The practice of mindfulness meditation offers a variety of experiences and benefits. With mindfulness we gain greater clarity and knowledge as the result of awareness and insight. This non-reactive stance on our experience creates the possibility of relating to each as a couple more wisely.

The course is scheduled to run over eight weeks (date of commencement depending on interest and availability). Your partner does not have to be a member of the Curtin community.

My Happiness Project

Have you ever wondered whether there is more to life than this? Tired of feeling stressed, unhappy and unsatisfied?

My Happiness Project is a program designed to change how you experience and engage with the world, fostering greater feelings of happiness, wellbeing and life satisfaction.

This eight-week program takes a holistic approach, focusing on four major aspects of wellbeing: nutrition, exercise, mindfulness skills and psychological coaching. Based upon the ABC TV series Making Australia Happy and Eight Steps to Happiness (Grant & Leigh, 2010), the program will use scientifically validated techniques to support and allow participants to make purposeful, positive, and enduring change.

So, get busy living and find happiness in your life now!