Mindfulness programs

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

Daily Mindfulness Sessions

Our mindfulness meditation program runs on the Perth 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.

Mindfulness and Compassion Webinar

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.

Semester 2, 2019 Schedule

Times & Dates: Mondays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, 26th August to 28th October

Cost: FREE!
Facilitator: Regina Gerlach

Bookings: Register HERE for the online group.

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.

Semester 2, 2019 Schedule

Times & Dates: 9:30am – 3:00pm, Sunday, Oct 27th

Cost: FREE!

Facilitators: Team Mindfulness – Hertha, Janelle, Emily & Regina

Bookings: RSVP HERE.

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.

Please note this program is being offered for STUDENTS only in Semester 2, 2019.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - STAFF Only

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.

Please note: This program is currently for staff only.

Place: Building 109, Level 2

Cost: $250 Facilitator: Regina Gerlach

Bookings: To register your interest for this course, please email mindfulness@curtin.edu.au

Mindfulness Self-Compassion

This is an empirically-supported, 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

Based on the ground breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

More information about the course can be accessed online.

Place: Building 109, Level 2
Cost: $250
Facilitator: Regina Gerlach
Bookings: To register your interest for this course, please email mindfulness@curtin.edu.au