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Mindful Works: 'Bringing Mindfulness to Life'

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For many, the new year is about embracing change and looking to the future, which is why Dr Sharn Rocco is hosting a 'Bringing Mindfulness to Life' short course this Summer.

Start the new year, with a better understanding of yourself by participating in this practical four week course, developed from the internationally acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

Under the guidance of Dr Sharn Rocco, a practitioner and teacher of meditation for over a decade, you'll be invited to learn strategies for bringing mindful awareness to the demands, routines and relationships of daily life and explore how practicing mindfulness can reduce stress and increase energy, clarity, confidence and resilience.

Each weekly class includes a combination of interactive and experiential learning and instruction. What you learn, experience and practice in each class prepares you for practice throughout the week ahead and provides a foundation for the following class.

A course handbook and guided practice recordings are provided to support your learning and practice throughout the course and beyond. The handbook includes a week-by-week overview of the course content, space to record notes and reflections and a weekly list of the recommended on-going practices.

If you've been wondering what mindfulness is and how to practice it or if you think meditation might be good for you and would like to try it or get back to it, this is the course for you.

The short course will be held in 3 convenient locations:

  • South Brisbane Sailing Club – Mondays, 12.30pm-2.30pm OR 6pm-8pm (Begins Monday, 18 January)

  • Coolum- Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (Begins Wednesday, 20 January)

  • New Farm – Tuesdays, 6-8pm, Community House, (Begin Tuesday 19 January)

    Choose a location and time that best suits you; the short course consists of one weekly two-hour class for four weeks. If there is a week or two where you are unable to attend your preferred class, you are welcome to attend one of the others.

    This fee of $225 includes:

  • 4 x Weekly 2hr classes with expert instruction and experiential learning opportunities

  • Course Handbook

  • Guided practice recordings

    To register your interest or for more information, please visit

    In addition to the upcoming workshops, a Day-long Mindfulness Retreat will be held in the central location of South Brisbane Sailing Club on Saturday, 16th January 2016, from 10am to 4pm.

    This unique retreat will also be facilitated Dr Sharn Rocco, who has received teachings from some of the great meditation masters of our time. Dr Sharn Rocco will show you how mindfulness can improve your everyday wellbeing; you'll learn how you can reduce stress, anxiety and emotional reactivity; boost immune function and self-confidence; and improve sleep quality.

    Throughout the day, students will receive expert instruction on the how and why of mindfulness and will be guided through a variety of formal and informal mindfulness practices - including mindfulness of the body and breath, mindful eating and walking and sitting meditation.

    At the conclusion of this one day retreat, students will leave feeling relaxed, restored and equipped to live each day with more mindful awareness.

    To participate in an upcoming retreat, bookings are essential.

    The all inclusive fee is $95 per person. To make a booking, please email

    For more information on this retreat or other Mindful Works workshops, please 'like' the Facebook profile.

    What people are saying about Mindful Works courses and retreats:

    "Challenging to look more deeply at myself, to listen to me but encouraging to find that others think the same as I do on many aspects of life. …for anyone suffering from depression, this course has given me a more positive outlook." – Jill, Semi-Retired

    "I found the course to be helpful and easy to follow. I appreciated being taught and guided to meditate and regular question and answer sessions. It has helped to make me happier, more focused and calm. I feel it would help others too." – Chris, Administrator

    "The course assisted me to return to my happy, authentic self through the practice of meditation and noticing my thoughts with friendly non-judgmental curiosity." – Michelle, Police Academy Facilitator

    "The focus on practice and the absence of any cultural or foreign rituals or language was refreshing and made meditation and the philosophy of mindfulness accessible. … I've found a space between noticing and reacting that allows me to choose to let go of habitual responses." – Kelcey, Musician

    "I enjoyed the experience. It was well organized and a great introduction and reminder to practice. I feel more hopeful and calmer in the face of turmoil." – Peter, Investigator

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    When: Begin 18, 19 or 20 January / Day-long Mindfulness Retreat 16 January
    Where: 3 Locations: West End, New Farm, Coolum
    Cost: $225
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