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Mindfulness and the Heart Qualities - Talk & Weekend Workshop/Retreat


Talk: Cultivating mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

Friday 7/7/17 -7.00-8.30pm

Weekend workshop/urban retreat: 9.00am-4.30pm both days

Saturday 8/7/17  focusing on mindfulness and equanimity

Sunday 9/7/17  focusing on compassion, loving kindness and appreciative joy  

The talk will involves an overview of mindfulness and the four heart qualities and how their cultivation leads to the transformation of suffering to wellbeing, peace and genuine happiness.   It will involve a power point presentation and be followed by a short meditation practice with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

The workshop /urban retreat will provide basic guidance in and the opportunity to practice mindfulness, equanimity, compassion, loving kindness (metta) and appreciative joy as meditations.   The workshop/urban retreat will involve small and large group interactive discussion, reflection, experiential exercises sometimes in pairs, mindful movement, guidance and periods of meditative silence.

Both the talk and the workshop/urban retreat will draw on Mal’s Buddhist meditation training as well as his experience as a clinical psychologists using approaches such as: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Mindful Self Compassion (MSC, Germer and Neff), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT, Paul Gilbert) and Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT-Rick Hanson).