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A weekend workshop with Mal Huxter
This workshop will focus on how to cultivate: mindfulness, serenity meditation, equanimity (centred resilience), appreciation and the relationship qualities of warm friendliness and compassion. The primary aims of this workshop are: to provide ways to develop, nourish and nurture these skills and qualities over time and to learn strategies to use these skills and qualities in our every day interactions and activities.
Theoretical basis: This workshop will utilise ancient and traditional meditation practices from Buddhism as well as the insights of contemporary neuroscience and psychology.
Though mostly experiential, this workshop will provide theoretical frameworks in order to give understanding and direction to the practices. The workshop format will involve: presentations, interactive discussions, experiential exercises, movement, guidance in meditation and the opportunity to practise. There will be optional yoga sessions with Lisa Brown from 7.45 am till 9.00 am on both days, at no extra cost.
In this workshop we will address:
- the basics of mindfulness as it is understood within a context of wise understanding and ethical behaviours;
- four relationship qualities that can be cultivated (warm friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity);
- shifting negative bias to the realisation of the positive and;
- the cultivation of inner peace and resilience (equanimity).
It takes time, commitment and persistence to develop skills and qualities of excellence in our chosen life directions. Flourishing requires intention and attention. In addition, there are no quick fixes for life’s difficulties. The mental and emotional balance needed to negotiate the health, work, family, relationship and life challenges that come our way also often requires cultivation of wise and compassionate perspectives, skills and qualities. For the most part wisdom matures over time with life experience and the consistent development of mental, emotional and attitudinal qualities that support it.
This workshop is designed for anyone who would like to cultivate mindful compassion and resilience in their busy and demanding, personal and work lives.
Sliding scale price: $60, $170, $350 or $450 for two days based on an honesty system of self-assessment of income and affordability.
Morning and afternoon teas provided. Lunches can be ordered.
About the Facilitators:
Primary facilitator: Malcolm Huxter is a meditation teacher and clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.” Routledge 2016. http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Heart-Mind-Mindfulness-Ancient/dp/1138851353. A practising psychologist for 27 years, he has been teaching mindfulness and related meditation practices to the general public, a range of cultures, clinical populations, therapists, the corporate sector and other professionals since 1991. He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s. Website: https://www.malhuxter.com/
Yoga Teacher: Lisa Brown is a Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator, Yoga teacher and mother to four children, two dogs, two horses and a goat. She currently works in private practice in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour, and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction groups and Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. Website: http://mindfulnesspsychologywellbeing.com/about-us/
To view the tentative schedule for this workshop follow this link: Schedule for Cultivating Mindful Compassion and Resilience