Welcome to Mindfulness Auckland

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
(MBSR) Programme

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course is an eight week, evidence based, experiential course. It invites you to engage on a physical, emotional and intellectual level. It offers a programme of mindfulness meditation training, which is practical and transformative. The programme was established by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the USA and has been widely researched over the past 40 years showing many positive effects. 


Research indicates that the majority people who complete the course report: 


• Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression

• Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain

• Greater energy and enthusiasm for life

• An ability to cope more effectively with short and long term situations


For a summary of research outcomes see:

www.bemindful.co.uk & www.umassmed.edu/cfm

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression and Anxiety

This is a specialised development of the MBSR programme, for living better with depression and ruminative anxiety. This programme has extensive recent research attesting to its effectiveness. 

It was developed by British Psychologists with the involvement and endorsement of Jon Kabat-Zinn

See Courses page for details



Drop in Evenings: 

PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday February 16 session Postponed to Tuesday February 23, 7-9pm due to Auckland's Level 3 Covid restrictions

Tuesday March 16, 7-9pm

- at The Patterson Room

The Mercy Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom

- these give you a chance to practice and connect with others in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere

By koha

Facilitated by Sue Dykes

Weekend Retreat May 2021
Homecoming: Presence and Compassion
St Francis Retreat Centre, Auckland
Friday 7th May 6pm -Sunday 9th May 2.00pm
Facilitated by Nadav Avny
Refer to Courses page for full details

8 week MBCT course

 01 August-19 September 2021

Sunday afternoons 4.00-6.00 pm

This  will be facilitated by Nadav Avny

Refer to Courses page for full details

Sue Dykes - Director & Course Faciltator

I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and teach MBSR and MBCT Programmes with Mindfulness Auckland. I also teach client and professional groups Mindfulness in other settings.


Barbara Draper - Course Facilitator

I have been a practising Architect for 30 years. Yoga and meditation have been important to my life to provide balance and well-being.  I began training to be a Mindfulness teacher in 2014 and am currently co-teaching MBSR and MBCT courses





Nadav Avny - Course Facilitator

Nadav Avny
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
New Zealand Psychologists Board #90-04410
Mindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealand
MA (Hons) Clinical Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP)
UK Council for Psychotherapy registered Psychotherapist (UKCP reg.) #07159199







"Mindfulness is about being fully awake

in our lives. It is about perceiving

the exquisite vividness of each moment.

We feel more alive. We also gain immediate

access to our own powerful inner resources

for insight, transformation and healing."

Jon Kabat-Zinn


To see the extensive training and experience of our teachers and to be assured that our courses adhere to recognized international mindfulness teaching standards, please see the About Us page.





"Mindfulness is an essential skill for happiness in the 21st Century. Our lives are constantly bombarded with texts, TV, Twitter, and To do Lists, to name a few! Nurturing and practicing mindfulness allows us to connect to the moment, and experience a much more meaningful experience with ourselves and the world. The MBSR 8 week course was the perfect programme for me to learn the practice of mindfulness, and then share my learnings with my clients. I can highly recommend this programme  to anyone who knows they need to be more mindful, but frankly can’t fit it onto their busy schedule! Spread over 8 weeks, it perfect for meshing mindfulness habits into your everyday life to bring about lasting change."

Debbie Schultz - Organisational Development Consultant



"Huge reduction in anxiety.  Generally calmer and kinder to self.  Recognising thoughts for what they are.  Feeling contented and opening up to opportunities all around me that I’d missed. My life feels hugely enhanced.  Thank you Dianne and Sue this course has had a very unexpected and positive impact on my life."




"I learnt how to be kind to myself.  Be more generous and gentle which were really needed to reduce stress.  I learnt to appreciate and be more happy by being aware and mindful."

Hanna Lee



"Amazed at reduction of stress symptoms and increased sense of calmness and acceptance."