Mindfulness Auckland Course Information
The 8 Week MBCT Course
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (and Anxiety)
The 8 week MBCT Course consists of:
8 weekly two hour sessions and a one-day Retreat.
The course is participatory, supportive and structured, gently introducing various mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy-based practices, which include sitting, walking, working mindfully with thoughts, yoga stretches and the informal cultivation of mindfulness in everyday life. In order to benefit fully from this training, participants are strongly encouraged to practice between sessions.
This course is tailored specifically for learning to live better with depression and/or anxious ruminative thinking.
Based on the original MBSR course, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, is an adaptation designed by UK Psychologists, John Teasdale, Mark Williams and Zindel Segal (Canada).
There is convincing research evidence for the effectiveness of MBCT in preventing depression relapse.
Cost: (details to follow) includes the Manual and practice audio links, USBs or CDs
First 2021 MBCT Course
01 August- 19 September 2021
Sunday afternoons 4.00-6.00 pm
St Lukes Community Centre
130 Remuera Road
Retreat day Saturday 4th September , 9.30-4.30 pm
Contact Nadav to register at
Homecoming: Presence and Compassion
St Francis Retreat Centre, Auckland
Friday 7th May at 6pm - Sunday 9th May at 2.00 pm
Facilitated by Nadav Avny
"You must have a place in your house or in your mind
Or a moment in your day where you can go
Where you do not know what you owe anyone
Or what anyone owes you;
and you do not know who you are married to,
And you do not know who your children are,
And you do not know what your career is,
And you go there, not to leave any of these responsibilities behind,
But to go to a place of firsthand remembrance,
Where you get back in conversation with yourself
And have a real relationship with yourself."
Mindfulness is a way of being that supports us to meet ourselves (and others) with acceptance, care and compassion. It can assist us to develop an unconditional friendship with self and live more authentically. Cultivation of awareness through mindfulness practice helps us create a new relationship with our internal experience, thoughts, memories, feelings and bodily sensations as well as external events and stressors. It increases our freedom of choice and enables us to respond instead of automatically and habitually reacting, particularly to situations that we find challenging. The practice of present moment awareness enhances the regulation of our emotions, reduces stress and anxiety, increases resilience and has profound implications for our emotional wellbeing and physical health, as supported by over 40 years of empirical evidence.
This silent retreat will include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement, cultivation of presence and compassion to self and others, rest and restoration as well as connection with nature and the nourishment of healthy food. Whilst many of the practices will be held as part of group sessions, the participants will have opportunity to tune in to their own pace and needed space during the retreat.
This weekend retreat can support experienced meditators to deepen their mindfulness practice and enable people new to mindfulness to get first -hand experience of the practice.
$580 (covers all meals, single room accommodation, shared bathroom/toilets, facilitator's fee)
Dietary requirements are catered for (price TBC)
in order to register for the retreat please contact Nadav :
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