MINDFULNESS DEMYSTIFIED


IN ONE DAY


This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms that underpins mindfulness widespread success and application as well as all the exercises that will help you establish your own regular practice.
and the resources to successfully learn to self-regulate, lower stress and anxiety responses.


LEARN MINDFULNESS IN A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SPACE WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE.

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“Thank you, this wonderful experience, which is now forever a regular practice in my life”.
Susan H.

During this day you will be introduced to and learn the the powerful mindfulness techniques that are helping individuals from all walks of life to have more balance and focus in their lives.

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms that underpins mindfulness widespread success and application as well as all the exercises that will help you establish your own regular practice.
and the resources to successfully learn to self-regulate, lower stress and anxiety responses

“Thank you Rita for providing such a thorough course in Mindfulness. This has come at exactly the right time for me as I look towards a less cluttered lifestyle, on the physical plane as well as the emotional and spiritual. Thank you once again”.
Anna C.

Why Learning Mindfulness is the Greates gift you can give yourself

Our thoughts are the root cause of suffering. They are the cause of worry and stress. The problem is that those, especially, self-critical thoughts of not being good enough etc. mostly goes on ‘under the radar’ where we don’t recognise them. They are like an invisible automatic response in our head that get triggered in different situations.

With mindfulness practice we can put the spotlight of awareness on our thoughts and patterns of behaviours and start recognising that we have a choice of where we put our attention and learn that we can shift attention when trapped in negative self-talk and unhelpful thinking patterns. That is the doorway to inner freedom.

Mindfulness can’t be learnt by just talking or reading about it. Mindfulness is experiential. It is by actually doing the practice you start experiencing the benefits.

During the day we will be looking carefully at the basic neuroscience; how purposefully connecting with the body’s self-calming para-sympathetic nervous system leads to lower stress and anxiety, increased attention and mental clarity.

Learning mindfulness is like nothing else, it is not “learning” in the traditional sense, it is not therapy either. It is more like ‘decluttering’ the over-filled, busy mind.

THE SCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS

Understanding how the brain works goes a long way to empowering people to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness ‘teaches’ us how thoughts and feelings affect our state of being and how we are able to train ourselves, intentionally, to observe the activity of the mind without becoming entrapped and start believing every thought the mind produces or be swept away by every emotion felt.

In recent years, scientist’s have revealed what mindfulness and meditation practitioners have known for centuries; bringing awareness to the mind and body (nervous system) and training our attention to ‘listen’ to what’s happening in the body and mind leads to calmness, presence and alert awareness.

This level of awareness anchors us in the body and we develop an increased level of alertness for shifts and changes and in particular notice when our thoughts and feelings are becoming troublesome.

THE LONG TERM DANGERS OF STRESS
Many people are unable to find a way to put the brakes on stress. Chronic low-level stress keeps the nervous system activated, constantly ‘on’ much like a motor that is idling too high for too long. After a while, this has an effect on the body that contributes to the health problems associated with chronic stress.

Persistent epinephrine surges can damage blood vessels and arteries, increasing blood pressure and raising risk of heart attacks or strokes. Elevated cortisol levels create physiological changes that help to replenish the body’s energy stores that are depleted during the stress response.

People prone to stress, anxiety and dysregulation can learn to self-regulate by regularly practicing these simple, highly effective strategies as well as adopt a daily breathing and relaxing practice to re-educate the vagus nerve away from anxiety and fear response back to safety.

Many people have lost the sense of purpose and meaning in their lives and live day to day on auto-pilot in a world of “doing” without being present in the moment, never taking time to stop for even as little as 5 minutes, to reflect and recharge.

Mindfulness reshapes our biology to a state of calmness, presence and awareness

Mindfulness is about bringing attention to the present moment awareness and being fully present as life unfolds; without having expectations or an agenda or trying to interfere to get a particular outcome you ‘want’.
 
Acceptance of what is, is a large part of living mindfully. Too often we want things a particular way, try to influence people and events because we think we know best or want a particular outcome rather than just letting life unfold in the moment.

It takes time to retrain the mind and body but with daily practices of as little as 15 minutes, research show us that in 63 days the brain will automatically default to protective patterns when the pressure is on. In other words, through regular mindfulness practice we can restore and activate emotional and mental resilience when challenges arrive.

Thanks to the work of Stephen Porges and Bessel Van de Kolk, it is now well known, through evidence-based research, that focused breathing exercises, putting the attention on the body’s sensations (breath, tightness, warmth, softness etc) and many others simple practices can intervene the escalation of stress and anxiety and de-regulates the traumatic nervous system response bringing the nervous system back to a sense of calm, safety and connection.

“With Mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the
traditional sense – you are in fact removing some of the mental clutter
that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of
equilibrium”.Rita Riccola

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Mindfulness and meditation can’t be learnt by just talking or reading about it.

It doesn’t matter if you never have meditated or done one Mindfulness exercise in your life, this course is for anyone who is moved to establish their own mindfulness practice and get the tools and resources to lessen stress and anxiety, improve focus, mental resilience and learn to self-manage unhelpful thoughts and emotions.

To sign up and start your Mindfulness Journey, simply chose a date below and click the button and you are taken to the registration page for checkout and immediate access to the 8 week online part of the course.

Limited time $100 Discount

Regular cost for the course is $295 For a limited time we offer this course for only $195
The face to face course is normally $345 but we offer it for $245


WHAT DO YOU GET FROM THIS COURSE?

  • Guidance given by an experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment with a beginner group.
  • Be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions.
  • Deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition.
  • A complimentary eight weeks self-paced mindfulness online course with new guided audio lessons each week.
  • Part of the courseg is a 8 week online course that you can do in your own time to establish (or deepen) your personal practice by weekly engaging lessons and keeping a daily journal.
    INCLUDING:

  • A 60 page Mindfulness Training Manual covering eight week lessons in downloadable PDF format
  • Guided Mindfulness audios for each weeks exercises that you can listen to on any device.
  • 8 week workbook that cover all main mindfulness exercises; breathing. listening, eating etc.
  • Videos Recommended videos and talks to watch as a complement to the course
  • TRAINER WITH 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE

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    Rita Riccola is one of New Zealand’s leading mindfulness trainers. Hundreds of individuals including school teachers, life coaches, psychologists and counsellors in both New Zealand and Australia has taken her 2 day mindfulness facilitation course to date. She have provided staff training for numerous schools across New Zealand to help integrating mindfulness practice to the curriculum. She is a former teacher and a trained mindfulness teacher with 30 yrs experience who has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA and attended many Mindfulness retreats.

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    TWO DAY INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS FACILITATION
    Learn How To Teach Mindfulness Using
    Proven & Successful Methods

    based on the latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness



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    2023

    DECEMBER

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 12-13 December 2023

    Tuesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2024

    JANUARY

    Weekend Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 13-14 January 2024

    Saturday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Sunday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 24-25 January 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    FEBRUARY

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 14-15 February 2023

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, A Mindfulness Facilitators Package, tools and resources and ongoing support.
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    4 Week Option
    -Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 17 February-2 March 2024
    This option covers the same material as the 2 day training but is divided into 4 weekly 2 hour sessions for people who can’t take the time off for the 2 days intensive or prefer shorter sessions with time in between to digest and practice.

    Saturdays: 9.00am-11.00am (NSW Time)
    2 hour zoom sessions on 17, 24 February, 2, 9 March

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    MARCH

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 6-7 March 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    APRIL

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 10-11 April 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    Weekend Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 20-21 April 2024

    Saturday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Sunday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 29-30 April 2024

    Monday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Tuesday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    MAY

    Weekend Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 25-26 May 2024

    Saturday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Sunday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 29-30 May 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
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    JUNE

    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 12-13 June 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    2 Day Virtual Interactive Zoom Course 26-27 June 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-2.30pm (NSW Time)
    Thursday: 9.30am-2.30pm
    (There will be breaks for lunch and afternoon tea).

    Cost: $445
    Including: 8 week online course, Teaching Manual, lesson plans and ongoing support.
    Payment plans available.

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    MARCH

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Sydney 20-21 March 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

    Cost: $495
    Including: Morning Tea, 8 Week Online Course, Teaching Manual, Lesson Plans and ongoing support.
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    MARCH

    2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Melbourne 27-28 March 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, Online Course and Ongoing support.
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    MARCH

    2 DAY Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Brisbane 13-14 March 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

    Cost: $495
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course and ongoing support.
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    MARCH

    2 DAY Mindfulness Facilitation Course in Coolangatta 13-14 March 2024

    Wednesday: 9.30am-3.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-3.30pm

    Cost: $550
    Including: Morning Tea, Teaching Manual, Eight Week Lesson Plans, 8 Week Online Course and ongoing support.
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    Why Choose This Course?

    Internationally Recognised Accreditation
    Our courses are accredited with IMMA (International Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance). After completion you will be eligible to apply for IMMA membership.

    These courses are designed to meet the growing need in all sectors (education, medicine, psychology, social work, physiotherapy, business etc) for evidence-based strategies that lead to self-regulation, emotional awareness and lowered stress and anxiety.

    Leading Trainer
    Learn Mindfulness from a professional educator with more than 30 years experience of mindfulness and meditation.

    Highly evaluated courses
    Hundreds of professionals and individuals have taken the 2 day Mindfulness Facilitation Course. The trainings receive consistently high evaluation and reviews.
    See testimonials here

    For All Age Groups
    The program is designed for all age groups from 4 year old pre-schoolers to 80 year old seniors.

    Life-Time Access
    When you register for an online course or a face-to-face training you receive lifelong access to the course material and all the resources provided. Ongoing support is available.

    Be part of a Community
    Connect with like-minded people that support each other.

    WHAT PARTICIPANT’S SAY

    “I have to be honest when I started this, it came with a certain amount of skepticism on my part. However, since I have been practicing mindfulness on a regular basis I can see nothing but benefits from what it has given me. I have used this now with clients and after many months of CBT and adding mindfulness to this I have seen great changes in them. It felt that mindfulness added that little something which just clicked with them”.Mark T.
    “Thank you Rita for providing such a thorough course in Mindfulness. This has come at exactly the right time for me as I look towards a less cluttered lifestyle, on the physical plane as well as the emotional and spiritual. Thank you once again”.
    Anne C.
    “I’ve really loved this course – both the online component and the two day course, I’m so grateful I’ve learnt these empowering new tools. THANK YOU :-)”Natalie E., Auckland NZ
    “The 8 week course has allowed me to re connect with the person I used to be and ignite my passion to forge forward, to help others find their passion, peace, connection and love within themselves. So they too, can help others to find their way in life. Thank you for this experience and training”
    Sia K., Sydney AUS
    “I just wanted to take the time to express how much I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 day course…I have conducted other mindfulness training but really feel your offering is unparalleled”.Sarah A.
    “I am extremely grateful for your teachings…you are truly inspirational”.Wendy R.
    “Thank you, this wonderful experience, which is now forever a regular practice in my life”.Susan H.
    “I just wanted to take the time to express how much I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 day course…I have attended other mindfulness training but really feel your offering is unparalleled.”.Sarah A.

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    “With Mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the
    traditional sense – you are in fact removing some of the mental clutter
    that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of
    equilibrium”.Rita Riccola



    Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

    NEW COURSE

    DECODING DISCONNECTION


    Too often we are trapped in the prisons of our own minds. When we listen to the inner chatter too much, are constantly connected and distracted by devices, lose connection with community and each other in meaningful way, fail to truly listen to others -we lose contact with ourselves, others and nature- all important for our wellbeing and mental health.

    Intentionally cultivating a connection to nature has been shown  reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. The constant demands of this fast-paced world, work and life in general can be corrected. Reconnecting with ourselves, others and the natural world are all necessary to maintain inner calm, mental clarity.



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    Decoding Disconnection is a 1 Day Virtual Online course/retreat where you will learn mindfulness based strategies to purposefully connect with the energy of nature and release the grip of the constant, often critical inner chatter.

    COURSE DATES:

    Sunday 31 May, Wednesday 3 June
    9.30am-3.30 pm
    Cost: $195 (incl.resources and
    8 week online mindfulness training).

    REGISTER HERE

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

    Mindfulness is a way of noticing where your attention is in the present moment without judging it good or bad. It’s about not wandering off into an imagined future or going over the past but fully engaging right here right now.

    The ability to focus on one thing at a time is a skill and requires practice. Just as athletes train on a daily basis to maintain fitness and stamina, Mindfulness, which is a mental training, requires regular daily practice to experience the many well documented benefits especially of de-stressing, relaxing the body and generally self-managing in a new and empowering way.

    Through guided, simple easy-to-do practisies you are training the mind to be more present in the moment. resulting in it to be less anxious, more alert and alive.

    Everyone really and especially anyone

    • Who over-thinks
    • Thinks anxiously as a regular behavior.
    • Stressed people
    • People who engage in constant negative self-talk
    • People who can’t sleep because of incessant inner chatter
    • People who operate on ‘auto-pilot’ and are always ‘on’..
    Current research tells us 20 minutes a day is required to achieve lasting benefits. This can be broken into two 10 minutes sessions-easily do-able when you experience the inner calm and rest from the robotic mind.
    You will slowly (sometimes quickly) begin to experience a lightness of being, less anxiety, better sleep, easier communications and a general improved sense of well-being and have more energy. These are not empty promises but almost guaranteed if you follow the instructions, do the practices regularly and begin to live more Mindfully.
    Yes, you get a certificate after completing the 2 days training and the 8 week online component which is a 8 week self-paced course to establish your own practice.
    Meditation and Mindfulness are very similar the only difference being that Meditation takes many more forms;chanting, mantras as well as breathing and visualisations however Mindfulness meditation is a specific set of exercises that focus exclusively on the five senses.
    Many places that run Mindfulness courses do so on a donation basis and are connected to spiritual centers. Mindfulness in New Zealand is an independent group and the trainers pay to live just like everyone else. Everybody needs to be paid for their effort as well as the cost of hiring venues and paying advertising to let people know the courses exist.
    The 2 day course is an immersion into mindfulness facilitation, covering all ground; science behind it, practices, methods, tools and resources. It gives you a strong foundation and also ongoing support afterwards and many of the attendants start implementing these techniques in their profession directly after the course. With that said, in the end, it is your regular practice and self enquiry together with you own communication and coaching skills that leads to the ability to facilitate effectively. 
    No, the course is for teaching everyone, adults, children, teenagers, although it has grown out of working with students.
    Yes, it is accredited with IMMA (International Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance).

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