Mindfulness Workshops with Eric Harrison
|Mindfulness||11 May||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||22 June||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Teacher Training||20 & 27 July||Saturdays||See below.||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||24 August||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||26 October||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
|Teacher Training||2 & 9 November||Saturdays||See below.||Enrol Now|
|Mindfulness||7 December||Saturday||9:00 — 3:00pm||Enrol Now|
All workshops are held at the Subiaco Community Centre at 203 Bagot Rd. This is 100 metres east of the petrol station on the intersection with Rokeby Rd. Please note that this is a closed council facility and is not open to the public during the week.
The fee of $240 (or $160 concession) includes a copy of The 5-Minute Meditator, which will be posted to you in advance when you book in. You can postpone a workshop after booking in, but there will be no refunds after a course has started.
We meditate in chairs, not seated on the floor or lying down. The workshop introduces you to a range of practices. Some are long, but some of them are quite short. These ‘spot-meditations’ will help you shed the unnecessary stress rapidly and restore a sense of balance and control during the day. Nor do you always have to sit down to meditate. You can easily relax whenever you walk, wait or do exercise. A spot-meditation well done can restore you to a base-line level of arousal in less than a minute.
People meditate for a variety of reasons: to control an overactive mind, to sleep better, to wind back anxiety, to manage illness or distress, to be more focused and productive, to get more pleasure in life. If you understand what happens in your body and mind when you meditate, you can confidently adapt your practice to suit your own goals and lifestyle.This workshop will also teach you how to meditate without having to rely on a group or a teacher. You will learn to read the physical and mental signs of success and know how to deal with the bugs that arise (distraction, fatigue, bad mood, runaway thought. . .)
Meditation is based on just two abilities: relaxation and attention. Both are natural and intuitive but we hardly ever develop them as skills. We can all relax: we all fall asleep eventually. Most babies can do it perfectly but it becomes harder as we get older. Meditation trains us to relax quickly and consciously at any time, even with a stressed, busy mind.
Relaxation is a physical skill, whereas learning to pay attention is a mental skill. In meditation, the training of attention starts very simply. Focusing on the breath or the body more deliberately than usual accelerates the process of relaxation, while the act of focusing calms the mind.
Mindfulness Teacher Training Workshops
$700 (or $500 concession). Class limit: 16
A workshop over two Saturdays, 8 am to 4 pm
- 20 & 27 July
- 2 & 9 Nov
Please note: these may be the last Training Workshops that Eric will offer.
You probably know how to meditate, but are you confident in explaining it others? This workshop aims to give you the ability and experience you need to teach or guide others, either individually or in groups. You will prepare one or two meditations to deliver to the class, and learn by sympathetically analysing each others presentations. You will be encouraged to develop a teaching style and content that suits your situation, and to become more comfortable negotiating the jargon. (For example, what is the difference between meditation and mindfulness?)
Mindfulness training can be elitist. It commonly emphasises long sittings and the attainment of an ideal state of mind, preferably on retreat. This training presents the opposite approach. In recent years, mindfulness has been widely adopted by teachers, counsellors, psychologists, youth workers, medical staff, body-workers and parents. They find that quite short but repeated interventions can have extremely positive results. If you are in a position to help people relax quickly, and gain more mental clarity and control, it is not at all hard to train them.
The prerequisite for this workshop is that you have already attended a basic Mindfulness workshop with Eric Harrison. This will enable you to see how Eric teaches, and help you get familiar with the modern mindfulness language.
If you have to cancel your booking for the teacher training, you can get a refund but a cancellation fee applies. This is 20% if you cancel more than two weeks ahead of the workshop, or 50% otherwise. Sometimes, it is also possible to defer to the next training.
Given fulfilment of the workshop requirements, you will receive a manual of useful information, and authority to use the books and CDs from Perth Meditation Centre. You will also be given a Certificate of Meditation Teaching. This can be used to obtain the necessary Public Liability Insurance that many organisations require before they employ you, or allow you to hire their premises.
To express your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Eric on 0410 421 908