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Course Details

 
 

 

Mindfulness & Meditation Courses For Beginners

 
On our courses you learn how to meditate (the formal practice of mindfulness) and how to become more mindful in everyday life (the informal practice). When practiced regularly you'll reduce stress, anxiety, and create more peace and well-being in your body, heart and mind.
 
 
Over time a range of proven health and well-being benefits as well as better sleep will become evident. When learnt and practiced correctly mindfulness meditation is a really fun, enjoyable and easy practice to do!
 

 
 

Courses Starting October 2017

 
 

  • Thursday 12 October

    $165

    RICHMOND

    Mindfulness & Meditation for Beginners. 5 week course - 5 Thurs, 12 Oct - 09 Nov. ( 7.30 pm - 9 pm )

    Book Now

  • Tuesday 17 October

    $99

    MOONEE PONDS

    Mindfulness & Meditation for Beginners. 3 week course - 3 Tues , 17 Oct - 31 Oct . ( 7.30 pm - 9 pm )

    Enrol Now

  • Wednesday 18 October

    $135

    MELBOURNE CBD

    Mindfulness & Meditation for Beginners. 4 week course - 4 Weds, 18 Oct - 08 Nov. (5.30 pm - 7 pm)

    Book Now


 

 
 

 

Course Details

 
 
These evidence based mindfulness & meditation courses are designed for beginners (and intermediate meditators) wanting to learn to manage stress, anxiety, and to improve sleep and well-being.
 
The course format consists of a weekly 1.5 hour class held one evening per week over either 3, 4 or 5 weeks depending on the course you choose. Plus we supply comprehensive weekly online course notes and audio recordings included for free.
 
We run courses starting on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings each month. We've now run almost 100 courses throughout Melbourne since 2014 and never once been asked for a money back guarantee.
 
All courses start at 7:30 pm except our Melbourne CBD courses which start at 5:30 pm.
 
 

Why choose our courses?

 
 
Our courses are comprehensive, not just an introduction. Each weekly session runs for a whole 1.5 hours giving you 50% more class time than other advertised 4 week introductory Mindfulness courses. On our course you'll practice twice as many guided meditations, have more time to understand critical information and more time to build your meditation confidence with the assistance of our experienced and registered teachers.
 
Our courses teach you to learn and use mindfulness & meditation confidently yourself anywhere and anytime, without relying or needing external technologies like downloadable guided meditations or mobile phone apps.
 
Buy Australian - Always Meditation is Melbourne owned and based. Not Australasian (NZ) founded and managed.
 
Beware of courses with claims of no religion, no dogma yet include entry level religious ideas such as non-judgement, radical acceptance, self compassion, wisdom and insight. These feel good religious attitudes are often presented unknowingly by trainers who themselves may have no religious affiliations but who are often mentored by supervisors who are fully trained in religion and dogma.
 

 
 

www.alwaysmeditation.com.au

 

 

Course Fees

3 week mini course (4.5 hrs)

$99

4 week short course (6 hrs)

$135

5 week regular course (7.5 hrs)

$165

 

 
 
 

Course content

 
We define mindful meditation, how it works and teach you how to do it.
 
You'll learn 6 common techniques and find the one that works best for you.
 
We practice 2 short mindfulness exercises and 1 long guided meditation each week.
 
We'll show you how to manage distracting thoughts and other common meditation difficulties like pain, sounds and frustration.
 
We cover FAQ, helpful tips & supply online notes and mp3 audio instructions.
 

What you'll learn

 
To meditate confidently for at least 10 minutes a day at home or for shorter mindful periods during the day.
 
This practice will decrease stress and anxiety, improve sleep and rebuild physical health.
 
Also you'll leave each class feeling refreshed, happy & satisfied.
 
You'll build habits, schedules and places to continue after the course finishes.
 
You can attend another night if you can't make your normal class that week.
 

 
 
 

www.alwaysmeditation.com.au

 

 

" Your style is 100% accessible and does away with the mystery that is often associated with meditation. I've definitely benefited a lot from the work we've done...Justin"

 

Course Locations

 

Melbourne CBD

Blackburn

Moonee Ponds

Ashburton

Preston

Richmond

St Kilda East

 

 

 

What others have said..

 
 

"A big thank you for your guidance & calmness over the past 4 weeks. You don't need a 'no risk money back guarantee' I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and I strongly believe that Mindfulness is an essential component to my general well-being." Antoinette.

"Thanks for your excellent Introduction to Meditation short Course. I've learnt so much from your tuition, and because of that I’m really inspired to continue my practice." Cara.

"Thanks for teaching such an interesting course on mindful meditation. They say that things/people come along at just the right time, well your course has been a life saver and I highly recommend this course to everyone wanting to explore meditation." Fiona.

 

 

 

Mindfulness meditation class melbourne Always Meditation

 

       

 
 

 

All Course Venues, Dates and Bookings

 
 

MELBOURNE CBD | Course Dates & Bookings

Venue: Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane.
 

13 Sept 2017

 
3 Wednesdays

13 Sept - 27 Sept

(5:30 pm - 7 pm)

$99 only

(4.5 hrs total class time)

closed


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18 Oct 2017

 
4 Wednesdays

18 Oct - 8 Nov

(5:30 pm - 7 pm)

$135

(6 hrs total class time)

Book Now

 

BLACKBURN | Course Dates & Bookings

Venue: Karli Yoga Centre, 9b Salisbury Ave.
 
June 2017
 
4 Tuesdays

27 June - 18 July

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$135

Course has finished
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12 Sept 2017

 
3 Tuesdays

12 Sept - 26 Sept

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only

(4.5 hrs total class time)

closed

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21 Nov 2017

 
4 Tuesdays

21 Nov - 12 Dec

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only!!

(4 hrs total class time)

Bookings Open Soon

 

ST KILDA EAST | Course Dates & Bookings

Venue: Alma Rd Community House, 200 Alma Rd.
 
June 2017
 
3 Thursdays

22 June - 06 July

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only

Course has finished

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14 Sept 2017
 
3 Thursdays

14 Sept - 28 Sept

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only

(4.5 hrs total class time)

closed

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9 Nov 2017
 
3 Thursdays

9 Nov - 23 Nov

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only

(4.5 hrs total class time)

Bookings Open Soon

 

MOONEE PONDS | Course Dates & Bookings

Venue: Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mt Alexander Rd.
 
July 2017

 
3 Tuesdays

25 July - 08 Aug

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99

Course has finished
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17 Oct 2017
 
3 Tuesdays

17 Oct - 31 Oct

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only

(4.5 hrs total class time)

Enrol Now

 

RICHMOND | Course Dates & Bookings

Venue: Gallery 314, 314 Church Street.

 
July 2017

 
3 Thursdays

20 July - 03 Aug

(7.30 pm - 9 pm)

$99

course has finished
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12 Oct 2017
 
5 Thursdays

12 Oct - 9 Nov

(7.30 pm - 9 pm)

$165

(7.5 hrs total class time)

Enrol Now

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30 Nov 2017
 
3 Thursdays

30 Nov - 14 Dec

(7.30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only

(4.5 hrs total class time)

Bookings Open Soon

 

PRESTON | Course Date & Bookings

Venue: Attuned music Therapy, 5/27 Enfield Ave.

11 Sept 2017
 
5 Mondays

11 Sept - 09 Oct

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$165

(7.5 hrs total class time)

course started


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13 November 2017

 
5 Mondays

13 Nov - 11 Dec

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$165

Booking opening soon
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ASHBURTON / MALVERN EAST | Course Dates & Bookings

Venue: Ashburton Community Centre, 160 High Street.
 
June 2017
 
4 Mondays

19 June - 10 July

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$135

Course has finished
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16 Oct 2017
 
3 Mondays

16 Oct - 30 Oct

(7:30 pm - 9 pm)

$99 only

(4.5 hrs total class time)

course cancelled

 
 
 
 

Case Studies, Feedback and More Course details.

 
 

Case studies and feedback...

Case Study – Peter
Background

I had a heart attack about 12 hours after completing a short fun run. At the time, I was 56 years of age, quite fit as I’d been a runner most of my life, not overweight, had a good diet and lifestyle, had not previously had any serious illness, and had never smoked. After 4 days in hospital, it was found that I have a blocked minor artery in my heart and I am now on 5 daily medications (blood thinners, blood pressure medications). I have always suffered from anxiety when waiting in doctor’s waiting rooms or while having routine medical examinations / check-ups, which has affected my blood pressure, which was always quite high in these situations.

A few routine visits to the GP and the cardiologist resulted in anxiety and high blood pressure, despite being on blood pressure controlling medications since the heart attack. My cardiologist said that my heart markers were now fine and I should just “relax”. There are few things that cause more anxiety / tension, than someone telling me to just “relax”!​

Meditation Course​

The 6 week course run by Instructor Peter Elliott which is done while seated in chairs and which is not linked to any spiritual / religious group, seemed like a good option for an introduction to meditation. Given that even my medications were not able to control my blood pressure in environments which caused internal anxiety, I had no expectations about whether the meditation classes would have any effect.

The weekly meditation classes were very pleasant and the instructions were easy to follow. Since starting the course, I have tried to spend some time each day (15 minutes or longer) practicing some meditation. At first, I found it very relaxing to just “shut off” from the daily external stimuli, even for just 15 minutes, in a quiet room. After a couple of weeks, I also tried some meditation in different locations (e.g. a quiet part of a local park) which seemed to work almost as well. My meditation is primarily focused on my breathing, using some of the instructions learnt in the classes.

As the meditation time increases, I find my breathing gets slower, deeper and softer. At the end of each meditation, I generally feel more at peace with my environment / surroundings and ready to get on with whatever I need to do.

The major turning point for me though was a recent routine visit to my cardiologist (6 months after my heart attack and after about 3-4 weeks of meditation classes). As previously, I began to feel some anxiety returning while in the waiting room, so I decided to do a short (5 minute), open-eye meditation focused on my breathing.

The consultation with the cardiologist went well and my blood pressure was “perfect” (130/70) – the cardiologist’s words, not mine. This was the first time in many decades that I can remember, where my blood pressure was normal in a medical consultation room, and I attribute this to the meditation done immediately beforehand. I have a generally low resting pulse rate of about 55 beats/minute, probably because of a lifetime of running, but after my meditations, my pulse rate
drops to about 45 beats/min, which is a very significant reduction of about 20%.

To me this clearly demonstrates very real, measurable and positive physiological impacts of meditation, where even medications have failed.

Summary / outcomes

My reason for enrolling in a meditation course was to try to address a very real physiological response (large increases in blood pressure) in the one environment that makes me quite anxious.

I had no expectations going into the course, but have been very pleasantly surprised by the effect of meditation on physiological responses such as blood pressure and pulse rate. At the time of writing, the meditation course still has another week to run, but I feel that I am now well enough equipped to at least take my anxiety out of the few environments that have caused considerable (unconscious) anxiety in the past.

In addition, meditation makes me feel better, regardless of whether I am feeling any stress at the time, or not which is enough reason for me to continue daily meditations.


"Hi Peter, thank you for a great beginner's meditation course. I found it really relatable and enjoyable, and it's definitely interested and encouraged me to try meditation and look for opportunities to practice it in my daily life. I know that my dad (David) enjoyed the course and felt encouraged by it too." Kind regards, Stephanie.

"I didn't have much understanding of what meditation was before I started, but after completing the course I can say that I liked the whole thing. It was worthwhile doing the guided exercises in a group with other people, and all the ingredients worked, like the facilitator, the atmosphere, and the course material, to achieve something that was really great. If I’d known how good meditation was I would have done it years ago. I recommend this course to anyone." Colin.

"Before the course I was a bit suspicious but thought I would give it a try. What I enjoyed was learning the various theories, the practice exercises and the group discussions. The mix worked well." Robert.
"I had some preconceived ideas about meditation, but my concerns were addressed during the course. It made it all practical and simple." Ross.

"Before the course I was pretty concerned about the bonafide's of the presenter and the business, but those concerns were shelved after the first class." Chris

More Detailed Course Outline...

Mindfulness & Meditation Courses for Beginners.

The 3, 4 and 5 week courses consist of 1.5 hour classes held one night per week over 3, 4 or 5 weeks.

The course is structured to teach you how to meditate mindfully by yourself by the end of the course.

Each class includes practicing 2-3 meditations, some theory, tips and discussion.

We teach four main techniques;

1. Movement Exercises

2. Mental Focus (calms overactive minds)

3. Breath Awareness (teaches you to be more centered, relaxed and aware)

4. Body scan (improves sleep, lowers blood pressure, reduces aging, manages pain through detachment)

- The course is cumulative, gradually moving from theory into longer guided meditations.

- It is recommended that you attend all classes.

- Time is given to individual discussion.

- You are likely to get good results from the very first class, but just like any skill, meditation takes practice.

- During the course we encourage you to meditate sitting in chairs, lying down or occasionally standing.

- You receive weekly online reviews and instructions including mp3's.

- If you can’t attend your usual class, you can attend any other location that week. If you miss a class, you can catch it up in a following course.

- There are no refunds after the course starts.

- Registration and prepayment is required.

 

Short Beginners Mindful Meditation Courses Melbourne run by Always Meditation.