Melbourne Mindfulness Institute

“Life does not consist mainly – or even largely – of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one’s mind.”

– Mark Twain

8 Week Online Mindfulness Program

 Is your mind becoming a bit of a minefield? Do your emotions need some taming? Are you stressed or anxious? Is your mood low?  Consider enrolling for our online 8-week MiCBT programs to learn how to manage stress and anxiety and develop some peace of mind.  There will be a full schedule of programs for 2021.

Free Online Meditation Sessions

We are currently running weekly online sessions to support people in these challenging times.

Every Tuesday at 8am

Lead by Boyd Cowley

Every Wednesday at 7pm

Lead by Jill Beattie

Every Friday at 1pm

Lead by Sarah Francis

What do we do?

The Melbourne Mindfulness Institute provides mindfulness training in a range of contexts including to groups and in individual sessions enabling people to apply a mindfulness-based approach to daily life while improving their sense of well-being.  

Anxiety or excessive worry, work stress, poor sleep, attention problems, low mood or being angry a lot; performance in sport, family stress… all of these issues can be helped by our very comprehensive and well researched mindfulness programs.

Group Program dates are on our blog page. Contact us for individual sessions.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness enables us to remember to stay fully aware of only what is actually happening in the present both internally and externally – with no bias and no judgement. We learn to manage persistent worrying or “mind-wandering” thinking.

Our approach uses Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behavoiur Therapy (MiCBT), developed by Dr Bruno Cayoun (Cayoun, 2011, 2015) and Cayoun, Francis and Shires 2019

What is MiCBT

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) places a strong emphasis on developing both metacognitive awareness (ability to think about our thinking) AND interoceptive awareness (ability to notice what is happening in our bodies when we are thinking and reacting). MiCBT is a skillful integration of mindfulness training with contemporary evidence based approaches of western psychology.

MiCBT is a sophisticated approach to mindfulness-based therapy utilizing both traditional mindfulness skills and contemporary CBT methods. MiCBT is a skillful application of mindfulness as taught in Vipassana traditions to contemporary western psychology. MiCBT is delivered in 4-stages.

  • Stage 1 teaches mindfulness skills to improve attention to and understanding of thoughts and body sensations.
  • Stage 2 teaches how to apply these skills to the challenges of daily life helping us to tackle previously avoided situations.
  • Stage 3 specifically engages the mindfulness skills in interpersonal communication and relationship issues.
  • Stage 4 explores personal ethics from a mindfulness perspective and uses compassion training to develop empathic understanding of ourselves and others.

Changing unhelpful or unwanted habits becomes easier as mindfulness skills are consolidated and integrated into daily life. We learn to understand and accept the process of thinking and sensing and to have a different perspective on troublesome thoughts and reactions. As self understanding increases we also understand others better.

We provide mindfulness training for individuals, groups and organisations.

New additional meditation session

The online meditations sessions are proving to be very popular - helping people who have learned the wonderful skills of MiCBT to maintain their practice. We now have three sessions a week; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Wednesday evenings (7.00pm) may suit...

Mindfulness online – self care

In these extraordinary times we need to take care of our psychological well-being. Learning to meditate in silence is a skill; a skill that can be learned. We are now offering our 8-week program online. The MiCBT program can provide an invaluable skillset no matter if...

Online meditations – Tuesdays and Fridays

We have been delighted to be able to offer twice-weekly meditation sessions over the last few weeks. It always feels good to meditate in a group. It has been lovely to see familiar faces of those who have learned the MiCBT skills (sometimes years ago) and have...

Free MiCBT Meditation support on line

Many people's movements are now restricted due to the COVID-19 virus and so they can't attend our regular meditation sessions. In challenging times we can feel quite stressed, anxious and depressed; the external world suddenly feels difficult and threatening. However,...

Mindfulness for older people

Many of us fear the idea of losing our sharpness of mind as we get older - Mindfulness-based programs may help to preserve cognitive function in older people. This link describes an interesting recent study on the impacts of a mindfulness program on the biomarkers of...

Mindfulness and well-being: programs in 2020

This could be a great time to set yourself up with anti-stress resilience tools for the new decade! The first of our 8-week MiCBT programs will now commence on Tuesday 25th February - 6-8pm. There are still places available. There are 8 face-to-face sessions of two...

New programs for 2020

Registrations are now open for the 2020 8-week mindfulness programs - mostly evening programs (6-8pm) but we are trialing a day program so that those unable to come along in the evening can attend. The day program will run on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 11am...

Final MiCBT Group Program for the year

This week the final MiCBT program for the year will commence. It will run on Wednesdays for the next 8 weeks. The program is quite demanding as it requires regular twice-daily meditation practice but participants who engage report significant shifts in many aspects of...

Annual clinicians retreat

Clinicians who work with mindfulness-based interventions are highly recommended to attend retreats to deepen their own practice and understanding of meditation-based therapy. Last weekend a small group of MiCBT clinicians met for an annual peer-led retreat. We spent...

Half day retreat on July 27th

We are offering another half day retreat on July 27th - all welcome. The afternoon is designed to provide an opportunity to deepen meditation practice in a supportive environment. We will meditate for periods of 30-40 minutes at a time with short breaks between...

LOCATION

Suite 314, Level 3,
530 Little Collins Street,
Melbourne 3000.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday: 9:00 – 18:00
Some Saturdays & Evenings by arrangement
Sunday: Closed

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CONTACT

Phone: 03 9629 3869
Fax: 03 7000 5017