2018 Level I Intensive

This residential Intensive provides an in-depth context to explore a range of didactic, experiential and small group work. It will provide opportunities for practice teaching/leading with supervision from the instructors (usual teacher/student ratio 1:12). A strong emphasis in the Intensive is on the development and integration of personal and professional qualities which support authentic mindfulness teaching and learning. It offers a challenging and deepening process of exploration and engagement with self and others, using the ground of practice as our base. Specific areas of focus will include:

    The rationale for how mindfulness works for a range of mental and physical health conditions including pain, stress, anxiety, depression and trauma 
    Practical exploration of how to work skilfully with the sensations, emotions and thoughts that arise in practice.
    Skills in leading mindfulness practices (body scan, awareness of breath, sounds, thoughts and feeling, open awareness, kindness and compassion, approaching the difficult, movement practice) 
    Inquiry skills (including empathy, reflection, salience and context)
    Relational skills including empathy, warmth, authenticity and potency, curiosity and respect and mutuality
    Embodiment as a teacher including presence, vitality and calmness, acceptance and present moment responsiveness
    Understanding of group process 
    Refining and deepening one’s own meditation practice

Please note: As part of the Intensive process, you will be expected to be very familiar with each of the mindfulness practices offered in MBSR and MBCT and will be asked to lead them in dyads without scripts.

To register your interest or inquire about any aspect of the pathway contact Mary McIntyre: admissions@mtia.org.au

The AU April 2018 Intensive is now fully booked. 
There are spaces available in the Aukland,  NZ Intensive October 2018
Please contact Caroline Friend: info@mtia.org.au for more information.


13th - 20th April, 2018  


Starts 2pm, Friday 13th April and concludes 12 midday, Friday 20th April
*Please note arrival is at 1pm for a 2pm start and ensure you have had your lunch before you arrive on Friday. 

Tuition and accommodation fees:

$2995 (inc GST)

This fee includes all tuition, accommodation in single rooms, food, transport to and from Sydney airport if needed.

It also includes a post-Intensive mentoring session.


Hartzer Park

25 Eridge Park Road, Burradoo, NSW 2576

How to get to the venue:

By Air and then Bus:

MTIA organises a bus to pick up interstate/international people from Sydney airport and return them to Sydney airport on the last day of training.

Please book flights to be available to catch the bus at 11.00 am on the 13th April 2018. 

On the 20th April, 2018, the bus will leave Hartzer Park at 12.30 pm and arrive at the airport by 2:00 pm, so please book return flights from 3.00 pm (4.00 pm for international flights). Please check with your airline to make sure you have enough time to board. 

By Car:

If you are coming from Sydney or another location by car, please arrive at Hartzer Park by 1pm on 13th April 2018.


 Timothea Goddard

Timothea has trained in MBSR with the Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) , UMass, USA and is accredited by the CFM, having taught MBSR since 2004. Timothea has worked in private practice for 30 years as a psychotherapist, educator and workplace trainer, having trained in humanistic, psychodynamic and body-based psychotherapy as well as MBCT, MiCBT, ACT  and Breathworks. Since 2007, she has been offering MBSR training and supervision firstly through Openground and now through MTI.

Timothea also works with organizations to design and implement coaching and mindfulness based programs for stress development, leadership and facilitation. She is a long time student of yoga, Aikido and meditation and practices in the insight tradition. She is the Director of Openground – an Australia-wide network of clinicians and teachers offering MBSR and related programs. She is involved in ongoing research projects in co-operation with post-graduate students in Australian universities on the impact on the MBSR program on anxiety, depression, empathy and self compassion.

Dr Maura Kenny

Dr Maura Kenny is Coordinator of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programs at the Centre for the Treatment of Anxiety & Depression, South Australian Health. Maura trained in MBCT under the guidance of Prof Mark Williams and his colleagues in the UK. She began teaching MBCT to clinical groups in 2002 and also completed an Advanced MBCT training in the US in 2006.
She specialises in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy in the areas of Stress, Affective and Anxiety disorders, and has used these approaches in clinical, organisational and workplace settings. She is the Convenor of the Discipline of Psychiatry’s Mindfulness Research Group at the University of Adelaide and her research focuses on the efficacy, mediators and long term effects of applied mindfulness.
Maura has extensive experience of providing CBT and MBCT programs for clinicians and therapists of different disciplinary backgrounds, and has led numerous mindfulness workshops and residential training intensives nationally and overseas. She is an Associate teacher and trainer at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, UK.

Eva Papadopoulo

Eva is a psychotherapist in private practice having trained in body-oriented, contemporary psychodynamic, developmental and relational orientations. She trained with Openground and  attended the Teacher Development Intensive offered by the CFM with Bob Stahl and Florence Meleo-Meyer in 2012.  Eva has taught MBSR extensively for the past ten years and has also had much experience in teaching meditation as pain-management with cancer, HIV and AIDS and has worked in many organizations offering stress and anger management. Her interest in an integrated body-mind approach both personally and professionally has been deepened through many years of training in insight meditation, yoga, Ortho-Bionomy, Body Mind Centering (BMC) and dance and theatre improvisation.


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Cancellation Policy

A 10% non-refundable deposit will be payable on enrolment.

A 90% refund will be issued if cancellation is received up to two months before the event.

A 50% refund will be issued up to one month before the event.

However, in either of those two circumstances, if a substitute person can be found so that MTIA is not impacted financially there will be a full refund less the initial deposit of 10%.

No refunds will be issued after 9th March, 2018 except in extenuating circumstances.

Notice of cancellation must be provided to MTIA via email and will be confirmed via reply email. MTIA cannot accept responsibility for correspondence that is delayed or for failure of delivery.

In the unlikely event the workshop is cancelled by the organisers, registration fees will be fully refunded. No liability will be accepted for travel, accommodation or other costs / expenses incurred by participants.

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