2018 Level I Intensive - New Zealand

The seven day Intensive provides an in-depth residential 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 Dianne May: dianne@mtia.org.au


14th - 21st October, 2018  


Starts 2pm, Sunday 14th October and concludes 12 midday, Sunday 21st October
*please ensure you have had your lunch before you arrive on Sunday

Tuition and accommodation fees:

$2995 (inc GST)

This fee includes all tuition, accommodation in single rooms (depending on numbers a few might have to share), food, transport to and from Auckland airport if needed.

It also includes a post-Intensive mentoring session.


Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, Auckland
581 West Coast Rd, Oratia 0604

How to get to the venue:

By Air and then Bus:

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

Please book flights to be available to catch the bus at 12:00 noon on the 14th October 2018. 

On the 21st October, 2018, the bus will leave Oratia at 1:00 pm, so please book fights from 3:00 pm for domestic flights (5:00 pm for international flights).  

By Car:

If you are coming from Auckland or another location by car, please arrive at Bella Rakha Retreat Centre by 1:00 pm on 14th October 2018.


Dr Maura Kenny, FRANZCP

Dr Maura Kenny is a consultant psychiatrist and coordinator of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programs in South Australian Health. She 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, Mood and Anxiety disorders, has conducted research in these areas, and has used these approaches in clinical, organisational and workplace settings. Maura has a special interest in the wellbeing of medical staff, has developed an Introduction to Mindfulness course for healthcare Professionals and is the Director of Mindful Self Care Programs.

Since 2008, she has been involved in training and supervising others in mindfulness-based approaches. She co-founded MTI and is an Associate Teacher-Trainer at the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre.

Dianne May, Member NZAC

Dianne is recognized as a Senior Mindfulness Based Teacher in New Zealand, being one of the earliest teachers to offer the 8 week MBSR programme in Auckland, and has been providing Mindfulness Based programmes for the past 16 years. She is the NZ Co-director of Mindfulness Training Institute (MTI) - Australia &New Zealand and is involved in supervising mindfulness teachers on their mindfulness teacher training pathway.

Over the past 17 years Dianne has undertaken a number of intensive MBSR trainings with Jim Carmody, and in 2009 attended the Sydney health professionals training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.

Teach-back Teachers

Nadav Avny 

MA(Hons) Clin Psych, Adv Dip Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP), Member NZ Psych Soc 

Nadav works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit of Auckland District Health Board.

Nadav established a program to teach MBSR to mental health staff, and leads the Mindfulness Implementation Steering Group and the Mindfulness Championing Group (working group) at ADHB Mental Health Services. 

He is also a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered Psychothrapist, and is fully certified as a Mindfulness teacher by the Mindfulness Training Institute (MTI) – Australia & New Zealand.  

He is a member of MTI’s teaching faculty in New Zealand and is a supervisor for people on a mindfulness teacher training pathway.

Sue Dykes MSc DipClin Psych, Member NZPsych Soc

Sue is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Mindfulness Auckland, where she teaches MBSR and MBCT courses, retreat days and drop-in practice groups. Sue has also taught MBCT for Cancer to Blood Cancer patients and their family members for over 4 years

She practices in the Insight Meditation tradition, regularly attending silent retreats as well as local practice sessions.

Sue has specialised for over 25 years in supervising and training new (and experienced) practitioners, especially Clinical Psychology Interns for the University of Auckland. She now provides supervision for Mental Health and other Practitioners in her private practice, as well as being a regular supervisor for those on the mindfulness teacher training pathway.

Lila O'Farrell MA, MDiv, MNZAC
In 2003 Lila attended a 7 day training for health care professionals in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli in the US and has taught MBSR in primary health care, private, community and corporate settings.
She is a senior specialist therapist and mindfulness program manager within Nirvana Health Group, Auckland's largest independent primary health care group. There, Lila has developed Mindfulness and Awareness Aotearoa (M&AA), an evidence based, mindfulness meditation based programme (MBP) that is both trauma-informed and transdiagnostic; meeting the needs of a diverse, GP referred population. A shorter course is offered to GPs, RNs, and other medical staff. At Nirvana, Lila trains, supervises and leads a team of Mindfulness and Awareness Aotearoa facilitators.
Lila has nourished a practice of mindfulness meditation for over thirty years, and is committed to sharing an evidence informed, ethical, and culturally aware cultivation of the mindful life with others. She is the director of Mindful Life Consulting.

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Cancellation Policy

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

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 10th August, 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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