Sign up now to join our mailing list.

  +61 435 049 383 +61 435 049 383

Bush field aerial view1

Intensive - New Zealand

17 - 23 October 2020
Auckland, NZ

Level Intensive Intensive - New Zealand - 2021

With Dianne May, Eva Papadopoulo, Nadav Avny

Dates: 10 - 16 April 2021  


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.




jay castor 7AcMUSYRZpU unsplash

Dates and time

Date: 10 - 16 April, 2021

Starts 2pm, Saturday 10th April 2021 and concludes 12 midday, Friday 16th April
*please ensure you have had your lunch before you arrive on Saturday 10 April

Bush field aerial view1


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

ana martinuzzi oOpzHqXSMxM unsplash


Includes single room accommodation plus all meals

Bush field aerial view2
How to get to the venue

By Air and then Bus:

MTIA organises a bus to pick up domestic/international students from Auckland airport on the morning of the Intensive and return them to Auckland airport on the last day that the  training finishes. This cost is additional and will be invoiced when we have final numbers.

Please book flights to be available to catch the bus at 12:00 noon on the 10th April 2021. 

On the 16th April, 2021, 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 10th April, 2021.


Refund Policy

  • If you withdraw two months before the event start date you will be refunded less your $500 deposit.
  • If you withdraw between one and two months before the start date, you will be refunded fees less $1500
  • If you withdraw one month or less before the start date, no refunds will be offered.

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.



Dianne May

Member NZAC

dianne mayDianne 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.

Eva Papadopoulo

Cert.Couns., Grad Dip. Psychotherapy, Mem., A.A.S.P. Member PACFA Register

Eva Papadopoulo - mindfulness teacher trainerEva is a psychotherapist and is in private practice in Sydney. She has been an MBSR teacher with Openground since 2004 and is a founding director of MTIA. She has also designed and teaches the Living with Compassion workshop. Eva trained in body-oriented, contemporary psychodynamic, developmental and relational orientations with the Somatic Institute of Australia in 2000 and trained with Openground and attended the Teacher Development Intensive offered by the CFM with Bob Stahl and Florence Meleo-Meyer in 2012. Eva has also had much experience in teaching mindfulness 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 practice in insight meditation, yoga, Ortho-Bionomy, Body Mind Centering (BMC) and dance and theatre improvisation.


Nadav Avny

MA(Hons) Clinical Psychology, Advance Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP), Member of NZ Psych Society and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Nadav Avny v3

Nadav works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit of Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).

Nadav established and teaches an MBSR programme to mental health staff. He also leads sustainable implementation of mindfulness at ADHB Mental Health Services, including a Mindfulness Implementation Steering Group, Mindfulness Championing Group (working group) and supervises staff who completed the MBSR programme and are continuing to train as Mindfulness Based Programme teachers.

Nadav's clinical psychology training was psychodynamic. He also completed training in Integrative Psychotherapy (focusing on Gestalt and Existential Psychotherapy) and is a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered psychotherapist. He provides psychological therapy to individuals, families and groups.

Nadav is Co Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealand. He is an approved supervisor for people on the training pathway.