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Intensive - Australia

5 - 10 July, 2021
Burradoo, N.S.W

Level I Training - Australia - 2021

With Timothea Goddard, Eva Papadopoulo, Dr Tania Gibbie


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.



Hartzer Park3 retreats

Dates and time

5 - 10 July, 2021

Starts 2pm, 5 July, 2021 and concludes 12 midday, 10 July, 2021.
*Please note arrival is at 1pm for a 2pm start and ensure you have had your lunch before you arrive on .

Garden Pond 450


Hartzer Park
25 Eridge Park Road, Burradoo, NSW 2576
(Wheelchair access)

openground tree


Includes single room accommodation plus all meals

Directions to H.P.
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 11.30 am on Monday 5 July 2021.

On the 10 July, 2021, 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 5 July, 2021.

Module 1: Reflective essay

Writing task | to be completed in your own time | due date: 3 May 2021


This module provides an opportunity for you to integrate your personal experience and understanding of the practices of MBSR/CT with the 
rationale which informs and supports the delivery of mindfulness programs.    


This module has three main elements: 
  • Reflect on your own immersion in the MBP mindfulness practices 
  • Complete reading of main texts. 
  • Submit an essay (2000- 3500 words) 

Module 2: Guiding Mindfulness Practices

16 hours - teacher led | 9 hours student dyads | Eva Papadopoulo 

JAN - APR 2021:  5 sessions of 2.5 hours each and 1 session of 3.5 hours plus students meeting in dyads to lead practice and receive feedback.


This module will provide you with rationale, instruction and practise in the domain of Guiding Mindfulness Practices and Embodiment of Mindfulness so that your led practice is offered  in a clear, alive and engaging way for participants.


This module has three main elements:

  • Attend a fortnightly teacher-led session to explore the intention, language and structure of each practice (2.5 hours a fortnight)
  • Meet in dyads between sessions fortnightly to lead and receive each practice and to give each other feedback.
  • Complete a journal of your learning*


Date   Time (AEST)
30 January 2021   10 am - 1:30 pm
13 February 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
27 February 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
13 March 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
27 March 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm
03 April 2021   10 am - 12:30 pm

Module 3: Four foundations – theory and practice 


This module will provide you with a theoretical and experiential understanding of the 4 foundations of mindfulness in order to enhance empathy, clarity and effectiveness in your teaching particularly in domain 5 - Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching.  We will systematically explore the four foundations of mindfulness (body, hedonic tone, mind states and phenomena) to provide rationale for the didactic and experiential aspects of the programs. This learning will empower you to be clear and potent in attending to the problems that people bring to the course including anxiety, stress, depression, pain and trauma.


This module will be offered in the face-to-face Intensive in July of 2021.

Module 4: Inquiry and teaching moments


This module will provide an opportunity for you to engage in live inquiry and teaching in a small group setting, and to practice and discuss salient responses to participants’ experiences and questions. The emphasis will be on the domains ofConveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teachings well as Relational Skills and Embodiment of Mindfulness.It will build a familiarity with the unfolding emphases in practice over the eight weeks, and how your responding can be skilfully informed by the underpinnings in MBPs from science and Buddhist psychology. You will also learn about your own habits of relating, leading to more flexibility and aliveness in your responding in the classes.


This module will be offered in the face-to-face Intensive in July of 2021.

Module 5: Practicum Curriculum Training

18 hours teacher led | 20 hours video watching | Mary McIntyre (MBSR) or Tania Gibbie (MBCT) | $495 inc GST

AUG/OCT: 9 sessions of 2 hours weekly plus watching a recording of the 8 week course


This module will provide you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the week-by-week curriculum elements of the course/s, in readiness for teaching your first class under supervision. The focus will be on domain 1 - Coverage, pacing and organization of session curriculumas well as domain 5 - Conveying course themes through interactive inquiry and didactic teaching, and domain 6 - Management of group learning environment.  It will be an opportunity to integrate your learning from the previous modules as you critically reflect on the teaching in the videos of each class.


 The Practicum has four main elements:

  • Viewing a weekly MBSR or MBCT course, over the eight weeks (2.5 hours a week)
  • Reading material each week (1 hour or more, variable)
  • Attending a live online seminar for discussion and exploration (2 hours a week). During this seminar, some material will be presented by the teacher and then we will explore your responses and insights from the observed class.
  • Keep a journal of your learning*

Refund Policy

  • If you withdraw two months before the training 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.



Timothea Goddard

BA, Dip Psych (ANZAP) Workplace Trainer, Cert V, Yoga teacher (YA200H)

Timothea Goddard - Mindfulness Teacher TrainerTimothea Goddard is recognised as a pioneer in bringing MBSR to Australia over the past 14 years being the first in Australia to complete the training and be accredited as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center, USA; she maintains strong professional links there. 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 comprehensive training in MiCBT, and basic training in ACT, Breathworks, .B, and Mindful Schools. Since 2007, she has been offering MBSR training and supervision for health professionals and others.

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 a founding director of MTI and is currently the Director of Training. She is very interested in the interface of biology and psychology and how mindfulness practice can facilitate the integration between what we experience as "body" and "mind".

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.


Mary McIntyre

mary mcintyre copyB.A (Bus) Dip. Couns, MACA II , Somatic Experiencing (SEP), Cert. Expressive Therapies, Cert IV Arch., Circle of Security Educator
Mary is delighted to bring her care and attention to assisting MTIA students as they make their way through pre and post Level 1 Training. Her personal meditation practice comes from the Insight tradition. She spent much of her adult life in France and then seven years in Sri Lanka before settling in Australia in 2004. Mary is passionate about teaching meditation and also about human change, growth and healing through development of our inner resources. She isbased in Brisbane in private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist and has a particular interest in somatic psychotherapy.