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Study Module - Level I

6 weeks

Study Module

The essay for this module needs to be submitted a couple of months before the Intensive program.  This work 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.  You will be asked to complete 1 essay (2000- 3500 words) and more details will be available on acceptance into the program. Pre-reading for the course is listed here. A range of articles and other resources will be provided on enrolment in the Study Module I.

(Please note that you are required to complete the first essay before attending the Level I Intensive.)

Refund Policy

The Study Module fee is non-refundable 

The purchase of a study modules is limited to course attendees and not available to the general public.
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Mindfulness skills

Strengthen your skills and deepen your understanding

Build confidence

Learn how to listen and care for parts of yourself that are emotionally challenging.

Connect and grow

Connect with your tender and courageous heart with the support of your teacher and fellow participants

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Why is this course called Shake the Dust?

The course is inspired by and named after a poem by the extraordinary poet – Anis Mojgani. You can watch Anis perform Shake the Dust below. Here’s a sample:

So, grab this world by its clothespins
And shake it out again and again
And jump on top and take it for a spin
And when you hop off shake it again
For this is yours, this is yours.

So when the world knocks at your front door
Clutch the knob tightly and open on up
And run forward and far into its widespread, greeting arms
With your hands outstretched before you
Fingertips trembling, though they may be.

Shake the Dust by Anis Mojgani


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I want to say thank you for the Shake the Dust course - which was a great consolidation to bring me back into the fold (after 7 years)! I have been meditating pretty much daily since - and feeling the effects in my life quite profoundly in not reacting to situations. Very empowering.

Why Learn with Openground?

Personal attention and skilled teaching

Practicing mindfulness with an experienced teacher simply can’t be compared with just using a meditation app. We know from experience that most people who use mindfulness apps, or try mindfulness programs without a properly trained teacher, simply don’t continue to practice.

The benefits of learning with a skilled instructor are countless. We take a genuine, personal approach, and our highly trained, experienced, and dedicated teachers go the extra mile to help you engage with your practice in ways that can bring real transformation to your life.

Evidence-based transformation

MBSR is an authentic, evidence-based program of mindfulness training, grounded in 39 years of research. Unlike many shorter mindfulness courses, which have no evidence of benefit, MBSR is globally recognised as the gold standard for mental and physical health in the field.

Eight weeks of MBSR training and practice can lead to measurable changes in the areas of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress, as well as improved immune response. 

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Real value

Our immersive, eight-week courses include 28 hours of personal mindfulness training. Many short courses only give you a taste of mindfulness, and are actually more expensive than MBSR on an hourly rate basis. Our courses offer significant value, and we can also arrange serious discounts if you need a helping hand.

MBSR Australia wide

NSW - Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong
VIC - Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga
QLD - Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast
WA - Perth
SA - Adelaide
TAS - Hobart

Openground for all

We know how beneficial mindfulness is, and so we do our best to help people  access our courses. Openground offers course discounts wherever possible to people experiencing hardship or special circumstances – ranging from financial constraints to chronic pain or other complex needs. Talk to us if you are a current Health Care Card holder, or are experiencing genuine financial difficulty.

Significant early bird rates are also offered for our courses in some locations.