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Mindfulness Professional Development Weekends


For therapy professionals, personal development and understanding self-care is a significant component of their professional development. 
These weekend programs address both sides.


Please ask for detailed flyer and Registration Forms


NEXT DATES:  19 & 20 October, 2024

Introduction to Mindfulness Through Expressive Therapies - Professional and Personal Development

In this highly experiential weekend workshop, you will learn multiple approaches to developing mindfulness and expressing self-awareness through creative arts activities. Mindfulness is defined as "paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). For most of us, our surrounding culture in our developmental years trains us to be externally focused, and to re-visit or regret the past and worry about the future.


There are many ways to step into the present: in this workshop we explore somatic focusing, gentle movement, emotional awareness, observation of automatic thought processes, as well as ways to use the senses to arrive in the moment.


Practice with the activities, observing and sharing internal experiences, and integrating through visual art, claywork, and use of miniatures, provides confidence for both our personal quest and support of others. Mindfulness practice has been shown to lead to increases in wellbeing and therapeutic presence when we are supporting others.

Eligible for 10 ACA OPD points

Facilitator Dr Mark Pearson. 9am - 4.30pm each day. $565

For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email:


Mindfulness emphasizes the importance of experience over knowledge, and focuses very much on generating non-judgmental awareness in the here and now. Mindfulness practice has implications for both integration in therapy and for personal and spiritual exploration through focused attention. The key is to maintain the position of the observer rather than identify with the content. The content always contains some magnetic pull to draw us in to replaying the emotional, somatic or cognitive content, ruminating on it until it dominates the foreground.    - From Pearson & Wilson (2009). 

Phone Mark: 0419 492 713 Thank you.


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