Understanding Mindfulness

Technology is developing exponentially, and at the click of a button we can access an infinite amount of information. With this privilege, comes the potential cost of information overload, increased distractibility and low-grade background anxiety as we try to keep on top of things.

If we wish to remain healthy, happy and effective we need to upgrade our "inner technology" to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. Science is now revealing that wellbeing is a skill. Just like our bodies, our minds need training to function at their best.

Mindfulness meditation is training for the mind that supports us to be more focused, clear and effective in everyday life. It is being introduced into diverse settings including schools, corporations, hospitals and universities. It’s a powerful tool that can enhance our emotional intelligence and improve our relationships, communication skills, and ability to manage our emotions.

There is now compelling evidence through the work of neurobiology and psychology supporting the fact that mindfulness meditation when practiced regularly can lead to improvement in our physical and emotional wellbeing.

In this three hour workshop Dr Elise Bialylew will present a science-based introduction to mindfulness aimed at busy people who are interested in simple, accessible mindfulness techniques to bring more balance and effectiveness into everyday life.

Through the workshop you will develop a clear understanding of the current cutting edge research around meditation and the brain; an experience of guided mindfulness practices that will support you to connect with deep calm and clarity; an experience of mindful conversations and the understanding of how mindful listening can enhance your relationships; an understanding of how you can integrate short meditation practice into even the busiest day; clear tips on how to bring mindfulness into everyday life that you can takeaway and start implementing; an opportunity to have your meditation questions answered including how to manage the common challenges.


10.00    Introduction: What is mindfulness?           
10.30    Exercise: Paying Attention
11.00    Neuroplasticity and Mindful technique
11.30    Exercise: Sound 
12.00    Mindfulness in Everyday life
12.30    Exercise: Breath 
13.00    Workshop Concludes

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'Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.' 
–  Jon Kabat-Zinn


Dr Elise Bialylew is a doctor, mindfulness meditation expert and social entrepreneur who founded Mindful in May, the world's largest online mindfulness meditation campaign that raises money to reduce the impact of global poverty. Through Mindful in May, she has taught thousands of people around the world the skills of mindfulness whilst raising over $500,000 to transform the lives of more than 10,000 people through building clean water projects in Africa. Celebrities including Magda Szubanski have learned to meditate with Elise as have corporates including Google. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She is a highly sought after corporate mindfulness consultant who delivers training through her organisation The Mind Life Project, including her program The Power of Presence, where she combines her scientific rigour, psychological understanding and mindfulness expertise, to support leaders and organisations in becoming more resilient, innovative and effective at work and life. 


Workshops and Intensives allow more time for an in-depth exploration of the topic through conversation and activities. Our workshops provide an opportunity to work with leading members of our faculty over the course of a highly structured day.

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Understanding Mindfulness


When and where:
  • Sat 25 Aug 2018 10am – 1pm,
    The White House, 11 Princes St, St Kilda VIC 3182


Full price: $90.00
Concession: $80.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email melbourne@theschooloflife.com.au.

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