Welcome to the Opening Minds website.
Our aim is to support and inspire people to live with an embodied awareness. We offer introductory mindfulness courses through to longer residential retreats with a focus on providing ongoing support for integration. Metaphorically speaking, we plant seeds, weed and water to nourish the growth and unfolding.
A strong focus for Opening Minds is offering in-depth face-to-face training for teachers and managers in the field of education. Opening Minds has contributed significantly to the processes of educating parents and children both in classrooms and also in a voluntary capacity developing community led rites of passage.
Our leadership training brings together neuroscience, mindful awareness and body work to create transformational opportunities for empowerment, team building and personal growth.
This footage is from the Calm Clear Creative Mindful Teacher Training taking place in the Motueka/Tasman region.
September 16th Riverside Hall 10am Open Floor Dance and Mindfulness sessions with Jaime $15-20.
Moving to learn Mindfulness...
A lot of people learn about mindfulness with restricting images and expectations, uncomfortable body postures, back aching, legs around your ears, attempting to sit still while the mind is doing back flips, yelling about all the things you could be doing if you were not sitting here like some imitation eastern garden gnome.
We teach mindfulness using movement and stillness, Are bodies and minds are built to move, movement is the foundation of health and creativity. Open Floor uses guided inquires to invite people to move freely with music, to come to know the relationship between body and mind and feelings. These explorations give us the opportunity to learn how to move well with change. From a state of openness we find the capacity to welcome difficulties as creative opportunities. This work is about resourcing people to transform habitual patterns into new ways of being that nurture ourselves, our communities and the positive changes we want to see in the world.
A few images from a recent intivtation to share this way of working in Brazil...
Young People Finding Refuge in a World of Change.
Bodhi Seeds is a universal meditation retreat for young adults aged between 18-35. It is offers an affordable, opportunity to experience retreat in the supportive environment of the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.
We will use the elements of earth, water, fire and air to explore refuge, empowerment and integration. The retreat will deepen your understanding and experience of meditation and mindfulness through awareness of breathing.
Moved to Learn Mindfulness
This new approach to mindfulness training incorporates periods of guided stillness with movement inquires. We explore directly where emotions live in the body and how wholesome and unwholesome patterns are activated shaping the worlds we bring forth. In a integrated way we will carve qualities of nourishing ease and clarity into all postures and experiences. The strength of this approach is that it is working directly with the body to help people living busy lives experiences of wholeness, joy and belonging in a living world.
Calm, Clear, Creative is offering the last of four one-day trainings of 2018 at Riverside Meeting Room.
Open to all School Teachers - The Calm, Clear, Creative Mindfulness Teacher Training.
Listen to teachers share their discoveries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8MGJJW0l3c
This is the second of two weekend residential trainings offered in 2018. The weekend offers face to face guidance to explore mindfulness in a way not possible through books and online resources. It is a place to build skills of calm and resilience to help bring balance to feelings of stress and burn out.
If you feel it is time to deeper your experience and understanding of mindfulness this weekend is perfect for you. Nutritious food, your own room, a fine balance of collaborative and solo explorations all for $50. If you think this is too good to be true it is, Opening Minds is being sponsored through the local GP practice to offer this weekend for teachers. Healthy, whole teachers make healthy whole children, families and communities. Places are filing quickly so register soon if you want o secure your place.
Local innovations in mind care travel to Brazil
Mindfulness goes off in Brazil
Read here an article about the Calm, Clear, Creative mindfulness for teachers training in the Guardian.
Articles from the Guardian and the Leader about the Men Can’t Dance workshop on 5/5/18.
"If we can give the children the ability to wire their brains with mindful awareness, then it would become a natural way of experiencing the world for them. They would have tools to help all through their lives."
Opening Minds will be offering the level one training in 2018. This consists of four one day courses spaced supportively throughout the four terms. In response to a number of requests to have the trainings in the school holidays we have adjusted the timetable. Read more here.
We have just wrapped up the first CCC weekend course. A beautiful weekend of nourishment bringing teachers from various schools around the Nelson/ Tasman region together to explore the value of mindfulness.
Tending the WiIld Edge of Sorrow, brave and beautiful work together, and not without edges, fierce figures that guard thresholds to new worlds of understanding. Building space and holding space, inner and outer.
Small is beautiful when it comes to offering quality Mindfulness training that meets the needs of each unique organisation. Opening Minds makes a point to practice what we teach. We choose to have time, to embody flexibility, to support community. If we get too busy then we lose touch with the magic that is Calm Clear and Creative.
This retreat is not just about personal sorrow, but the grief we may carry for the state of the world; the loss of species, the parts of ourselves that have been denied.
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