Welcome to the Opening Minds website

Pathways to wholesome living and integration

What is mindfulness?

  • Learning to rest the body/mind in nourishing ease

  • Cultivating a mind that is caring, aware, discerning and alert.

  • Emotional wellbeing

Nourishing calm and clear seeing is a process of coming to know ourselves. With gentleness, mindfulness can help us become more aware and interested in the times and places where strong emotions are triggered. Meeting these emotions with kindness, interest, patience and love, inevitably leads to increased happiness and wholesome living. Put simply, we react less and respond more. We learn to move well with change.

Skilful mindfulness practice leads to emotional well being. A natural feeling of belonging to the world experienced as self-confidence, resilience, calm and curiosity. In time we may realise that peace of mind is not dependent on outer circumstances. Calm and clarity are available in every situation!

What we do

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Children Moving to Learn Mindfulness
We explore using playful mindful games, imaginative stories, and contact with nature to help children and families connect to their own capacity for calm, confidence and creativity. Suggested child age is 7 upwards.


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A Gentle Introduction to Mindfulness for Adults
Making friends with thinking and feelings as a foundation for emotional well being and happiness. This is a one day workshop to learn how to move well with change, unravel stress and nourish calm.


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Calm Clear Creative Mindfulness training for school teachers
Scholarships and subsidies to nourishing teachers with understanding and resources to live and work mindfully. Weekend courses, four day retreats and one day PD spaced through the year in 2019


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Moving to Learn Mindfulness through OPEN FLOOR

Conscious dance is a profound way to embody mindfulness, to live divided no more.

We work directly with the body and the power of music in a way that brings empowerment. The aspiration is to heal the fragmentation that can exist between body and mind, head and heart, public and private, stillness and movement. We can never control the music of life, but we can learn to move well.


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Mindfulness for Teens and young adults
A 3 hour workshop to equip teenagers and young adults with foundations of mindfulness. We use music, movement and mindfulness to help young people find calm and build skills to surf turbulent emotions.


National Care Award for our Community for Opening Minds and The Doctors November 2018

The Doctors Motueka have been awarded the National Care for our Community award for initiating Mindfulness within our local schools, our successful initiation was led by Dr Richard Fuller and Jaime Howell from Opening Minds.

The aim was to provide teachers and their pupils with an additional toolkit for dealing with the stresses and challenges of everyday life that can affect concentration, behaviour and emotional wellbeing, using simple mindfulness techniques and games. A mode of attention characterised by openness, acceptance and an enhanced ability to respond to the present moment.

We encourage people to move to learn mindfulness, because the nature of our minds and bodies is movement.

Our senses are moving, our bodies are moving, thinking and feelings are movements. We are moving at work, at the kitchen sink, in our communicating with families and communities. Our understanding is mindfulness must be something that lives in our bodies, a demonstration of fluid responsiveness, available in all postures and in all situations.

We are teaching children, young adults, families and communities to move well with change.
— Opening Minds
 
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Moving to learn Mindfulness...

Open your mind by moving your body

 

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