Welcome to the Opening Minds website

Pathways to wholesome living and integration using Open Floor and Mindful meditation


What is mindfulness?

  • Learning to rest the body/mind in nourishing ease

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

  • Emotional wellbeing

Through the practice of mindfulness we nourish our capacity for calm and clear seeing.

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 is Open Floor?

Dance is skilful and fun means to unify and integrate the mandala of embodied knowing, sensing, thinking, feeling, intuiting and imagining.

Open Floor is a guided moving/dancing meditation practice. It helps us embody mindful awareness in daily activities. A bridge between the stillness of meditation and the business of life. Dance helps us move well with change.

It is a free flowing space with no dance experience required or steps to follow; a space to connect with yourself, others and all of life systems.

Through dance we can move it all. Welcome difficulty, welcome joy, passion, fierceness, grief. We can move the struggles of being human and we can be moved with glimpses of boundless consciousness.

Click on the image to hear more about Open Floor.

This is a direct path to emotional intelligence, it is for everyone who dares to trust the integrative power of movement.

“Open Floor is not about learning to dance. It’s about dancing to learn.”

Courses and Retreats we are Offering

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Belonging: An Open Floor Meditation Retreat with Jaime & Juliana

A 4 day retreat
June 26th - June 30th At the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.

Belonging is living in a state of inclusive love. It is to be patient, attentive, willing to question and able to participate well with life in all its offerings and changes. This is our (at times) forgotten natural state. A sense of belonging is the hallmark of a maturing human being functioning well in community.

We invite you to give yourself the time to find this wholeness and full aliveness so that we can communicate and relate from a place of clarity.

- Deepen your mindfulness practice through dance, it is active, fun and fully embodied
- Weaving and integrating intimacy with nature
- Finding joy, calm and building connection through voice and meditation
- Participate in rituals that deepen awareness and make potent the capacity for wholesome change
- Find the power and presence of belonging to this great family of things.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the course.

Three month (non for profit) school of Meditation for young adults

Announcing the programme

Mindfulness - Movement - Healing - Nature - Rituals - Community

Why - An opportunity to deepen the practice of meditation (mindfulness) to awaken resiliency and creativity. A retreat that will enable us to respond and contribute positively to the world by caring for ourselves.

How - Receiving profound teachings from experienced teachers (more than 40 years of practice and teachings on meditation and understanding of the mysteries of life); Participating in activities: conscious dance, rituals of initiation, grief, celebration and hounoring, meditation in solitude and in group; cultivating compassionate communication and connecting with nature; Spaces to manifest your creativity, offering to the land and for the community.

When/Where 26 August – 10 November, in Refúgio Paradiso, Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the course.

Supporting Our Local Community

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Mindfulness for Young Adults
“A Time to Pause”

Calming the Nervous system to remember a deeper stream of wisdom.

To be able to pause and truly think is rare and difficult to get in this fast-paced life. Many young people are exhausted from overwork, pressured to succeed in a world where priorities are shifting rapidly, confused about pathways and angry about their planetary inheritance.

 The Young Adult's Retreat (YAR- now in its 8th year) offers an opening for the pause; a way to slow down with great love. This retreat is about allowing young adults a week to reflect through connection with the earth and sky and the living world in between.

Dates ~ December 13th for 6 full days. More details to come.

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Calm Clear Creative (subsidised) Mindfulness training for school teachers
Nourishing School teachers with understanding and resources to live and work mindfully. Weekend and week retreats throughout the year. This training is for any school teachers form beginners to experienced practitioners. Click the title to hear from the 2019 participants.

Inquires welcome for Retreats for 2020 contact Jaimeopeningminds@gmail.com

5-11th April School Holidays, funding available at Shambhala retreat Centre golden bay

22-24th May Weekend of Mindfulness for Teachers at the Wangapeka

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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. This is 90 minute workshop for a parent and a child.


A Gentle Introduction to Mindfulness for Adults
Making friends with thinking and feelings as a foundation for emotional wellbeing 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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Monthly classes and workshops in New Zealand and around the World

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.

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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