The beginning of the rest of your life…


Congrats on completing your course! As we often say at the end of our 8-week courses – this is the end of your course and the beginning of the rest of your life!

This journey to know yourself better is an adventure that never ends. What you practice often, becomes the habit of your mind. Hopefully you now have many new practices to develop a happy, relaxed, and dare we say it – peaceful mind.

Still, we know from experience that from time to time we get distracted by other less important but urgent things, become confused or unmotivated and our practice drops away – despite best intentions.

So we’re offering plenty of chances to help you keep practicing, keep discovering and keep opening to the mystery and joy of being alive!

You could think of us like a gentle prodding stick – reminding you of what’s important, of what you got out of your initial course, and perhaps what still lies before you…

Take a look below to see what’s on offer! (And don’t be shy about getting in touch if something isn’t here that you’d really like!)

Please note, the below is for our previous mindfulness course graduates only!  If you’re interested in joining a course, or learning more, please visit our Book Now section.

Silent Retreat Day
2023 Dates

Sat 24th June, 2023

Sat 18th Nov, 2023

Sat 24th June, 2023

With jan Haworth and Dianne May

The day will be in silence, and you will be lead through a range of mindfulness practices.

Cost: $125.00
Location: Michael Park School, Ellerslie
Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Places are limited, please register below.
Please pay via bank transfer to 12-3629-0131546-00, using your name as reference.*

In the middle of our busy and often exhausting lives we can all benefit from stepping out of autopilot and taking some much needed time to simply be.

Join this wonderfully restorative Day of Mindfulness and top-up and deepen your mindfulness practice……

Please bring your own lunch and clothing appropriate for the weather (we’ll be spending some time outside).

*Please note: There are limited places available for the day, and in order to make this fair for all, payment is due on registration and your spot is not guaranteed until you have paid. Please get in contact for any payments queries. 

Register here for our next Day of Mindfulness 

Thank you for filling out this form. We realize the personal nature of these questions; therefore, please be assured that the completed forms are kept in strict confidence and only seen by the teachers.

Once completed you will receive an automatic email with further details on the day and how to pay. Please check your junk folder if it does not arrive!

Online Dropin Mindfulness Sessions

Meeting up with others who have completed a mindfulness course is a great way to continue to enjoy and retain all the benefits you received on your course.

We are pleased to let you know that Dianne will be offering regular on-line drop-in sessions for Graduates (those of you who have completed a Mindfulness course).  This is an opportunity to meet with like-minded people on a regular basis, experience a couple of mindfulness practice and have the opportunity to talk about your practice with each other.

Cost: $10 per session; please pay via bank transfer to account number – 03-1318-0027603-000, using your name as a reference.

Online sessions 2023

One hour sessions via zoom, 7pm-8pm
Zoom link – click here to join*

Fortnightly on Thursdays starting 8th June
Thurs 8th June
Thurs 22nd June
Thurs 6th July
Thurs 27th July
Thurs 10th August

*Or one tap mobile: +6436590603,,84481271793#,,,,*013486# New Zealand
Via phone only: +64 9 884 6780 New Zealand
Meeting ID: 844 8127 1793
Passcode: 013486

7 Day Insight Meditation Retreat
15th – 21st July 2023

Four Foundations of Mindfulness
St Francis Retreat Centre, Hillsborough, Auckland

With Dianne May and Nadav Avny
This is a device free retreat
We invite you to relinquish electronic devices and a constant state of being busy, so that your nervous system can re-find its natural settling capacity. There will be of course an emergency contact number to give to your family should the need arise.

This seven-day silent meditation retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and further understand the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness practices. The practices and teachings will provide an opportunity to become familiar with and explore the four foundations of mindfulness.

This retreat will offer periods of exploring your embodied experience of the four foundations of mindfulness through alternating sitting and walking meditation as well as mindful movement practices. While this retreat is a silent retreat, there will also be opportunities for group and individual discussions with the teachers to explore the practice’s personal experience and cultivate mindful communication.

The emphasis will be on creating together a safe, supportive and connected space for you to cultivate heart qualities such as compassion to self and others, courage, patience, authenticity and trust.

The retreat will take place at St. Francis Retreat Centre, located in a large, well-developed property that offers tranquil, spacious, old beautiful trees and vegetation to be immersed in. The accommodation is in single rooms (this is uncommon at retreat centres that tend to have shared rooms) with shared bathrooms.  Here is the link to some of their facilities:

Who is it for?
This retreat also welcomes people who are new to the practice and meditation. However, as this is a silent meditation retreat with an intensive schedule of practice, it will be particularly beneficial for people who have some mindfulness meditation experience (e.g. having completed the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course). Do be in touch if you want to check that it will be suitable for you before enrolling.

How to register
Registration to this retreat will be coordinated by the Mindfulness Training Institute  – please click on the below box to be taken to their site.  Or contact Dianne on with any queries.

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