Maintain Momentum – ways to keep practicing.

Joining regularly with others to practice together can be a useful and enjoyable way to stay motivated and continue the momentum you built up over your course.

That’s why we’re offering regular online dropins and the opportunity to attend our wonderful Full Day of Mindfulness – find out all the details of upcoming sessions below.

Plus, did you know about the Level 2 course?  This course builds on what you’ve learnt with a focus of how to maintain compassion (for yourself and others!) when working in the health care sector.  More details below.

Please note, these Mindfulness sessions are only for previous mindfulness course graduates.  If you’re interested in joining a course, or learning more, please visit the WDHB page.

Online mindfulness drop-in sessions

An opportunity to nourish yourself and keep your practice going, alongside others who have completed a Mindfulness course.

There is no need to book into these sessions, just join using the Zoom links below.

PLEASE NOTE: Zoom will not work smoothly in Citrix.  In order to ensure a smooth experience for you and your fellow participants, please copy the Zoom link and join the Zoom session from outside of Citrix.  Thanks in advance.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thurs 19th May, 2022

With Dianne May
Zoom link (see note above): 

Alternatively, you can phone in via one tap mobile:
+6498846780,,89940450376#,,,,*908242# New Zealand
Or dial: +64 9 884 6780
Meeting ID: 899 4045 0376
Passcode: 908242

Wed 22nd June, 2022

With Jan Haworth
Zoom link (see note above):
Alternatively, you can phone in via one tap mobile:
+6436590603,,89068228992#,,,,*656623# New Zealand
Or dial: +64 9 884 6780
Meeting ID: 890 6822 8992
Passcode: 656623

Wed 15th July, 2022

With Dianne May
Zoom link (see note above):
Alternatively, you can phone in via one tap mobile:
+6498846780,,84724774906#,,,,*986062# New Zealand
Or dial: +64 9 884 6780
Meeting ID: 847 2477 4906
Passcode: 986062

Tues 23rd Aug, 2022

With Jan Haworth
Zoom link (see note above):

Alternatively, you can phone in via one tap mobile:
+6498846780,,89172434522#,,,,*178958# New Zealand
Or dial: +64 9 884 6780
Meeting ID: 891 7243 4522
Passcode: 178958

Our Level 2 course helps develop compassion and avoid burnout.

Colleagues who completed the course reported:

  • having more compassion for patients and colleagues 
  • tolerating and being with patient feelings more,
  • being more thoughtful of habits they may have fallen into that might distance them from patients
  • a new appreciation of the close relationship between compassion to others and self-compassion

‘I’m more open to how patients may be feeling”

“Practicing self compassion allows me to be more effective at work, so I’m not so overwhelmed with emotion”

“Looking after myself leaves me healthy enough to be more compassionate”

Level 2 course attendees

Compassion is the calling that brought many of us into working in health care. But maintaining compassion under the pressures of our roles isn’t always easy.

Studies have shown 30-50% of health professionals feel incapable of caring for patients.

High numbers of health professionals also experience the symptoms of burnout: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, cynicism and feeling a lack of personal accomplishment.

Feeling this way also effects our own health.  Burnout causes a 40% increase in heart attack and stroke – a bigger risk than smoking, high cholesterol or lack of exercise!* 

Our Level 2 course builds on the mindfulness learnt in the Level 1 course**, with an emphasis on compassion. Both for ourselves, our colleagues and for our patients. 

The science of compassion is well-established:

  • Multiple studies of compassionate caring have demonstrated a very significant effect on clinical outcomes.
  • The capacity for compassionate care can be enhanced through training.
  • Health professionals who adopt compassionate caring help protect themselves from burnout.


*Toker S, et al. Psychosomatic medicine. 2012;74(8):840-7.
**You need to have attended all four Level 1 sessions to join the Level 2 course.  If you’ve missed some sessions please get in contact at to find out how to make them up.

Level 2 course Taster

Completed your Level 1 course and want to understand the benefits of the Level 2 course?

Join our 30min, online taster session.

We'll explain how developing compassion with mindfulness can reduce burnout and improve care - for others and yourself. We'll have a go at a short practice and answer any questions you may have.

TBC - via zoom

Full Day of Mindfulness
(Grads only)

Next Date TBC

With Jan Haworth and Dianne May

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

Cost: First 8 people FREE, $120 thereafter*
Location: Michael Park School, Ellerslie
Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Places are limited, please register below.

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 full Day of Mindfulness and top-up and deepen your mindfulness practice……

*Cost: WDHB is funding a fixed number of people too attend.  If all the free places are gone, you can still attend the day but will have to pay the registration fee of $120.  Please get in contact for any payments queries. 

Day of Mindfulness Registration Form

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