Mindfulness courses in Sydney, 2018  at Drummoyne Community Centre 

Next course: Tuesdays, February 6 – March 27 , 2018

TIME 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

For course information and registration,  please telephone Chrissie Burke on (02) 8005 1367, or email via the contact form, or  info@mindful-well-being.com

** As I will be away December 30 to January 14 2018, email is best contact over the holiday period, as phone will be unattended. Suggest you use the Contact page to register your interest in the course by email. Thanks.  

I am a Medicare Registered Psychologist, a Medicare rebate is available for individuals who have a current Mental Health Care Plan and GP referral. Please contact me for further details. 

Some Private Health Fund Insurers also may offer a rebate, depending on your level of cover and the Health Fund policy. 

MBCT – Stress Reductiontree

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy — MBCT – Stress Reduction is an 8-week group program that integrates MBSR and MBCT.

MBCT – Stress Reduction – is suitable for individuals actively interested in developing their own regular Mindfulness meditation practice, and in developing ways to manage the challenges of everyday living. The course is suitable for anyone committed to living  life more fully  in the present, including individuals who may have experienced stress, anxiety, depression, illness and other challenges  in their lives.

Participants engage in experiential learning of the three core mindfulness practices, guided by an experienced MBCT-MBSR facilitator. Core practices are the Body Scan, Mindful Movement, and Mindful Sitting meditation. Throughout the course, participants are guided to explore ways of integrating mindful awareness into their own lives, while learning to become more responsive, rather than reactive, to the challenges and stressors that we meet in life.

Course Structure

The program has two essential components:

    1. Groups meet with facilitator once weekly for 8 weeks, for 2  hours. Learning is largely experiential, engaging in the core Mindfulness practices, with additional exercises and teachings that support your learning.  A Day of Mindfulness is included in the course, held on a  Sunday during the course,  10am to 4pm.

    2. The second essential component is the home practice. To really benefit from the course, participants need to be able to commit to regular daily home practice, of around 45 minutes a day. Home practice includes “formal” practices (body scan, mindful movement, mindful sitting meditations) and “informal” mindfulness practice, where you can explore bringing mindfulness to the activities of your everyday living. You will be provided with the MBCT-SR course workbook and a USB of the guided mindfulness practices to support your home practice.

The groups are usually between 8-12 participants. MBCT-SR is not ‘group therapy’ – groups have an educational focus, and are centred on your own experience with the practices in the present, with opportunities to explore how you can integrate Mindfulness into your daily living, during the 8 weeks, and afterwards. Before starting the course, you will participate in an individual pre-course interview with the course facilitator, so you can be fully informed about the course, and we can decide together if this course is suitable for you at this time in your life.

 Next MBCT-SR Course 2017 at Drummoyne Community Centre

Term 1 2018 Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm

February 6 – March 27

All Day of Mindfulness: SUNDAY March 17, 2018 – for current and previous group participants

* For Mindfulness One to One, please see the Individual Psychology page. 

Course Fee: $576, includes all course materials including a comprehensive workbook, and set of guided Mindfulness Practices, as well as the 8 weekly 2 hour sessions, and attendance at the All-Day of Mindfulness. Concessions can discussed with the course facilitator.

Advance booking is essential – To make a booking or an inquiry: email: info@mindful-well-being.com  or use the contact form on Contact page, or telephone: +61 (0)2 8005 1367

*Medicare rebates may be available for those on a current GP mental health care plan, for some courses. Maximum Medicare Rebate over 8 sessions is $173.20. Please contact Chrissie Burke, email or phone, to discuss which courses this may apply to, and whether it may be applicable for you.

* Private Health Insurers may offer a rebate, if your Fund offers group psychology sessions cover – It is suggested that you ask your Health Fund what they cover, and let them know the course is offered by a  Registered Psychologist,and Medicare Provider. 

** Please note, because of the intense practice demands of the course, it is not considered suitable for individuals who are currently experiencing moderate-severe depression or other severe mental health conditions, or for individuals with current substance abuse issues.

*** Note for Health Professionals- Health professionals and students are welcome to join these courses, to experience, first hand, the cultivation of Mindfulness through personal practice. While this is not a professional training course, participation in an 8- week course is considered requisite experience for further professional training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches, and forms a part of the Good Practice Guidelines for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Approaches.

 * Daytime courses are occasionally offered, when there is a demand for an alternate to evenings. Please contact info@mindful-well-being.com to discuss the possibilities for 2018.

Day of Mindfulness

A Day of Mindfulness is offered each term, to current and previous course participants. This is usually held on a Sunday, between session 6 and 7 of each course. There is no cost to current group participants, with  previous participants making a voluntary contribution.

Please email  info@mindful-well-being.com if you would like to participate in a scheduled Day of Mindfulness. 

Course Facilitator:  Christine BurkeDSCN0271 - Version 3

Clinical Fellow, Institute of Positive Psychology and Education Australian Catholic University.  BA Dip Ed, M Ed (Couns. Psych.), MA Mindfulness Based Approaches

MBCT and MBSR Teacher

Registered Psychologist,  MAPS, Registered Medicare Provider, Approved NSW SIRA Workers Compensation Allied Health Professional.

About the Course Facilitator:

I began practising mindfulness over 13 years ago, in response to my own experiences with depression and stress-related health issues. My  mindfulness practice began  through  Kabat-Zinn’s 8 week MBSR program, and I have continued a regular mindfulness  practice since that time, with truly valuable learning and support from some wonderful mindfulness teachers along the way.  My professional training and experience as a teacher of MBCT /MBSR courses began  in 2007,  with initial teacher training (MBCT/MBSR Teacher Development Retreat) with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University, North Wales, UK. Between 2007 – 2009, I undertook 2 years post graduate mindfulness teacher training and study, with CMRP, Bangor University, and was awarded an MA in Mindfulness-Based Approaches (with Distinction) in 2012. Teacher development is an ongoing journey, and has included  MBSR Professional Training Retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2009, and MBSR Advanced Teacher Development Intensive (TDI) with CFM UMASS trainers, Florence Meleo-Meyer & Bob Stahl, 2012. 

I adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers of Mindfulness Based Approaches, as these are of invaluable  support in my ongoing teaching practice and development and my capacity to teach Mindfulness-Based courses authentically. Good Practice includes rigorous training, and ongoing professional development, maintaining regular mindfulness mediation practice, engaging in regular supervision with an experienced mindfulness teacher, and participating regularly in teacher-led silent meditation retreats   ~ Retreats led by  teachers including John Teasdale, Christina Feldman, Martine Batchelor, Sharon Salzberg, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Bob Stahl, Stephen Batchelor.

Good Practice also includes staying informed of current research and developments in the field, and continuing  connections with other mindfulness teachers, and sharing our learning and experiences together. These are also enormously nourishing aspects of my ongoing development as a  person, and as a teacher of Mindfulness Based courses. The research in mindfulness is fascinating, and growing every day. When possible I attend local and international mindfulness conferences and trainings,  and collaborate with colleagues in our mindfulness communities.  I’ve been a delegate at the Mind & Life Education Research Network Conference, 2009, Washington DC, the Center for Mindfulness 9th Annual Conference, 2011, Boston, Mass;  Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016  Conferences in  Bangorand Chester, UK; Mindfulness in Schools Conferences, UK, 2011 & 2013; and presented at the Inaugural Australian Mindfulness Science & Practice Conference, Melbourne, 2013. In 2014, I was invited by the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds, UK, to participate in an international expert meeting, on The Potential of Mindfulness in Schools, and presented at the subsequent Conference: Working with Schools and Services Towards Evidence Based Practice,  on Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness with Youth. 

I actively participate in  local and international Mindfulness professional and academic communities and networks, and I moderate the ANZ-APAC MBSR-MBCT Health Professionals Network, for Australian, New Zealand and Asia Pacific regional mindfulness community.  I have been teaching MBCT / MBSR groups since 2009, in London, and in Sydney since 2010.

 In 2015, I was made an honorary  Clinical Fellow of the Australian Catholic University, Institute Positive Psychology and Education, in recognition of my ongoing contributions to the field of Mindfulness research and practice. 

I also have a particular interest in research and practice of mindfulness-based approaches with children, adolescents, families and in schools. For further information on this area, please see the “Mindfulness with Youth” page on this site, or email your inquiry, via the “Contacts” page. Chrissie Burke, Registered Psychologist, MBCT/MBSR teacher.

Publications in Mindfulness-Based Approaches

Burke, C. (2014) An Exploration of the Effects of Mindfulness Training and Practice in Association with Enhanced Wellbeing for Children and Adolescents. In F. A. Huppert and C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume 6, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing. John Wiley & Sons.


Meiklejohn, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, M.L., Griffin, M.L., Biegel, G., Roach, A., Frank, J.,  Burke, C., Pinger, L.,  Soloway, G., Isberg, R., Sibinga, E., Grossman, L., & Saltzman, A.. (2012) Integrating mindfulness training into K-12 education: Fostering the resilience of teachers and students. Mindfulness, 3, 291-307.

Semple, R.J. & Burke, C.A. (2011) Changing Paradigms: Treating Children and Adolescents with Mindfulness. Child and Adolescent Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral Procedures. 4th Edition, P. C. Kendall, (Ed.), New York: Guilford Press.

Burke, C.A. (2010) Mindfulness-based approaches with children and adolescents: A preliminary review of current research in an emergent field. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 133-144.