Thinking Healthy and John Julian acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Boon Wurrung land on which we live and work today and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. I also acknowledge that the BoonWurrung people never ceded their land.

Free meditations

I am also offering free meditations internationally at 10 am over winter usually three times a week (usually Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). 

I also have two private meditation practice groups that cost a donation to the MANA Association that you may email me about.


John is starting anew range of discussion in a "podcast" around:


Living with the Planet


It is then posted sometime afterwards to my personal page at:


One on One Counselling

John has no vacancies. Importantly, please note that john is retiring. Recently, john has also been far less available from late August due to caring for a close friend who had a serious illness. (Urgent contact can stillbe made with text.)

Group programs and private counselling are offered (see below) through the Mindfulness and Nature Association (MANA) Inc., and Stress Reduction. 

You can contact John on, or in urgent situations, text or contact him on his mobile 0439 901 795


This newly updated 8-session stress reduction program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s well-established Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and the clinical Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program. Then program starting on 13 February with have details up shortly. This will be the last Mindfulness program to be offered by John as he is retiring into other work.

By incorporating the latest neuroscience, the program can provide a deeper understanding of how mindfulness works on a neurological level, this knowledge can help participants grasp the scientific basis of mindfulness and how it can positively impact their well-being. A holistic approach to mindfulness will be explored, including the cultivation of present-moment awareness, stress management, emotional regulation, the development of self-compassion and the improvement of overall mental and emotional well-being, providing participants with a broad toolkit for their personal practice.

Both teachers practice mindfulness daily, and combined, have over 45 years of practice. John is a senior mindfulness and compassion teacher in Australia, having introduced Neff & Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion program to Australia in 2014 with Krity Arbon. He has taught meditation for 25 years. He became a Shamatha teacher in the Buddhist tradition in 1998 and was trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2003.

John will be assisted by another person.


Instructors: This program will be led by John with assistance  

8 sessions (plus optional day retreat)

Bookings: via eventbrite - please click below

Mindfulness training 

Mindfulness Training

John is a senior trainer in both mindfulness and compassion programs and skills. He has more than 35 years personal experience in meditation and has started as a meditation trainer in 1998 after being invited (a nice word for it!) by his then teacher, Lama Choedak Rinpoche. He has since been trained in MBCT (2005 Monash University), MBSR (2006 and 2008 Kabat-Zinn & Santorelli), Mindful Self-Compassion (2014 Neff, Germer, Hickman, etc). John also has significant training in Compassion-focused Therapy developed by Paul Gilbert.