New developments

Below are the summary details and links for our current courses and programs:

  1. Weekly Support classes
  2. Professional programs John teaches with Marie Bloomfield
  3. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) ON-LINE Program May 2021
  4. Mindful Self-Compassion - On-line 8 Week Course May 2021
  5. Shamatha Meditation online October 2021
  6. Deepening MBSR/MBCT and Compassion online October 2021
  7. Three-day Retreat with John – Mindfulness, Compassion and Mindful Walking October 2021
  8. Programs for Professionals with Marie Bloomfield August and September 2021

Michael Pringle and I now discuss mindfulness and compassion most weeks on Thursday’s at around 9 am (AEST) or Monday 2 pm (PDT): Listen Here 



A pleasant little community (sangha) is now meeting online with an average attendance of 12 – 14 people every week on Wednesday at 8.00pm AEST.  Attendance is free, or by dana only if you can afford it.

Email John at:   for a link

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) ONLINE Program – 4 hours

AEST Saturday 9 am – 1 pm, 8 May, (East Coast Australia) 

PST Friday 4 pm – 8 pm, 7 May, (West Coast Nth America)

EDT Friday 7 pm – 11 pm, 7 May, (East Coast North America)

PHST Saturday 7 am – 11.00 am, 8 May, (Philippines)

Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is grounded in both practical and spiritual principles and emphasizes compassion as the basis for everyday action. They are also a useful guide for the person on any form of spiritual path that also requires skilful compassionate speech. 

After reviewing the basics in the first hour, John will than delve deeper into reconciliation, first with ourselves and then with others. This will also involve a meditation.

Cost is by Dana (donation) amount of your choosing using one or multiple automatic payment “buttons” on the Things to Buy page under Dana

Mindful Self-Compassion - Online 8 Week Course with John Julian & Paola Cheng. 


AEST 9 May, Sunday 9 am – 11.30 am, (East Coast Australia) 

PST 8 May, Saturday 4 pm – 6.30 pm, (West Coast Nth America)

EDT 8 May, Saturday 7 pm – 11 pm, (East Coast North America)

PHST 9 May, Sunday 7 am – 11.00 am, (Philippines)

Learn skills you can use in life, at home, at work, in the hot-spot to reduce stress and burnout.

Become more compassionate, resilient, and caring to yourself and others!

The full Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a 2.5 hour per week program for 8 weeks plus an additional week of 4 hours for a silent retreat after week five. MSC is an evidence-based program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff at UT Austin and Dr. Chris Germer at Harvard Medical School.

Presented by John Julian and Paola Cheng, leaders in teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.  John is a recognised global meditation and compassion teacher with teaching experience of more than two decades.  Paola merges her considerable life skills, compassion and spiritual practice to hone compassion to the Australian context.

8 weekly sessions (plus a ½ day retreat)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Cost A$495

People on low income: some reduced places $250 available. Contact John directly please for this.

To register visit  the Courses section of our Things to Buy page

 For more information please contact John:

Online Shamatha Meditation – Meditation for Life – Commences August 15 (morning AEST) / 14 (afternoon PST)

Maximum 20 places with John teaching an adaptation of the program he was originally trained in as a meditation teacher. 

Shamatha means “peaceful abiding” or “tranquility.” Also called mindfulness or concentration meditation, shamatha is an important introductory step that leads to the practice of vipashyana, or insight meditation. In this program I am adjusting the core Shamatha program I developed for Jamchen Buddhist Centre, which is based around parts of Atisha’s Path to Enlightenment, to include important steps out of the first 6 to 8 aspects of the 16 aspects or ‘steps’ in the Sutra on Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya 118). As such it will include steps about joy, and also 'rest.' These two items seem to be missing from many Western developments.

It only goes for 1.25 to 1.5 hours per week but will be followed by an additional longer meditation and deeper discussion for those who wish to stay on.​

AEST 9.00 am Sunday 19th August, PST 4:00 pm Sunday 18th and other times as in the table below.  Note: there will be a time change during the program where people in North America move I hour earlier.

Cost $275AUD pp

Registration here:!/Shamatha-Meditation-%E2%80%93-Meditation-for-Life-8-Weeks-Online-August-2021/p/357844712/category=0

Online Deepening MBSR/MBCT and Compassion      8 Sessions October 2021

Facilitators: John Julian and Paola Cheng

A shared experience of an online group exploring and deepening the practices of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion practices (CFT influenced) into everyday life. The program will be facilitated by 2 experienced people, John and Paola.

AEST Sunday 17 October 9am

USA Pacific West Coast Saturday 16 October 4pm

USA East Coast Saturday 16 October 7pm

Manila & Philippines Sunday 17 October 7am

(Note: there will be a time change for some Australians during this program to one hour earlier as daylight savings starts)

Cost: AU $539AUD pp

Registration here:!/Deepening-MBSR-MBCT-and-Compassion-%E2%80%93-Commences-Online-October-2021/p/358007769/category=60204250

A Three-day Retreat with John – Mindfulness, Compassion and Mindful Walking – OCT 7 - 11

Oct 7–11 2021at the Odiyana Retreat on 60 acres in Foster. Magical Prom Views. 

A small retreat of four nights with three full days. A relaxing introduction and deepening to core aspects and practices of mindfulness and compassion (incl. self-compassion) with John who will work with participants with a flexible program, dependent on their needs. The program will include lying, sitting, walking mindfulness and nature awareness activities.  The core aspects of self-compassion and compassion approaches will also be introduced.

Fully catered.

Maximum 6 participants, shared bathroom

Two shared rooms (mixture of a single or double bed plus bunk in room) $990 per person

Two rooms unshared $1,273 per room (couples are welcome even if one partner does not wish to attend retreat activities but an extra charge will occur for catering).

Apply to John directly to express interest or discuss =  Methods of payment will be advised when you contact.

Programs for Professionals with Marie Bloomfield

Marie Bloomfield and I also have a range of programs occurring.  There is a really exciting array of programs coming up on core skills for therapists in MSC and we are developing an introductory CFT program as well. Please check Marie’s page for an update on these at regular times:

Mindful Self-Compassion for Professionals (5-Day) - Gold Coast

Presenter: Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist, and John Julian, Social Worker, both Senior Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers

Date:  Sep 13, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021

Time: Starting Monday 2pm and finishing 5pm. Other days 9am-5pm

Location: Pacific Surf Life Saving Club - Palm Beach (1291 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD)

Price: Early bird (14 August) $980.00 Regular $1090.00 (Does not include accommodation, etc)

This workshop meets one of the requirements to attend the Teacher Training "Mindful Self-Compassion" for adults and "Making Friends with Yourself" for teenagers and young adults.  

For more information email 


Online Compassion-Focused Therapy-6weeks (Compassion Mind Training) – Commences Thursday 5 August at 7 pm (AEST)

Presenter: Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist and John Julian, Social Worker, both Senior Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers.

Date:  Aug 5, 2021 - Sep 9, 2021

Time: Thursday Evening 7:00-9:00 pm, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane AEST (UTC +10)

Location: Event Online- Webinar

Price: Price- Early bird (22 July) $290.00 AUD Regular $340.00AUD


Online Compassion-Focused Therapy-6 weeks (Compassion Mind Training) – Commences 9 August AEST and 8 August PST

Presenters: Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist and John Julian, Social Worker, both Senior Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers.

Date:  AEST Aug 9, 2021 - Sep 13, 2021

Time: Monday Morning 10:00am-12:00pm Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane AEST (UTC +10)

PST (Los Angeles, USA; Vancouver, Canada); Sunday, 8 Aug 2021, 5:00 pm PST (UTC -7)
EST (New York, USA; Toronto, Canada); Sunday, 8 Aug 2021, 8:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)

Location: Event Online - Webinar

Price: Price- Early bird (22 July) $290.00 AUD Regular $340.00AUD

For more information please contact us

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