New developments

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

  1. Weekly Support classes
  2. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) ON-LINE Program 4 September 4 hours 
  3. Shamatha Meditation online 5 weeks August 2021
  4. Compassion-Focussed Therapy plus 8-week group with John September 2021
  5. Deepening MBSR/MBCT and Compassion online November 2021
  6. Three-day Retreat with John – Mindfulness, Compassion and Mindful Walking October 2021
  7. Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, MSC On-line 8-week Course October 2021
  8. Programs for Professionals with Marie Bloomfield August and September 2021

Michael Pringle and I 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 Melbourne                4/9/2021      8 am to 12 md with 1/2 hour break

PST West Coast America   3/9/21          3 pm to 7 pm

Manilla                                  4/9/21          6 am to 10 am

ET New York                         3/9/21          6 pm to 10 pm

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

Online Shamatha Meditation – Meditation for Life – Commences August 8 (9 am morning AEST) /  (7 August, 4 pm afternoon PST) 

Maximum 20 places for 5 weekly sessions with John teaching an adaptation of the program John 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 John is adjusting the core Shamatha program he 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 8th August, PST 4:00 pm Saturday 7th, then weekly for 5 sessions.  Note: there will be a time change during the program where people in North America move I hour earlier.

Cost $165 pp inc. GST

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

Online 8-week Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT) plus group

Commencing 19 September with 8 sessions over 10 weeks with John Julian

In this experimental group combining core aspects of CFT and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), John will take participants through core psycho-social education and exercises focusing mainly in CFT and adding in elements from IPBN and mindful movement for daily practice to ensure sound embodied brain and mind health. Participants will delve into CFT in a structured self-help manner with small breakout groups used to build relationships and connections as you share your experiences, gain understanding from each other and ask questions about practice. 

There will be no formal sessions on 26 September and 10 October as John will be absent

 Times of sessions

The sessions occur on Sunday in Australia starting at 9 am and on the west coast of North America (PST) on Saturday at 4 pm until October when the session will start at 3pm on the West Coast of USA and Canada.

Cost 495 inc. GST

Please register here

A number of low cost places are available for $250 - please contact John directly for these.

Online - Deepening MBSR/MBCT and Compassion      5 Sessions from 21 November 2021

Facilitators: John Julian and Paola Cheng

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

AEST Sunday 21 November 9am

USA Pacific West Coast Saturday 20 November 2pm

USA East Coast Saturday 20 November 5pm

Manila & Philippines Sunday 21 November 6am

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

Cost: AU $330AUD pp inc GST

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, Mindful Movement, 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


Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion with John Julian & Paola Cheng

8 week online course in MSC

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 on a Saturday. 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.

Starts Monday 4 October(6.30 pm – 9.00 pm AEST)

8 weekly sessions (plus a ½ day retreat) over 10 weeks

Location: Online (Zoom)

Cost A$495   REGISTRATION HERE:!/Center-for-Mindful-Self-Compassion-Mindful-Self-Compassion-On-line-8-wk-Course-in-MSC/p/385448061/category=60204250

People on low income: some reduced places $270 available. People with a mental health plan for groups with John’s name on the plan or a letter, will be able to attend for a total cost of $120 with some restrictions (one being a minimum of 6 people with a mental health care plan apply and be accepted) Contact John directly please for this.

For more information contact John: +61 (0) 439 901 795  or


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