Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

This 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program is a journey of discovering how styles of relating to ourselves contribute directly to the experience of stress and harshness towards out own self. The program builds skills to enabling interaction within ourselves, and to others, with greater understanding, warmth and compassion; retrains the brain, and opens a door to greater freedom, ease, and peace in life.

MSC has been shown to be useful to a broad array of people.  People with a harsh self-critic, stress and a range of high incidence mental health disorders find many of the skills developed in this program to be useful.  Health professionals and carers (paid or through life responsibility) also report benefits. 

John is also currently researching this program with people surviving cancer through Cabrini Hospital (articles are in publication processes) where a large decrease in anxiety occurred and fear of re-occurrence was lowered.

The cost of this program varies, largely according to your ability to pay and the usefulness of the program.  John is now undertaking more programs on a dana (donation) basis. In some circumstances John can also bulk bill medicare but you need to contact him directly to see if this is possible.

Programs specifically for public clinical mental health professionals working in South East Victoria through LAMPS (https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1342888/2018-04-10-lamps-calendar.pdf ) are free. A program based at Kingston starting 11 October for staff in Aged Mental Health Services is planned alongside another in at Peninsula Health Services for staff in mental health services will commence s

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) – Starts Wednesday, 10th October,  7.00pm at Gardenvale (Brighton) Anglican Church.  The cost of the Gardenvale program is dana (donation).

Book below, or to enquire please call ortext  John: 0439 901 795

Five-day Silent Retreat - BOOKED OUT

A small (4 - 5 people) 5-day silent retreat will occur later in 2018 (Sunday 26 August to Friday 31 August).  This program is a requirement for MSC teacher training and candidates for this will take priority, but other individuals are also very welcome to attend.  The retreat will explore background material to both MBSR and MSC programs - the four noble truths, the three marks, or distinctive features, of existence, as well as focusing on the three core MSC meditations.  The retreat includes yoga and walking meditations in a seaside environment.  The retreat will be fully catered,in quality accommodation at Inverloch (near the sea) and will cost $1,431.34.

This retreat is now fully booked. If you would like to express interest in attending a retreat in 2019please feel free to contact John: 0439 901 795

Drop-in Meditation Support Group with Michelle Johnson: Upwey

The drop in group runs Thursday morning 7-8am in the offices above the Upwey supermarket 

Cost is $15.00 

Please sms or call Michelle for further information 0467508496 


South Gippsland Meditation Group

At Milpara Community House, Korumburra.

This group generally meets on a Monday evening at 7.15pm, with some exceptions during school holidays. Each session is for 1-hour but the instructor is renowned for going overtime in response to questions.

Cost is by dana (donation) plus a small amount of $4.00 to cover room hire. Bookings are not needed.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

From 14th May, 2018, the group is being led through a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction styled program with the main adjustment being that the program will be run over a 16 week period.

To enquire please contact John on 0439 901 795, or book withMilpara on 5655 2524.

Days of Mindfulness & Self-Compassion, and Organic Garden Tours

These full-day programs of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, or Mindful Compassionate Communication, occur at Krowera Public Hall.  Mindful Self-Compassion days are an effective way to deepen your practice, to restart your practice, or just to have an enjoyable day! They are open to all individuals, but preference is given to people who have already undertaken either an 8-week program or a retreat based program.

With Mindful Compassionate Communication the emphasis will be on learning to deal with oneself with our inner talk, and working with others through our language and communication, with greater compassion and equanimity. Both meditation and compassionate communication will be used in conjunction with a number of well-founded techniques from evidence-based therapeutic methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  There will be an overview of model, observations and what effects introduction, feelings and the ways feelings and needs interact, what are our real universal human needs in everyday life, the difference between a request or action, and how to tell a request from a demand.

Cost for these days is by dana (a donation) for John except for a small charge for Community House or Hall Committees of $5.00 per person.  The charge is for the venue that the event is held as well as to reserve your place at the event.  Please bring a small plate to share for lunch (unless you have a special diet in which case simply bring your own lunch). 

These days start at 9.30am and finish at 3.30pm (followed by an optional garden tour). Next dates are:

Saturday, 4 August - Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Saturday, 6 October  - A day of Compassionate Communication

Saturday, 3 November - Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Note:Saturday 3 November will be a long weekend so you may wish to take this opportunity for a short break and stay nearby as Kilcunda, Cape Patterson and Inverloch are all within 25 minutes of Krowera Hall. There are plenty of options (from camping, to resorts) but you will need to book into accommodation soon!

Garden Tour

Following each day, participants will be invited to a small garden tour of the developing organic gardens and permaculture gardens of Hill House Retreat and Three Seed Revolution where John and one of his son’s, Luke, are developing a sustainable organic vegetable garden and permaculture-styled food forest property.

The garden includes a small 8 square metre demonstration garden suitable for small areas, a larger 50 square (5 metres by 10 metres) demonstration garden.  These garden allow people to see what is happening in gardens now and what we are planting for the next crops, paying attention to crop rotation and regenerative practices.  We will also talk openly about our mistakes.  Another 1/4 to 1/2 acre of vegetable, chilli and garlic gardens.  A edible weed garden will be developed and the rest of the property will be turned into a permaculture and food forest in coming years.

Produce (garlic and chillies plus vegetables as available) from the property will be available for sale .

To enquire please contact John on 0439 901 795