Basic Meditation Course
The Basic Course is the natural starting point if you’re new to meditation or are considering undertaking our Meditation Teacher Training course. The course is suitable for those with no prior meditation experience and aims to teach you how to meditate from the ground up — presenting a range of different techniques and, more importantly, a clear understanding of what meditation is and how it works.
What actually happens on course?
The course is a combination of theory, practice and discussion. In the first two weeks the emphasis is on helping you to get a clear idea of what meditation is and how it works, and on dispelling the common myths and misconceptions that make meditation seem difficult, if not impossible, for many people.
In subsequent weeks the emphasis shifts from theory to practice. You’ll be introduced to meditation in a graduated way, with relatively simple and short practices to start, leading on to longer and more challenging practices as we progress. The courses are designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussion and recommend that you make use of the opportunity to engage with your teacher and make the most of his or her experience.
What styles of meditation are taught at the workshop?
The course focuses on teaching you the fundamental skills of meditation, using forms of meditation that are simple to understand, enjoyable, pragmatic and results oriented. We teach a range of techniques, focusing on those that experience has shown to be most effective for the greatest variety of people. Our intention is to help you to discover the ways of meditating that suit your particular needs, temperament and lifestyle.
Meditations range in length from a few seconds to roughly half an hour, and we include all the most common techniques as well as a few of our own unique inventions. We’ll cover meditations on the breath and body, as well as sounds, movement, repeated phrases, and simple visualisations. We’ll also introduce effective strategies for working with thoughts, emotions and pain and explore a range of mindfulness techniques for everyday use.
We aren’t affiliated with any particular religious or spiritual tradition but draw on techniques and strategies from both traditional and contemporary sources, utilizing the tried and tested ‘standards’ as well as the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience.
- Fundamental skills of meditation, using forms of meditation that are simple to understand, enjoyable, pragmatic and results oriented
- Range of techniques, focusing on those that experience has shown to be most effective for the greatest variety of people
- Discover the ways of meditating that suit your particular needs, temperament and lifestyle
- Expert tuition from an expert coach
- Just yourself. There are no special requirements, though some people like to bring a pen and paper to jot down notes. You may also like to bring a bottle of water
Comfortable clothes (Some yoga pants or even better-fitting jeans might help)
Beginners (The course is also suitable for those who wish to gain a clearer understanding of the mechanics and principles of meditation and those interested in learning forms of meditation that can be integrated into a working life)
Vendor since 2016
The Melbourne Meditation Centre runs regular meditation and mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats in several convenient locations around Melbourne and Geelong.
Our focus is on teaching meditation and mindfulness as simple, practical skills. We’ll teach you how and why meditation works, introduce you to a wide range of techniques that you can use on the go – wherever and whenever you are – and help you find innovative ways to adapt meditation to your own needs.
Meditation practiced this way is surprisingly easy and enjoyable.