Introduction to Mindfulness

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Mindfulness – it seems to be the buzz word. What is it all about? What benefits does mindfulness offer? How is it possible to begin to develop mindfulness practices? Want to find out more?

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening in our lives. Seeing more clearly enables us to experience life more fully and to develop an ability to choose how we respond to joys and difficulties as they arise.

Mindfulness helps us to:

  • Step out of autopilot and notice what is happening in our life
  • Respond more effectively to stresses and difficulties of everyday life
  • Experience life as it actually is, rather than be drawn into concerns and fears based in the past and the future.

This one hour session is an opportunity to taste mindfulness practice and ask questions about what is involved in learning to be more mindful.

Presented by Helen Ansell, psychologist and trained mindfulness teacher.

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What you will learn
  • The benefits of minfulness practices
  • How to begin to develop mindfulness practices
What you will get
  • An opportunity to taste mindfulness practice
  • Time to retreat, reflect and re-energise.

Appropriate for

Those who are interested in finding out about Mindfulness

Activities for everyone: health and wellbeing, leisure and learning, social activities and volunteer opportunities and children's programs.

The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Inc (the Centre) was founded in 1978 at the initiative of local residents and was registered as an Incorporated Association in 1996. The Centre is located at 157 Union Road and an adjoining property at 1 Bedford Avenue. All our facilities are leased from the City of Boroondara.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre was founded in 1978 as a friendly, inclusive and welcoming meeting place where people could come together to share experiences and skills.The Centre offers a wide range of programs and activities run by friendly and knowledgeable teachers, at affordable prices.

The Centre is a overseen by a Committee of Management, and receives funding support from the City of Boroondara, the Department of Planning and Community Development with the remainder of the Centre’s income generated by fees from programs and venue hire.

We have many active volunteers supporting the activities of the Centre and social activities to help you connect with your local community. Call 9890 2467 or email: to find out more.

The Surrey Hills Heritage Collection at the Centre, is open for viewing on Mondays.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre or organised by Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre.


I agree to give Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre classes and events or on Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre's premises. (For use of Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre marketing materials).


Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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