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Upcoming Mindfulness Programme from MHAPS

Wednesday, July 03, 2019   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: Training, Courses, mindfulness, mental wellbeing

It’s a busy world. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work, and then plan your weekend.

But in the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing your connection with the present moment— missing out on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Did you notice whether you felt well-rested this morning or that a tree is in bloom along your route to work?

Over time with our busy, demanding and hard-edged lives we silently build up our levels stress, anxiety and sometimes depression. Unrecognised and unrelieved stress and distress can become our norm.

Mindfulness exercises are simple attention exercises focusing on our breath or physical sensations in an accepting and non-judgemental way. There is much research now showing how helpful mindfulness is in relieving distress and increasing feelings of wellbeing.

Date and Time: Thursday evenings from 7 to 8.30pm, starting on 1st August 2019.
Location: MHAPS (357 Madras Street).
Cost: $55 per person.

Contact MHAPS Reception for more information including how to register (03 365 9479 or reception[at]

MHAPS' 4-week mindfulness programme will assist participants to:

  • feel increasing calm;
  • enjoy better sleep;
  • be able to relax more;
  • "sweat the small stuff" less;
  • have feelings of improved health;
  • be better at self-soothing; and
  • feel more tuned into what you want most in life.

About the facilitator, Kathy Hughes

Kathy Hughes has a long and rich experience as a tutor of mindfulness. Her focus is on a client’s own goals of flourishing and wellbeing. She brings a blended approach drawn from Tension Release Exercises, Mindfulness, her counselling and nursing background and her general life experience.

"My passion is to make meditation simple and accessible to all beginners and for some this means just doing a few minutes at a time at first. My other passion is supporting continuing practice and these are probably my strengths - adapting to the individual's current process and facilitating continuing practice groups."

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch