New developments

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

  1. a one-off workshop with John on stress (see details immediately below) on AEST 6 December (5 December USA).
  2. two weekly meditation support groups
  3. the link to the courses for professionals John teaches with Marie Bloomfield
  4. MBSR Online in early 2021
  5. the 2021 MSC intensive Program and Nature Retreat held at Wilson's promontory, one of the oldest National Parks in the world having been created in 1898.

You can hear a podcast of John being interviewed on Noble Mind at: 

Michael Pringle now interviews me most weeks on Thurday’s at around 7 am (AEST) or Monday 2 pm (PDT):

1. Stress Management, Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop with John Julian

This workshop will provided self-assessment tools to consider your levels of stress and some aspects of our internal lives as well as a review and practice of a range of practices that may be of assistance in changing your relationship to yourself and to stressors. 

The workshop will be held over five hours (with a 20-minute break).

The times across different time zones are as follows:

Melbourne, Australia* AEDT (UTC +11) Sun, 6 Dec 2020 8:00 am

Pacific Time, PT PST (UTC -8) Sat, 5 Dec 2020 1:00 pm

 Eastern Time, ET EST (UTC -5) Sat, 5 Dec 2020 4:00 pm

 To check your own time use the following link and add your time zone or city:


It will begin with an overview of stress issues, including self-assessment activities from a supplied workbook.  The program will include 2.5 hours of MSC retreat material.  The workshop may go over by 30 minutes.

  1. Overview of stress 20 minutes
  2. Self-evaluation of stress experience 40 minutes
  3. Empathy fatigue 15 minutes
  4. Classic Relaxation techniques 15 minutes
  5. Mindfulness and Compassion Exercises - There will be a 20 minutes break in this section. 115 minutes
  6. Thought management and relating to our thoughts – an introduction 75 minutes 
  7. Pacing and balancing ourselves; an overview and managing priorities 20 minutes

 An electronic summary workbook in MS Word will be provided.


Is dana – a donation that is affordable by you and which you believes reflects the values of the teaching/workshop. The amount can be varied by purchasing single or multiple items at the listed price.

Registration and donation can be made 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

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:

Retreat 2021

Next year in April I am also running another retreat at one of the leading National Parks in the world, Wilson’s Promontory.  This will be from Sunday 18 to Sunday 25, 2021.  The retreat will cover all aspects of the full 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program with a nature mindfulness program.  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

Mindful Self-Compassion is a skilfully designed program that assists people to live with greater ease and being able to work with the broad range of feelings and emotions.  The retreat consists of didactic and experiential work with significant reflection in mindfulness, self-compassion and related issues.  People report improvements in both professional skills and personal lives.

The retreat will be run by two senior certified teachers in Australia, John Julian and Marie Bloomfield.

The retreat is held in one of the 12-bed group lodges with bunkroom style accommodation (two rooms with two single beds are available) and is fully catered.  Two days are spent in silence.  The Lodge Based cost covers all accommodation, food and tutelage.  Bookings can be made via:

All individuals will also need to fill in a personal details form and have a brief discussion with John before their place is confirmed. 

Lodge and additional places

Eleven places are available in the Lodge and a maximum of four participants who wish to organize their own accommodation and food will also be allowed to attend

 ​Lodge based accommodation:

​Early Bird $1350 (plus Eventbrite fees) until; 30 January

After 30 January $1600 (plus Eventbrite fees)

​​If you want one of the external positions please apply to John for a specific link for payment:    

External (tuition, morning and afternoon tea only provided) is available with the Early Bird $640​ and after 30 January the cost being $750.  Apply directly to John for one of these positions.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction with John Julian

An invitation to experiment with greater balance, control and participation in your own life.

 I have been teaching this course now since 2006 and I still love it.

Mobilize your mind and body to take charge of your life and cope more effectively with stress, pain or anxiety.

Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete this stress reduction course report:

  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

This is an enjoyable and challenging course.  All groups are small to ensure personal attention.  To take back control of their life participants are expected to practice a range of exercises each week – 45 minutes a day is required.

 This weekly program consists of eight 2.5 hour sessions.  Following the initial 8 week session an optional regular weekly group, and/or ‘top-up half-day’ sessions, will be available.  The course includes all audio copies meditations and videos of yoga sessions  (see:  for more details about the evidence and history of this course). 

Days of Mindfulness & Self-Compassion 

These half day (4-hour) programs of Mindfulness and Self-Compassioncurrently occur online only.

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.

The next day is being run by Marie Bloomfield and John on the 17th October starting at 9.30am.  The cost is $45.00