Thinking Healthy and John Julian acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Boon Wurrung land on which we live and work today and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. I also acknowledge that the BoonWurrung people never ceded their land.

Free meditations

I am also offering free meditations internationally at 10 am over winter usually three times a week (usually Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) and 12 md over Summer. 

I also have two private meditation practice groups that cost a donation to the MANA Association that you may email me about.



One on One Counselling

John currently has no vacancies. Importantly, please note that john is retiring over the next five years and may not accept new referrals. 

John is an accredited mental health social worker (with 45 years experience) - Medicare Re. No, 4060993J. Until 31/12/2019 John had been a specialist trainer in mental health (early work published) and for 17 years was responsible for the training of specialist mental health care staff in South Eastern Victoria, one third of the State.

He is a specialist in mindfulness, especially used in conjunction with treatment programs such as CBT and Compassion-Focussed Therapy, and, of course, as part of the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy group program. John also introduced Mindful Self-Compassion to Australia in 2014 with Kristy Arbon with one week urban retreats in Melbourne, Adelaide and a then a one week urban retreat in Sydney with PDP as it was called then. 


Group programs and retreats including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Nature Programs and meditation are now offered  through the Mindfulness and Nature Association (MANA) Inc.

You can contact John on, or in urgent situations, text or contact him on his mobile 0439 901 795 .


This newly updated 8-session stress reduction program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s well-established Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and the clinical Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program.

By incorporating the latest neuroscience, the program can provide a deeper understanding of how mindfulness works on a neurological level, this knowledge can help participants grasp the scientific basis of mindfulness and how it can positively impact their well-being. A holistic approach to mindfulness will be explored, including the cultivation of present-moment awareness, stress management, emotional regulation, the development of self-compassion and the improvement of overall mental and emotional well-being, providing participants with a broad toolkit for their personal practice.

Your teachers practice mindfulness daily, and combined, have over 45 years of practice. John is a senior mindfulness and compassion teacher in Australia, having introduced Neff & Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion program to Australia in 2014 with Kristy Arbon. He has taught meditation for 25 years. He became a Shamatha teacher in the Buddhist tradition in 1998 and was trained in MBCT in 2005, and in MBSR by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2006.

John will be assisted by  Joanna Walz.

This program includes 8 sessions (plus optional day retreat).

Upcoming programs will be posted to the EVENTS page of MANA website:


Mindfulness training 

Mindfulness Training

John is a senior trainer in both mindfulness and compassion programs and skills. He has more than 35 years personal experience in meditation and has started as a meditation trainer in 1998 after being invited (a nice word for it!) by his then teacher, Lama Choedak Rinpoche. He has since been trained in MBCT (2005 Monash University), MBSR (2006 and 2008 Kabat-Zinn & Santorelli), Mindful Self-Compassion (2014 Neff, Germer, Hickman, etc). John also has significant training in Compassion-focused Therapy developed by Paul Gilbert.