New developments

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

  1. Weekly Support classes
  2. Professional programs John teaches with Marie Bloomfield
  3. 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
  4. MBSR/MBCT Online end of January to end of March 2021
  5. Mindful Self-Compassion - On-line 8 Week Course May 2021

Michael Pringle and I now discuss mindfulness and compassion most weeks on Thursday’s at around 9 am (AEST) or Monday 2 pm (PDT):



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


ON-LINE Program 27th February, 10 am to 2 pm (AEST) with JOHN JULIAN 

Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is grounded in spiritual principles and emphasizes compassion as the basis for everyday action.  They are a useful guide for the Buddhist path of skillful speech.  Importantly, NVC helps us make conscious choices about how we might respond to others and to have choices in having our needs met instead of our continued use of our habitual strategies that rarely provide use with peace and harmony. 

 This day will review Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and consider its use in everyday life.

Cost is by Dana (donation) amount of your choosing via Eventbrite:

AEDT Melbourne Australia(UTC +11) Sat 27 Feb 2021 10:00 am

Pacific Time USA PT*PDT (UTC -7) Fri 26 Feb 2021 3:00 pm

New York USA EDT (UTC -4) Fri 26 Feb 2021 6:00 pm

Mindful Self-Compassion - On-line 8 Week Course with John Julian & Paola Cheng. 

STARTS: Sunday 2 May (9.00 am - 11:30 pm AEST)  / Saturday 1 May (4.00 pm to 6.30 pm PDT)

Learn skills you can use in life, at home, at work, in the hot-spot to reduce stress and burnout.

Become more compassionate, resilient, and caring to yourself and others!

The full Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a 2.5 hour per week program for 8 weeks plus an additional week of 4 hours for a silent retreat after week five. MSC is an evidence-based program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff at UT Austin and Dr. Chris Germer at Harvard Medical School.

Presented by John Julian and Paola Cheng, leaders in teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.  John is a recognised global meditation and compassion teacher with teaching experience of more than two decades.  Paola merges her considerable life skills, compassion and spiritual practice to hone compassion to the Australian context.


Sunday 2 May (9.00 am - 11:30 pm AEST)

Saturday 1 May (4.00 pm to 6.30 pm PDT)

8 weekly sessions (plus a ½ day retreat)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Cost A$495

People on low income: some reduced places $250 available. Contact John directly please for this.

To register visit  the Courses section of our Things to Buy page

 For more information contact:


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 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 (includes tuition and all meals):

​Early Bird - Closed

Full Fee $1,600

​​If you want one of the external positions please apply to John to arrange payment:    

External (tuition, morning and afternoon tea only provided) is available for $750.  Apply directly to John for one of these positions.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBSR/MBCT) with John Julian and Paola Cheng.

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.

The online program will commence at 9am Sunday 31 January AEST. This will equate to Saturday at 2pm PDT, 5pm EST in the USA and in Japan, it will be Sunday at 7 am.  For other time zones please add you time zone to this link which is set to the start date and time of the group in Melbourne:

The group will have a maximum of 16 places.

In the group, everyone is expected to have cameras on, except during meditations, unless they have a specific reason that is approved beforehand.  The reason for this is that having some attendees in the group not having cameras on for discussion changes group dynamics and lessens trust in some circumstances.

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 body practices. In the course, gentle introductory mindful movement sessions in weeks 3 and 4 will occur. One session of mindful movement, guided by Chi Gung principals, will be provided and one mindful stretching session, guided on yoga principals, provided for these and will be suitable for people with pain.

Sessions will not be video recorded but some recorded auditory sections of the teachers speaking may be available.

There will be 6 concession places offered. Please contact John directly to enquire.

For full fee bookings please use the tab below, or go to the 'THINGS TO BUY' page.

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