Mindfulness & Meditation CityEast College

Course Outline

Mindfulness and Meditation is designed to teach you skills and techniques to help you be clear, calm, content, and balanced. This class is perfect for beginners as well as anyone looking to ‘refresh’ their meditation skills. A variety of meditations will be taught, including mindfulness, kindness, compassion, self-compassion, and deep relaxation. You will be encouraged to experiment with different meditation practices so that you can discover what works best for you. This will give you a toolkit of inner resources to draw upon in everyday life.

Although meditation is an ancient practice, in this program the practices will be taught in a “mainstream” way, with no religious ideology. The material will be practical and science-informed. Most practices will go for 15minutes, therefore making these accessible to a wide range of people with busy lives and multiple responsibilities. Techniques will be offered step by step over five sessions. These sessions are inclusive – you may choose to sit on a chair, or sit or lie down on the floor.

Ideal for...

Beginners to meditation as well as those who want to ‘refresh’ their skills.

Note: This is an education program and is not a therapeutic program. If you are experiencing a mental illness or trauma, or have a history of either, it is advised that you check with a mental health professional whether this is a good time in your life to learn meditation.


  • What is mindfulness and meditation and the science behind it.
  • How to practise mindfulness meditation and establish a meditation posture.
  • How to work with tricky feelings.
  • Understanding the stress response and activating the relaxation response. Practical strategies that can be used to get clearer and calmer when triggered.
  • Using meditation to cultivate a warm and open heart>
  • How to practise kindness meditation.
  • Using meditation to recharge and build vitality>
  • How to practice deep relaxation meditation.
  • Mindfulness and meditation at work and in daily life.

What to bring

  • wear comfortable clothing
  • a cushion
  • something to lie on (because one meditation is usually done laying down)
  • a throw/shawl for warmth.

About your tutor

Lesley Loughnan is a qualified Meditation and Yoga teacher and also a psychotherapist, practicing in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. She has an affiliation with Petrea King of the Quest for Life Foundation and has worked in private practice and on residential programs for people suffering from chronic and life-threatening illness, grief, loss and trauma for the last 20 years. She has taught on the faculties of the Sydney Gestalt Institute on their four year psychotherapy degree, at Naturecare College on their Yoga Teacher Training diploma, and at CityEast Community College teaching Yoga and Meditation in the past.

Previously, Lesley was a senior executive at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A series of life challenges, including overcoming illness in her own life, resulted in a profound change of direction at the age of 40, giving her a deep and personal insight into the healing process.

For more detailed information please go to Lesley's website

Other information

All courses need a minimum number of students to run. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

This course has no current classes. Please to be notified of vacancies and similar courses.

  • Course testimonials
    I had done meditation before, but the teacher pushed it to a new level with referrence to current research and with examples related to our day-to-day life. Highly recommended.
  • Course testimonials
    Our tutor provided us with important knowledge, skills and advice we can use to improve the quality of our lives every day.
  • Course testimonials
    Our tutor was brilliant. He had a gentle, professional approach, and presented information for us to think about. It was a great experience and so many things resonated. He was particularly helpful in how one may take the next step in meditation and what to avoid. He was definitely coming from a place of respect and care for others. The course touched on many types of meditation but I never felt overwhelmed as the pace was perfect. Very calming experience.