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Mindful Conversations Online

  • Format: ONLINE 4 weeks x 5.5 hours

    Designed for: Professionals, leaders and managers

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD): 20 Hours

    Pre-Requisite: Suitable for beginner to very experienced mindfulness practitioners

    Certification: Attend as a stand alone course, or as part of the Practitioner Certification

    Dates: May 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd (Saturdays)


    • 9:30am-3.00pm NSW / VIC / TAS
    • 9am-2:30pm     SA
    • 9:30am-3pm     QLD
    • 9am-2:30pm     NT
    • 7:30am-1pm     WA

    Fee: $840 Standard | Early Bird $770

    NB this course is also available ON-SITE in Adelaide as 3-day intensive Oct 21-23 2021

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    Bringing mindfulness skills to a relationship is a game changer in how you deal with other people and challenging dynamics

    Improve the quality of your communication and relationships with these unique, insightful mindfulness tools

    Deep down most of us know that our joy and satisfaction in life is linked to the quality of our relationships, both at home and at work. Life offers you the opportunity to connect deeply, to be joyous, creative and productive, and to learn amazing things about people and the world as we navigate inevitable challenges.

    However, despite  putting time, thought and effort into making our relationships work, many of us still experience friction, and become drained and upset within our relationships, which can be one of our greatest sources of stress, emotional reactivity and unhappiness.

    Mindfulness will orient you towards being responsive and building rich relationships, rather than being reactive and destroying them. To be mindful in relationships is to be present and see what is going on free of judgment.

    In this practical online course, learn how to use mindfulness in relationships to orient yourself and your clients towards connection, acceptance, joy, and maintaining  equilibrium.  This helps to respond with optimism and wisdom.

    For those familiar with mindfulness this course equips you with unique conceptual maps and new ways to apply your skills. For those new to mindfulness, this new way of looking at relationships can open the door to a whole new way of seeing and relating to others. Attendees find this course inspiring and life changing for themselves and their clients.

    Who is this for?

    Mindful Conversations is for health professionals, leaders and managers who want to be mindful and productive in their personal and professional relationships. It is suitable for both the complete beginner and practiced mindfulness meditators.

    Course Outline

      Module 1:  Mindfulness and Relationships
      Module 2:  Neuro-biology of Reactive Habits
      Module 3:  Reality and Illusion
      Module 4:  Getting off the Merry-Go-Round
      Module 5:  Turning Points and Timelines
      Module 6:  Mindfulness of Values
      Module 7:  Mindful Ways through Conflict and Challenge
      Module 8:  Communicating with Mindfulness
      Module 9:  Balancing Self-Care and Generosity


    During the course, you will:

    - Develop a new perspective on all relationship dynamics

    - Learn the Seven Key Principles for Creating Valuable Relationships

    - Learn how to gain realistic perspectives of others

    - Explore a range of insightful conceptual relationship maps

    - See how we get stuck and reactive and how to become unstuck and responsive

    - Learn how to identify unhelpful patterns of behaviour in yourself and others  without feeling judged

    - Learn several unique mindfulness tools for breaking free from out of negative judgment, frustration and conflict

    - Learn the three ways discomfort is generated in relationships and what to do about it

    - Learn to step off the merry-go-round of  habitual cycles and step into appreciation, communication and relationship building

    By the end of this course you will:

    - Know how to see relationship dynamics clearly

    - Know how to draw the best out of all your relationships

    - Know how to see others for who they are

    - Understand how unhelpful relationship dynamics unfold

    - Be equipped with new tools to navigate differences and challenges smoothly

    - Be able to create the emotional and mental space you need to support you to nurture rich, heartfelt and joyful relationships

    - Be more accepted, accepting, and engaged in your relationships

    - Learn how to manage disappointment and frustration with others

    - Have a range of skills to create new pathways for relating

    - Have an awareness and understanding the breadth of skills we can bring to applying mindfulness in our relationships

    - Feel driven to cultivate happiness in relationships  to achieve a greater sense of happiness, compassion and joy in life

    As we start to see the richness and struggles, joys, habits and boundaries of those around us, we not only come to appreciate them more for the gifts they bring, but we also find new, inspiring ways to navigate stuck or painful impasses.

    The information, exercises and short mindfulness meditation gave me inspiring insights, which I use every day in all of my relationships - Participant

    Presented by Liana Taylor, MPsych, Clinical Psychologist

    Liana is a clinical psychologist, a relationship therapist, and a leading teacher in the field of applied mindfulness.  She has been in private practice since 1991, and has taught basic through to advanced relationship and mindfulness skills to thousands of professionals across Australia.  In this course, Liana brings a wealth of experience and expertise, not only from clinical psychology, traditional, and applied mindfulness, but also as a qualified Couple Therapist, Narrative Family Therapist, Wilderness Adventure Therapist, Master NLP Practitioner and Executive Coach. You will learn to see relationships in a new light, and integrate this into your own skill set from one of Australia most experienced and skilled practitioners, and highly regarded educator.

    Being mindful does not necessarily stop the daily dramas of life unfolding, but it does give us a different way to relate to things that are unexpected or unpleasant as they arise. Just as we become more mindful and relate differently within ourselves, so too we can cultivate new ways of relating to others. As we relate differently to these dynamics, we open a whole vista of new options for all of our relationships.

    How does it work?

    Experiencing mindfulness is the only way to learn mindfulness. Just as we can read about a song, or a piece of music, but not truly know it until we experience it with our own senses, so too with mindfulness training. Like most skills, mindfulness improves with practice, and many participants return to this course again and again to deepen their knowledge. Mindfulness comes from the wisdom traditions, and as you delve deeply into mindfulness, you also understand more about  how to apply mindfulness in clinical contexts.

    Course Numbers are strictly limited to a small group in order to support rich, interactive online learning.

    ONLINE Practicalities:

    - Online training is fundamentally different from ON-SITE training. Liana has delivered online courses for the past several years and is practiced at ensuring the group is engaged and interactive, understands the content, and can have their questions answered.

    - Participants will be visible to each other as a whole group during each class.

    - Classes are live, interactive, with audio and video on for group discussions and questions, and utilise break out rooms for small discussions and practice.

    - In the small group, you will hear theory, be given cognitive models and maps, participate in around 20 of mindfulness meditation practices, take part in experiential exercises and discussions.   You will be lead through these meditations/ exercises in exactly the same way that you would lead others.

    - There will be some moving mindfulness exercises through each class, so you are not sitting still the whole time.

    - You will receive a workbook in advance, and will want to have a pen to respond to exercises and note answers in.

    - If you miss a class, there may be the option to access a recording. Classes will be recorded.

    - There will be a short quiz in each class to check for understanding – as well as authenticate learning for those seeking CPD.

    – Because online training is fundamentally different from on-site training, and you don’t get to debrief, network and share ideas with peers over lunch and tea breaks, there is a 2 hour Toolkit included for this class – particularly useful if you are using these skills with clients.


    Dates: May 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd (Saturdays)


    • 9:30am-3.00pm   NSW / VIC / TAS
    • 9am-2:30pm        SA
    • 9:30am-3pm        QLD
    • 9am-2:30pm        NT
    • 7:30am-1pm        WA

    There will be a lunch break mid-class.

    Fee  (incl. GST)

    Standard $840.

    Early bird price $770 – register up to four weeks before course starts.


    - This course stands alone as an individual course to gain skills.  It is also one of the three courses of the Level 1 Practitioner of Mindfulness Certification

    - You can register for this course on its own

    - You can register for the Practitioner of Applied Mindfulness Certification

    - Because online training is fundamentally different from on-site training, all people who register for the Certification Training and do their courses online, will automatically be registered for the Toolkit.

    Register now

    Check out our other 3-day courses within the Practitioner of Applied Mindfulness Level 1 Program:
    Mindfulness Essentials: MBCT
    Mindful Leadership

    What people are saying about Mindful Conversations

    “I am struck with the number of exercises that help us to notice our own inner thoughts and experiences. It is only when we are in a state of really noticing what is really happening for us we are able to experience the full scope of the situation taking place and living all of the experiences for what they are without the expectations or judgments that idealization often puts upon us.”

    “To really be present with someone is like a gift to them.  Becoming mindful whilst listening enable us to be present, tuned in to our self and others.” 

    “I gained an increased depth of understanding in my relationships in particular with mum, more compassion for others with different values, being able to stay present and mindfully listen… I learnt that mindfulness is about seeing things as they are! … and that we generate suffering if we don’t see things as they are.”

    “On reflection I have noticed how beneficial the models have been.  I have noticed patterns in many of my relationships and have made conscious efforts to step back from the dramas, or become more present and empathetic.  The changes have brought a new lightness to some of my relationships.”

    “I really love this model, using this has helped me understand why I am disappointed every time the same outcome happens even though I hope it doesn’t, and what I can do about it.”

    “This has helped me work out how and where I can make different decisions within a recurring situation that I always reacted the same way which resulted in a spiral out of control. Instead of reacting the same way every time and feeling paralyzed and helpless when the situation arises, I now have a way of stepping out of the spiral to stop it getting to crisis point. …To actually have a graphic gave me the visual I needed to work out the times I could make different choices. Priceless.”

    “It is easy to get caught up in a power struggle over who thinks a problem is created by another or is someone else’s to solve. I now have a way to work out whose problem it is, thereby only having to solve one problem. Once that problem is solved the whole string of problems attached are also solved. This is much more effective than trying to solve lots of problems individually.”

    “My familiar cycles are often corridor conversations, being task orientated and lacking empathy when stressed.  I have patterns of tearfulness- I tend to want to hang on to things as they currently are.  When something goes wrong – I want to fix it and make it right again- prove myself competent again,  I now realise that we have choices with how we handle things, even though it takes time to change neural pathways, to learn to jump out of autopilot.  Now I can see reality of the situation, I can accept it and move forward in my own time. I can understand some people’s responses are different.”

    “My favourite quote and learning that I applied into life immediately was … “The language we use shapes our character, and the language we use in relationship shapes the character of the relationship. In relationships, the language we use is not only experienced in the words we use but also in our actions.” Liana Taylor   …real jewels for me …”

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