Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July 2018

ACU, Melbourne.

A platform for an interdisciplinary collaboration of like-minded people and organisations to share knowledge and advance understanding of meditation, mindfulness, contemplative and reflective practices that enhance our lives.

Presented by the Meditation Association of Australia (MA) this event is the first of its kind in Australia. This forum will offer an opportunity for shared learning and networking for meditation teachers, psychologists, neuroscientists, educators, health professionals, business leaders, academics and researchers, all of whom specialise in, practise or are fascinated by meditation.


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The primary aim of the 2018 Australian Meditation Conference is to provide a platform for a collaborative dialogue involving a wide range of speakers, representing a rich diversity of philosophies and applications of meditation, mindfulness, contemplation and refection.

Delivered across the weekend the main conference program will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions. These dialogues will be supplemented by a variety of practical workshops, the delivery of academic papers, a quiet room for contemplation, an exhibition marketplace, live music and a ‘netwalking’ session though the local gardens.

Satellite events on Friday 20 July include an Education Forum, Masterclasses for practitioners and professionals, an early evening dinner in the exhibition area, a free public meditation gathering and an evening presentation by psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Dr Rick Hanson.


The Meditation Association of Australia (MA) is the national peak body representing meditation teachers in Australia. We set peer-reviewed standards for meditation teachers, maintain a register of suitably qualified meditation teachers and promote continuing professional development and ethical conduct.

MA also supports members of the public who practise or want to learn meditation and assists organisations wanting to incorporate meditation into their organisational culture.

Formed in 2008, MA is a nationally registered not-for-profit association. Managed by an elected voluntary Board of meditation teachers from diverse backgrounds, MA promotes meditation as an integral part of life.

This conference marks our 10th anniversary and gives us the opportunity to celebrate the remarkable growth in the awareness of the benefits of meditation over the past decade.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our event sponsors, especially ACU, for making this inaugural conference possible.


This conference and its satellite events are expected to attract more than 800 people with a professional interest in one or more of the following fields:


Social Work

Mental Health

Aged and Palliative Care



Health and Medicine

Life Coaching

Social Justice

Human Resource Management

Natural Therapies

Meditation and Wellbeing

Academic Research


Yoga, Pilates and Martial Arts

Spiritual Practice


Business Management

Military, Police and Emergency Services



Australian Catholic University

Cnr Victoria Parade and Brunswick St, Fitzroy

The conference will be held in the modern comfort of the Australian Catholic University (ACU), conveniently situated on the eastern edge of the Melbourne CBD. ACU’s St Mary of the Cross Square opens onto the arts precinct of Brunswick Street, A variety of cafes, shops and galleries are only a short walk away. Some of Melbourne’s finest parks, gardens and recreational facilities are also within easy walking distance.

For our interstate and international visitors numerous accommodation options are available in close proximity. Two Spring Street hotels, The Windsor and the Mercure Treasury Gardens, have kindly offered special rates to our conference delegates.

Contact us for further information about these accomodation offers.

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