AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM

Beyond the view of meditation as a personal practice, this shared dialogue will consider how the myriad forms of meditation contribute at a societal level, enhancing collective wellbeing and creating cultural change.

THEMES

  • Meditation in schools, workplaces and communities
  • Mindfulness and compassion; is mindfulness enough?
  • Meditation in comparative theology
  • Meditation and neuroplasticity
  • The mind-body connection, meditation as therapy and
  • Ethics in contemplative practices.

 

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.

Innovative national and international meditation thought leaders will gather to share their research and insight across the fields of health, philosophy, education, business, neuroscience and psychology.

A cross section of dialogue from secular and religious discourses will also be presented in a manner that is collaborative and unifying.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

These proceedings will gather over sixty national and international meditation thought leaders to share their research and insight across the fields of health, philosophy, education, business, neuroscience and psychology.

Dr Rick Hanson
Psychologist & Author of

Hardwiring Happiness

Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley
Dr Addie Wootten
Clinical Psychologist
Innovator in wellbeing
CEO Smiling Mind
Dr Pak-Wah Lai
Vice-Principal and Lecturer
Historical Theology
Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore
Robin Carnes
PTSD Mind-body Therapist
iRest Certified Senior Teacher,
Honoured by Smithsonian Institute
Eric Harrison
Author, The Foundations of Mindfulness
Founder & Director
Perth Meditation Centre
Dr Neil Bailey
PhD Neuroscience
Psychiatry Research Centre
Monash University 
Dr Craig Hassed
Author & Associate Professor
Department of General Practice
Monash University.
Dr Richard Chambers
Clinical Psychologist
Mindfulness Consultant
Monash University
Reverend Dr John Dupuche
Priest, Archdiocese of Melbourne
Assoc. Prof University of Divinity
Hon. Fellow ACU
 
Dr Maura Kenny
Psychiatrist, Training Director of MTI
 MBCT Co-ordinator
SA Health
 
Petrea King
Author, Your Life Matters
CEO Quest for Life Foundation
Regular Media Commentator
Venerable Alex Bruce
Buddhist Monk
Associate Professor ANU College of Law
Fellow Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
 

Evening presentation by Dr Rick Hanson

7.30pm Cathedral Hall. Separately ticketed event

Presented by Openground and Mindfulness Training Institute

Dr Rick Hanson, psychologist, neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author will be joining us on Friday evening. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing and Mother Nurture and are available in 26 languages.

Rick is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and has spoken at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and other major universities and taught in meditation centres worldwide. We are honoured to have Rick join us for our inaugural conference as part of his Australian Tour.

 

CONFERENCE FORMAT AND PRICING

ENTRY TO ALL EVENTS: THREE DAY GOLD PASS

$490 Member – $590 Non-member

Become a member of MA and register for a 3-Day Gold Pass for the same price of a non-member Weekend Pass

Use the code CONFERENCE when applying for membership and we will halve the joining fee to $45.

(Annual membership fee of $90 still applies).

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ENTRY TO ALL EVENTS

THREE DAY GOLD PASS

$490 Member

$590 Non-member

 

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

AND CREATE YOUR OWN EVENT PACKAGE

FRIDAY

Two Education Forums

$150 each

Morning K-12 Forum

Afternoon Tertiary Forum

 

Six Masterclasses

$90 each. Choose between

1 of 3 morning Masterclasses

1 of 3 afternoon Masterclasses

Meditation Gathering

Free Public Event

Registration Essential

 

Public Talk

Rick Hanson

$40

 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

International Speakers

 

Panel Dialogues

 

Practical Workshops

 

Academic Papers

 

Exhibition Space

 

Wholesome Food

 

Live Music

 

Net-walking Session

 

Quiet Room

 

$220 Member Single Day Pass

$390 Member Weekend Pass

$290 Non-member Single Day Pass

$490 Non-member Weekend Pass

 

Full conference program available in early 2018.

Meditators Without Borders

Free meditation gathering

6-7pm Phillipa Brazil Lecture Theatre

Presented by Calm in the City

Join us at dusk, at the end of the working week, for this deeply relaxing experience. This one hour free mass meditation will feature spoken word guided meditation, augmented by a harmonic soundscape.

Calm in the City is a not-for-profit community initiative which aims to make meditation and calm easily accessible for all.

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