Thursdays 2, 9, 16, 23 June
19:00 - 20:00
Each term Nalandra offers a 4-week meditation course led by two experienced meditators, Michelle John and Michelle Menzel. They bring meditations from ancient, verifiable techniques. One will be amazed at how simply the mind can settle, and one can experience new horizons to life, love and health related matters. To cover running costs, there is a small fee of $10 per session, or you can sign up for the full 4-week course for $30. Anyone is welcome to explore. Please register for the first class using the link below.
Thursdays during school terms
18:15 - 18:45
Anyone who has attended the Meditation fort Life course is welcome to come along to guided meditation sessions on Thursdays during school terms. Led by Michelle J or Michelle M, the 30-minute sessions include a 20-minute guided meditation and 10 minutes for Q & A. The sessions are free though donations are always welcomed.
Michelle John took Refuge as a Buddhist in 2007. She has practiced and taught Shamatha meditation at Jamchen Buddhist Centre, now Serkhang Nalandra in Healesville. A freelance cellist,
Michelle has performed with Orchestra Victoria and with quartets in Melbourne and overseas. She has taught cello for 30 years and composed music for the award-winning documentary ‘Salt’ and
Circus Oz. Michelle is a published author and speaker on the topic of contemplative music. She is a Reiki practitioner, writes poetry and has a sweet dog named Hazel!
Michelle has been practicing meditation for the past 15 years. She works as a Clinical Psychologist and volunteers at Nalandra. After participating in a mindfulness in psychotherapy course in 2007, she took refuge as a Buddhist and went on to develop meditation skills through retreats, study and practice. She completed a Buddhist meditation (calm abiding) teacher course in 2009. She has conducted mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy groups and has led meditation sessions at Jamchen Buddhist Centre and Nalandra.
Michelle is raising two children and enjoys walks in nature, cycling, pottery, woodwork and cooking. She appreciates the challenges we face in balancing the various demands of our busy lives, and attempts to bring meditation into everyday life to unlock one's innate capacities for calmness, clarity, wisdom and compassion, ultimately liberating ourselves from suffering so that we can be of benefit to others.
Thank you for your interest. Please leave a message if you'd like to be informed when registration for term 3 opens, or if you have any questions about the Meditation for Life Course or guided meditation sessions.