Making meditation and yoga accessible to all members of the community

Community organisations

The need for meditation and mindfulness at community organisations

The level of health and wellbeing of Australians is relatively high compared with other countries although there are significant disparities in the health outcomes of certain population groups within Australia. Those often most susceptible to mental and physical health issues due to poor diet, unemployment, family breakdown, housing issues, etc – low income earners, people living in public housing, new arrivals – are the same people who are often unable to access yoga classes and meditation courses.

Community health and not for profit organisations, because of the health services they provide, have existing relationships with low income earners, people living in public housing and new arrivals and are therefore well positioned to host a yoga and meditation program on their premises, as well as support and promote the delivery of such a program. These organisations generally provide healthcare and support to people on low incomes who may or may not be living in public housing. In the communities in which these health organisations work, access to employment and education is limited and participation in the social and cultural life of the community is compromised.

What we offer

Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation delivers meditation and mindfulness courses and yoga classes to clients of community health  and not for profit organisations. The courses are affordable and culturally appropriate, and are tailored to meet the needs of the group. We currently run yoga classes and meditation courses for migrant women living in public housing. We also offer classes and courses to public housing residents more generally.

Where required, we work with community and not for profit organisations to source funding from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporates as well as local councils.

An evaluation undertaken on Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation’s meditation and yoga program run at Collingwood and Carlton Housing Estates between 2013 – 2015 outlined the impacts of the program on participants. Download the Mindfulness without Barriers evaluation report: making meditation and yoga accessible to all.

Enquire about courses and workshops today

Interested in running a meditation course or workshop at a community organisation you work with? Contact Alana via alana@melbournemindfulnessfoundation.com or 0409 137 053

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