Cultivating the heart: A course of workshops in Byron Bay, NSW Feb-May 2017

Cultivating the heart: A course of workshops in Byron Bay, NSW Feb-May 2017

Cultivating the heart. A course of workshops training in mindfulness, kindness, compassion, joy and peace

Eight Saturdays over February, March, April & May 2017

Venue:  The Sanctuary, 17 Tasman Way, Byron Bay, NSW.

Facilitator:  Malcolm Huxter, Clinical Psychologist


Workshop 1: Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness  (two Saturdays-4/2/17 and 11/2/17)

Workshop 2: Mindful-Compassion: Ancient path, current therapies  (one Saturday-4/3/17)

Workshop 3: Balancing Emotions and Cultivating the Heart  (four Saturdays-11/3/17, 1/4/17, 8/4/17 & 6/5/17)

Workshop 4: Cultivating the Heart of Joy and Appreciation  (one Saturday-13/5/17)


Collectively these workshops will aim to enable participants to:

  • Understand and practice insight and serenity meditation
  • Understand and practice mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity as meditation practices as well as ways of being in daily life
  • Understand and practice ways to heal and transform destructive thoughts, emotions, and psychological patterns to awakened, insightful and serene ways of well-being
  • Balance emotions
  • Engage in practices that incline towards genuine happiness and away from reactive habits that lead to misery
  • Enhance sublime relationships with oneself and others
  • Approach difficult relationships with self and other using warm friendliness, compassion and equanimity
  • Cultivate appreciation and gratitude

Find a link to the session by session overview of the course here: Cultivating the heart-overview

Who are these workshops for?

These workshops are suitable for anyone, lay or professional, who aspires towards the above aims. Though experience in meditation will be an advantage it is not necessary for Workshop 1 & 2. Previous experience with meditation is a requirement for workshop 3 & 4. The workshops would be helpful as professional development opportunities for therapists, educators and programme leaders. Medicare rebates are possible for up to 10 sessions for some individuals on GP’s Mental Health Care Plans.

Format: The sessions will include meditation training and practice, short talks, experiential exercises, small and large group discussion, optional movements and home practices.


Dates and times:

  • 8 Saturdays: 4/2/17, 11/2/17, 4/3/17, 11/3/17, 1/4/17, 8/4/17, 6/5/17, & 13/5/17.
  • Two sessions every Saturday: 9.00am-12.00pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm.
  • Optional silent retreat for workshop participants at no additional cost from 9am-4.30pm on Sunday 14/5/17


Costs for registration:

Whole series of workshops including at least 7 days = $640 (Early Bird before 16/1/17) ,

Workshop 1 only = $220

Workshop 2 only = $110

Workshop 3 only = $420

Workshop 4 only = $110

Participation in individual days is possible with negotiation for those with experience (such as those who have attended others courses, workshops or retreats) cost = $110 per day.

With prior agreement, a rebate claim of $31.65 per session is possible after the group is completed for some individuals on a GPs Mental Health Care Plan. 

Please book early as places are limited.

For more detailed information and registration forms contact Mal Huxter

Here is a link to download the registration form in Word  registration form in Word for cultivating the heart workshops Feb-May 2017

Here is a link to the registration form as a PDF registration form in PDF for cultivating the heart workshops Feb-May 2017

To register email completed registration form to:

For further information contact Malcolm on

Mob 0431768299   or

May you be well and happy