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Beyond Mindfulness: The power of presence and meditation for healing and transformation

Event number: 17664
6 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Penny Fenner

Buddhist wisdom offers an array of methods, techniques and psychologically sound principles for transforming difficult emotional and mental states. The many different Buddhist traditions each convey this wisdom slightly differently. With this richness can also arise difficulty in knowing the right approach for you or your client.

This workshop will be rich in meditation practices and engaged inquiry, answering your questions, opening new avenues, deepening experience and confidence.

At this daylong workshop Penny will:

·      Convey the power of meditation and loving-kindness through structured and unstructured awareness and contemplation practices for transforming afflictive emotions and mental states.

·      Guide you through a range of practices beginning with mindfulness concentration.

·      Reveal the more integrative Buddhist practices that enable deep connection to the heart and the true nature of mind itself.  

·      Demonstrate how we can become increasingly comfortable, non-reactive and open to whatever is arising.

·      Share the links between meditation and being present in improving mental health.

·      Provide easily applied practices to deepen discernment, compassion and wisdom.

·      Explore which practices to avoid with clients in troubled states.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this workshop, participants will:

·      Understand different Buddhist approaches and traditions to mental health.

·      Describe the power in being fully present: what this means in real terms.

·      Be able to access more emotional resilience and psychological flexibility through guided practices.

·      Be able to foster greater awareness and ability to manage our judgments, blind spots and reactions.

·      Be able to experience opening the heart and the psychological benefits that result.

·      Understand the difference between knowledge and discriminating wisdom and how to foster the latter.

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About the presenter(s)

Penny Fenner is a psychologist and long term Buddhist practitioner and teacher. She has been teaching, supervising and guiding others in Australia, USA and Europe in the application of Buddhist wisdom for nearly three decades through group work, retreats and 1:1 sessions. She consults organizationally as well as maintaining a private practice.

Penny is passionate about making Buddhist wisdom relevant, accessible and able to be integrated into life. She is keen on dispelling myths and preconceptions so that others are able to integrate relevantly tailored methods personally and in their work with clients.

Penny is the author of “Essential Wisdom Teachings – the way to inner peace” (with Peter Fenner) and Healing from the Heart” in “Listening from the heart of Silence” (ed Prendergast and Bradford).


Location: Baptist Church - ground floor to the right as you enter building

The APS Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group was formed to foster exploration and engagement of the therapeutic possibilities that Buddhism offers. Therapists, students and interested individuals are invited to participate in workshops and forums to learn, share and enhance their knowledge and application of Buddhist wisdom in life and work.
we provide:
Ongoing professional development and education.
Peer supervision

Online registration


Wellspring Resource Centre
10 Y Street
Ashburton, VIC 3147
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 15/7/2017
End date: 15/7/2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm


Register before 2 June 2017, and save $20 on below prices

BPIG subscriber $245
BPIG student subscriber $120
APS member $295
APS student member $150
Non APS member $325


APS - Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group - National Committee
Contact Penelope Fenner
0411 554 007