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Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Monash University via FutureLearn


Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve performance

Stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the answer. Research shows that when you’re not deliberately paying attention to something, your brain goes into default mode causing increased anxiety and poor communication. Mindfulness can help end this unproductive behaviour. In this online course, you’ll learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life, to reduce stress and improve your personal and professional life.

This course has been recognised as one of the highest rated online courses of all time by leading course aggregator Class Central

This course is for anyone, because everyone can benefit from mindfulness. No previous experience of mindfulness is required. We will explain how mindfulness works, but above all this is a practical course. We will ask you to explore different mindfulness techniques and reflect on your experience.

This course is not designed to be therapeutic for significant health problems so if you have any concerns in this regard then it is recommended that you speak to a suitably qualified health practitioner.

Taught by

Dr Richard Chambers and Dr Craig Hassed

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4.9 rating, based on 209 reviews

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  • Ronny De Winter completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Mindfulness and meditation are good counter activities for today's over-saturated information age.
    The course provides a handful of exercises of different size and complexity where you can choose from to include in your daily life.
    Don't forget to do so, make one or more of them part of your daily practice and become a more happy person.

    This is one of the highest-rated FutureLearn courses, an ideal course build a first experience with the platform. FutureLearn is quite different from Coursera and edX, but for this type of courses, it is a perfect fit. Amongst these platforms, FutureLearn provides the best mobile experience and social collaboration features.
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was an amazing course. The theory to explain the science behind mindfulness was accessible and interesting and the practical tasks consolidated the learning and showed students how to apply this to our lives. I feel so empowered by what I learned from this course. Wonderful to have two charismatic leading academics who are also practitioners lead the course. The feedback videos at the end of the week were very useful, addressing any questions learners had. Can't say enough good things about this MOOC. It was extraordinary. Thank you to all involved.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is an excellent introduction to mindfulness. It has scientific evidence to back it up and although I approached it from a more spiritual side I really welcomed the scientific approach and I think this would suit a lot of people. I feel able to continue to practice mindfulness on my own but would definitely do this course again when it runs as a refresher. Excellent tutor, resources and I felt part of the learning community through discussion and comments online. I can't praise this course enough. I suffer from depression and anxiety and the course is helping me manage these better too.
  • Anonymous
    This was a fantastic course - highly recommended. Mindfulness is often shrouded in a lot of mystery, and even though I've dabbled in meditation here and there, the comprehensive overview of mindfulness offered here greatly enriched my understanding of...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have taken this course 6 times, and have registered to participate again. It is life changing and one of the best MOOCS I have studied. The course can be studied at different levels, with a wealth of additional material available.nThe two charismatic educators have pitched the course at the right level. They provide excellent meditations available for download. They also provide weekly feedback sessions. The moderators are extremely active in their support for learners. Finally the learners themselves provide a community of support for each other
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Interesting and highly practical course, which was supportive in learners growing. Excellent material that was challenging, but attainable. Weekly feedback videos from lead educators answered questions learners had during the week. It's really changed my life for the better. Great course. Highly recommended. Thanks to everyone involved.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you so much to Monash Uni, Craig, Richard and Sherelle. The course was really well structured, facilitated and sign posted. I had an interest in meditation and mindfulness and this course gave me a great introductory insight into the theory, ideas...
  • Anonymous
    This was my first experience of Mindfulness and I found the course very easy to follow. The laid back delivery of the subjects from Craig and Richard made for a very enjoyable period of learning. They explained things in easy to understand terms and were...
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    Claudia Castillo
    Well I can say I had heard of mindfullness before but I didn´t have a clue what is was about, I wasn´t aware of how much I could be interested in this topic. Everything on this course was about cultivating, I even cultivated my interest not only to apply...
  • Anonymous
    A very practical and straight-to-the point course. The contents are incredibly clear and ready to be applied in our daily life. The extra links to scientific research, which supports the facts presented on the videos and texts, encouraged me to keep on practising (mindfulness does work!). I've loved the format (combination of videos and texts, 3h-dedication per week, 1-month total duration, etc.) the teachers, and mentor. What a great team! Now I understand why so many learners register for this course again and again. We not only learn essential tips to increase our wellness, but also are guided by a caring and supportive team. What a revealing and pleasant course. Thanks a million for this, really.
  • Anonymous
    I found this course fascinating and really helpful in beginning to establish a mindfulness practice of my own. There was a wealth of material available, and many opportunities to explore particular aspects of mindfulness in more detail. The key learning for each week was clearly presented in an easily accessible format. However, it was the support of a mentor throughout the course, and the warmth and encouragement of the lead tutors that made the experience so special. My understanding of mindfulness has changed and grown, and I feel I now have the tools to start making a real and positive difference to my daily life and wellbeing. Thank you so much to all the team at Monash!
  • Anonymous
    Brilliantly engaging course led by highly skilled professors/practitioners with support from a caring mentor to guide discussion forums. I sought a mindfulness class to deal with the aftermath of a fully unexpected malignant cancer and aneurysm diagnoses so as to be able to savor each moment of life, unencumbered by sad thoughts of my unknown future. How I wish I would have been introduced to mindfulness by these amazing academics years ago! Whatever you do, please find the time to take this class. You will be grateful, because in only four weeks and despite anything thrown your way, you will have the skills to "stop and smell the roses" ... all day ... everyday.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed this course immensely. I liked the scientific evidence provided in the course material and the course itself was logically organised and well paced. The discussion forum and the weekly feedback sessions allowed the participants to feel engaged and gave a more personal feel to an online course. I shall definitely revisit the course material regularly and I would recommend the use of the teachings in this course as a lifestyle choice.
  • Anonymous
    So much to praise about this course, where to start?
    Content, excellent, resources, excellent, course ambience, excellent, tutors Craig and Richard, excellent, mentor Sherelle, excellent...her caring, encouraging, course knowledge and advice, all excellent. Course length, four weeks, understandable but sad when it comes to an end, bitter sweet. I wanted it to go on.
    Also, the learners add mightily to the completeness of the course. Providing personal insights and recommendations for additional learning in a compassionate way.
    It’s a life changing course for a better you. Are you ready to change your life for the better?
    Do this course.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have completed several MOOCs on a variety of topics. This was by far the best in terms of course content, management, mentor interaction and facilitation from the two course leaders. Subsequently learner interaction was very high and there was no sense of learning remotely. I am a learning and development designer and I hold this course up as an exemplar on many levels.

    For me personally it was a great experience. I learned a lot about mindfulness and benefitted from it greatly.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Without doubt the best MOOC I have taken. If you are receptive to the ideas and sound academic principles, this course could change your life. It is supportive, inclusive and led by two brilliant educators supported by mentors. Weekly feedback on YouTube responds to learners questions and comments as they have arisen that week. Cannot recommend highly enough.
  • Margarita McElroy completed this course.

    Superb. Excellent material, presented with expertise, skill and - so important - compassion. In addition to the two educators, who gave extra weekly feedback videos, the course had the active and helpful involvement of two mentors.

    I would give it six stars if that were possible
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    Jose Fabian Villa
    I totally enjoyed this well-designed and taught course. The instructors are pretty knowledgeable and have an excellent way of presenting the tools and insights, as well as the science to back them up. You can appreciate mindfulness from the moment you start the course and it is presented in an easy-to-follow format. Even its sections and the title are mindfully designed. Whether you are just curious or are already practicing mindfulness in your daily life, you will find this course truly valuable.
  • Craig and Richard were fantastic presenters. They were interesting, worked well together, informative, knowledgeable, science-based and inserted humor to make it fun! It was a super enjoyable course. I really looked forward to the new weeks, the videos...
  • Anonymous
    I have found this course interesting, fun, practical and very helpful. It was recommended to me by a friend and I have already recommended it on to friends and family. Of course maintaining mindfulness in my further life will require practice and quite possibly further courses. This 4 week course has been a great introduction for me and the feeling of benefit gained within these four weeks will help motivate me further My sincere thanks to Craig and Richard and also to Cherelle.

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