Improve concentration, manage anxiety and chill out.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teenagers and Young Adults

(MBSR-T) with Vanessa Lansdown

Dates: Term 4 – Wednesdays, 24th October to 28th November 2018

Time: 4.45 – 6.15pm


Stress is a given but being stressed out is optional.


We all face stress. Whether it’s a big maths test, being late, or having a disagreement with a friend. Stress is a normal reaction in the body that creates the necessary nervous system activation to handle challenging tasks. However, it becomes a problem when we do not allow that stress to settle.


Research shows that people who expect stress are actually less stressed. When we let go of the notion that things will always be easy and will always go our way, we are more prepared to handle the difficulties life throws at us. Stress is a normal reaction to difficulty, it is not your fault or something you have done wrong and the best part is there is something you can do about it.


Have you heard about mindfulness meditation?

Do you know what it is? Or how it can help?


Check out these videos to get more of an idea.


Guess who else meditates?

  • Le Bron James
  • Katy Perry
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Miranda Kerr


You don’t have to be famous, anyone and everyone can benefit from meditation.


So, what are the benefits?

Support yourself through high school, the HSC or first year university. Thrive instead of just survive, by managing the challenges life throws at you. Ride the waves of life feeling more positive and in control.


Check out this info graphic on benefits of meditation:


What is involved and included in MBSR-T

  • Six-week, 90-minute classes, including group activities, meditations, stretching and lots more
  • Guided meditations for home practice
  • Personal workbook
  • Individual feedback and support from your teacher.


Who can participate?

Anyone aged between 14–19 years who wants to:

  • Manage anxiety and stress
  • Support yourself through the senior years of school or first year university
  • Learn lifelong positive ways to look after yourself.


This course will give you a practical and theoretical experience of mindfulness empowering you to practice mindfulness on your own without a teacher or an app.


Group size – Maximum 15 students (so sign up with a friend or two)

Debunking the myths about meditation:

  • You will get distracted
  • Your mind will wander
  • You will not be a blank slate
  • You will have thoughts
  • You will have feelings
  • You can move
  • You do not have to sit in the lotus position
  • You can meditate anywhere
  • You do not have to close your eyes
  • Everyone and anyone can meditate
  • You will not levitate.


About the teacher

I am a registered Psychologist and have been facilitating workshops in high schools on topics such as bullying, drugs and alcohol and body image. I also work with Smiling Mind (the not for profit app-based mindfulness company). I have been meditating for over 15 years, as it helps me to feel more optimistic and manage my stress. Outside work, I am married with two teenage daughters and I love swimming in the ocean almost every day. I enjoy working with young adults/teens and I look forward to meeting you.



For further information and any questions please contact Vanessa Lansdown on, via mobile on 0424 364 248


MBSR-T was created by Gina Beigel, a therapist with extensive experience working with teens in the USA. It takes its foundation from the adult MBSR program which has tons of research into its benefits for physical and mental health. MBSR-T has been adapted it to suit your younger developmental, cognitive and attentional abilities. Basically, it has been enhanced to fit in with your amazing teenage/young adult brain, mind and body.