Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

Melbourne Meditation Pod

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Topic: Meditation for collective wellbeing and cultural change in schools, workplaces and communities.

The Meditation Association of Australia invites meditation teachers, meditation teacher training students and health and wellbeing professionals to attend the second Melbourne Meditation Pod meeting.

The Pod events aim to create a welcoming environment for teachers to meditate together, debrief about their teaching experiences, promote understanding across various different forms of meditation, provide opportunities for linkages and knowledge sharing and most importantly to celebrate the joy of working in this unique industry.

The event will be hosted by experienced meditation teachers and MA members Matthew Young (Melbourne Meditation Centre) and David Packman (The Fifth Direction). Our guest speakers represent a spectrum of successful yet contrasting meditation-based organisations: Murray Paterson (Potential Project) Michael Inglis (The Mind Room) and Janet Etty-Leal (Meditation Capsules).

The dialogue will consider how meditation and mindfulness, when introduced at an organisational level, can positively impact community development and cultural values. Beyond the use of meditation for individual personal development and/or recovery, how can meditation teachers approach and develop programs to enhance collective wellbeing? How can we assist schools, workplaces and communities to recognise that the health of every individual is inextricably related to the health of the whole society? How can we help others to see the collective value of simply slowing down?

With a collaborative approach, borne out of the valuing of each other’s unique perspectives, the Pod meeting will explore important issues raised by these questions.

MA Continuing Professional Development: 2 points

Annual General Meeting and Celebration Dinner

This Pod event follows the Annual General Meeting (Prana House, 4.30 - 5.30pm) and Celebration Dinner (Masala Craft, 851 High St, Thornbury, 5.30 - 7pm)

The dinner consists of a three course vegetarian banquet and lassi at a cost of $30 (plus booking fee).

Registration is essential as places are limited.

For further details and to register for the dinner please click here.

This Pod meeting is a free event for Meditation Australia members. A limited number of spaces are available to non-members learning to teach meditation or offering meditation as part of a professional health and wellbeing practice.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member with Meditation Australia.

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Nov
25
to Nov 26

'Warrior's Heart' Men's Meditation Retreat

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Join David for a weekend men's retreat in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. We will explore the nature of modern masculinity through discussion, meditation and workshops on topics such as heart intelligence, music and the mind, breath, movement and energy.

The workshop begins informally on Saturday afternoon/evening with a meditation and discussion before we invite Lily Isobella, a pleasure and intimacy guide from The Yoniverse, to lead us through a powerful session - an invitation to explore our existing connection to the divine feminine. 

The next morning will begin with a meditation, hike and beach swim. On return, David will be joined by experienced facilitators Len Bennett and Stephan Skov for a series of sessions which will ensure the 'Warrior's Heart' retreat is one of profound self-discovery and brotherhood.

Following a powerful breathing session and ice immersion led by David, who was trained by 'the ice man' Wim Hof himself, the morning will conclude with a conversation over lunch at the neighbouring local winery.

For more, check out "Hidden in Plain Sight" - Finding Your Warrior Within

Book your place here.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26, 2017
Time: Arrive 4:00pm on Saturday. Workshop concludes at 1:00pm on Sunday (followed by optional winery luncheon)
Venue: Iluka Eco Retreat
Investment: $185 (plus optional $40pp winery lunch)

 

 

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Nov
27
7:30 PM19:30

'Turn Inward' @ Madam Heap

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Join Madam Heap fortnightly for an hour of meditation with experienced guide David Packman. The sessions provide inner tranquility while offering the opportunity of a deep inward journey of discovery and transformation. They combine contemporary mindfulness and heart-based techniques with a spiritual essence, as David draws inspiration from both the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism as well as traditional meditation practices found within Kabbalah.

The sessions are always informative and entertaining, and suitable for beginners through to advanced practitioners. 

Dates: Fortnightly on Monday evenings
Venue: Madam Heap, 106 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park
Time: 7:30pm–8:30pm
Investment: $30 (or a 4-pass for $100)

Book here or via the MIND BODY app on your phone.

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Nov
29
7:00 AM07:00

'Warrior Within' @ Madam Heap

"Meditation is a practice that is useful for men from all walks of life. Centuries ago, warrior classes across many different cultures used meditation to instil a clear mind and a courageous heart." 

David now hosts weekly "Warrior Within" men's meditation sessions at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park.

The sessions involve an interactive and open discussion around the nature of masculinity along with a guided warrior meditation.

The underlying concepts of David's "Warrior Within" workshops have been covered by the Meditation Association of Australia, The Good Men Project, The Mighty, The Art of Healing and more.

Click here for more info.

The sessions are suitable for previous warriors as well as newcomers. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. 

Dates: Weekly on Wednesday mornings
Venue: Madam Heap, 106 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park
Time: 7:00am–8:00am
Investment: $30 (or a 4-pass for $100)

Book here or via the MIND BODY app on your phone.

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Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

'Meditations On Death: A life-affirming experience'

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After recently hosting his "Meditations on Death" workshop at the Sydney Festival of Death and Dying, David will be presenting it once again, this time hosted by A-SPACE in Collingwood.

Contemplating death and dying is a core principle in meditative practice and David understands a full life involves a much closer relationship with death than many of us currently have. Drawing on his own experiences, as well as lessons from historical influences such as the Stoics, the Samurai and Buddhist traditions of conscious dying, David will guide workshop participants through a powerful death-bed meditation as well as discuss the concepts and underlying philosophy of such a practice. The workshop will also include a series of related exercises which focus on the pivot point where life is given and taken away – the breath.

Read more from David about this topic at The Good Men Project.

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 7.00pm–8.30pm
Investment: $55
Book here.

 

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Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

'The Big Chill 3' @ Madam Heap

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Due to the overwhelming success of the first two workshops, we are once again offering "The Big Chill" - an opportunity to participate in an incredible journey through breath and meditation followed by a life-affirming dip in the ice!

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Certified Wim Hof Method Instructor David Packman will lead us through a technique that is comprised of three primary components: breathing exercises, focused meditation and cold exposure. These elements combine to put you back in touch with your chemistry and your own true nature, alkalising and super-charging your body to bring about tremendous benefits to the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. Additionally, the technique has a significant impact on inflammation which research shows can improve depression and anxiety. 

This is a complete and comprehensive workshop with David - who was trained by the 'ice man' Wim Hof himself - personally supporting you throughout. It begins with an explanation of the current science behind the Wim Hof Method and an open discussion and Q&A with David about his own transformative experience with Wim, before moving into the breathing and meditation practice. All followed by a life-affirming experience in the ice.

Held at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park, this event takes place in the privacy of their meditation studio and rooftop terrace. It is suitable for first-timers as well as those wishing to revisit the experience.

Date: Sunday December 3
Time: 9am–11.30am
Investment: $60

Book here or via the MIND BODY app on your phone.

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Dec
10
7:30 AM07:30

Ice UP! @ Urban Projuice

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Join us at Urban Projuice as certified Wim Hof Method Instructor David Packman takes us through a technique that involves breathing, meditation and a dip in the ice. These three elements combine to put you back in touch with your own true nature, alkalising and super-charging your body to bring about tremendous benefits to the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems.

The day begins upstairs with a brief discussion on the technique with David, who was trained by the 'ice man' Wim Hof himself, before moving into the breathing and meditation practice, all followed by a life-affirming experience in the ice, right on the front deck at UP.

Date: Sunday December 10
Time: 7.30am–9am
Investment: $25

Limited to 20 people and spaces will go fast, so get in quick!

Book here.

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Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

'A Flowing Stream' @ Spiritgrow

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David and Zoe Kanat are hosting a four-week meditation series at Spiritgrow on the topic of water. All welcome. No prior experience with meditation necessary.

Dates: Mondays, Nov 6 (David), Nov 13 (Zoe), Nov 21 (David), Nov 27 (Zoe).
Time: 7:00pm-7:45pm
Venue: Spiritgrow, 226 Balaclava Rd, North Caulfield
Entry: Your wellbeing is free of charge

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Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

'Shaman's Heart' @ Madam Heap

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The heart serves as point of integration for all human experience. It supports and guides us toward the full realisation of our true nature. However, where would you point if you were asked to name the place where your consciousness is located and decisions are made? Your head, right? Our primal ancestors would respond by touching their hearts. They understood the heart’s innate wisdom and its ability to perceive and decipher the world around them. 

Now's the time to make that most important of journeys -- from our heads to our hearts.

Bringing together the powerful music of Byron Metcalf, proven HeartMath techniques and much more, we will practice heart-based meditations that entwine the modern science of the heart with ancient Shamanic wisdom to bring forth and nurture the innate virtues of our heart.

The four-week "Shaman's Heart" series has had great feedback from previous students and is suitable for everyone. For more experienced meditators, these techniques will help take your skills to the next level. Spaces are limited.

Join certified HeartMath instructor David Packman at Madam Heap in Middle Park and learn how to create a heart-conscious life. 

Date: Monday, October 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Time: 7.30pm–8.30pm
Investment: $150 ($120 early bird)

Book here or via the MIND BODY app on your phone.

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Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

'Meditation as Medicine' @ Madam Heap

Ancient wisdom told us of how the mind had influence over the body’s potential to transform and heal, but it is only relatively recently that science has begun to back this up. This session is for people facing health challenges as well as their carers, family and close friends.

The meditation practices undertaken during the session combine mindfulness, heart-based consciousness and focused inner healing, allowing the body to more readily do what it is naturally designed to do. Heal and thrive.

David is well-placed to lead such an important practice, being a registered meditation teacher with further qualifications in epigenetics and geobiology. His journey with a rare form of blood cancer informs his own practice as well as his teaching. As such, he fully understands the broad range of life issues surrounding a chronic health diagnosis.

Proudly supported by The Leukaemia Foundation.

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Join David at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park.

Date: Sunday, October 15
Time: 9am–10am
Investment: $30

Book here or via the MIND BODY app on your phone.

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Oct
8
2:30 PM14:30

'Meditations' @ Sydney Festival of Death and Dying

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David will be facilitating a workshop at the upcoming Sydney Festival of Death and Dying to be held October 8-9 at Critical Path, 1c New Beach Road, Rushcutters Bay.

Contemplating death and dying is a core principle in meditative practice. Drawing on his own experiences, as well as lessons from historical influences such as the Stoics, the Samurai and Buddhist traditions of conscious dying, David will guide workshop participants through a powerful death meditation as well as discuss the concepts and underlying philosophy of such a practice. The workshop will also include a series of related exercises which focus on the pivot point where life is given and taken away – the breath.

More info and tickets for the Sydney Festival of Death and Dying can be found here.

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Aug
20
9:00 AM09:00

A Morning of 'Heartfulness'

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Science has shown us that the heart has the most powerful energy field in our body, but where would you point if you were asked to name the place where your consciousness is located and decisions are made? Your head, right? Our indigenous ancestors would respond by touching their hearts. They understood the heart’s innate wisdom and its ability to perceive and decipher the world around them. They acknowledged the limitations of relying solely on the mind.

In this three-hour workshop, we will practice heart-based meditations that realign our hearts and minds, helping us to rejuvenate and rebalance. This not only provides effective stress management but can also improve mental functions such as perception, intuition and creativity. Research has also shown that regular practice offers significant health benefits by improving immune function and much more.

This workshop is suitable for everyone; no previous experience is necessary. For more experienced meditators, these techniques will help take the benefits of your mindfulness skills to the next level. Spaces are limited.

Join David at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park and learn how to truly live a heart-conscious life. 

Date: Sunday 20th August
Time: 9am–12pm
Investment: $95 ($75 early bird before August 1)

Book here or via the Mind Body App.

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

MPN Meditation Group

David is hosting a free-of-charge weekly meditation for people with Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN), a rare blood cancer which often comes with a slew of difficult-to-manage daily symptoms. The group is also open to carers and close friends.

The sessions will be held at The Sauce in Albert Park each Tuesday at 7pm for one hour, as well as live at the ANZ MPN Community Facebook page for those who cannot attend in person or reside outside of Melbourne.

Beginning with a general discussion, the meditation includes a body scan with a deep dive down to the DNA, focusing on mindfulness, heart energy and inner healing.

Research has shown that meditation reduces stress and anxiety by speeding up cortisol recovery as well as lowering inflammation by down-regulating associated genes; thus allowing the body to more readily do what it is naturally designed to do. Heal and thrive. Combined with the many other benefits, regular meditation practice can be very helpful when challenged with a chronic condition such as an MPN.

If you would like to join the group, please email david@t5d.com.au.
 

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Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Leukaemia Foundation Wellbeing Forum

David will be discussing 'meditation as medicine' as a keynote speaker at the Leukaemia Foundation's upcoming Wellbeing Forum, an education event aimed at exploring the complexities of wellbeing including the combination of physical, financial and emotional health factors.

See details here.

Date: Wednesday 28th June
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Location: AAMI Park Olympic Blvd, Melbourne

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Mar
14
to Apr 18

HeartMath Intensive

"The wisdom of our hearts is the true connection to our authenticity and power."

David is running an intimate six-week HeartMath course at The Sauce in Albert Park. The sessions run from 7pm-8pm every Tuesday beginning March 14 until April 18, 2017. This course is SOLD OUT.

WEEK 1:
Introduction
Building and sustaining personal resilience
Physiology of coherence

WEEK 2:
Intuition
Heart intelligence
Heart-focused breathing™

WEEK 3:
Inner ease™
Quick coherence™

WEEK 4:
Relational energetics
Energetics of communication

WEEK 5:
Expanding skills
Additional tools and techniques

WEEK 6:
Establishing a new baseline

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