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Meditative classes

Through the Life Now program, we provide the following meditative classes:

Life Now Meditation

Meditation can generally be defined as a self-directed practice for relaxing the body and calming the mind. Meditation can help to improve quality of life for people with cancer. Research suggests it is useful for treating chronic pain and insomnia and can help in reducing anxiety, stress and blood pressure.

Life Now Meditation is offered to people newly diagnosed with cancer or currently undergoing or recovering from treatment. This program is offered at an introductory level for 6 weeks. Classes run for 1 hour each week, and primary carers are also welcome to attend.

Upcoming Meditation classes in 2019 (6 week program)

Program Time Day Start Date **
Midland  12:30pm Wednesday 7 August 
Riverton  10.30am Wednesday 7 August 
Rockingham 11:30am Friday 9 August
Shenton Park 9:00am Friday 9 August
Wanneroo 10:00am Monday 1 October

   

*  Details are subject to change and minimum number required
** Registrations close two weeks after the start date. Please complete an expression of interest to be informed of  future classes.

 

To register for a meditation program or for more information, please call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 and select 'speak to a nurse' or complete and submit an Expression of Interest form.

 

 

Life Now Tai Chi

In addition to the general meditation classes, we also offer tai chi. Research has found that participating in tai chi can have positive effects on fatigue levels and quality of life. Some studies have shown that tai chi can improve functional capacity including muscle strength and flexibility.

Life Now Tai Chi is offered to people newly diagnosed with cancer or currently undergoing or recovering from treatment.This gentle program is offered at an introductory level for 6 weeks. No prior tai chi experience is required to participate. Classes run for 1 hour each week, and primary carers are also welcome to attend.

Upcoming Tai Chi classes in 2019 (6 week program)

Program Time Day Start date**
Wanneroo 9:00am Tuesday 30 July 
Busselton 
11:00am Thursday 1 August 
Bunbury 11am Thursday 24 October

* Details are subject to change and minimum number required
** Registrations close two weeks after the start date. Please complete an expression of interest to be informed of future classes.

 

To register for a tai chi program or for more information, please call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 and select 'speak to a nurse' or complete and submit an Expression of Interest form.

 

 

Life Now Mindfulness

During Mindfulness-based therapies, participants are taught to experience the present moment nonjudgmentally, so that they are not excessively thinking of past or future stressors, which can lead to negative thoughts associated with depression and anxiety.


Cancer Council WA invites people affected by cancer and their carers to take part in these free mindfulness classes. Life Now Mindfulness is stress management program that is facilitated by an experienced instructor.

  • This 8 week program runs for 2 hours each week.
  • Participants will be invited to attend a mindfulness retreat as part of the course.
  • During these sessions, participants are provided with practical coping techniques to counter the effects of cancer-related stress.

What previous participants have said about the mindfulness program:

“The course gave me practical ideas to help me stay positive and worry less.” 

“The course was very helpful for my decision making concerning my cancer. Generally I believe that I’m a better person and better able to cope with good and bad times.”

“I enjoyed the stress management course enormously. It helped me at a bad time for me and I now feel I can follow the facilitator’s teachings myself.”

“It is an excellent program run by an excellent facilitator who practices what he preaches and is non-judging. I especially loved the ability to chat and share with other participants about our shared experiences.”

“I got a lot out of the stress management course and feel more able to take each day as it happens.”

“All in all it was a great course. I learnt a great deal and it helps me daily to cope with difficult situations. It’s amazing how you can learn to control the mind and therefore your emotions and reactions.”

“I loved the retreat day!”

“The course was very well organised. Each session had a theme which offered new insights and learning. The course was appropriately challenging and engaging.”

Upcoming Mindfulness classes in 2019 (8 week program)

Program Time Day Start date
Duncraig TBC TBC October - November
Hilton TBC TBC October - November
Midland TBC TBC October - November

   

*   Details are subject to change and minimum number required
** Registrants can attend mindfulness once only.

To express an interest in future programs, please complete and submit a Life Now Expression of Interest form.

Other non-Cancer Council WA mindfulness classes are also available through Meditation for Wellbeing, Openground, Yoga Space and Mind and Movement. Although these classes are not affiliated with the Cancer Council WA, they provide different avenues to access Mindfulness programs.

For more details or to register for the Mindfulness classes,

please call the Life Now Project Officer on 6389 7820.

 

 

Life Now Mindful Art

Our Mindful Art program provides a basic understanding of mindfulness concepts, delivered through simple art classes. By focusing on the creative process rather than the final product, participants are encouraged to be more present and increase their self-awareness.

Life Now Mindful art is a 6 week program, running for 1.5 hours each week. As this is a beginners course, no prior art experience is required to take part. Primary carers are also welcome to attend.

Upcoming Mindful Art classes in 2019 (6 week program)

Program Time Day Start date
Shenton Park 9:00am
Saturday
5 October 

* Details are subject to change and minimum number required
** Registrants can attend mindful art once only.

 

To register for a mindful art program or for more information, please call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 and select 'speak to a nurse' or complete and submit an Expression of Interest form.