Cultivating The Heart

A course of workshops training in mindfulness, kindness, compassion, joy and peace.



Malcolm Huxter

Mal Huxter (MAPS, AABCAP) is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.” Routledge 2016. A practicing psychologist for 25 years, he has been teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities to the general public, a range of cultures, clinical populations, therapists and other professionals since 1991. He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s. As well as Theravada he has trained in other Buddhist and spiritual traditions. For more information about Malcolm see:



Instructors: Malcom Huxter

Date/Time: Feb, March, April and May 2017

Cost: See below...

Location: The Sanctuary, 17 Tasman Way

Byron Bay, NSW


Over 8 Saturdays in February, March, April and May 2017 in Byron Bay, NSW

Train in the basics of insight and serenity meditation. Balance and transform painful emotions and psychological imbalances by cultivating mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, joy and peace. Suitable for

both personal and professional development.

Workshop 1:

"Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness"

Two Saturdays:

Saturday 4/2/17 and 11/2/17

Workshop 2:

"Mindful-Compassion: Ancient path, current therapies"

One Saturday:

Saturday 4/3/17

Workshop 3:

"Balancing Emotions and Cultivating the Heart"

Four Saturdays:

Saturdays 11/3/17, 1/4/17, 8/4/17 and 6/5/17

Workshop 4:

"Cultivating the Heart of Joy and Appreciation"

One Saturday:



Collectively these workshops will aim to enable participants to:

- Understand and practice insight and serenity meditation

- Understand and practice mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity as meditation practices as well as ways of being in daily life

- Understand and practice ways to heal and transform destructive thoughts, emotions, and psychological patterns to awakened, insightful and serene ways of well-being

- Balance emotions

- Engage in practices that incline towards genuine happiness and away from reactive habits that lead to misery

- Enhance sublime relationships with oneself and others

- Approach difficult relationships with self and other using warm friendliness, compassion and equanimity

- Cultivate appreciation and gratitude

Who are these workshops for?

These workshops are suitable for anyone, lay or professional, who aspires towards the above aims. Though experience in meditation will be an advantage it is not necessary for Workshop 1 & 2. Previous experience with meditation is a requirement for workshop 3 & 4. The workshops would be helpful as professional development opportunities for therapists, educators and programme leaders. Medicare rebates are possible for up to 10 sessions for some individuals on GP’s Mental Health Care Plans.

Format: The sessions will include meditation training and practice, short talks, experiential exercises, small and large group discussion, optional movements and home practices.

Costs for registration:

Whole series of workshops including at least 7 days = $640 (Early Bird before 16/1/17) ,

Workshop 1 only = $220 (EB before 16/1/17) ,

Workshop 2 only = $110 (EB before 16/2/17),

Workshop 3 only = $420 (EB before 24/2/17),

Workshop 4 only = $110 (EB before 22/4/17) .

Participation in individual days is possible with negotiation for those with experience (such as those who have attended others courses, workshops or retreats) cost = $110 per day.

With prior agreement, a rebate claim of $31.65 per session is possible after the group is completed for some individuals on a GPs Mental Health Care Plan. Bookings with deposit (minimum $50) after Early Bird dates involve a late fee of 10%.

Please book early as places are limited.


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