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Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn & Dr Saki Santorelli Visit to Australia–November 2009


In November 2009, The Stress Reduction Centre in Australia Ltd had the pleasure of hosting the Australian visit of Drs Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli to Sydney, Australia.


150 participants from countries in the Asia-Pacific region participated in the 7 day professional MBSR residential retreat led by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr Saki Santorelli. It was an inspiring retreat, and many participants found the experience transformative, personally and professionally. A Dialogue Network of participants was initiated after the retreat, and members of the group continue today to share and exchange information and resources on mindfulness, and its applications to medicine, health and society.


During the visit, an evening of dialogue with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn was held at Westmead Hospital. The dialogue—The Crucible of Your Own Experience: Reflections in Dialogue on the Foundations of Mindfulness, Its Clinical Applications, and the Importance of First-Person Experience in Science, Medicine and Psychology—was jointly sponsored by Sydney West Area Health Services, Westmead Hospital, The Mental Health Services Centre and SRCAL. The dialogue was well attended by medical, health professionals, and researchers interested in learning more about mindfulness, MBSR and applying it to their work and research.


Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn also gave a public talk—Arriving at Your Own Door: Mindfulness, Healing and the Full Catastrophe of Everyday Life— at John Clancy Hall, University of NSW. It was attended by more than 800 members of the public.


For more information about mindfulness, MBSR and its applications to medicine, health and society, you are invited to listen to:

a) An interview by Sherre DeLys with Drs Jon-Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli on the program “Still Point

b) An interview by Rachael Kohn with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn on the program, “The Spirit of Things”

Selected photos:

Collaroy Centre, Sydney

Workshop leaders Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn & Dr Saki Santorelli

Daily meditation

Discussion session

Taking a break

Participants group photo

Opening ceremony

The audience

Jon Kabat-Zinn public talk