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Half day workshop


Naturally at Ease

Mindfulness and Meditation

with Dr Ian Gawler

Ian will present an overview of the Buddhist view of how the mind works, and practical meditation techniques to help you access your mind’s vast potential for happiness and wellbeing. Drawing on 40 years of meditation practice, Ian outlines techniques that have helped many people ameliorate stress, anxiety and burnout.

Ian says, Many people confirm that when they meditate, they feel so much more at ease, content, energized, focused and at peace, but when they go back to their everyday life they quickly get caught up in the busy-ness once more and lose it. This highly experiential session will focus upon how to bring the practice of mindfulness and meditation into your daily life so this calm, clear and peaceful mind can be with you always.

Suited to both beginners and the more experienced, we will meditate together and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.


About Dr Ian Gawler

Dr Ian Gawler is a retired veterinarian, long term cancer survivor and international best-selling author. Ian has been a student of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1985 and from 2006 to 2013 trained in the study and practice of authentic Buddhist teachings on meditation, mind, compassion and wisdom in Rigpa via the Institute of Wisdom and Compassion in France. He has also received teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many other teachers from across all traditions. Ian is closely involved with the Inter-Faith movement.

Ian has a long-term interest in the mind and wellbeing and his books include the ground breaking You Can Conquer Cancer and Blue Sky Mind. He co-founded the world’s first lifestyle-based self-help programs for both cancer and MS. More recently he has been involved in developing a therapeutic meditation app Allevi8, and in establishing Centres for Contemplative Studies at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Dr Gawler holds a Masters in Counselling and in 1987 he received the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the community.


Event type: Half day workshop

Where: 158 Australia St, Newtown

When: Saturday 2 July 2022

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: Full: $60. Concession (seniors, students, under 30's)/Rigpa subscribers (members): $30, Benefactor $90.

Rigpa’s policy is that financial difficulties should not be an obstacle to attending our courses. If this is an issue for you and attending this event, please contact us at

Suitable for: both beginners and the more experienced


COVID information for attending Rigpa sessions at our centre

Throughout the pandemic, our goal at Rigpa Sydney has been to keep everyone safe, while ensuring everyone can maintain their study and practice. All our classes and group practices are available online.

Rigpa Sydney asks that you only attend your class, practice session or event in person at our Newtown centre if you are fully vaccinated. Among our regular volunteer role holders and students are a number of people with health conditions that make them vulnerable, should they be exposed to someone infectious with COVID. We appreciate your consideration.

This has been a difficult decision made in consultation with many people in the sangha, and we understand it won’t accommodate everyone’s wishes. We will review our approach regularly as the situation with the pandemic develops.

If you have not been vaccinated and wish to attend a particular session at the centre in person, let’s discuss your circumstances. Please contact us at

2nd July, 2022 from 10:00 AM to  1:00 PM
158 Australia Street
Newtown, NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9211 5304
Course Fee(s)
Full A$60.00
Concession/subcriber A$30.00
Benefactor A$90.00