Meditation Sunshine Coast was founded by ME – Michelle Eckles. 🙂
I began meditating during a particularly challenging period of my life but I didn’t find it easy to start with. I couldn’t sit still for more than five minutes or count to ten breaths and just didn’t feel like I was getting the full benefit or doing it “properly” using an app and trying to teach myself. Over the next few months and years I discovered various wonderful teachers and educators and began feeling and realising the benefits of a regular meditation practise. I no longer went into a complete meltdown when faced with a challenge and felt more at peace, more focussed and more productive. This has had a profound effect on my personal and business life from being a single parent to managing events for people like the Obamas, to then losing that events job thanks to COVID. I emerged with a passion and dedication to teaching the techniques of meditation to adults and teens, to give them a life skill and coping mechanism other than alcohol, drugs, self harm, eating and just being busy.
As a result of learning these methods, people become more present, aware and mindful, which in turn has endless benefits from learning to cope with stress and process emotions to increasing focus and creative abilities, being kinder, more thoughtful and less reactive. With ongoing practice they will find that they can handle change, loss and disappointment without so much anger and fear, enabling them to respond more appropriately and responsibly to the difficulties they may experience in their lives. Meditation isn’t just about breathing and relaxation, it’s a powerful life skill that if taught, especially at an early age, can increase well being, emotional intelligence and resilience – creating a ripple effect in our community and wider.
I live with two teenagers (one of each), two ragdoll cats (one of which thinks he’s the Dalai Lama’s cat) and a pomeranian puppy.
Over the past few years I have taught the following meditation classes, programs and workshops:
- Meditation for Kids 8-12
- Meditation for Teens 12-16
- Introduction to Meditation for Adults
- Introduction to Meditation Workshops for Adults
- Art Meditation Workshops
In 2019 I closed down my meditation studio and in 2020 my focus is on reaching more people by providing:
- Online Meditation Courses
- Mindfulness and Meditation for Teens in high schools and school camps
- Mindfulness & Meditation Workshops and Programs for Adults in the workplace
- Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation courses (4 week program from Mindfulness Works)
- Community classes (check Facebook Events page for upcoming classes)
- Facilitated Labyrinth Workshops
- 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching for adults
- 1:1 Calm Tools Coaching for kids and teens
The information, exercises and meditations on this website and our meditation workshops, programs and classes are intended for general interest and use and not as therapy or treatment for any mental or physical condition.
Please seek the advice and services of a professional health practitioner for the treatment of any disorder or if you are at all concerned about your physical, mental or emotional wellbeing.
I am a qualified, registered and insured Meditation Teacher and have completed the following education/qualifications:
“Meditation Teacher Training – Module 1” (Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation) with Ian Gawler
“Advanced Certificate in Guiding and Teaching Meditation” through the Australian Centre for Mindfulness and Meditation
“Mindfulness for Well being and Peak Performance” with Professor Craig Hassad & Dr Richard Chambers (Monash University)
Kids Yoga Teacher Training – Foundations (kids age 5-12) + Yoga in Schools – Secondary
Calm Coach Training
Level 1 “Connected Kids – Teaching Children Meditation” with Lorraine Murray (author, therapist & meditation teacher)
Julie Bond’s (Coach at the Australian Centre for Holistic Studies) “Meditation for Children program”
“Meditation Capsules: A Mindfulness Program for Children” with Janet Etty-Leal (author, speaker, educator, teacher & Meditation Association of Australia board member)
Qualifications, certifications and registrations:
Meditation Sunshine Coast
0438 915 830
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