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Lisa Forde

Australian Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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About me

Lisa is the founder and course author at the Australian Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness (ACMM) which provides meditation teacher training and short courses.

Lisa started facilitating meditation groups 15 years ago and she loves sharing this inspirational healing tool with others.

From her own meditation teaching experience, Lisa developed a unique technique for guiding meditation. Members of the group accelerated their personal growth quickly and long running members of the group asked her ... to teach them her technique so that they could start teaching. This was the beginning of her meditation teacher training course, and it has since been developed and expanded to include many more techniques and teachings.

The courses taught at ACMM have evolved organically through her own curiosity and need. Lisa has gone through a deeply holistic, personal and professional research process in creating both the core meditation teacher training and the electives, as well as being mentored by teachers such as Alannah Dore and Ken and Elizabeth Mellor.

ACMM is a heart-centred holistic environment for students seeking a deep experiential learning experience with compassionate teachers. It attracts a broad range of students and supports them in deepening their own personal practice, assists in supporting a career change into meditation and mindfulness, or adding these modalities into an existing wellness business.

Meditation has been a part of Lisa’s life since she was 16. She turned to meditation during her final year of high school and later returned to it in a more committed way to help her through very tough times. Meditation has allowed Lisa to experience herself as a wiser and more expanded person by removing herself from the limitations of her current thinking, allowed new solutions and helped to relieve stress.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Melbourne University and has a Diploma in Holistic Living Counselling, Advanced Certificate in Counselling Children Holistically and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. She is also a Reiki Practitioner.

She is also the Treasurer of Meditation Australia and has been a Board Member for a number of years, enjoying this role and the peer connections that have blossomed.

Lisa knows that taking time for yourself is the greatest gift that you can give yourself on a daily basis. Mediation can become a fundamental practice that brings health, wellbeing and support to you for the rest of your life, like a trusted friend. The benefits flow in all directions of your life and those you come into contact with.

Join Lisa and her team at ACMM to learn to guide meditation intuitively and run meditation groups, courses, workshops or retreats in any environment.
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Education and training

BA in Psychology at Melbourne University
Diploma in Holistic Living Counselling
Advanced Certificate in Counselling Children Holistically
Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
Reiki Practitioner

Holds a relevant Working With Children Check


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Discovery call session

A discovery call will provide an opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding about your current challenges, goals and pain points. ... This is a key opportunity for us to start building a relationship and understand how I may be able to assist you.

You can also learn more about my expertise and knowledge, the success I have had in helping others with similar issues, and consider whether my offerings will be able to meet your needs.

Ultimately, a discovery call helps to determine if there is a good fit and we can decide if we would like to take the next steps together.
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This is a one time free session
15 min
Bringing Mindfulness Home

Bringing mindfulness home offers a beginners program to learn more about mindfulness and how it can support you in your daily life. This program ... contains step by step techniques and activities that support you in incorporating this ancient art into your life.

In this elective, you will learn how it can be done easily and simply; dispelling myths and misconceptions around mindfulness.

You will learn to use the supportive RAIN technique and look at how to apply various practices that form the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The program also includes easy to apply breathing techniques, grounding, body awareness techniques and much more.

You will be able to give these techniques a go on your own and also be guided with audio recordings.

You will be guided in applying mindfulness in everyday moments and creating a regular mindfulness practice, taking some time out for you.

This program supports the quieting of incessant mind chatter and helps to reduce stress. It delves into a variety of mindfulness techniques so that you can find the one/s that fit best for you. It offers ways to support a number of issues and challenges faced in modern life.

Finally, the program offers a follow up coaching call to complete the journey which gives you the opportunity to connect with a teacher and share your experience.
This program is a 20 hour elective and includes written feedback and a coaching call.

It provides credits towards the Advanced Certificate in Guiding and Teaching Meditation.

This course is taught by Julie Bond-Rowe and you will receive a one on one coaching call with her.
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20 hr
265 AUD
Journaling for Clarity - A 6 week guided daily program

Journaling for Clarity is one of ACMM’s courses for the Advanced Certificate in Guiding and Teaching Meditation and Mindfulness. It can be ... completed as a stand-alone program with credits towards your Advanced Certificate. It combines journaling and meditation into a daily program for self insight.

Meditation is one component of holistic self-care. We need other activities to take care of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. Preceding meditation with journaling is an excellent way to clear the mind and process the day’s events. It helps to shift emotions and bring clarity and insight. Most of all, it helps us to reconnect to our inner selves, which can bring greater depth to our meditations, allow less obstructed entry into meditative states and open the way to deeper insights about ourselves. I find it also helps inform the most appropriate technique and focus to utilise in my meditation time as I can bring specific soothing through meditation to particular issues running in my life.

This daily 6 week journaling program is designed for use alongside your daily meditation practice. It contains specific activities that can be translated for use with groups as well as healing activities.

This program covers:
the validation of feelings
transforming negative feelings
building self-esteem
building inner resources
healing emotional wounds as well as
opening your heart to the wonder and joy of life.

This course is fully supported by your coach and includes a Zoom support call and written feedback.

This course is designed for responsible adults of sound mind and is for educational purposes only. It does not replace counselling, psychiatric or medical support. Participation is voluntary and proceeding to undertake this course is an indication that you agree to take responsibility for your well being.

This course is taught by Leanne Russell.

6-8 weeks, self-paced
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20 hr
265 AUD
Online Meditation Day Retreat

Enjoy a day of nurturing morning of relaxation practices guided by Lisa Forde.

2021 dates to be announced.

7 hr
150 AUD