Ebook - out now!


Do you find yourself feeling exhausted, stressed, burnt out or overwhelmed?

Do you find yourself over-reacting to the smallest things?

Modern life has never been more stressful. The demands of balancing full time work with the responsibilities of family, coupled with the rise in technology that sees us constantly “on” 24/7 has resulted in a stress epidemic. The Western world has never been more affluent, but we’re time poor, and we’re paying a high price for trying to manage these competing responsibilities.

We know that chronic stress makes us vulnerable to a number of mental and physical health disorders.

But there is another way.

Mindfulness practices contain the wisdom of the contemplative traditions, coupled with an evidence base grounded in contemporary science.

The benefits of a regular mindfulness practice are well documented, and include:

  • Changes to both the structure and function of the brain
  • increased ability to manage stress
  • reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • enhanced quality of sleep
  • improved immune function
  • increased ability to regulate emotions
  • improved wellbeing and happiness


Turning Toward what matters: An introduction to mindfulness practice aims to introduce foundational mindfulness practices to you in a way that makes it easy to develop your own regular practice.

This ebook is based on the renowned Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. MBSR is an 8-week program, developed in 1979, and has been shown to be effective in enhancing wellbeing in both clinical and non-clinical populations. 

Covered in these pages is:

  • Exactly what mindfulness is, and how it may differ from the other forms of meditation
  • The science and evidence base behind mindfulness
  • How toxic chronic stress is for your mental and physical health, and how mindfulness helps you manage stress
  • Working mindfully with thoughts and emotions
  • How to integrate mindfulness into your daily life


Are you ready for greater physical vitality, ease and a balanced emotional life?

Are you ready for enhanced connection and richer relationships?

Are you ready to bring the benefits of mindfulness practices into your working life, with greater focus, productivity, and calm?

Well, it all starts here, with your own practice. Weaving mindfulness practices into your relationships, your work, your health and everyday life.

What people are saying

"As a trainer, I am always interested in obtaining new solutions to old problems.

Mindfulness has been around for a long time, but this resource is new and exciting. In four short yet highly relevant chapters, this resource comprehensively explains what mindfulness is and what benefits you can obtain from it.

It has been written by someone who practices what she preaches. Rachel walks her talk. In my capacity as a trainer to child protection professionals, it is important that these workers are:

  1. able to identify their own feelings of discomfort;

  2. know how to respond rather than react to them; and

  3. recognise the same processes in the clients they are employed to assist.

I have had the benefit of being trained by Rachel. For those of you who are unable to attend her workshops, this resource will be useful for you.  

I can’t recommend it highly enough".

Mark Tanti
Senior Consultant
Learning Consultancy and Design Team
Centre for Learning and Organisational Development
Department of Health and Human Services, Melbourne

"Rachel should be congratulated on bringing together such a comprehensive, thoughtful and sensitive approach to the important work of mindfulness.

There is no doubt in my mind that the work of psychotherapists, psychologists and other mental health practitioners is best delivered when both practitioner and client alike are working from a mindfulness space. In order to create the changes we seek in the therapeutic space, the most important journey we will make is inwards.

From the technical perspective of neuroscience, there is nothing more integral to our ability to change lifelong patterns than a practice in mindfulness. To have the courage and discipline to 'lean in', both as therapist and client, is to truly seek to better know and understand ourselves and each other. Rachel's work in this regard is, I believe, enormously helpful and should be a fundamental tool in all therapist's kit bags".

Lyndall Russell
Psychotherapist & Facilitator
MASS (Counselling) Dip Psych Dip Law

Included in this Package is:

  • Over 40 pages on the theories behind foundational mindfulness practices
  • Useful tips on managing challenges that may arise in developing your own practice
  • Worksheets that support you  in tracking your practice
  • Six Downloadable Audios that guide you through the practices


About Rachel

Rachel brings over 18 years experience as a social worker, working with individuals, groups and organisations.

Rachel has trained with a number of world leaders in the areas of mindfulness, stress reduction and emotional regulation, including Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the Centre for Mindfulness , University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Rachel is also accredited to teach Cultivating Emotional Balance programs after training with Dr Alan Wallace, a renowned Buddhist scholar and Dr Paul Ekman, an academic and psychologist, and international expert on the field of emotions. The CEB program was developed under the guidance of H. H. Dalai Lama for secular populations.

Rachel has trained a variety of professional groups in mindfulness skills, including delivering professional development training with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

You can download the FREE excerpt version of the Ebook below...