Mindful compassion is a psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation practice, providing teachings and practices in an accessible and safe space.

 

My wish is to share the wisdom and daily practices so as to benefit others and thereby create a community which supports and uplifts one another.

Mindful compassion celebrates tenderness with self, an open heart and authenticity in all aspects of life.

OFFERINGS

20 LIVES 20 FUTURES

Change4Twenty

Bi-monthly mindfulness classes are offered to this group of 20 disadvantaged students to assist them in an incredible chapter of their lives, where they will be taught and mentored by leading figures in the Franschoek hospitality industry.

 

Being able to make valuable use of this opportunity requires qualities which mindfulness can certainly help instill and develop. These include increased concentration and focus, improved physical wellbeing and an ability to regulate emotions more skilfully.

Buddha Statue

Adult Workshops

These workshops offer the participants an opportunity to experience a retreat in an urban setting. The workshops are held predominantly in silence and allow for much needed tranquility and quiet.

 

Various different types of meditation techniques are offered as well as a short teaching centred around the theme of the workshop.  This workshop allows for the myths surrounding mindfulness and its associated practices to be unpacked and a contained space is provided for learnings to be integrated. 

Individual Sessions 

The individual sessions are centred around the cultivation of authenticity and compassion. These offerings are held in the Paarl and Franschhoek areas. 

 

Alexia is passionate and curious about working with people who wish to walk a path of accessing their own wisdom, honoring both their struggles and capabilities. 

 

She has a special interest in depression, anxiety and chronic illness and is curious about developing ways to help those living and working with these emotions to be functional whilst respecting their suffering at the same time.

Brene Brown's Daring Way™
 

Alexia is one of four clinicians in South Africa to be trained to facilitate the work of Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way™. She is in the final stages of her year-long professional training. She describes the journey to be “one of the greatest gifts one could afford oneself as a statement of worthiness”. The training and journey work is based on Dr. Browns seminal works, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong (The Gifts of Imperfection and I thought it was Just Me but it Isn’t, also underpin the Daring Way). 

 

Alexia ’s mindfulness training forms the backdrop to her approach to Dr. Brown’s work which she feels allows her to offer it in a way that creates gentle spaces to land and explore the central focus on vulnerability, courage, shame, and wholeheartedness with kindness and authenticity. 

 

Alexia currently runs groups focusing on either the Daring Way or Rising Strong. She also offers individual sessions for those preferring to work at their own pace. 

School Program

The .B program forms part of the Mindfulness in Schools Programs (MiSP) established in the UK in 2009. The .B program is a comprehensive and thorough multimedia program which typically runs over 10 sessions. It is targeted at the age group of 11 to 18-year-olds.

 

As young people are usually offered myriads of ways to help them to think, evaluate, critique, plan, etc, they are not always given the tools which help them to navigate their school stressors be that turbulent emotions, conflicts in friendships or with families, dealing with workload, exam pressures, and self-image concerns, to name a few.

 

This program allows for the students to safely engage with these concerns and start to approach them with less reactivity and more discerning wisdom and boundaries. 

Classmate Educate Friend Knowledge Lesson Concept

"Please call me by my true names,

so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,

so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,

so I can wake up, and the door of my heart could be left open,

the door of compassion."

Thich Nhat Hanh

©2020 by Alexia Montanari