Nov 2017


Narcisissm.. is Buddhism a treatment? with Louise Fisher


From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other… “

A. Einstein

Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Venue: Crows Nest Community Centre, Crows Nest, NSW
Cost: $25 Members $15


Narcissism is a prevalent theme in contemporary society and of increasing clinical interest. Louise will present findings from her master’s thesis on narcissism. She will also discuss how aspects of Buddhism are a treatment for narcissism. Louise Fisher is a counsellor/psychologist with a private practice in Potts Point. She was formerly Director of Training of AABCAP’s Professional Training Course. Further information and Bookings here


In New South Wales

As an AABCAP Full or Associate Member you are welcome to advertise your Buddhist Related workshops, meditation groups, retreats or trainings.  For more information Click Here
 20 – 22 Nov (Byron Bay, NSW) Compassionate Mind Training: A Personal Practice Workshop with Paul Gilbert & James Bennett-Levy

Early Bird – before Oct 1st – $890; Full price $950
There are still professional development and training places in Compassion Focused Therapy with its founder Paul Gilbert.  Other trainings are available in Melbourne and Brisbane.  For further details and to registration visit

17-22 November Embodying Self-Compassion – A Buddhist Experiential Retreat for Women

In what ways can the body become our own best teacher, our seat of wisdom? What blocks this knowing, and what might release and deepen it? Immersing mindfulness in the body allows for steadiness, tranquility and wellbeing. Such practices support our our hearts to open with courage and self-compassion. We offer meditations in stillness, somatic and experiential practices, contemplative writing and enquiry.

Location: Hartzer Park, Bowral NSW Cost: $725 Basic $755 Benefactor rate (for those who can afford to subsidize concessions) Concessions will be available.  Contact:
For more information please visit:

Ongoing Meditation Group

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You are invited to an AABCAP Member’s home, join in group meditations in your local area.

Bondi First Monday of the month from 10am – 11.30am. Explore various meditations styles. Guest speakers.  No Experience required.  Contact Deborah on 0402 623 375 for more details.


In Victoria

As an AABCAP Full or Associate Member you are welcome to advertise your Buddhist Related workshops, meditation groups, retreats or trainings.  For more information   Click Here
15 – 17 Nov (Melb, VIC) Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy with Paul Gilbert

There are still professional development and training places in Compassion Focused Therapy with its founder Paul Gilbert.  Other trainings are available in Brisbane and Byron Bay.  Early Bird – before Oct 1st – $890; Full price $950
Further details and registration

29 Oct – 2 November APS – Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group (BPIG) – National Committee

This is the first time this training has been offered outside the USA. Filling up Fast
The BPIG is proud to present the Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance (MBEB) residential retreat – an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational group intervention that teaches mindfulness meditation and emotion training presented this time as a 4 day intensive training.

Dr. Gonzalo Brito,  deeply trained in mindfulness and other practices with Dr. Margaret Cullen,  is offering a retreat on MBEB in Australia, October 29 – November 2, For more info visit:  Contact:  Kellie Edwards  M: 0404 155 828 E:

Mindfulness and Nature retreats with Anja Tanhane (King Parrot Valley, VIC)

The retreats will include mindfulness meditation, nature meditation walks, Tai Chi, skills for incorporating mindfulness into daily life, resources for ongoing practice, and opportunities for group discussions and also quiet reflective times.

  • 10 – 12 November 2017

All retreats run from 7 pm Friday to 3 pm Sunday/Monday. Early bookings for these retreats are recommended, as they tend to book out quickly. For retreat enquiries and bookings, please contact the retreat centre directly. Location: King Parrot Valley

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course with Anja Tanhane

Starts 12th October, runs for eight weeks
Held at Livingstone Community Centre, Ivanhoe, Melbourne
Cost: $595, includes 8 weekly sessions and one full-day retreat, CDs and manual.
Contact Michelle Morris, 03 9499 1585
More details at

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In Queensland

As an AABCAP Full or Associate Member you are welcome to advertise your Buddhist Related workshops, meditation groups, retreats or trainings.  For more information   Click Here
29 Nov – Dec 1 (Brisbane, QLD) Compassion Focused Therapy – Advanced Clinical Skills with Paul Gilbert with James Bennett-Levy and James Kirby

There are still professional development and training places in Compassion Focused Therapy with its founder Paul Gilbert.  Other trainings are available in Melbourne and Byron Bay.Early Bird – before Oct 1st – $890; Full price $950
Further details and registration

Buddhism and Psychotherapy – Professional Training Course

Next Course Begins in Sydney July 2016
This is an innovative and unique postgraduate course integrating the wisdom of Buddhism with the art and science of Psychotherapy.

This training is suitable for those with a clinical qualification in areas such as psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, mental health nursing or social work. Applications are also encouraged from Buddhist Sangha who wish to develop their understanding of the value of psychotherapy in the support of Buddhist practitioners.

This is a two year part time course with 10 weekend modules and 3 retreats.

  • Be taught by a high calibre team of experienced multidisciplinary teachers including: psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, qualified meditation teachers, Buddhist monks and nuns.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of Buddhist psychology including concepts such as self/non-self and embodiment.
  • Engage in the awakening experiences of insight, compassion and equanimity.
  • Explore how Buddhist philosophy and psychology can deepen the therapeutic environment you offer to your clients.
  • Further your personal ethical growth as an essential dimension of being an effective therapist.
  • Deepen and refine your personal meditation practice.
  • Enhance your observational and interpersonal capacities.
  • Learn therapeutic applications of mindfulness to a range of psychological conditions.

This Professional Training course is a balance of theoretical and experiential learning by utilising a variety of resources: lectures; discussions; experiential and group processes; case studies; supervision; contemplation and meditation practices.

Learn with a community of like-minded people and an experienced multidisciplinary faculty. This is a unique and powerful experience for your personal and professional development.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. This course only runs every 2 – 3 years. Apply today for our next Professional Training Course, starting in Sydney in July 2016. Applications close on the 31st March 2016.


Contact Louise Fisher, directly by phone or email.

Email: Mobile: 0410 651 201

Course prospectus and application form are now available, click below to download:

Course Prospectus (PDF)

Course Application Form (PDF)

2016 Course Proposed Modules & Retreat Dates (PDF)


Dec 2015


Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Conversation with Liz Lobb

One of the greatest challenges currently facing health professionals is how to address the suffering of dying patients, particularly suffering that derives from psychosocial, spiritual or existential domains of the patients’ experience.


March 2016


The Awakened Feminine: Buddhism for Transformation – Sydney

Teachings and practices with Lama Palden on the awakened feminine from the Buddhist Tradition. This is part of a series of teachings, workshops and retreat with a foremost American Buddhist teacher and psychologist. This and related events are offered in conjunction with The Australian Psychological Society Buddhist and Psychology Interest Group

March 2016


Applications of Buddhist Therapeutic Wisdom: Beyond Mindfulness – Sydney

An Interactive workshop with Lama Palden and Penny which explores four key Buddhist themes: awareness, wisdom,love and presence. Lama Palden and Penny Fenner have been facilitating guiding others in the applications of Buddhist wisdom for over two decades. NTI Sydney 9am – 5pm

March 2016


Deepening Our Realisation of Presence: Weekend Retreat – Wilton, NSW

Two Day residential retreat with Lama Palden held in peaceful bush-land setting south of Sydney. The retreat is for practitioners ready to dive more deeply into meditation and embrace profound insight practices known to break through habitual thinking, feeling and being. EARLY BIRD RATE BEFORE 30th DEC 2015 only $480 or $450 BPIG and AABCAP

April 2016


AABCAP Conversations – A Meditative Psychotherapy

Presenter: Dr Eng-Kong Tan. A MEDITATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY Co-Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Dyad as Therapeutic Action Long term analytic work has to first begin with the “evenly-suspended attention” of the therapist helping the client to bring to awareness the previously unconscious.

May 2016


AABCAP Conversations – Raising Windhorse

Presenter: Carl Webster – Psychologist Trungpa Rinpoche says, “The result of letting go is that you discover a bank of self-existing energy that is always available to you – beyond any circumstance.  It is actually comes from nowhere but is always there.  It is the energy of basic goodness.”   Body, Voice and mind exercises for accessing windhorse.

June 2016


8th Annual AABCAP Conference – Beyond Mindfulness

Dive deep into the therapeutic and transformative power of Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy. Join us for 2 days of interactive workshops discussions and panels with leading Buddhist teachers and psychotherapists: including Subhana Barzaghi Geoff Dawson Mal Huxter Dr Eng-Kong Tan …Almost Sold out – some workshops still available, please contact us directly via email if you are interested

June 2016


AABCAP 8th Annual Conference 2016 Buddhist theory and practice in therapy

Dive deep into the therapeutic and transformative power of Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy. Join counsellors, psychotherapists and other health professionals as we move beyond the modern mindfulness movement and explore the therapeutic power of Buddhist inspired meditation and psychology. (more…)

09 2016


AABCAP Conversation: Mindfulness a tool or a path?

AABCAP Conversations in Buddhism and Psychotherapy

There has always been a lack of scientific consensus on the finer details and definitions of mindfulness.  (more…)

Nov 2016


Recent Developments for Mindfulness-based therapists

Past, Present and Future

This seminar casts an exciting look to the future horizons of mindfulness based therapies in Australia and internationally. (more…)

April 2017


Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Conversation – “Cultivating Joy” with Subhana Barzaghi

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Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Venue: Crows Nest Community Centre, Crows Nest, NSW
Cost: $25 Members $15

Joy is one of the   Immeasurable‘’ qualities of an open peaceful heart.  We will explore the 8 pillars of Joy that we can cultivate to sustain a deep sense of lasting happiness and well-being in a changing world.  The talk will cover Buddhist teachings on Joy, a guided meditation and draw from exercises in Positive Neuropsychology to enhance, install and embody this uplifting quality of joy.

Subhana Barzaghi is a Zen Buddhist Roshi & senior Insight meditation teacher.  She teaches regular intensive Zen and Insight meditation retreats and leads workshops throughout Australia & New Zealand.  Bookings: here


May 2017


Compassion in Action for Helping Professions

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Renew and Deepen with Chrissie Koltai and Dr Eng-Kong Tan

Time: 10:00am- 4:00 pm (6 CPD points)

Venue: Crows Nest Community Centre, Crows Nest, NSW
Cost: $250 AABCAP Members $200

This one day workshop will cover theory and practice of Compassion for the therapeutic dyad.  The focus of the day will be on experiential exercises cultivating compassionate in our heart and minds via meditations, mindfulness and sensory movement.  A unique day seminar that will leave you feeling nourished to the core.

Chrissie Koltai is President of AABCAP and a psychotherapist in private practice. Trained in Self Psychology and takes an analytic and relational approach. Chrissie brings vast experience in theatre, movement and training in body awareness.

Dr. Eng-Kong TAN, consultant psychiatrist and analytic psychotherapist is Founder President of AABCAP. He is Adjunct Professor at Nan Tien Institute which is developing towards being Australia’s first Buddhist University.  Bookings: here

June 2017


Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Conversation – “Karuna in Action”

“Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into action are like colourful flowers that have no fragrance.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Venue: Crows Nest Community Centre, Crows Nest, NSW
Cost: $25 Members $15

Come along and be inspired and hear stories of compassionate action that are changing people’s lives and transforming human suffering at a corporate and community level.

We are pleased to offer the generosity and wisdom of two speakers:

KK Lim, President of the Association of Engaged Buddhists

Prior to dedicating his life to social work-related activities, KK Lim worked as a senior banker in several countries. He was the founder and director of a corporate training business in Hong Kong that assisted companies to improve internal staff communication and foster appropriate leadership coaching skills. Now KK is a Buddhist practitioner involved in various initiatives to alleviate the suffering in disadvantaged communities both in Australia and overseas. He is the current President of the Association of Engaged Buddhists. KK’s talk includes reflections on past and current projects such as working with the ill, poor and refugees and helping people enhance their generosity and compassion through action. He will discuss regular teachings and meditations that assist people to overcome their challenges.

Barbara Jones, Founder and Director of Executive Mandala

Barbara  specializes in leadership development corporate arena as a specialist in the field of human change. Her work in this area is based on the principle that when technically competent business leaders learn to become personally aware, and strengthen their mental resilience, they work more easily within high pressure scenarios typical of today’s corporate environment. Barbara is a long-term advocate of the use of mindfulness as a front-end capability in bringing about sustainable human change. While living and working in India, Barbara discovered Buddhism. She is on the Board of Directors of Disability Services Australia and is a registered member with AABCAP and PACFA. The focus of Barbara’s talk is about how she incorporates and uses compassion as a major foundational platform of support for executives attempting to make significant behavioural change in the way they operate in their roles.

To Reserve your seat Book Here

09 2017


Interfaith Spirituality and Psychotherapy – Still some places available!


“If we take the world’s enduring religions at their best, we discover the distilled wisdom of the human race. ” ― Huston Smith

Time: 10:am-4:00pm
Venue: Crows Nest Community Centre, Crows Nest, NSW
Cost: $180 AABCAP Members $150  F/T Students $50

The effectiveness of spiritual and religious interventions in therapy is now well recognized. This one day seminar will feature contributions from psychotherapists of different faiths and traditions, Buddhism, Christianity, Muslim and Hindu. Powerful personal stories of how spiritual and religious wisdom and practices translate into the work and life of psychotherapists in diverse contexts and clinical populations. An opportunity for interfaith dialogue.    See program   HERE


Dr Loyola McLean (Christian) is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and a Lecturer in Psychiatry. She studied Arts/Medicine at the University of Sydney and went on to specialise in psychiatry. Her interests in both research and clinical aspects of psychosomatic medicine and the psychophysiology of affect regulation are grounded in experience and training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and the Psychotherapies.

Dr Tanveer Ahmed (Muslim) is a psychiatrist and author working in both private practice and at Bankstown Hospital. He is also an elected local government representative. His most recent book is a look at the cultural rise of mental health called “Fragile Nation.”

Dr Sunita Misra (Hindu) is a Senior Specialist Psychologist with the Benevolent Society of New South Wales. She has nearly 20 years’ experience as a psychologist working clinically with diverse client groups. Sunita has a special interest in the treatment and psychotherapies of children and adults with intellectual disability and mental health, issues.

Geoff Dawson (Buddhism) is a psychologist in private practice in North Sydney.  He was one of the founders of AABCAP and has a life-long interest in the integration of Buddhism and Psychotherapy.


 DATE: Saturday 9th September 2017

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: Crows Nest Community Centre  2 Ernest St Crows Nest NSW                                  

COST: Standard $180,  AABCAP members $150  F/T Students $50

Refreshments including morning and afternoon tea provided. 

More info and Bookings HERE