The Community Mindfulness Project

Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

                                              For our farmers and rural community in the Hurunui

The Community Mindfulness Project presents two events especially for Hurunui residents; both on scientific and practical ways to build resilience.

                               “You can’t stop the waves….but you can learn to surf!” Jon Kabat Zinn

Life and farming are always going to be unpredictable and uncertain, however hard we try to control the variables. What we can do something about is how we approach difficulties and ourselves, how quickly we bounce back.  These events cover a range of proven practices that provide a buffer and support us when we experience inevitable stress and hard times.

The Community Mindfulness Project: A collaboration between Mindfulness North Canterbury,  Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust and Logan Smythe and Associates to bring free science-based resilience and wellbeing courses, workshops and podcasts to North Canterbury, made possible by AIA Vitality.

Building Resilience 5 Week Course: Hurunui

Build a resilient brain and a resilient community, together.  

5 consecutive Monday nights

Starting 22 Feb 2021

22 Feb,1 March, 8 March, 15 March, 22 March 2021

6.15pm to 7.35 pm

Glenmark Pavillion, Waipara Domain, Cnr Church Road and Glenmark Drive, Waipara.

Group is limited to 18 places and is by registration only. If you want to check there are still places available then email me on

Details of course here

Register here

Your facilitator and course developer

Kate Brandram-Adams:         Reg mental health nurse and mindfulness teacher.

Kate lives in rural Hurunui. She is passionate about using her professional training and experience to support community wellbeing and resilience by providing science-based courses and workshops, right here in her beloved Hurunui. For the locals by a local.

With 27 years as a mental health clinician and extensive group facilitation experience, she provides a safe and professional environment for people to learn and explore.

Mindfulness North Canterbury

Is a local social enterprise that focuses on providing the most up to date science based positive mental health, wellbeing, and resilience-based training to rural communities.

For more information on Mindfulness North Canterbury and Kate then visit

                                                     MINDFUL SELF COMPASSION WORKSHOP

Science based stress reduction by being on your own side.

We are often led to believe that treating ourselves mean is the best way to motivate ourselves and prevent mistakes, but what if that wasn’t true? What if how we treat ourselves is the missing link in how stressed we are? Life is always going to be stressful, but how we approach ourselves and our “humanness” can make a big difference as to how stressful that is.

This 4hr workshop provides both the theory, science, and research findings alongside practical exercises to take with you. (it is not therapy)

The workshop will cover the following:

  • The science stuff: The proven benefits and physiology of self-compassion
  • Dispelling common myths and barriers
  • How to be more on your own side to reduce stress in your life
  • Follow up resources

Take the self compassion quiz

11 April 2021

1-5 pm (light afternoon tea included)

Glenmark Pavillion, Waipara domain, Cnr of Church road and Glenmark drive, Waipara.

By registration only Register here

Further details here

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

The Government has announced it will expand its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions.

An extra $900,000 has been allocated to help farmers, with the current large-scale adverse event expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago.

The move will ensure feed support services can continue, animals are well cared for and that extra wellbeing assistance will be available to more farmers affected by drought.

Recovery and resilience coordinators will be employed to help coordinate support between Rural Support Trusts and industry groups, enabling affected communities to bounce back quicker.

You can read the Minister’s media release here (See attachment):

Updated drought classification maps can be found on MPI’s website:

Current situation:

Large-scale adverse event classification for drought


Added to the classification, with extra support until 30 November 2021.

Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago regions.

Support extended until 30 November 2021.

Marlborough, North Canterbury, and the Chatham Islands.

Support continued until 30 June 2021, when it will be reviewed.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson, and Tasman regions, and Manawatū, Rangitīkei, and Tararua districts.

Below are some details you may find useful:

Which regions have been added to the large-scale adverse event classification?

The area covered by the large-scale adverse event classification has been expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago. Those regions are extremely dry and need extra recovery and wellbeing support.

Which areas will receive extra drought support until 30 November 2021?

At this stage it will be Marlborough, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, and the Chatham Islands.

Why are some areas being removed from the large-scale adverse event classification?

The Taranaki region, and Ruapehu and Whanganui districts, will be formally taken out of the large-scale adverse event classification on 30 June 2021. Those areas have received good rainfall, soil moisture levels have recovered and they no longer require extra support.

What will the extension mean for farmers?

It will enable affected farmers to continue to acc

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