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About Mindful Institute

Mindful Institute delivers award winning, comprehensive and evidence-based training in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Counselling. All courses are industry-accredited and graduates can apply for professional insurance, ensuring they have the right cover to start a rewarding career in Meditation Teaching, Meditation Therapy, or Holistic Counselling.

Founder & Lead Trainer

Laurie Arrowsmith

Laurie started the Mindful Institute so that similar minded people could experience the life-changing power of meditation and holistic health. Laurie lived with depression and anxiety for most of her 30s and frequented the offices of different psychologists, psychiatrists, and traditional counsellors, with little to no effect on her ill-mental health. It wasn't until Laurie turned to a more holistic approach to her health, that she started making profound leaps forward in her mental health and wellbeing.

Laurie has worked in the mental health sector as a counsellor, life coach, trainer, and educator, for over a decade. She has worked both within community services organisations, and in her private practice. She has worked with individuals, couples, substance-users, victims and perpetrators of family violence, and enjoys running support groups for women and men of all ages. Laurie has also taught mental health units at RMIT University.

Laurie has a particular interest in parenting, having worked with 100s of parents to support them through some of the many challenges posed by parenthood. Laurie's parenting programs and parent coaching focus on a relationship-based model, with a big emphasis on emotional intelligence and gentle, mindful parenting methods. Laurie lives in Melbourne, Victoria with her husband, two neuro-diverse children, and their menagerie of pets.


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"It's not that I no longer experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, but that I now have the right tools to get through them."

Laurie's qualifications

  • Mindful Institute Meditation Teaching & Holistic Counselling Courses
  • Certificate in Chair Yoga 
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Qualified
  • Diploma of Mental Health
  • Mental Health First Aider Qualified
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Professional Certificate in Adolescent Counselling
  • Graduate Certificate in Family Violence
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • Certificate in Holistic Training & Assessment
  • Certified Inspired Spirit Life Coach
  • Certified Peaceful Parenting Coach
  • Certified in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Tuning in to Kids & Tuning in to Teens Certified Trainer





Multi-Award Winning Courses
M&A Today 2023 Awards
Corporate America Today 2023 Awards
Corporate Vision Award 2021 & 2023
M&A Today 2022 Awards
IMTTA Approved Training Provider

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