To be a changemaker in making meditation a widely accepted mainstream activity.
To establish the meditationHQ Community as a household name.
Our community officially launched in December 2018 under the name ‘Making Meditation Mainstream’ (MMM) by Jason Partington, in response to an alarming increase in suicide rates and mental health challenges experienced in the Northern Beaches community of Sydney.
Mindfulness meditation is now recognised as an effective treatment for mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression.
MMM, as it was colloquially known, was a proactive initiative to provide the community with free, weekly opportunities to experience the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in a very accessible way, without religious or overly spiritual overtones.
The sessions offered more than just meditation, they were a beacon of positivity during challenging times.
Making Meditation Mainstream sessions offered support and friendship, shone a light on themes like gratitude, sharing, kindness and environmental care.
Most of all, MMM provides space for belonging and affirmed an appreciation of Life.
December 2018, the first Making Meditation Mainstream flag was placed on Avalon Beach and Jason began offering weekly meditation sessions at sunrise to his local community, thus began Sunrise Saturday Sessions.
Sunrise Saturday Sessions are now accessible to the communities at 14 locations across NSW and 1 in WA.
In late 2021, Making Meditation Mainstream changed its name to ‘the Sit Community’
From 01 June 2023, the movement will be known as:
“I imagine a peaceful world full of joy & happiness. And if meditation is a source of ‘that’ happy hormone, by making meditation accessible to our communities, we are spreading happiness one meditation session at a time.”
Lorelie Luna Ladiges morphs between roles as a Practicing Alternative Therapist, a Parent’s extra set of hands as a Nanny and a Volunteer for mHQ since 2019, specializing in clearing too-hard baskets and general behind-the-scenes operations. Lorelie is based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
My name is Hedda (or Heds), and I was lucky to be able to introduce the Sit. to WA at Fremantle, Bathers Beach in June 2022.
I love being part of this community because what’s better than connecting with yourself through breath, together with other beautiful human beings? Finding presence and stillness in this simple, yet powerful meditation by the ocean – I love feeling this collective, grounding energy that makes me feel happy and at ease. It is such a beautiful offering and I am grateful this space exists for all of us to always come back to.
meditationHQ has had a long and strong relationship with Lifeline, particularly in the Northern Beaches, where we launched our first events.
Our affiliation with Lifeline is based upon mutual respect for how we serve the community. Lifeline provides crucial services to the community who are often reaching out in crisis moments, whereas we see ourselves being positioned well before these moments occur, proactively helping and supporting the community with practical tools, initiatives, experiences and support to hopefully avoid these situations from happening.
Head Above Water is a local Northern Beaches-based charity in Sydney that we have had a strong synergy with, since its beginning. Andrew Ward, founder of the Charity and annual swim event has raised over $500k+ for Gotcha4life, which runs mental health programs in the community.
We are proud of our partnership with them, and have supported the annual HAW 24 hour swim since 2020, with teams and funds in excess of $27000.
We are pleased to announce that Sydney University in collaboration with UTS, will be supporting our ‘one million meditations’ event project. They will be managing the data collation process and monitoring the results in order to publish a paper later in 2024.
We are very grateful for the leadership of Dr Xanthe Lea, Lecturer at Sydney University for her involvement with the meditationHQ Community since 2021.