We intend to help all Australians develop the tools and knowledge they need to foster self-worth, compassion and awareness.

In this way, our goal for a happier Australia can be carried right into the future, breaking negative cycles, and bringing about intergenerational wellbeing.

Mindful Meditation Australia is a not for profit organisation established by Australian philanthropist and meditation advocate, Kerry Harmanis.

Kerry founded Mindful Meditation Australia to provide an opportunity for others to experience the benefits that he himself has gained through an enduring connection with meditation and related practices.

Kerry is also motivated by a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of all Australians, and believes that the wellbeing and self-awareness achieved through mindfulness and meditation will lead to a happier, healthier, and more cohesive society.

Central to Kerry’s ambition for Australia-wide wellbeing are young people, because of their ability to bring about lasting change. The Dalai Lama affirmed this vision, counselling Kerry to follow through with his ambition during their conversation in 2011.

“The quietest and most peaceful place on earth is in meditation.”

– Kerry Harmanis

Kerry Harmanis

Meditation Australia Founder and PresidentFounding Director & Executive Chairman of Jubilee Mines

Mr Harmanis, formerly a lawyer, was founder and executive chairman of Jubilee Mines, a very successful exploration and mining company. Kerry has practised meditation most of his adult life and is a dedicated and committed philanthropist.

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Kerry Harmanis

Meditation Australia Founder and PresidentFounding Director & Executive Chairman of Jubilee Mines

Mr Harmanis, formerly a lawyer, was founder and executive chairman of Jubilee Mines, a very successful exploration and mining company. Kerry has practised meditation most of his adult life and is a dedicated and committed philanthropist.

Dr Neale Fong

MBBS GradDipCS MTS MBA FAIM (HON) FCHSM FAICD Chairman, Bethesda Health Care and Chairman, WA Country Health Service

Neale Fong has over 30 years’ experience in medical and health care delivery and leadership roles. Dr Fong was a former Director General of the WA Department of Health and CEO of St John of God Hospital Subiaco. He is professor of health care leadership at Curtin University and has qualifications in medicine and surgery, and masters degrees in theology and business administration.

He is an experienced company director, sits on the board of many community and philanthropic organisations and conducts his own corporate advisory firm. He has over 40 years of direct involvement with leading in youth and sporting organisations and is a committed meditator.

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Dr Neale Fong

MBBS GradDipCS MTS MBA FAIM (HON) FCHSM FAICD Chairman, Bethesda Health Care and Chairman, WA Country Health Service

Neale Fong has over 30 years’ experience in medical and health care delivery and leadership roles. Dr Fong was a former Director General of the WA Department of Health and CEO of St John of God Hospital Subiaco. He is professor of health care leadership at Curtin University and has qualifications in medicine and surgery, and masters degrees in theology and business administration.

He is an experienced company director, sits on the board of many community and philanthropic organisations and conducts his own corporate advisory firm. He has over 40 years of direct involvement with leading in youth and sporting organisations and is a committed meditator.

Trent Falkner

M Psych. Cottesloe Counseling Centre

Trent Falkner is a clinical psychologist. He gained his degree in Master of Psychology from the University of Western Australia. He is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has worked in hospital, community and private settings for over thirty years.

Trent has a strong professional interest in the relationships between body and mind, and how states of mindfulness can be used in the service of self-exploration and greater awareness of our world.

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Trent Falkner

M Psych. Cottesloe Counseling Centre

Trent Falkner is a clinical psychologist. He gained his degree in Master of Psychology from the University of Western Australia. He is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has worked in hospital, community and private settings for over thirty years.

Trent has a strong professional interest in the relationships between body and mind, and how states of mindfulness can be used in the service of self-exploration and greater awareness of our world.

Karen Gadsby

Karen has been a professional Chair/Non Executive Director for 17 years and has held directorships across the publicly listed, private, government and not-for-profit sectors in both Western Australia and Victoria.  She currently holds or has held directorships with Talisman Mining Ltd, Strategen Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd, Landgate, Forest Products Commission, Community First International Limited and Perth Home Care Services (now Avivo) in Western Australia.  

She originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and then worked as a senior executive with North Limited for 13 years, in various roles across the areas of finance, commercial, risk, IT and human resources. Karen has practiced various forms of meditation for over 30 years and considers it integral to her health and wellbeing.

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Karen Gadsby

Karen has been a professional Chair/Non Executive Director for 17 years and has held directorships across the publicly listed, private, government and not-for-profit sectors in both Western Australia and Victoria.  She currently holds or has held directorships with Talisman Mining Ltd, Strategen Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd, Landgate, Forest Products Commission, Community First International Limited and Perth Home Care Services (now Avivo) in Western Australia.  

She originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and then worked as a senior executive with North Limited for 13 years, in various roles across the areas of finance, commercial, risk, IT and human resources. Karen has practiced various forms of meditation for over 30 years and considers it integral to her health and wellbeing.

Brayden Zeer

General Manager

Brayden is a dedicated meditator who has practised different types of meditation for over seventeen years. For five years, Brayden lived in a dedicated meditation community, living and breathing various forms of meditation. Brayden is a certified meditation teacher that enjoys teaching people how to access simple mindfulness and meditation techniques to improve everyday wellbeing.

Brayden has an Associates Degree in Business Administration Management.  He has worked in the not-for-profit sector developing and delivering school-based programs for the last eight years.


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Brayden Zeer

General Manager

Brayden is a dedicated meditator who has practised different types of meditation for over seventeen years. For five years, Brayden lived in a dedicated meditation community, living and breathing various forms of meditation. Brayden is a certified meditation teacher that enjoys teaching people how to access simple mindfulness and meditation techniques to improve everyday wellbeing.

Brayden has an Associates Degree in Business Administration Management.  He has worked in the not-for-profit sector developing and delivering school-based programs for the last eight years.


Jo Wiese

Lead Facilitator

Jo is a registered psychologist and trained teacher with a passion for positive psychology, mindfulness and positive education. Jo is also an Associate Senior Trainer with theInstitute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School and also facilitates workshops privately in schools on staff and student wellbeing. Jo holds the position of Chair of School Board for an Independent Public School.

Working as a school psychologist for 17 years, Jo has implemented many evidence-based wellbeing programs, initiated wellbeing policies and created staff-wellbeing professional learning.She has also presented several conference workshops.

She holds a bachelors degree in arts with honours in psychology, a diploma in education, a professional certificate in Positive Education and is currently continuing her post-graduate studies in counselling.

Jo has had a daily meditation practise for over 15 years and regularly shares mindfulness meditation with her own children.


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Jo Wiese

Lead Facilitator

Jo is a registered psychologist and trained teacher with a passion for positive psychology, mindfulness and positive education. Jo is also an Associate Senior Trainer with theInstitute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School and also facilitates workshops privately in schools on staff and student wellbeing. Jo holds the position of Chair of School Board for an Independent Public School.

Working as a school psychologist for 17 years, Jo has implemented many evidence-based wellbeing programs, initiated wellbeing policies and created staff-wellbeing professional learning.She has also presented several conference workshops.

She holds a bachelors degree in arts with honours in psychology, a diploma in education, a professional certificate in Positive Education and is currently continuing her post-graduate studies in counselling.

Jo has had a daily meditation practise for over 15 years and regularly shares mindfulness meditation with her own children.


Kim Chute

Lead Facilitator

Kim comes from a secondary teacher background  and spent 14 years developing resources and training teachers around the country in the area of drug and resilience education in young people. She now runs her own leadership development and cultural change company, working with schools, private, government and not-for-profit sectors in both Western Australia. She is the author of the MMA Teacher Resources and has been a regular meditator for over 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts, a diploma in education, a diploma in health promotions and a Certificate IV in assessment and workplace training.

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Kim Chute

Lead Facilitator

Kim comes from a secondary teacher background  and spent 14 years developing resources and training teachers around the country in the area of drug and resilience education in young people. She now runs her own leadership development and cultural change company, working with schools, private, government and not-for-profit sectors in both Western Australia. She is the author of the MMA Teacher Resources and has been a regular meditator for over 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts, a diploma in education, a diploma in health promotions and a Certificate IV in assessment and workplace training.