Become a qualified meditation teacher

Learn to run meditation groups,  courses, workshops or retreats in any environment.

Our courses are non-denominational, industry accredited and lead to full membership with Meditation Australia and the International Institute of Complimentary Therapists.

Download our Prospectus for a full description of our extensive content and exciting specialist elective subjects on offer. We offer flexible payment options starting from as little as $76 a fortnight.

Rich content & flexible learning

Our courses are the most comprehensive on the market with a significant amount of educational material.

We take you on a wonderfully paced journey that covers everything you need to teach meditation on a theoretical, practical and experiential level. (Of course meditation is an ongoing journey.)

Meditation is not a one size fits all approach. This is why we delve into a huge range of techniques, from mindfulness and relaxation,  to sound and dance meditation. At the end of the course, you will come to an understanding about the techniques that resonate with you, and have the ability to teach various meditation techniques.

Online study with full coaching support

It’s easy to cherish your study time because the material is delivered in a way that speaks to you on a personal level rather than an academic level.  All our courses are available online and include scheduled one on one Skype sessions with your coach and online group interaction for all students.

Our coaches are highly regarded with experience across many different contexts. They are caring, compassionate and supportive and will help you feel comfortable with your study journey.

There is also the option of attending face to face masterclasses and deeply enriching meditation retreats.


Popular Courses at the Australian Centre for Holistic Studies

Our Supportive Teachers

Lisa Forde

Lisa is the Principal of ACHS and author of the centre’s courses. She has a background in psychology, holistic living counselling and children’s holistic counselling and has been a meditation and personal development teacher and holistic living counsellor for 14 years.  She has run classes, retreats, workshops, vocational courses, taught the Diploma in Holistic Living Counselling alongside Alannah Dore and has  developed courses and programs and founded the Australian Centre for Holistic Studies. She is a member of the board of Meditation Australia.

Julie Bond-Rowe

Julie has been a coach at ACHS for 7 years and has recently taken on the added role of Assistant Principal.   Julie has extensive training in alternative therapies with a background in TM, Reiki, Shiatsu and Tarot reading, just to name a few. She joined Lisa’s groups in 2003 and later completed her meditation training and has been an integral part of ACHS’s development ever since.  Julie runs the popular Australian children’s meditation website and facilitates meditation in her community as well as with her own young children.  She is a senior member of the Meditation Association of Australia (MAA) and an expert, encouraging and supportive coach.

Helen Hadley

Helen has completed a Diploma in Holistic Living Counselling and Certificate in Guiding and Teaching Meditation. She is a Do-in facilitator and a Holistic Living Counsellor. Helen has worked with ACHS for 6 years in the area of personal development and meditation coaching. Helen also brings holistic personal development and meditation to her role as a drug and alcohol counsellor and group facilitator and sits on the Drug Advisory Council of Australia (DACA).  Helen brings a great deal of experience, compassion and understanding of the value and application of meditation practise to her coaching.

Felicity Carson

Felicity runs her own meditation business Tranquil Meditation on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria incorporating meditation groups, classes, workshops and retreats. Felicity has a background in Reiki, Crystal Healing, Acupuncture, TM and is a Division 1 Registered nurse, specialising in breast care nursing and facilitating workshops for women with cancer.  Felicity’s work brings care and compassion together with professionalism. She is an inspiring coach to our students.

Morgan Jai-Morincome

Morgan is a Guided Meditation and Vocal Sound Meditation facilitator as well as an expressive arts (voice and movement) teacher. She was the creative producer and facilitator of numerous projects in Canberra over the last two decades, and has taught in both mainstream and special ed settings from pre-school to university. Raised amongst a yoga community, Morgan was immersed in a variety of meditation approaches and continues her learning across different wisdom traditions. She runs Sacred Inner Wild , offering classes, workshops, audios and 1:1 sessions. Her professional and personal experience creates a safe, compassionate, creative and sacred space for her clients and students.

Kate Gee

Kate runs her own meditation business: “Beach Buddha Meditation” on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. She incorporates meditation circles, beginner’s classes and workshops. Kate was a primary teacher for over 30 years. This passion for working with children has also resulted in the development of an original Primary School Mindfulness Program: ‘Mindfully Me.’ Kate teaches mindfulness to children from Pre-school to Year 6 in Melbourne and now in local schools on the Bellarine peninsula as well as conducting one on one sessions.

Tim James

Tim’s business Meditation Life, based in Adelaide, supports people to bring meditation into their everyday life, to connect deeply with themselves and find the wisdom that lies within.  Tim sees his coaching role with ACHS as an ideal marriage of his passion for supporting people through his expertise as a life coach and meditation teacher.  With a background in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, Tim also teaches and guides meditation with community groups, corporate clients and 1 on 1.  Tim brings a grounded and gentle quality to his coaching that his students greatly appreciate.

Leanne Russell

Leanne started her personal experience with meditation over 18 years ago; she found it a great foundation of support during the busy times of life and raising a family. She now has her own meditation business Inspiration Meditation based in the Wollondilly Shire in NSW, and is passionate about supporting others in bringing meditation into their lives.  Leanne has worked as an Early Childhood Educator for over 25 years, has a background in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Reiki and Australian Bush Flower essences.  She has wealth of experience meditating with different techniques, applying these in her own life and supporting her participants to use these also. Leanne’s gentle and compassionate nature is a gift to her students.

Lauren Howe

Lauren is a meditation teacher, life coach and energy medicine practitioner based in Perth, WA. Lauren runs her own business,, supporting women and couples experiencing uncertainty in their fertility journey to feel grounded and compassionate along the way. Lauren has experience running meditation retreats, meditation classes for corporate organisations and schools, as well as classes and ‘learn to meditate’ courses for women and couples. Before becoming a meditation teacher, Lauren, with a background in law, worked solely for the WA public sector. After experiencing fertility challenges, Lauren was called to explore an alternative life path and through this began living more holistically and studying various healing modalities. Lauren now balances her public sector career with her passion for teaching meditation and offering energy medicine. A strange combination but one that brings the yin and yang of her life into harmony. Having completed her studies with ACHS, Lauren looks forward to working with new students and empowering them along this unique and transformative journey!



Not only is the business side of this course outstanding, personally, I enjoyed the personal growth that coincided with each elective, each session and the teachers are absolutely fabulous they take the time to understand you and help you to achieve your goals.


When I enrolled in this course, I did not really know what to expect. It’s been an incredible journey of self discovery and confidence building. You get so much more out of it, than just a certificate to guide meditation!! Thank you to Lisa and her team.


“Studying with ACHS has been a personal journey of self discovery. It is very nurturing and supportive of your own vision and the path you wish to travel. There are so many opportunities for growth and learning and further self discovery introduced in this course. At the beginning of this course I couldn’t see myself running a meditation group, but now towards the end of my course, I couldn’t imagine my life if I didn’t! You’ve lit the spark in me, and now it’s my time to shine! Thank you Lisa, Helen, Julie, Felicity and all the ACHS team.”


“I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to become a MeditationTeacher. The course content is thorough and very well sourced. Lisa is so supportive and the knowledge and experience she brings is remarkable. The Coaches are amazing and all of the other Students are helpful and encouraging. This course assists you in developing your own meditation practice and gently guides you to develop the skills to guide others. For me the course has been the most wonderful journey of self discovery, transformation and healing. I’ve come out of the course excited, confident and ready to teach meditation. Thank you ACHS ❤️”


“Studying the Advanced Cert in Guiding and Teaching Meditation with ACHS has been such a joy for me. Lisa and my coach Julie were wonderful. They challenged me yet at the same time helped me develop my skills in such a gentle, supportive and nurturing way. I’m amazed at how much I have grown personally throughout this course. I have learned so much more than I expected and would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in meditation or self-development.”


“I am now nearly half way through the course and it has helped me gain employment in a primary school as the Principal was thrilled to see this on my resume. I am looking forward to using the skills I have learnt in the course in my classroom with young children.”


“This is one of the best courses I have ever done. The course was very well produced to meet the needs of the working person. Lisa was always available with helpful comments and instruction. The pace of learning was perfect, always encouraging and suited my lifestyle.”


“I have felt a very profound change in my self-confidence and personal growth. From feeling very nervous and unsure about running meditations, to have come to the other end feeling confident and clear and very excited about running my own meditation groups. It has been a magical journey.”