This relaxed, uplifting group mindfulness course is the first in the UK to be approved by the monastics at Plum Village, who study in the mindfulness tradition of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It is suitable for those of all faiths or none, and will run from 10am-4pm on Saturdays 21st April, 5th May and 19th May 2018.
You will learn mindful meditations including walking, sitting, eating, movement and relaxation. Each week covers different subjects such as stopping & calming, turning to the positive, loving communication, nourishing happiness, interdependence & community, and pathways to a happier life.
Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness, meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over the three days. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by experienced facilitators in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Reported benefits of attending this course include:
– Increased enjoyment of life
– Increased ability to be calm and relaxed
– Increased control of emotions such as anger and anxiety
– Improved sleep quality
– Fewer feelings of anxiety and depression
WHO COULD ATTEND?
Be Calm, Be Happy courses are suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice. It is suitable for those of all faiths and none. Our course participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, but all are keen to learn new ways to look after their own well-being and to develop positive responses to the challenging situations that life inevitably brings to each of us.
For this course to be effective, we recommended that you commit to attending all 3 days and also to 20 minutes daily practice for 5 days each week. Creating a stable and strong practice of mindfulness is a habit that needs regular, ideally daily, practice. If you know ahead of time that you can not make a session then please discuss this with us so that you can understand the content of the missed material. We will do all that we can to support you to get the most from this wonderful course!
COURSE SCHEDULE & COST
This course is taught on Saturdays 21st April, 5th May and 19th May 2018. Each day begins at 10am and ends at 4pm. This includes a 15 minute tea break half way through both the morning and afternoon sessions, plus a full hour for lunch from 12:30-1:30. There are basic kitchen facilities at the venue if you would like to bring your own lunch, or you can visit one of the many wonderful food outlets in Chorlton. We will provide drinks and light refreshments for the tea breaks. The course costs £95 in total, with concessions £60.
HOW TO BOOK THIS COURSE
Chorlton Unitarian Church, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M2 9LB
The course leaders for this course in Chorlton are Katie Sheen and Hil Bichovsky:
As well as teaching mindfulness, I am a Dru yoga teacher who has taught groups and individuals yoga and relaxation for the last fourteen years, these days specialising in yoga for cancer (I had cancer two years ago). I have been meditating for more than thirty years and practising mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition for around seven. In yoga language, mindfulness is sometimes referred to as svadhyaya, part of inner yoga; taking time to step back and observe ourselves. I find the simplicity and depth of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings has given me a new home for my meditation practice. I am also an artist and musician. I took the 5 Mindfulness Trainings in 2014 and was given the Dharma name ‘Compassionate River of The Heart’. You can learn more about Hil on her website by clicking here.
Katie Sheen FDSc, PGCE, MA
I have been practising mindfulness for over 16 years. Originally teaching nutrition, my cancer experience in 2015 highlighted, even more clearly than before, my appreciation of the joyful simplicity of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. Since being cured, I focus primarily on reaching out to inspire others to practice mindfulness in their daily lives. I offer free online tools to support a mindful, happy life at my ‘Soul Nutrition’ website (www.soulnutrition.org), which I developed for my MA in Education. I also offer you a free app called ‘Appreciating Windowsills’ that provides a first step into mindfulness through the practice of gratitude and appreciation. I received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings in 2016 and was given the Dharma name ‘Dharma Light of The Heart’. clicking here.You can read more about Katie by
For more information about Thich Nhat Hanh and The Community of Interbeing, please see http://www.coiuk.org/
HOW TO BOOK THIS COURSE
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