This relaxed, uplifting “Be Calm, Be Happy” group mindfulness course is the first curriculum 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 the six sessions will run in the centre of Warrington from 7pm – 9pm on Mondays. The dates are: January 14th and 21st, February 4th, 11th and 25th, and March 4th 2019.
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.
WHAT DOES THIS MINDFULNESS COURSE INCLUDE?
“Be Calm, Be Happy” provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness, meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over the six sessions. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by an experienced facilitator 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.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I IDEALLY NEED TO COMMIT?
For this course to be effective, we recommended that you commit to attending all 6 sessions, 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!
WHAT IS THE COURSE SCHEDULE & COST?
This course will be taught in 6 sessions: on Mondays January 14th and 21st, February 4th, 11th and 25th, and March 4th 2019, from 7pm – 9pm. This includes a 15 minutes tea break half way through, for which we will provide drinks and light refreshments. There are a number of different pricing options starting from just £30 for the whole course: you can see all of them when you click on the “Tickets” button at the top of the booking page on Eventbrite.
Monday 28thJanuary and Monday 18thFebruary will be opportunities for extra (optional) practice, led by Shaun Donaghy of the Plum Village UK Warrington Meditation and Mindfulness Sangha. You can connect with the Warrington Sangha on Facebook here or discover more on the Plum Village UK website here. For these extra two evenings you are welcome to make a cash donation to cover the cost of the room hire, should you wish to do so, if / when you attend.
HOW DO I BOOK THIS COURSE?
WHERE IS THE MINDFULNESS COURSE HELD IN WARRINGTON?
Friends’ Meeting House, 1b Academy Street, Warrington WA1 2NR
By Car: As you turn into Academy Street, the Friends’ Meeting House is almost immediately on your right. There are four parking spaces in front of Dolly’s Haberdashery & Sewing Shop, but there is also a large car park opposite, behind Skate Academy Roller Rink, which is free from 6pm.
By Public Transport: Warrington Central train station is just under 10 minutes’ walk from the venue.
WHO IS THE MINDFULNESS COURSE LEADER?
The course leader is Katie Sheen of Soul Nutrition:
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 practicality and joyful simplicity of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. 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’.
You can read more about Katie by clicking here.
For more information about Thich Nhat Hanh and The Community of Interbeing, please see www.plumvillage.uk
HOW DO I BOOK THIS MINDFULNESS COURSE IN CHESHIRE?
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]