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Be Calm, Be Happy: A short course in Mindfulness- Birmingham

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The Barbery

25 Vincent Drive


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Be Calm, Be Happy is a 3-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life and as an opportunity to become happier.

The course will run on three Saturdays. 7th and 21st April and 5th May. Please bring some lunch with you.

Course Overview

Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over three fornightly classes. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by an experienced facilitator in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Course content includes:

week 1: Stopping and calming
week 2: Turning to the positive
week 3: Loving communication
week 4: Nourishing happiness
week 5: Interdependence and community
week 6: Guidelines for a happier life

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 Should Attend

This course is 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. Many of our participants are keen to learn new ways to look after their own well being and to identify positive responses to challenging situations.

Proposed Commitment

For this course to be effective, we recommended that you commit to attending all six session and also do a minimum of 20mins daily practice for five 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 with your Course Leader so that you can understand the content of the missed session. If you have to miss a session at short notice please arrive early for the next session so that you can speak to the Course Leader ahead of time.

Course Schedule

This course is taught over 3 fornightly sessions: Saturday 7th and 21st April and Saturday 5th May. Each session runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Please bring some lunch with you.

Course Leader

The course leaders for this course are Vari Mcluskie and Howard Saunders.

Vari Mclsukie

Vari met Thich Nhat Hanh 26 years ago on a retreat and knew that the Plum Village mindfulness tradition was where she felt at home. Since this time Vari has applied mindfulness to all aspects of her life and experienced the healing, calmness and happiness it can bring. Vari has enjoyed teaching mindfulness for over 12 years.

Howard Saunders

I have been enjoying practising mindfulness for four years and have found that it has brought a rich deepening to my daily life. I enjoy using mindfulness in my voluntary work as a chaplain with a mental health trust and as a worker with Circles of Support and Accountability.

Frequently Asked Questions...

What if I miss a class?

It is ideal if you can make all the classes as this way you will gain a sound foundation in mindfulness practice. If you have to miss a class and know ahead of time, do let your course leader know. They will be able to advise you on how you can continue your mindfulness practice by using the online materials provided.

Is there disabled access to the venue?

Yes, there is disabled access via hospital lifts.

What further information will I receive?

All our course attendees will receive "Joining Information" in their confirmation email once they have booked their place. This will confirm the information on the class timings, venue, facilities and what to bring.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking at least 7 days before the start of the course we will refund your full course fee minus a £15 administration fee.

If you cancel your booking less than 7 days before the start of the course we will issue a 50% refund of the course fee.

Once the course has started no refunds will be issued.

Do you have any other questions about the Be Calm, Be Happy course? If so we’ll be happy to help. Please contact us on: hjbecalmbehappy@gmail.com

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