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

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Chorlton Unitarian Church

Wilbraham Road


M2 9LB

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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.

Course Overview

Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over 3 fortnightly 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:

Session 1: Stopping and calming

Session 2: Turning to the positive

Session 3: Loving communication

Session 4: Nourishing happiness

Session 5: Interdependence and community

Session 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 three days 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 one of the days 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 days, Saturday 21st April, Saturday 5th May, Saturday 19th May.

We will cover 2 parts of this 6 part course on each day.

Timings will be 10am-12:30pm, and then 1:45pm-4pm. This gives you time to walk into Chorlton for lunch if you would like to do so, although there are basic cooking facilities at the venue if you prefer to bring your own food.

Course Leader

The course leaders for this course are Katie Sheen and Hil Bichovsky.

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 mindfulness is sometimes called svadhyaya, part of inner yoga; taking time to step back and observe ourselves. 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’.

Katie Sheen FDSc, PGCE, MA

I have been practising mindfulness for over 15 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 and an app to support a mindful, happy life at my ‘Soul Nutrition’ website (www.soulnutrition.org), which I developed for my MA in Education. I received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings in 2016 and was given the Dharma name ‘Dharma Light of The Heart’.

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, access ramp to building, then all on one level but NB toilet doors are standard width.

What further information will I receive?

All our course attendees will receive "Joining Information" in the confirmation email once they have booked. This will confirm the information on the class timings, venue and 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:

Katie Sheen: katie@soulnutrition.org

Hil Bichovsky: hil.b@zen.co.uk

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