Be Calm, Be Happy is a 6-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation, in the Plum Village tradition, as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life and as an opportunity to become happier.
Please note there will be no class on 26th November.
Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over six weekly 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.
Participants will gain most from this course if they are able to attend all the classes and to do the suggested homework and home practice in between. 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 cannot make a session then please discuss with your course leader so that you can understand the content of the missed session.
This course is taught over 6 weeks from Saturday 29th October to Saturday 10th December (there will be no class on Saturday 26th November). Each class is 2 hours long and the class timings are 10:00 – 12:00. Please arrive in good time for the session to start promptly at 10am.
The course leader for this course is Orla Beaton.
Orla has been practising yoga and meditation for over 10 years. She teaches yoga in Perth & Kinross and co-facilitates the weekly mindfulness group, Poppy Seed Sangha, at the Westbank Centre in North Fife. Orla is passionate about sharing mindfulness with others and encouraging them to develop their own ongoing meditation practice. In the past 5 years, Orla credits Buddhist mindfulness, and in particular the teachings of Thich Naht Hahn, for the increasing sense of peace and happiness that she feels in her life and has experienced first-hand the healing and transformative aspects of this wonderful practice.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What if I miss a class?
It is ideal if you can make all the classes as in this way you will gain a solid 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?
There is disabled access to the Acomb Quaker Meeting House in York. There is a temporary ramp available for access to the building and the rooms used and disabled toilets are all on ground floor level.
What further information will I receive?
All our course attendees will receive "Joining Information" about a week before their course starts. This will confirm the information on the class timings, venue and facilities. There will also be a link to our pre-course questions that we would be grateful if you could complete before the course starts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org