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Be Calm Be Happy: A short course in Mindfulness - London
Sat, 6 May 2017, 10:30 – Sat, 17 Jun 2017, 12:30 BST
Be Calm, Be Happy is a 6-week group course (meeting every Saturday 10.30 - 12.30) 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 not be a class on Saturday 27th May*
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 gain an overview of the key teachings and how they support each other. 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.
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.
This course is taught over 6 weeks from Saturday 6th May to Saturday 17th June. Each class is 2 hours long and the class timings are 10:30 – 12:30.
The course leaders for this course are Uz Afzal and Patricia Merlin.
I came to the Plum Village tradition when, as a troubled teenager, I picked up a book by Thich Nhat Hanh. His wise and calming words supported me and stayed with me for years and since 2010 I have been attending annual Plum Village retreats and practicing in this tradition. I have been teaching secular mindfulness for the last three years and have trained through Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and through the Mindfulness in Schools Programme to teach mindfulness to children.
I discovered Thich Nhat Hanh teachings in a meditation retreat in Thailand in 2009. Shortly afterwards, I went to a retreat in Plum Village and joined the Heart of London Sangha. Since then, the practice has been the cornerstone of my life. It has brought me so much joy that I have transformed. It is now an honor and a pleasure to facilitate mindfulness sessions and share the practice with my students, colleagues, fellow practitioners and anyone who wants to fully live their life.
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 at 52 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4EA
What further information will I receive?
All our course attendees will receive "Joining Information" in a confirmation email once they have purchased their ticket. This will confirm the information on the class timings, venue and facilities.
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
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