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.
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.
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.
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 Thursday 3rd November to Thursday 8th December. Each class is 2 hours long and the class timings are 10:30 – 12:45.
The course leaders for this course are Katie Sheen and Anne Rowbottom.
Anne Rowbottom, BSc, MA, PhD
I began practising mindfulness in 2000. This was a year in which my life had been turned upside down by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, leading to early retirement from university teaching. Learning the practice of mindfulness during this period not only supported me through the difficulties, but began to transform my life in a positive way. In 2008 I trained to teach mindfulness in a Tibetan tradition. Seven years ago, inspired by the gentle, joyful wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, I began to practice with the Community of Interbeing and in 2016 I received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings, and was given the Dharma Name ‘True Deep Teachings’
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 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, there is disabled access to the Quaker Meeting House .
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:
Katie Sheen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Rowbottom: email@example.com