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Be Calm, Be Happy: A short course in Mindfulness- Welwyn Garden City

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Quaker Meeting House

109 Handside Lane

Welwyn Garden City


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Be Calm, Be Happy is a 6-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 6 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:

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 6 weeks from the 6th February to 13th March, 19.00-21.00pm.

Course Leader

The course leaders for this course are Zofia Bentley and Nigel Pearce.

Zofia Bentley

I met Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings 20 years ago. I practised with the Heart of London sangha for 17 years and for the last 3 years with the Letchworth sangha since moving to Hertfordshire. For many years I facilitated weekly meetings, days of mindfulness and retreats. The practice of meditation and mindfulness has made me a much happier, calmer and more stable person. I would like to share with others the teachings that have helped me so much.

Nigel Pearce

Having read “The Miracle of Mindfulness” and then attended a retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh in the UK, I joined COI in the mid 90s. I regularly facilitate with the North London Sangha as well as help organise Days of Mindfulness. I am very happy that I now have an opportunity to make this practice more widely available.

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.

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:

Zofia Bentley: zofia.bentley@yahoo.co.uk

Nigel Pearce: nig.pearce@virgin.net

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