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BAM! Early Morning Meditation 2019

In our early morning sit we will be focusing on different aspects of the Buddhist Action Month.

Suitable for people who have done the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana before.

Morning meditation will be every week day starting Monday 3 June, through to Friday 28 June.

Every weekday morning 7:30-8:30
Starting Mon 3 June
Last session Fri 28 June
doors open between 7:15-7:30
With: Karunagita, Santva, Maitrisambhava, Ratnaprabha, Satyapurna
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

BAM! Buddhist Action Month at the NLBC throughout June 2019

This June is Buddhist Action Month and the theme for 2019 is "Climate Action – Personal Action". The NLBC we be taking part and we are inviting you to take your dharma and meditation practice off the cushion into action!

Some of the activities during BAM! are:

  • Make a pledge on our Tree of Intentions
  • Donations for a local charity
  • Early morning meditation at the centre more info
  • Special BAM themed Sangha Nights more info
  • Throughout June
    With:
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Feldenkrais Method

    The Feldenkrais Method is an effective approach for learning to improve our capacity for graceful action. It works by enhancing awareness through gentle exploratory movements in order to increase our sensitivity for comfort and ease.

    Improvement in posture, breathing, coordination and flexibility are among the many benefits the Feldenkrais Method offers the individual and it is suitable for anyone whether they seek improvement developing a performance related skill, support in recovering from injury or want to cultivate more harmony throughout their daily activities.

    Monday 13.00-14.15
    With: Colin Poole
    £12/7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Introductory Meditation Lunchtime Drop-in

    We introduce two core meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices.

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 13.00-14.00
    With: The Centre Team
    £6/ £2 (concession)
    Introductory
    No booking required

    Yin Yoga

    An opportunity to become friends with your body. Yin yoga uses floor-based postures to help us soften and wake up, staying in shapes for sustained periods.

    Mondays 18:00 - 19:15
    No class on Bank Holiday Mondays
    With: Julia Caird
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    BAM! Sangha Nights in June

    This month our Sangha Nights will be themed on Buddhist Action Month. The evenings will be as follows:

  • Mon 17 June: “What does compassion in action look like?” Akashamitra talks about Karuna, a Triratna charity. Images and stories from Karuna’s work in India and Nepal, changing discrimination into dignity.

  • Mon 24 June: “Joanna Macy and the great Tuning.” Film and discussion with Santva

  • BAM! Sangha nights:
    Mon 17 and 24 June 2018
    19.00-21.30
    With: Akashamitra, Santva
    Free event. Donations welcome
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Creative Vinyasa Flow

    Gentle to moderately-paced session that builds up to a fluid flow style. Students move through a creative and imaginative sequence of postures, interspersed with strength-building and sometimes challenging holds. The class winds down with an indulgent 10-minute guided relaxation and savasana.

    Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to more experienced students.

    Mondays 19:30-20:45
    No class on Bank Holiday Mondays
    With: Shirley Brooks
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Tuesdays 10.00-11.30

    With: Fran Nixon
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Hatha Yoga

    A deep and careful yoga designed to extend the spine and strengthen the body. There is a specific focus on long-term spinal health and undo-ing the damage caused by sitting for hours a time.
    Movements are slow and precise; influenced by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, John Stirk, Anna Ashby and Catherine Annis. The class is un-hurried and not predicated on gymnastic ability.

    The Thursday class is particularly relaxed and may include one or two long restorative postures and some meditation.

    Tuesdays 12.30-14.00
    Thursdays 14.30-15.45
    With: Tony Marcus
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Yoga for Stress Relief

    This gentle, friendly class offers effective, natural ways to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. We will explore postures and breathing techniques that release physical and mental tension, to prepare us for a deep and nourishing relaxation.

    Tuesdays 14.45-16.00
    With: Anna Jones
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Hatha Flow

    Soothing and relaxing sequence of hatha yoga poses linking movements with the breath. This flowing sequence brings balance and joy to the body.

    Tuesdays 18.15-19.30
    With: Alison Purchase
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Introductory Meditation Evening Drop-in

    The Tuesday night class is one of our most popular weekly events. We introduce two core meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices.

    Tuesdays 19.00-21.30
    With: Visuddhimati, Satyanathin, Shraddhasara, Abhilasa, Maitrisambhava
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Introductory
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Wednesdays 10.00-11.30
    With: Aubrey Maasdorp
    £12/ £7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Qi Gong

    Qigong practice enhances the flow of qi, our vital energy, calming the mind and energising the body. The gentle and flowing movements can help build strength, stamina, balance and coordination. Classes include both moving and static forms that are easy to learn and enjoyable to practice.

    Wednesdays 12.45-14.00
    With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Yin Yoga

    An opportunity to become friends with your body. Yin yoga uses floor-based postures to help us soften and wake up, staying in shapes for sustained periods.

    Wednesdays 15.00-16.30
    With: Maitripushpa
    £12/ £7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga

    An inspiring and softly flowing yoga that mindfully integrates hatha postures with the breath. The class focuses on lengthening, strengthening and stretching to relax the body and balance the mind. Drawing on the precision of Iyengar, energy of Asthanga and the creativity of Shiva Rea's Prana Flow, each session will combine elements of these yogic practices to develop strength, flexibility and stamina. Designed for all levels of experience, we'll finish with a luxurious period of shavasana (corpse pose) to form a deeply restful conclusion to the day.

    Wednesdays 20.15-21.30
    With: Shirley Brooks
    £12/ £8 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Sangha Retreat: The Dance of the Elements - A ritual adventure in Spain

    Amalamati, Visuddhimati and Lalitaraja invite you to celebrate the elements on a retreat in Spain - near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements through meditation and ritual as well as the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a well-known figure in the world of the visual arts and Amalamati is a professional pianist. Book through our centre in Valencia: informacion@budismo-valencia.com.

    Thurs 20 June - Wed 26 June or
    Fri 21 June - Mon 24 June.
    Please book through our centre in Valencia: informacion@budismo-valencia.com.
    With: Amalamati, Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
    £325 for full week, £195 for Friday to Monday weekend option.
    Open to All
    Booking Information in Description

    Gentle Yoga

    Guided by the principles of Vanda Scaravelli this class offers a clear, careful and detailed approach with a calm and steady pace. Promoting ease of movement and comfort in the body by mobilising stiff joints, relaxing tight muscles and revitalizing from the inside out. Appropriate for people aged 17 to 97.

    Thursdays 10.00-11.15
    With: Anna Jones
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

    Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being.

    Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Thursdays 18.15-19.30
    With: Suki Ali
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Fridays 10.00-11.30
    With: Helen Corcoran
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Feldenkrais Method

    The Feldenkrais Method is an effective approach for learning to improve our capacity for graceful action. It works by enhancing awareness through gentle exploratory movements in order to increase our sensitivity for comfort and ease.

    Improvement in posture, breathing, coordination and flexibility are among the many benefits the Feldenkrais Method offers the individual and it is suitable for anyone whether they seek improvement developing a performance related skill, support in recovering from injury or want to cultivate more harmony throughout their daily activities.

    Fridays 12.00-13.15
    With: Colin Poole
    £12/7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    8-Step Recovery Group

    A meeting for anyone in recovery from addiction, habitual behaviours and obsessive tendencies.
    Our focus is a text: “Eight Step Recovery Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction” alongside other Buddhist recovery books.

    Meetings will be peer led.
    All donations go towards the running costs of the Buddhist Centre.

    Every Friday 18.30-20.00
    With: Mike
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Scaravelli Inspired Yoga

    A sensitive and intuitive approach to yoga, which cultivates awareness of the breath, spine and gravity. Opening, softening and lengthening we listen, deeply awakening the body's innate wisdom.

    Fridays 18.30-20.00
    With: Anna Jones
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Fun And Flow Vinyasa

    Looking for a creative, playful yoga class to get energized? This is an upbeat, smooth flowing practice that includes plenty of stretching and some strengthening and balance poses. Whilst the class is geared towards a moderate level, there are alignment cues and modifications, so you're welcome to make the class as gentle or challenging as you like. We end the class in a luxurious savasana and sometimes a guided meditation to keep the good vibes going. Suitable for all levels including complete beginners.

    Saturdays 10.00-11.30
    With: Shirley Brooks
    £14
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Saturday Morning Meditation Drop-in

    A morning exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices. The session includes sitting, some gentle movement and walking meditation.

    Suitable for all levels of experience.

    Saturday 10.15-12.45


    With: Karunagita, Vajramitra, Maitrisambhava, Akashamitra, Amalayodhin
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Saturday Morning Meditation and Buddhism Drop-in class

    We start with meditation at 10:15. After the tea break, you can continue to explore meditation, or alternatively you can join the Buddhism option. Our new theme is URBAN BUDDHISM.

    On the second Saturday of each month there is a talk on one of these themes (click here), and on the other Saturdays we get together to explore the topic further. All are welcome, and you don't need to come each week.

    Saturdays 10.15-12.45
    With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Dynamic Yoga

    A class with a focus on strengthening, stretching and alignment. A full body workout that helps develop an understanding of asana/posture and yoga practice in general. This practice can be incorporated into our daily lives and helps us to relax.

    All levels.

    Saturdays 11:45-13:00.
    With: Seamus Casey
    £14
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

    Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision, include a variety of poses and are designed to concentrate on different aspects promoting overall well-being.

    Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness.

    A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!

    Saturdays 13.15-14.45
    With: Fran Nixon
    £14
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Drumming Workshop

    18.00-19.20 African Drum tuition. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

    19.20-20.00 Drum circle open to all.

    Every Saturday
    With: Shakyasiddhi, Simon & friends
    £12/£10 concession. Drum hire £2
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (June 2019)

    A chance to focus in more detail on the depth and scope of this style of yoga, guided by the pioneering work of Vanda Scaravelli.

    Suitable for students with some experience, we will dive into some more dynamic sequences and explore some stronger poses such as backbends and inversions to discover the joys and benefits that they can bring.

    With time to break down the progression towards more demanding poses so that the journey becomes accessible and enjoyable for all.'

    Sun 23 June - 10.00-13.00
    With: Anna Jones
    Costs,
    £36
    £24 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up - Sun 23 Jun 2019

    Practice session for those who have completed an MBCT or CMBT course and an introduction for those who wish to find out more about this approach.

    Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

    Sun 23 Jun 2019
    13.30-17.30
    With: Pippa O'Connor
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (start Wed 26 June)

    Are you curious about Buddhism?

    This 4 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha).

    We will also explore the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' and the 'Metta Bhavana' practices.

    4 Wed evenings
    Wed 26 June - Wed 17 July 2019
    19.00-21.30
    With: Santva, Satyapurna
    Costs,
    £60
    £28 concession

    Introductory
    Booking required

    FIRE: An Elemental Qigong Workshop (Jun 2019)

    Fire is the expansive phase of the Five Elements cycle. It is associated with heat, the season of summer and the emotion joy. In the body it manifests primarily through the Heart, seen in Chinese medicine as the emperor of our internal kingdom, but its significance and power is such that it is allotted four meridians.

    We will explore a variety of static and moving forms that connect to these meridians and their associated organs, and balance and support this work with the Earth and Water Elements. We will incorporate several bird forms, this being the animal most associated with Fire. Working with the Fire Element can bring clarity of mind, aid restful sleep and help us to fully embrace life. The session will be gently paced and will be suitable for the beginner.

    Tea will be provided.

    Sun 30 June 2019, 10.00-14.00
    With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
    Costs,
    £35
    £25 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required (11 places left)

    I'll Meet You There - exploring empathy and communication with Shantigarbha

    Shantigarbha will introduce his book I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication and show how we connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. To empathise with others, we need to learn how to empathise with ourselves, so that when we reach out, we do so from the inside out.

    The evening will include a guided reflection from the book, stories embodying empathy from the life of the Buddha and practical exercises to help develop listening skills.

    Shantigarbha is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer.

    Monday 1st July 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: The Monday Night Team
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Under 35s Alternative Friday Night

    Are you between 18 and 35 and looking for something new to do on a Friday night? Are you sick of doing the usual thing, or just fancy doing something different?

    Come along to meditate, explore the teachings of Buddhism and connect with like-minded people. Our monthly evening will be a radical approach to Friday night!

    With late night tea bar after.

    First Friday of the month
    19.00-21.30
    with late night tea bar after
    On 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov and 6 Dec 2019
    With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (July 2019)

    These workshops offer an opportunity to work more deeply on your practice. You will learn and improve your understanding of the highly regarded Iyengar system of yoga with a highly regarded and popular teacher.

    All welcome to attend.

    Sun 7 July 2019 - 10:00-12:00
    With: Aubrey Maasdorp
    Costs,
    £20
    £15 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    SANGHA EVENING: Cultivating Joy

    We will focus on what brings us joy and what supports us to dwell more consistently in the experience of joy.

    Monday 8th July 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Vajraghanta, The Monday Night Team
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Live Budcasts: Urban Buddhism

    A new series of the monthly Saturday morning Budcast talks and podcasts starts 8 June at 11:30.

    All welcome. Free event. Suggested donation £5. You can listen to the podcasts of the talks Please click here

    8 June - Ratnaprabha "A Buddha in London"

    13 July - Akashamitra "An awakened imagination: Buddhist practice in the city."

    14 Sept - Kusala "The art of Loving"

    12 Oct - tbc

    9 Nov - Karunagita "Going Forth"

    In the weeks between, do come to a discussion group around themes from the talk as part of the Saturday morning class starting at 10:15.

    Every second Saturday of the month:
    Sat 8 Jun, Sat 13 Jul, no talk in August, Sat 14 Sept, Sat 12 Oct, Sat 9 Nov and Sat 8 Dec
    11.30-12.45
    With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
    Free event. Suggested donation £5.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

    Women’s class with guest speakers:

    12 Jan: - Storytelling with Satyamegha from Nottingham - the story of Pingya's encounter with the Buddha and how it changed his life forever.

    9 Feb: Dhiraprabha is our guest – the topic “A taste of freedom”

    9 March: Suvarnajyoti joins as our guest for the first time

    13 April: Karunagita is back from 3 months on retreat and will communicate something of her experience

    11 May: Dhammamegha met Triratna in South Africa and has spent 3 years in the UK, at Adhisthana and Tiratanaloka. She is moving to London in April 2019. This is a chance to hear her story and for her to meet some of us

    8 June: We are welcoming back Danasamudra, who came from Adhisthana last year, and Dharmaprabha, who worked at the NLBC until recently. Dansamudra will give a talk called “Women, Inspiration and the Dharma Life”, followed by discussion, tea and led reflection with Dharmaprabha.

    13 July: Dhammagita returns for another wonderful afternoon with the body

    Every second Saturday of the month,
    14:15-17:00.

    With: Karunagita and Team
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Dharma Day (Sun 14 July 2019)

    More details to follow soon.

    Sunday 14th July 2019
    With: Vajramitra, Singhashri
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Summer, Yoga and Ayurveda

    Reset from the sizzling summer with a calm and cooling yoga practice.

    According to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, in summer, the pitta dosha can be aggravated, leading to imbalances such as skin problems, anger and impatience. There are practices and tips to help stay cool.

    Join Sian for a morning's exploration of yoga and Ayurveda in the summer consisting of a gently flowing yoga practice and a cooling contemplation, finishing with a long and luxurious relaxation.

    Sun 14 July 2019 - 11.00-13.00
    With: Sian O'Neill
    Costs,
    £20
    £15 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Deep Rest (July 2019)

    A unique and deeply relaxing blend of simple practices to rest, restore and nourish.

    Including gentle floor-based exercises to help release muscular tension (Hanna Somatics) as well as Pranayama (breath focus) and quiet time for meditation, these workshops will focus primarily on supported, restorative yoga poses using bolsters and other props.

    This way of working is designed to calm the nervous system, boost the immune system and promote balance for busy lives.

    Sun 14 July - 15.00-18.00
    With: Anna Jones
    Costs,
    £36
    £24 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    SANGHA EVENING: Celebrating the Dharma

    After some initial doubt, the Buddha decided to teach. Tonight we celebrate this by looking at how the Buddha’s teachings can transform our lives.

    Monday 15th July 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Khemananda, The Monday Night Team
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Under 35s Buddhism and Meditation Morning

    Are you between 18 and 35 years old and interested in Buddhism?

    Are you tired of the stories that dominate our personal and public lives? Do you have a sense that there must be something else, but don’t yet know what it is?

    With discussion, exploration and meditation, plus coffee and croissants, we will connect with what is meaningful and ask what Buddhism can offer us to transform ourselves and the world.

    Every third Saturday of the month
    10.30-13.00
    On 15 June, 20 July, 17 Aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
    With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    SANGHA EVENING: What is Samadhi and how do we get it?

    Usually Samadhi is translated as concentration, and is a fundamental term in Buddhist meditation. How much concentration do we need to make progress? How do we get it? And how much concentration is possible or even desirable with a busy urban life style?

    Monday 22nd July 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Lalitaraja, The Monday Night Team
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Gentle Transformation: Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (start 24 Jul 2019)

    Meditation helps us to develop awareness and mindfulness as well as positive emotions. It helps us to get to know and change our mind and live a more mindful and richer life. Over time meditation can bring about a gentle but radical transformation.

    The course will introduce traditional meditation practices and help you to develop skills in listening and connecting with your body and mind.

    Suitable for complete beginners and those in their early stages of their meditation practice.

    4 evenings
    Wed 24 Jul - Wed 14 Aug 2019
    19.00-21.30
    With: Satyapurna
    Costs,
    £64 waged
    £32 concession

    Introductory
    Booking required

    SANGHA EVENING: Reflections from a long retreat

    Shraddhasara will share some of her experiences and reflect on her 3 month retreat.

    Monday 29th July 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Shraddhasara, The Monday Night Team
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Aug 2019)

    These workshops offer an opportunity to work more deeply on your practice. You will learn and improve your understanding of the highly regarded Iyengar system of yoga with a highly regarded and popular teacher.

    All welcome to attend.

    Sun 4 Aug 2019 - 10:00-12:00
    With: Aubrey Maasdorp
    Costs,
    £20
    £15 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Meditation Day: Just Sitting (Sun 4 Aug)

    Just Sitting meditation, sometimes known as pure awareness, is one of the core Triratna meditation practices.

    This day retreat will introduce different ways into the practice and include led meditations with gentle movement and time for questions and exploration.

    Please book but you are also welcome to join on the day.

    Bring veggie lunch to share

    Sun 4 Aug 2019, 10.00-17.00
    With: Karunagita
    Suggested donation £30/£15
    Open to All
    Booking required

    FIRE: An Elemental Qigong Workshop (Aug 2019)

    Fire is the expansive phase of the Five Elements cycle. It is associated with heat, the season of summer and the emotion joy. In the body it manifests primarily through the Heart, seen in Chinese medicine as the emperor of our internal kingdom, but its significance and power is such that it is allotted four meridians.

    We will explore a variety of static and moving forms that connect to these meridians and their associated organs, and balance and support this work with the Earth and Water Elements. Working with the Fire Element can bring clarity of mind, aid restful sleep and help us to fully embrace life. The session will be gently paced and will be suitable for the beginner.

    Tea will be provided.

    Sun 11 Aug 2019, 10.00-14.00
    With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
    Costs,
    £35
    £25 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required (16 places left)

    Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Aug 2019)

    A chance to focus in more detail on the depth and scope of this style of yoga, guided by the pioneering work of Vanda Scaravelli.

    Suitable for students with some experience, we will dive into some more dynamic sequences and explore some stronger poses such as backbends and inversions to discover the joys and benefits that they can bring.

    With time to break down the progression towards more demanding poses so that the journey becomes accessible and enjoyable for all.'

    Sun 18 Aug - 10.00-13.00
    With: Anna Jones
    Costs,
    £36
    £24 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma

    The International Gathering is the main event in the Triratna calendar that brings together Triratna on all levels of experience. It is a celebration of our community, of who we are and what we do. This biennial event brings together large numbers of the Triratna Buddhist Community from around Europe for a feast of inspiration, stimulation and fun.
    All are welcome, including children.

    What we already know about the programme for definite:
    3 Talks:
    - Transforming Self - Ratnaguna
    -Transforming Through Sangha - Sanghamani
    - Transforming World - Prasadacarin

    Various workshops such as:
    - Batik - Sarah Jones
    - Blake - Satyalila and Ratnaprabha
    - Meditation - Vajraloka team
    - Mindful communication - Jayaraja
    - Philosophy - Vidyaruci
    - Writing - Satyalila and others
    - Activities for kids
    - Chai and pancakes stall - Buddhafield
    - Concerts
    - Storytelling - Jayaraja and Lokabandhu

    For more info please click here
    Booking is now open. Please click here

    To give you more of an impression, here is a link to a video from the International Gathering 2014 click here

    Adhisthana, 22-26 August 2019
    With:
    Open to All
    Booking Information in Description

    Stand Alone Mindfulness and Compassion Practice Day - Sun 1 Sept 2019

    Come along if you're considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness- and compassion-based practice first hand, or if you've already completed a mindfulness course and would like to support your on-going practice.

    With Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about mindfulness practice and courses.

    Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

    Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi, or click here
    for more about mindfulness training with Lokadhi.

    Sun 1 Sept 2019, 10.30-16.00
    With: Lokadhi
    Costs,
    £50
    £30 on benefits

    Open to All
    Booking required (25 places left)

    Compassion for Healthy Living course - Thursday evenings starts 5 Sept 2019

    Mindfulness and compassion training can help us be less affected by stress, anxiety, criticism of ourselves and of others.
    Compassion grows from mindfulness and helps free us from destructive thoughts, behaviours and emotions. The course is suitable for newcomers to mindfulness, but you are best advised to do a 3-week Introductory Course or full length mindfulness course first. It is important that you are able to attend all nine classes, including the orientation session, as well as the practice day.

    There is home practice of up to an hour a day for you to do between classes – course costs include materials, including pre-recorded guided meditations.

    With Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP.
    Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi, or click here
    for more about mindfulness training with Lokadhi.

    **BOOKING DEADLINE Mon 2 Sept 2019** Online registration required before your place can be confirmed
    Thu 5 Sept - 31 Oct 2019 (9 weeks)
    18:45 - 21:15
    Practice day Sun 20 Oct 2019
    11:00 - 16:00
    With: Lokadhi
    Costs,
    £265
    £215 low income
    £155 on benefits

    Prices include materials and practice day
    Open to All
    Booking required (25 places left)

    MBCT (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) Friday morning starts 6 Sept 2019

    Nine Thursday evenings, including orientation session, plus a practice day, with Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP. The course follows the NICE-approved MBCT model and is held in a warm, relaxed setting that combines structure, informality and the highest professional standards.

    For anyone wishing to enhance the quality of their life through deepening awareness of unhelpful patterns of body and mind. Develop skills to manage the ups and downs of everyday life as well as anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours, stress, chronic illness and pain. Suitable for those who are susceptible to depression but who are not actively depressed.

    It is important that you are able to attend all nine classes, including the orientation session, as well as the practice day.

    Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi.

    Please click here for more information about courses run by Lokadhi, and click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the courses she runs.

    **BOOKING DEADLINE Mon 2 Sept 2019** Online registration required before your place can be confirmed ***

    Fri 6 Sept - Fri 1 Nov 2019 (9 weeks)
    10:45 - 13:15
    Practice day Sun 20 Oct 2019
    11:00 - 16:00
    With: Lokadhi
    Costs,
    £265
    £215 low income
    £155 on benefits

    Prices include materials and practice day
    Open to All
    Booking required (25 places left)

    MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) Wed eve starts 18 Sept 2019

    For Stress, anxiety, depression, worry, sleep and life difficulties.

    Mindfulness will help you gain more meaning, value, purpose and joy in your life.

    Our Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8 week course follows the Oxford evidenced based training to prevent depressive relapse.

    Mindfulness is designed to help you handle difficult thoughts, feelings and moods by learning to respond rather than react to life's difficulties.

    You will learn the core skill of 'mindfulness' - a way of of being present in body, mind and the world around you. This enables you to cultivate and increase awareness and offers potential for positive changes in your life.

    This course is not for people who are currently depressed.

    Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

    Wed 18 Sept - Wed 6 Nov 2019
    19.00-21.00
    Practice day Sat 29 Feb 2020
    13.30 -17.30
    With: Pippa O'Connor
    Costs,
    £265
    £215 low income
    £155 on benefits

    Prices include materials and practice day
    Open to All
    Booking required (22 places left)

    Sangha Weekend Retreat

    Theme will be published closer to the date.

    All who know meditation are welcome to come; accommodation and vegetarian food (we share the cooking) are provided.

    The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckinghamshire.

    Fri 25 - Sun 27 Oct 2019
    With: Visuddhimati, Lalitaraja
    Costs,
    £175
    £140 low income
    £95 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    (CMBT) Mindfulness & Compassionate Mind Behaviour Training - Wed eve starts 13 Nov 2019

    Without compassion we can not be aware, nor transform our intimate, personal and impersonal relationships. The need is greater than ever before, to be able to be present with our compassionate self by stabilizing, managing these challenging, frantic and difficult times.

    Compassionate Mindfulness Behaviour Training (CMBT); is for anyone wanting to let go of difficult emotions using evidenced based CMBT techniques to train and transform our negative thoughts and feelings.(e.g. depression, stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, loneliness)

    Instead of fighting difficult emotions, critical and judgemental thinking of self and other with CMBT we will learn to accept and lessen reactivity and find new helpful and skilful ways to be with ourselves and others by cultivating kindly awareness.

    CMBT includes the MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training for depression, anxiety and worry. The CMBT training is the added component to integrate change, wisdom, joy, equanimity and compassion for transformation in our life.

    Suitable for newcomers and for anyone who wishes to enhance their skills.

    Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: PGCE & Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Consultant at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behaviour, Addiction and Trauma/ DIP Trauma/ EMDR.

    8 sessions Wed 13 Nov - Wed 18 Nov & Wed 8 -15 Nov 2019
    19.00- 21.00
    Catch-up: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    13.30 - 17.30
    With: Pippa O'Connor
    Costs,
    £265
    £215 low waged
    £155 on benefits

    Prices include materials.
    Open to All
    Booking required (20 places left)

    Open Weekend Retreat

    Theme will be published closer to the date.

    The retreat will be held at the Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk.

    Fri 6. - Sun 8. Dec 2019
    With: Ratnaprabha, Karunagita
    Costs,
    £175
    £145 low income
    £95 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up - Sat 29 Feb 2020

    Practice session for those who have completed an MBCT or CMBT course and an introduction for those who wish to find out more about this approach.

    Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

    Sat 29 Feb 2020
    13.30-17.30
    With: Pippa O'Connor
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required