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Midsummer Weekend Sangha Retreat - Theme to be confirmed

An opportunity to practice together with the NLBC Sangha with our usual popular mix of meditation, presentations, ritual and enjoying the countryside together. Our rituals will celebrate and mark the Summer Solstice.

The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre, Buckinghamshire.
From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Fri 22 Jun - Sun 24 Jun
With: Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
Costs,
£165
£130 low income
£95 concessions

Going Deeper
Booking required (5 places left)

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
Please note: no class on 21 April and 12 May 2018

With: Karunagita, Sahajamani, Singhashri, Vajramitra, Santva, Maitrisambhava
£10/ £5 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Vinyasa Krama

Krama means a step by step progression. Krama allows the practitioner to either stay at the first posture building strength and creating space or building experience opting to go deeper into more advanced asana making it accessible to everyone. A creative Vinyasa sequence coupled with kramic gradual movements brings fresh light and awareness to your practice.

Saturdays 11:45-13:00.
With: Mary Smiley
£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

CANCELLED: Daoist Yoga: Alchemy of Baguazhang - Sun 24 June

This workshop will cover preparatory sequences and circle-walking. The Daoist practice of Ba Gua is a physical manifestation of the ideas of the Trigrams (representations of the eight basic forces of the universe) that combine to make up the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle text.

The workshop will cover Alchemical sequences designed to improve the strength and structure of the body. We will do this through study of movement and stillness based around the central 'axis' of the body, the pole that connects Heaven (yang) and Earth (yin) through us. In this way we use the practice to balance the energies and forces within us by deepening the connection of mind and body. In circle-walking, the more dynamic aspect of the practice, our movements create a spiral-type vortex with powerfully transformative effects.

Tea will be provided.

Sunday 24 June, 10.00-13.00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (July 2018)

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 1 July - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Body, Breath, Heart - a Meditation Day for Regulars (Sun 1 July 2018)

We warmly invite you to a day of collective meditation practice. The day will be in silence and we will explore the breath and the heart in a gentle, natural and rooted way.

Sitting practice will be interspersed with mindful movement, walking, lying down, poetry and chanting.

The day is suitable for anybody who is familiar with both meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

Please bring a vegan or vegetarian lunch to share.

Sun 1 July
10.00-16.00
With: Shraddhasara, Bodhamayi
Costs,
£40
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

Women’s class with guest speakers:

14 July – Dhammagita will lead another workshop with movement and body work

11 Aug – Karunagita will lead an afternoon unpacking shunyata – emptiness and ungraspability in all its fullness and beauty, including a musical rendition…

8 Sept – Maitrisambhava and Bodhamayi will answer questions about their first year in the Triratna Buddhist Order

13 Oct – Vajraghanta leads a workshop on Compassionate Communication

10 Nov – Details soon

14-16 Dec - women's class retreat at Vajrasana. Details to follow.

Every second Saturday of the month,
14:15-17:00.
apart from 12 May, 10.00-12.45
With: Bodhamayi, Karunagita and Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Deep Rest

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

Open to All
Booking required

Young People at NLBC (Sub35)

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 21 April, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July and 18 August
With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Men’s class - once a month on Saturday

A chance to explore the Buddhist Vision through meditation, talks, discussion and hanging out together. Class starts at 14.00; but do join us for lunch from 13.00.

Class on 19 May: Pleasure and Meaning
Often the things we enjoy the most- sex, chocolate, alcohol are not the things that give our lives meaning- while the 'spiritual ' things we can find boring- how can we unite pleasure and meaning- and what did the Buddha do about it?

An afternoon of discussion, talks and mediation.

Once a month on Saturday 14.00-17.00.

Class on 19 May, 16 June, 21 July and 18 Aug 2018

Join us for lunch from 13.00. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share
With: Kusala, Abhilasa, Aryajit
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Stand Alone Mindfulness Practice Day (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) - Sat 28 July 2018

Come along if you're considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness 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.

Sat 28 July 2018, 10.30-16.00
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£50
£30 on benefits

Open to All
Booking required (20 places left)

Dharma Day (Sun 29 July 2018)

Programme tbc

Sunday 29th July 2018
With:
Open to All
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Aug 2018)

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 5 Aug - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Meditation Day: Just Sitting

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.

Bring veggie food to share for lunch.

Sun 12 Aug 2018
10.00-17.00
With: Karunagita
Suggested donation £30/£15
Open to All
No booking required

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Aug 2018)

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

Open to All
Booking required

Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (start Sat 8 Sept)

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 mornings
Sat 8 - Sat 29 Sept 2018
10.30-13.00
With: Santva
Costs,
£60
£28 concession

Introductory
Booking required (13 places left)

Padmasambhava Day (Sun 16 Dec 2018)

Programme tbc

Sunday 16th September 2018
With:
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Sangha Day Festival (Sun 25 Nov 2018)

Sunday 25th November 2018
With:
Open to All
No booking required