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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

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

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

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

Spring Equinox Celebration

We will mark the Spring Equinox with meditation, ritual and a puja to Green Tara. Celebrated as Ostara in pagan times, it has associations with the rebirth of the year and with fertility. It is a time of preparation for farmers. Back then it was tradition to bring seeds to be blessed.

The word blessing comes from the Old English blaedsian meaning to make sacred. You are encouraged to bring seeds - actual or conceptual - to be blessed as part of the puja. Whether they are flowers for the garden or intentions for our life to make them sacred as they take root and grow into our life.

Fri 22 March
18.30 Food to share. 19.30 Event
With: Lalitaraja
Free event. Donation welcome.
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 theme for the New Year is the five spiritual faculties: mindfulness, confidence, energy, unification of mind, and insight. 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 discuss the practical implications of these fundamental Buddhist teachings. 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

WOOD - an elemental Qigong workshop (Mar 2019)

Wood is the power of growth and is associated with the season of Spring. In the body it manifests as the Liver and Gall Bladder organs, responsible for planning, decision-making and the free flow of Blood, Qi and the emotions. The Liver in particular is said to house our 'wild inner spirit' and its vitality governs the healthy expression of this aspect of us, including our sexuality.

The expansive and spiraling qualities of Wood and its connection to these organs and their meridians will be explored in both moving and static forms. The Deer is the animal most associated with the Wood Element and we will use several Deer forms that embody the animal's power and grace. The day will be gently paced and will be perfect for the beginner.

Tea will be provided.

Sun 24 Mar, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44
£32 concession

Open to All
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

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

SANGHA EVENING: A Celebratory Sevenfold Puja bringing our theme to a close

Shakyasiddhi will lead a Celebratory Sevenfold Puja with musical accompaniment as the grande finale of our series of evenings on puja and ritual.

Monday 25th March 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Shakyasiddhi, The Monday Night Team
By donation
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

Circular Flow Yoga/ Vinyasa Flow

A Vinyasa Flow style yoga where the circular aspect of the practice is influenced by Tai-Chi. Through the practice we explore postures working with the breath & investigating the 'elements' and 'energy' through this moving meditation.

Wednesdays 18.30-20.00
With: Sherene Banner
£12/ £8 (concession)
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

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

'The gates of the senses' - Buddhist weekend retreat

Our windows onto the world are our senses -- sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste, to which Buddhism adds the mind sense. The mind receives memories, images, imaginings and ideas. Mindfulness of sense experience can be delightful, and it is an excellent antidote to busy, insistent thinking.

Ratnaprabha will lead a spring country weekend retreat tuning in to our sense experience in meditation and practical workshops

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 29. - Sun 31. March 2019;
With: Ratnaprabha
Costs,
£175
£140 low income
£95 concession

Open to All
This Retreat is currently fully booked, but we may have a waiting list please contact the centre for details.

Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up - Sun 31 Mar 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 31 Mar 2019
13.30-17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Introducing the Seven Factors of Awakening

The launch of our new Sangha Night theme: 'The Bodhyangas'. In the practice of the seven factors of awakening, seven ordinary capacities of the mind - mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity - are developed into the path of awakening.
Lalitaraja will introduce the seven factors as a path and as a series of balancing factors.

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

The Alternative Friday Night (Sub35)

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 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov and 6 Dec 2019
With: Sub35 team, and various order members
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Pan-London Triratna Morning: A Lotus Realm - at the London Buddhist Centre Bethnal Green

In these polarised times we might ask ourselves what values we live by and how they contribute to wider global concerns.

The Triratna Buddhist Community, founded by Urgyen Sangharakshita, is just over 50 years old. Its activities take place in Buddhist Centres across the globe. How are these Centres relevant in today’s world? Chairs and council members from each of the London Centres will give short talks on how they believe Triratna’s Buddhist Centres are benefiting London and the world, and what work they feel is still to be done.

The event will take place at the London Buddhist Centre, Bethnal Green, 51 Roman Road, E2 0HU

Sat 6 April; 10:00-12:30
With:
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Apr 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 Apr 2019 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Smrti- Mindfulness and Recollection

Khemananda will explore how Mindfulness is the key to sustaining a spiritual practice and fulfilling our purpose.

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

Live Budcasts: The Five Spiritual Faculties

Free public talks on Buddhism, all welcome. You can listen to the podcasts of the talks Please click here

12 January, Ratnaprabha "It's happening now – mindfulness and the five faculties in Buddhism". 9 February, Amalayodhin, "Imagining the real – faith in Buddhism". 9 March, Akashamitra, "Acting with compassion – energy in Buddhism". 13 April, Vajramitra, "Entering the depths – meditation in Buddhism." 11 May, Karunagita, “Touching freedom – wisdom in Buddhism”

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 9 Mar, Sat 13 Apr and Sat 11 May;
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: TBC

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

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Apr 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 14 Apr - 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Jones
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Smrti- Mindfulness and Recollection

Mindfulness – The Breath And The Body. Why does mindfulness start with body awareness? Why is the mindfulness of breathing such an important practice? Ratnaprabha will look back at the Buddha's teaching on mindfulness in the Anapanasati Sutta.

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

(CMBT) Mindfulness & Compassionate Mind Behaviour Training - Wed eve starts 24 Apr 2019

Mindful Compassion is for transforming difficult critical, judging thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We practice Kindly awareness skills to open to heartfulness.

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 24 Apr - Wed 12 Jun 2019
19.00- 21.00
Catch-up: Sun 23 Jun 2019
13.30 - 17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
Costs,
£265
£215 low waged
£155 on benefits

Prices include materials.
Open to All
Booking required (12 places left)

Yoga, Ayurveda and Spring- Transitioning through the Seasons

Join us for a morning's exploration around the theme of transitioning smoothly into Spring.

Following a brief overview of Spring through the Ayurvedic lens, we’ll lead you through an active and detoxifying practice of yoga to help clear any heavy qualities from winter for you to emerge reset and ready for the new season.

Accessible to all and with variations and modifications where appropriate, we’ll finish with a long and luxurious relaxation.

Sun 28 Apr 2019 - 11.00-13.00
With: Sian O'Neill, Alison Leighton
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Positive Experience of Practice

A symposium of short talks from Sangha people on their positive experience of practice.

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

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (May 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 5 May 2019 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

***Save the Date*** Spring into Action - A Working Day Retreat (Mon 6 May - 1st Bank Holiday)

You are warmly invited to a mindful and companionable practice day. We will be meditating and working together throughout the day.

You can come for the full day or arrive at 10.00 for the morning session, or between 13.00-14.00 for the afternoon session. Sitting down work available.

Programme
10.00 – Doors open
10.30 – 13.00 Periods of meditation & work
13.00 – Doors re-open
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break (lunch provided)
14.00 – 16.30 Periods of meditation & work

Monday 6 May 2019
10.30-16.30
doors open at 10.00 and 13.00
lunch provided
With: NLBC Centre Team
Free event.
Open to All
No booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation?

This 6 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha). We will focus on the historical Buddha including key stories about his life and enlightenment as well as exploring Buddhist practice - the Buddhist path laid out in his teaching.

The course is open to all and will include space for questions and discussion.

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

6 evenings
Wed 8 May - Wed 12 June 2019;
19.00-21.30
With: Vajramitra
Costs,
£90
£45 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Introductory Mindfulness and Compassion Course (start 9 May 2019)

This short course is for you if you would like to experience mindfulness or compassion training and don’t feel ready, or able, to commit to a longer Mindfulness for Healthy Living or Compassion for Healthy Living course. A great way to dip your toe in the water!

There will be home practice 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 Tue 7 May 2019*** Online registration required before your place can be confirmed
Thu 9, 16 and 23 May 2019
18.45 - 21.15 (3 weeks)
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£90
£60 on benefits

Introductory
Booking required (25 places left)

Nourishing the Yin: Harmonising the Five Orbs (May 2019)

The ancient Daoists studied and understood nature through the prism of five: five directions, five phases, five flavours, five tones, and in the body the five yin organs. Western physiology, too, considers these of utmost importance to us as functioning life forms: the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and spleen. In Chinese medicine these organs not only have a physical aspect but also a set of correspondent emotions. Qigong gives us a way to influence this cycle in a positive way to help maintain and restore balance and health.

We will also explore the use of "healing sounds" as another method for supporting the health of the organs. As with chanting or mantra, this type of practice is predicated on the idea that sound and vibration form the basis of the universe, and that by creating certain frequencies with the voice we can resonate and heal our internal organs.

This workshop will be gently paced and is open to all. The form is easy to learn and very effective in its ability to restore balance to the body.
Tea will be provided.

Sun 12 May, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Stand Alone Mindfulness and Compassion Practice Day
Sun 12 May 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 12 May 2019, 10.30-16.00
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£50
£30 on benefits

Open to All
Booking required (25 places left)

Deep Rest (May 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 12 May - 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 16 Mar, not in April, 18 May, 15 June, 20 July, 17 aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Buddha Day Festival (Sun 19 May 2019)

Join us to celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with our Buddha Day festival.

Programme tbc

With:
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

MBCT (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) Thursday evening starts 30 May 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 Tue 28 May 2019** Online registration required before your place can be confirmed ***

Thu 30 May - Thu 25 July 2019 (9 weeks)
18:45 - 21:15
Practice day Sun 7 July 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)

Compassion for Healthy Living course - Friday mornings starts 31 May 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 Tue 28 May 2019** Online registration required before your place can be confirmed
Fri 31 May - 26 Jul 2019 (9 weeks)
10:45 - 13:15
Practice day Sun 7 Jul 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)

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (June 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 2 June 2019 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

***Save the Date*** Sangha Unleashed (Sat 15 June)

An evening of hilarity, musicality and playfulness featuring the hidden talents of the Sangha community at the North London Buddhist Centre. Let loose for one unmissable night only

More details to follow.

Sat 15 June 2019,
start 19.00
With: Alana, Suvarnajyoti
Tickets £10, £7 concession
Open to All
No booking required

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

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
With: Amalamati, Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
£325 for full week, £195 for Friday to Monday weekend option.
Open to All
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

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

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

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

Dharma Day (Sun 14 July 2019)

tbc

Sunday 14th July 2019
With:
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

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

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

This biennial event at Adhisthana, UK, 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.

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
No booking required

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

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