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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

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 15 Dec, 19 Jan, 16 Feb and 16 Mar 2019
With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Vinyasa Krama

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.

The class is open to all levels and good for beginners.

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

Breathworks: Mindfulness Taster Session

Whether you are experienced in mindfulness and would like a refresher, or are considering taking an eight week mindfulness course, starting next week on Sun 7 October, just come along.

Learn how mindfulness can give you more space, calm and relaxation in your daily life in a friendly and warm environment.

Sat 19 Jan 2019
14.00 - 17.00
With: Niccy Lowit
By donation
Open to All
This Day Event / Workshop is currently fully booked, but we may have a waiting list please contact the centre for details.

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

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

Feldenkrais Method ***New class starts Monday 21 Jan***

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: Confession- What a Relief!!

What a relief! Why don't I confess more often? Continuing our exploration of the seven themes in the Triratna Sevenfold Puja.

Monday 21st January 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Santva, The Monday Night Team
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!!

Fridays 10.00-11.30
With: Helen Corcoran
£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!!

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 ***New Time***

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

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: (Satipatthana)

An exploration and explanation of the four traditional ways of establishing mindfulness - body (Kaya), feelings (Vedana), mind (Chitta) and Dhammas. There will be a meditation in the first part of the evening which follows our standard format for the Tuesday class. You need to know our Triratna meditation practices.

Four Tuesday evenings 22 Jan - 12 Feb 19:00 - 21:30
With: Satyanathin
£40/20
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 ***New Time***

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

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

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

Weekend Sangha Retreat - Tara's Wisdom

Join Lalitaraja and Visuddhimati for the next in their series of weekend retreats giving another opportunity to deepen your practice in a supportive and friendly context..
We will meet Tara in all her many lovely appearances and explore the significance of Enlightenment manifesting in female form.
Our retreat heralds Imbolc, the first festival of spring traditionally held at the beginning of February, when the Celtic Brighid as the maiden goddess melts with her wand of fire the winter snows.

The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckinghamshire.
For those who know our Triratna meditation practices.

Fri evening 25 Jan 2019 - Sun 27 Jan 2019
With: Visuddhimati, Lalitaraja
Costs,
£175
£140 low income
£95 concessions

Open to All
Booking required (4 places left)

Stand Alone Mindfulness and Compassion Practice Day
Sat 26 Jan 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.

Sat 26 Jan 2019, 11.00-16.00
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£50
£30 on benefits

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Deep Rest (Jan 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 27 Jan - 15.00-18.00
With: Anna Jones
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Confession of Faults - going beyond views of self and others

Beyond ideas of being superior/inferior, Buddhist confession leads us to a deeper connection with ourselves and others.

With: Khemananda, The Monday Night Team
By donation
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 4 Jan, 1 Feb, 1 Mar and 5 April
With: Sub35 team, and various order members
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Imbolc Celebration

The solar festival of Imbolc is the first festival of spring when the Celtic Brighid as the maiden goddess melts with her wand of fire the winter snows. It offers an opportunity to melt away any obstacles, opposition, inertia or coldness in your life and to mend any quarrels. Reflection, puja and chanting and the lighting of many candles to invoke the return of the sun and the rebirth of the goddess.

Friday 1 February
18.30 Food to share. 19.30 Event
With: Lalitaraja
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Feb 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 3 Feb 2019 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Arts Evening - Looking at Landscape

A relaxed evening including a slide show and a conversation, looking at how artists have expressed their response to landscape.

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Visuddhimati
£5 plus optional donation (centre fundraiser)
Open to All
No booking required

Live Budcasts: The Five Spiritual Faculties

Free public talks on Buddhism by our new chair, Ratnaprabha and other team members. All welcome. The events are free, donations are welcome.

12 Jan: Talk on the Mindfulness Faculty

9 Feb: Talk on the Shraddha Faculty

9 Mar: Talk on the Virya Faculty

13 Apr: Talk on the Samadhi Faculty

11 May: Talk on the Prajna Faculty

Every second Saturday of the month:
Sat 12 Jan, Sat 9 Feb, Sat 9 Mar, Sat 13 Apr and Sat 11 May;
11.30-12.45
With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
Free event. Donations welcome.
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

Breathworks: Mindfulness for Health (start Sat 9 Feb 2019)

Mindfulness for Health integrates mindfulness, compassion, a supportive mindful movement practice, and practical components from modern pain and medical condition management.

These techniques, backed with huge amounts of medical research, have helped thousands of people over the years. This course is for anyone living with pain or a chronic health condition

Breathworks has been offering mindfulness courses since 2001, and the effectiveness of our approach has been demonstrated by clinical research.

Sat 9 Feb - Sat 30 Mar 2019
(8 afternoons)
14.30 - 17.00
With: Niccy Lowit
Costs,
£200
£150 low income
£100 on benefits

Prices include materials.
Open to All
Booking required

WATER - an elemental Qigong workshop (Feb 2019)

Water is our deep potential to develop and change. It is essential to life, and in a very real sense we are water.
When the Water Element is healthy it can affect the whole balance of yin and yang forces in the body and bring about deep vitality. Water is fluidity and flow, and these aspects, as well as its connection with the Kidney and Bladder organs and meridians, will be explored in both moving and static forms.
These forms will include some inspired by the Bear, the animal associated with Water in the Five Elements system.

The day will be gently paced and will be perfectly suitable for the beginner.

Sun 10 Feb 2019, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44 waged
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Life with Full Attention – A practical course in Buddhist Mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a modern buzzword, but its roots reach back 2,500 years to the early teachings of the Buddha. His ancient mindfulness practices still work brilliantly in helping us face the underlying causes of stress and suffering in the lives of ourselves and others. The Buddha's own original teaching of mindfulness is found in the Satipatthana Sutta, which explains how to place careful attention on different aspects of experience, deeply see their significance, and creatively transform them.

Mindfulness is about living fully and vividly, without rumination or distraction. This course will teach a systematic approach to mindfulness and authentic happiness, starting with applying mindfulness in everyday life.

The bestselling book Life with Full Attention by Maitreyabandhu will be our guide to daily practice, provided free with the course.

8 evenings - Mon 11 Feb to 1 Apr 2019; 19:00-21:30
With: Ratnaprabha, Aryajit
Costs,
£140
£100 concession

Open to All
Booking required (10 places left)

Trying to be Human: The Practice of Buddhist Ethics (start Wed 13 Feb 2019)

How we act has an enormous influence on who we become. The Buddha taught that our actions have consequences - both for ourselves and others.

In this course will look at the practice of Buddhist Ethics and how this practice can benefit our lives.

Suitable for complete beginners and those seeking to explore Buddhist ideas.

4 evenings
Wed 13 Feb - Wed 6 Mar 2019
19.00-21.30
With: Vajramitra
Costs,
£64 waged
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Compassion for Healthy Living course (start 14 Feb 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 11 Feb 2019** Online registration required before your place can be confirmed ***
Thu 14 Feb - Thu 11 Apr 2019 (9 weeks)
18:45 - 21:15
Practice day Sat 30 Mar 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 (22 places left)

MBCT (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) Friday mornings starts 15 Feb 2019

Nine Friday mornings, 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 11 Feb 2019** Online registration required before your place can be confirmed ***

Fri 15 Feb - Fri 12 Apr 2019 (9 weeks)
10:45 - 13:15
Practice day Sat 30 Mar 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 (21 places left)

Parinirvana Day Festival (Sun 17 Feb 2018)

As the year begins to peek towards spring, we celebrate the death of the Buddha. The founder of our whole Buddhist tradition, old and infirm, lay down under the trees, and continued teaching right until the end.

We'll mark this anniversary with meditation, ritual and reflection, absorbing the reality of death in our own lives as well as celebrating the legacy that the Buddha left behind him, the Dharma.

If someone close to you has died in the past year, you are most welcome to bring their photograph to place on the shrine, so that their memory can be included in the day's celebrations.

Sun 17 Feb 2019; 11:00-19:00
With: Ratnaprabha
Free event. Donation welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) Wed eve starts 20 Feb 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 20 Feb - Wed 10 Apr 2019
19.00-21.00
Practice day Sun 23 Jun 2019
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 (21 places left)

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Mar 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 3 Mar 2019 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation: The Four Noble Truths (start 13 Mar 2019)

The ‘Four Noble Truths’ is the earliest and one of the most central teachings in Buddhism. It contains fundamental principles of Buddhist practice in a nutshell. 2500 years later they are still relevant for us today.

The course will explore the teaching itself as well as Buddhist meditation.

4 evenings
Wed 13 Mar - Wed 3 Apr 2019
19.00-21.30
With: Maitrisambhava
Costs,
£64 waged
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Deep Rest (Mar 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 17 Mar - 15.00-18.00
With: Anna Jones
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
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

Open Buddhist weekend retreat

The simple life. Spend a weekend in the countryside near London meditating, learning about Buddhism, and getting to know people who care about compassion for all that lives, and wants to develop the wisdom to make a difference.

You need to have learnt the mindfulness of breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices.

Fri 29. - Sun 31. March 2019;
With: Ratnaprabha
Costs,
£175
£140 low income
£95 concessions
Open to All
Booking required

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

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

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

(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 (20 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

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