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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 Dorman
£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

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

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

EARTH - an elemental Qi Gong workshop (22 Sept 19)

In the Five Elements system Earth is the centre. In the cycle of the seasons it is often associated with Late Summer but is also seen as an important "buffer" between the seasons. In the body it is manifested as the Spleen and Stomach organs and it provides our sense of ease.

The day will be gently paced, with loosening exercises, standing meditations and Qigong walking, as well as Monkey forms that relate to the Earth Element.

It will be perfectly suitable for the beginner.

Sun 22 Sept 2019, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44 waged
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (8 places left)

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/ £3 (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

Sangha Night

Lalitaraja, Santva, Manjumitra, Khemananda and guest Order Members take turns to lead evenings, practising and communicating Buddhism.

A Sangha evening might include a talk, meditation, discussion, workshop, devotional practice, and tea.

It is helpful if you have had an introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices. All welcome.

Every Monday 19:00 - 21:30 (except Bank holidays).
Some evenings start with a shared meal at 18:30
With: Khemananda, Lalitaraja, Manjumitra, Santva, and various order members
Free. 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 Dorman
£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

Dynamic Hatha Yoga ***new class***

Strength in alignment with flow. Build inner and outer strength with an Alignment based sequence anchored in traditional Hatha yoga root using modern mobility techniques.

Tuning into the breath to centre the mind and cultivate determination endurance and flexibility. This class leans to a more athletic style of yoga practice developing a positive body consciousness through breath.

Wednesdays 18.30-20.00
With: Seamus Casey
£12
Open to All
No booking required

Careful Hatha ***new class*** starts 4 Sept.

Designed to extend the spine and strengthen the body. Movements are slow and precise. We work progressively to create the strength and flexibility that makes postures do-able. We mainly do one posture at a time and take care not to hurt the back. Alternative postures will always be given (but no sun salutations, Vinyasa or headstand).
The class is suitable for all levels including beginners. Come and enjoy clear, focused work and move towards inner peace.

Wednesdays 20.15-21.30
With: Tony Marcus
£12
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 Dorman
£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

Padmasambhava Day - 'Pay urgent attention to Impermanence' (Sun 29 Sept 2019)

We will explore Padmasambhava's instruction to pay urgent attention to impermanence and discover the mysteries at the heart of his mandala palace.
10.30 doors open
11.00 Meditation, chanting and ritual with Lalitaraja
13.00 lunch to share
14.30 Visuddhimati will give a talk on Padmasambhava's Mandala Palace followed by further exploration of themes arising during the day.
16.00 Tea
16.30 Meditation and Festive puja with mitra ceremony

Sun 29 Sept 2019
With: Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
Free event. Donations welcome.
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

Mindfulness and Drama

Mindfulness and drama go hand in hand and are inextricably linked, an integral part of each other.

Acting is a form of mindfulness. In mindfulness without judgement, we simply observe what is happening both physically and emotionally. Noting, identifying thoughts with an eye to detail. What actors are doing is being aware of what is happening around them, their physical senses, the emotions that are coming, their thoughts and words pass through them in service of a character. The more aware an actor can be the more they can portray a character more effectively.

During this workshop we will explore how Mindfulness and Drama can be used as a useful tool in our Dharma practice through various exercises connecting through our imagination with body, mind and heart.

So much of Buddhism can be explored through Drama. Come along and see!

Sat 5 Oct; 14:00-17:00
With: Niccy Lowit, Katharine Schlesinger
Costs,
£10

Open to All
Booking required (11 places left)

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Oct 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 6 Oct 2019 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Life with Full Attention – A practical course in Buddhist Mindfulness (start 12 Oct)

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 Sat mornings 10:30-13:00
Sat 12 Oct to 7 Dec 2019
!! with 1 wk break on Sat 2 Nov
With: Amalayodhin, Anandavajra
Costs,
£140
£100 concession

Open to All
Booking required (13 places left)

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"
(for more info click here)

12 Oct - Karunagita "Going Forth"

9 Nov - Dhammamega "Fear comes from arming yourself"

14 Dec - Ratnaprabha "Urban Dharma"

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:

10 Aug - We will explore what we need to take our practice to the next level – if we want to - what that means to us and what would be helpful. The afternoon will be led by the team and includes short personal talks from Michelle and Niccy, with discussion and ritual. This is relevant wherever you are in your practice of meditation and Buddhism so do join us.

14 Sept - We will have Amaragita as guest for the first time. Drawing on her ‘Mandala of resilience’ work, she will facilitate a workshop physically mapping out and moving around a mandala to help bring awareness and clarity to different aspects of our lives and practice. Highly recommended.

12 Oct - tbc

9 Nov - There is an event for Mitras and Order Members at the NLBC this afternoon so there will be no women’s class in Nov. However, do come anyway – Dhammamegha will be doing the monthly public talk at 11.30 and you are welcome to bring and share lunch and, if you are a Mitra or considering becoming one, do join us for the afternoon.

14 Dec - tbc

Every second Saturday of the month,
10 Aug, 14 Sept, 12 Oct, (9 Nov see description), 14 Dec
14:15-17:00
With: Karunagita and Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Oct 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 13 Oct - 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Dorman
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Metta and the Sublime Abodes

Come and join Maitrisambhava for a day retreat exploring four meditation practices which cultivate positive emotion: lovingkindness (metta), compassion, joy and equanimity. It will be a meditative day including some discussion and gentle body awareness practice.

Suitable for those who know both meditation practices.

Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Sun 13 Oct 2019
10:00-17:00
With: Maitrisambhava
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (start 23 Oct 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 with some experience of meditation.

4 evenings
Wed 23 Oct - Wed 13 Nov 2019
19.00-21.30
With: Ratnaprabha, Shakyasiddhi
Costs,
£60 waged
£28 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Mindful Compassion Relationship training (MCRT) - Love, Intimacy & the Heart resilience training, Thu eve starts 24 Oct 2019

The relationship may be partner, parent, child, friend or work colleagues. Here you will learn to reflect, challenge, change & transform the difficult, conditioned past.

The training works directly with insight, wisdom, resilience & de stress tolerance skills. By noticing, observing through direct experience we allow spot light of kindly awareness to inform & transform the historical, difficult conditioned self, we will lightly open up and engage with these difficult patterns, struggles, obstacles, fears, angst and confusions in relationships.

Engaging with compassionate & mindfulness training to transform the mental, physical knots and emotional elucidating blocks often found in relationships i.e. blaming, making the other responsible, the judging critical mind, low self-worth, demanding/neediness, trust issues, anger, vengeful, undermining, loss of power, insecurity etc.

PippaO'Connor – BSc, MSc.PG Dip. Senior lecturer in the clinical applications of (MBCT) Mindfulness & Cognitive Therapy. Dip Relationship trainer. Practicing at the Priory Hospital & Tavistock Hospital. Also the North London Buddhist Centre. Dip Relationship & Family Therapy.

Supported by: Andi Stapleton – BA, MSc, MA. Psychotherapist specialising in Executive Coaching, Resilience training. MBCT Cert: private and corporate sectors: Priory Hospital / Priory Wellness Clinic and private practice.

Thu 24 Oct - Thu 12 Dec 2019 (8 weeks)
19.40-21.40
Practice day Sat 29 Feb 2020
13.30 -17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor, Andi Stapleton
Costs,
£265
£215 low income
£155 on benefits

Open to All
Booking required (24 places left)

Autumn Sangha Retreat - Wisdom Embodied

An exploration of the multi facetted aspects of wisdom.
Buddhist wisdom is there to be discovered in the in the symbolism of archetypal Buddha forms and in the words and actions of the wise.
Over the course of the weekend paths to wisdom will unfold though our shared practice of meditation, mindfulness, metta, reflection and ritual.

For those who know our Triratna meditation practices.

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 (14 places left)

METAL - an elemental Qigong workshop (27 Oct 19)

In the Five Elements system Metal is the contracting, or condensing, phase of the Five Elements cycle and is associated with the season of Autumn and the direction West. In the body it is manifested as the Lungs and Large Intestine organs and it aids our sense of clarity.

The day will be gently paced, with loosening exercises, standing meditations and Qigong walking, as well as Tiger forms that relate to Metal.

It will be perfectly suitable for the beginner.

Sun 27 Oct 2016, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44 waged
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Yoga, Autumn and Ayurveda

Join Sian for a morning's exploration of how the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda can help you transition smoothly into autumn.

November is poised between autumn and winter. According to Ayurveda, this season can lead to aggravated vata dosha which if not managed can lead us to feel ungrounded, agitated or restless.

Luckily, Yoga and Ayurveda offer tools to help rebalance. This session will offer a grounding, balanced practice of yoga, breathwork and contemplation to help you stabilise and find your roots.

Accessible to all and with variations and modifications where appropriate, you'll finish with a long and luxurious relaxation for you to emerge revitalised and reset for the new season.

Sun 3 Nov, 11.00-13.00
With: Sian O'Neill
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Deep Rest (10 Nov 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 10 Nov, 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Dorman
Costs,
£36
£24 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.

6 Wednesday sessions 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 11 Dec, 18 Dec
19.00-21.00;
Sun 15 Dec (6th & 7th session)
14.00-18.00;
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.
Open to All
Booking required (14 places left)

Sangha Day Festival (Sun 17 Nov 2019)

Details nearer to the time.

Sun 17 Nov 2019
With: Ratnaprabha
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start 21 Nov)

This 4 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.

4 Thu evenings
Thu 21 Nov - Thu 12 Dec 2019;
19.00-21.30
With: Karunagita
Costs,
£60
£28 concession

Open to All
Booking required

WATER - an elemental Qigong workshop (1 Dec 19)

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 1 Dec 2016, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44 waged
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 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

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Dec 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 8 Dec 2019 - 10:00-13:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£30
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Dec 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 15 Dec - 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Dorman
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required

New Year's Evening - Meditation and Ritual (Tue 31 Dec 2019)

Details closer to the date.

Tue 31 Dec 2019, 20.30 - midnight
With:
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No 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