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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 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 "The Eight Ways of the Noble Ones".

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

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, Ratnaprabha
£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

Flow and Restore ***New class starts 11 Jan***

This class combines hatha yoga with more specific focus on alignment, breath and connection. It is open and friendly for all levels and helps alleviate stress both mentally and physically.

Saturdays 13.15-14.30
With: Sara Wookey
£14
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

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

Under 35's Day Retreat: From reactivity to creativity (Sun 1 March 2020)

In order to change the world, we start by changing our minds. Through transforming our habitual thought patterns we enter into a realm of creativity and freedom.

Join the sub35 team for a day of meditative practice, reflection and discussion. Suitable for newcomers and regulars.

Please bring a vegetarian lunch to share.

Sun 1 March 2020; 10.00-17.00
With: Moksadhi & the sub35 team
Free event. Donations welcome.
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
***new from 8 Jan *** also on Wednesdays
13.00-14.00
With: The Centre Team
£6/ £3 (concession)
Introductory
No booking required

Feldenkrais Method

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

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

Monday 13.00-14.15
With: Colin Poole
£12/ £8 (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.

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/ £8 (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!!

Fridays 10.00-11.30
With: Helen Corcoran
£12/ £8 (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/ £8 (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 (Jones)
£12/ £8 (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, 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/ £8 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Yoga for Meditation ***new class*** start Wed 8 Jan 2020

Let gentle movement of your body connect you to your mind and heart. This accessible yoga encourages you to bring awareness and kindness to your experience, preparing you to do the same in meditation.

One price for both, so stay on after the yoga to explore your inner world further through meditation.

Wed 12.00-12.45 incl. meditation teaching from 13.00-14.00
With: Maitripushpa
£8 (includes free meditation)
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/ £8 (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/ £8 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Dynamic Hatha Yoga

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 (Jones)
£12/ £8 (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: Alice Knowelden
£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/ £8 (concession)
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 (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

Under 35's 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!

Upcoming speakers and topics:
6th Dec - Sagarasila - The ideal of friendship
10th Jan - Devamitra - Responding to Craving and Desire
24th Jan - Moksadhi - Peace is a fire
7th Feb - Prajnaketu - How to fall in (and out of) love: a Buddhist perspective
21 Feb - tbc
6th Mar - Vajragupta - Time

With late night tea bar after.

Friday evening (fortnightly)
19.00-21.30
with late night tea bar after
On 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 6 Mar
With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Healing Sound Bath (Sat 7 Mar 2020)

Using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, chimes and other instruments, you will be lead through some gentle movements of the breath and body before laying down to be immersed in some sonic sound healing.

There will be a sound bath in Feb, Mar and Apr, and each sound bath will have a different feel and quality to it due to the theme and intention in mind for each session.

Please note: The frequencies from a sound bath may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or who are pregnant. If you are unsure, please seek professional medical advice.

Sat 7 Mar 2020; 15.20-17.00
With: Sherene Banner
Costs,
£24
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start Sat 14 Mar)

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 mornings
Sat 14 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2020
10.00-12.30
With: Ratnaprabha, Maitrisambhava
Costs,
£64
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Live Budcasts: The Eight Ways of the Noble Ones (titles and speakers might change)

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

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

11 Jan - "How far can we go?" - A Buddha vision - with Akashamitra

8 Feb - "Who is driving?" with Vajramitra

14 Mar "Talking matters to Buddhists" - Skilful speech in Buddhism - with Karunagita

11 Apr - "Living lightly - Buddhist ideas on the effect we have" with Singhashri

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 11 Jan, Sat 8 Feb, Sat 14 Mar and Sat 11 Apr
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

11 Jan - "Touching Compassion" with Vajraghanta. At the start of a new decade we will take the opportunity to reflect on our lives and set intentions with compassion. Vajraghanta has many years of experience facilitating communication workshops. All welcome.

8 Feb - Reflections on Amoghasiddhi, the mysterious archetypal Buddha of the North' with Shraddhasara. The archetypal Buddhas communicate a message about our potential, this message is communicated through symbol, sound, myth and poetry.

14 Mar - An afternoon with Singhashri marking International Women’s Day: As Buddhist women and gender non-conforming people, how might we respond to the current social, climate and ecological crises we face in the world today? What is the unique contribution we can bring to collective efforts to find new ways forward that honour all people, animals and the planet? What is the middle way between anger and apathy?

11 Apr - The class coincides with Easter weekend so Karunagita will pick up on topical themes of spiritual death and rebirth, including experiential exercises, discussion and ritual.

every second Saturday of the month:
14 Mar, 11 Apr, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July & 8 Aug
14:00-17:00
With: Karunagita and Team
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Deep Rest (Sat 21 Mar 2020)

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.

Sat 21 Mar 2020; 15.00-17.30
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£32
£21 concession

Open to All
Booking required (14 places left)

Spring Equinox with Puja (Sat 21 Mar 2020)

We will celebrate the Equinox with meditation, chanting and puja. The suggestion is to bring seeds - actual or conceptual - to be blessed as part of the puja.

The word blessing comes from the Old English blædsian meaning to make sacred, so we'll bring our 'seeds' whether they are flowers for the garden or intentions for our life to make them sacred so that as they take root and grow into our life they do so with our best intentions.

The Spring Equinox was celebrated as Ostara in pagan times with it's associations with the rebirth of the year and with fertility. It is a time of preparation for farmers and the tradition of bringing their seeds for blessing.

Saturday 21 March;
16.00-18.00
With: Lalitaraja
Free event. Donation welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

CMBT (Mindfulness & Compassionate Mind Behaviour Training)
Wed eve start 25 Mar 2020

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.

Wed 25 Mar - Wed 13 May 2020 (8 weeks)
19.00-21.00
Practice day: Sun 17 May 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)

SAVE THE DATE: Triratna Community Day (Sat 4 April 2020)

This year's pan-London Triratna Day is going to be a pilgrimage from Amen Corner where Bhante Sangharakshita 'suddenly awoke to the complete absurdity of the mind being tied down to a physical body' to the basement in Monmouth Street where Triratna began.

We'll be stopping at key places along the way where some of the people who were actually there all those years ago will share their experience.

More details will follow soon - so if you want to join us then save the date (we'll start at 10.45 and finish at 5ish and you can join in at different points if you want).

Hope to see you there!

Saturday 4th April 2020, 11:00 - 17:00
With:
Open to All
No booking required

Healing Sound Bath (Sat 4 Apr 2020)

Using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, chimes and other instruments, you will be lead through some gentle movements of the breath and body before laying down to be immersed in some sonic sound healing.

There will be a sound bath in Feb, Mar and Apr, and each sound bath will have a different feel and quality to it due to the theme and intention in mind for each session.

Please note: The frequencies from a sound bath may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or who are pregnant. If you are unsure, please seek professional medical advice.

Sat 4 Apr 2020; 15.20-17.00
With: Sherene Banner
Costs,
£24
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Sun 5 Apr 2020)

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 Apr 2019 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

The Matrix of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the all-pervading infra-structure upon which all growth and development, both personal and spiritual can flourish.

In this evening workshop, hosted by the Tuesday evening class, Vajradaka will lead us into practical and direct meditations and exercises which highlight how different facets of mindfulness help us become more positive and go beyond limitations in our meditation and everyday life.

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Vajradaka
Open to All
No booking required

Yoga for Spring- Transitioning through the Seasons (Sat 18 Apr 2020)

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.

Sat 18 Apr 2020; 15.00-17.00
With: Sian O'Neill
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

The Technology of Change - An Introduction to Buddhism and meditation

Can we really find happiness in more and more distraction, and having ever more stuff? Buddhism tells us that this won’t work – but that there is a real happiness to be found, if we look in the right place.

On this course you will learn the two most important Buddhist meditation practices, and try out some powerful Buddhist wisdom teachings that can change the way we see the world.

Using a combination of team-teaching, small-group discussion, meditation, and practical exercises, this course gives us the tools to become more like the person we want to be.

6 mornings
Sat 25 April - Sat 30 May 2020
10.15-12.45
With: Anandavajra
Costs,
£90
£45 concession

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Metta Day (Sun 26 Apr 2020)

Come and spend a nourishing day retreat immersed in metta - friendliness, kindness, unconditional love. Through talks, meditation, discussion and mindful self-compassion we will explore this transformative practice, how it changes our attitude to ourselves and to the other beings who surround us in the world.

Bring veggie lunch to share

Sun 26 Apr 2020, 10:00-17:00
With: Karunagita, Maitrisambhava
Free event. Suggested donation £30/ £15
Open to All
Booking required

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Sun 26 Apr 2020)

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 26 Apr 2020 - 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start Thur 30 Apr)

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 30 Apr - Thu 21 May 2020;
19.00-21.30
With:
Costs,
£60
£28 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Healing Sound Bath (Sat 2 May 2020)

Using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, chimes and other instruments, you will be lead through some gentle movements of the breath and body before laying down to be immersed in some sonic sound healing.

There will be a sound bath in Feb, Mar and Apr, and each sound bath will have a different feel and quality to it due to the theme and intention in mind for each session.

Please note: The frequencies from a sound bath may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or who are pregnant. If you are unsure, please seek professional medical advice.

Sat 2 May 2020; 15.20-17.00
With: Sherene Banner
Costs,
£24
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

WOOD - an elemental Qigong workshop (Sun 3 May 2020)

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 3 May 2020; 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (10 May 2020)

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 10 May 2020 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Buddha Day Festival (Sun 10 May 2020)

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

Details closer to the date.

Sun 10 May; 11.00-17.00
With:
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Deep Rest (Sun 10 May 2020)

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 May 2020; 15.00-18.00
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required (17 places left)

Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up - Sun 17 May 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.

Sun 17 May 2020
13.30-17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Open Weekend Retreat (Fri 22. - Sun 24. May 2020)

A weekend retreat on Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. More details closer to the date.

The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckinghamshire. Shared accommodation and vegetarian food (we share the cooking) are provided.

Fri 22. - Sun 24. May 2020
With:
Costs,
£175
£145 low income
£95 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Gentle Transformation: Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (start Wed 27 May 2020)

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

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

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

4 evenings
Wed 27 May - Wed 17 June 2020
19.00-21.30
With:
Costs,
£64 waged
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Listening within - A Focusing workshop

Focusing is a mindfulness based body-awareness practice, often practiced in pairs. It is a great compliment to meditation and can help develop creativity, free up energy, and connect with the body’s innate wisdom.

This introductory workshop will take you through the basics of focusing and provide you with the tools to begin your own focusing practice. The atmosphere will be relaxed and engaged – similar to being on retreat.

Sun 31 May
10.00-17.00
With: Aryadhara
Costs,
£75
£65 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Healing Sound Bath (Sat 6 June 2020)

Using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, chimes and other instruments, you will be lead through some gentle movements of the breath and body before laying down to be immersed in some sonic sound healing.

There will be a sound bath in Feb, Mar and Apr, and each sound bath will have a different feel and quality to it due to the theme and intention in mind for each session.

Please note: The frequencies from a sound bath may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or who are pregnant. If you are unsure, please seek professional medical advice.

Sat 6 June 2020; 15.20-17.00
With: Sherene Banner
Costs,
£24
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (7 Jun 2020)

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 June 2020 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Daoist Yoga: Art of Body Refinement through the element of Wood

The Daoists see the body as consisting of five different complementary aspects, corresponding to the Five Elements. The Element of Wood relates to our physical and energetic form and structure. In this workshop we will be covering a series of movements and standing postures known as ‘Refinement Through the Element of Wood’.

This is a study of our form in space, that which allows us to exist, move and interact with the world around us. The focus will be on the major joints of the body, in Daoist alchemy referred to as ‘external vessels’: areas of the body where energy can collect, gather and transform. The session will be designed to help us understand how to open and form our vessels so that the energy flows more freely and harmoniously. The sequences and poses are excellent for strengthening the joints and improving posture. No previous experience of qigong necessary.

Tea will be provided.

Sun 14 June 2020; 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Sun 14 June 2020)

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 June 2020 - 15.00-18.00
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Opening the Gates of the Senses - Weekend Retreat with the West London Buddhist Centre Sangha (Fri 3. - Sun 5. July 2020)

Going on retreat is one of the most powerful of Buddhist practices – taking time and space, surrounded by nature, to let go of the pressures of daily life and allow the mind naturally to relax and open. There’ll be a simple programme of meditation, study/discussion groups and devotional practice, with plenty of time to do nothing, go for walks or hang out together.

Our retreat location is in the beautiful and highly supportive conditions of Vajrasana, an award winning purpose built Buddhist retreat centre in the midst of the Suffolk countryside, easily accessible from London.

Booking via the West London Buddhist Centre website Please click here to book.

Fri 3. - Sun 5. July 2020
With: Bodhilila, Ratnaprabha
£195/ £170 / £140
Please
Open to All
Booking Information in Description

Yoga for Summer Workshop

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, however, practices and tips to help stay cool.

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

Accessible to all and with variations and modifications where appropriate.

Sat 4 July 2020
15.00-17.00
With: Sian O'Neill
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (5 July 2020)

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 July 2020 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Deep Rest (Sun 12 July 2020)

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 July 2020; 15.00-18.00
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Healing Sound Bath (Sat 18 July 2020)

Using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, chimes and other instruments, you will be lead through some gentle movements of the breath and body before laying down to be immersed in some sonic sound healing.

There will be a sound bath in Feb, Mar and Apr, and each sound bath will have a different feel and quality to it due to the theme and intention in mind for each session.

Please note: The frequencies from a sound bath may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or who are pregnant. If you are unsure, please seek professional medical advice.

Sat 18 July 2020; 15.20-17.00
With: Sherene Banner
Costs,
£24
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

FIRE: An Elemental Qigong Workshop (Sun 19 July 2020)

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 19 July 2020, 10.00-14.00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Sun 2 Aug 2020)

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 Aug 2020 - 10:00-12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Dancing with the Elements - Summer Retreat in Spain (Sun 9 - Sat 15 August 2020)

Dancing with the Elements and Opening into the Element of Space Summer retreat At Suryavana Retreat Centre, Spain.
Amalamati, Lalitaraja and Visuddhimati invite you on a journey to explore the elements and discover spaciousness through arts and ritual on a retreat in Spain - near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements and drawing inspiration from the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a visual artist, and Amalamati is a professional pianist.
To book contact Sudaka: info@suryavana.es - discount for early bookings, and if you book with a friend

9 - 15 August 2020
With: Amalamati, Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
390/340 Euros
Open to All
Booking Information in Description

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Sun 9 Aug 2020)

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 9 Aug 2020 - 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Healing Sound Bath (Sat 5 Sept 2020)

Using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, chimes and other instruments, you will be lead through some gentle movements of the breath and body before laying down to be immersed in some sonic sound healing.

There will be a sound bath in Feb, Mar and Apr, and each sound bath will have a different feel and quality to it due to the theme and intention in mind for each session.

Please note: The frequencies from a sound bath may not be suitable for people with epilepsy or who are pregnant. If you are unsure, please seek professional medical advice.

Sat 5 Sept 2020; 15.20-17.00
With: Sherene Banner
Costs,
£24
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required