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Thursdays, 7pm, Be Calm, Be Happy, Mindfulness Course

Be Calm Be Happy is a 6-week online mindfulness course based on well-loved & practical teachings of mindfulness from Thich Nhat Hanh.

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23 Sep 2021 - 28 Oct 2021

Online

£30 – £160

About this event

“This has been a life-changing experience”

“Thank you so much for assisting me to further my journey in such a lovely, peaceful way”

“I’ve experienced a very real shift in my ability to be present and enjoy simple things”

“What I have gained from the course has given me real optimism for a calmer and happier future”

“Lauri was a calm, knowledgeable and excellent facilitator who made the learning not feel like learning!”

 

Guided by an experienced practitioner in the mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (often referred to as ‘the Father of Mindfulness’, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. and author of numerous best-selling books), Be Calm, Be Happy is an online course sharing simple and concrete ways to generate energy and wellbeing and release the stresses and strains of life.

In the 6 sessions we teach you how to meditate effortlessly, so you can ease painful thoughts and emotions; you will also be encouraged to use mindfulness practices to bring joy into your daily life.

We invite you to join this course comprising guided practices, group discussions and practical exercises. There will be a maximum group size of 14 people, for a light-hearted and deep exploration of mindfulness together, in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

 

Course content

The six sessions of the course explore the following themes:

• Stopping and calming

• Turning to the positive

• Loving communication

• Nourishing happiness

• Interdependence and community

• Guidelines for a happier life

Reported benefits

• Increased enjoyment of life

• Increased ability to be calm and relaxed

• Increased control of emotions such as anger and anxiety

• Improved sleep quality

• Fewer feelings of anxiety and low mood

Who can attend?

This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to gain a fuller understanding of how mindfulness can support calm and happy living. Mindfulness is a practice originating in Buddhist psychology and supported by neuroscience; it may be practised by those of all faiths and none.

Many of our participants learn new ways to care for their wellbeing and are able to develop positive responses to challenging situations. This online mindfulness course is attended via the internet, wherever you are. We suggest you find a quiet space where you will be undisturbed.

Please note, you will be using a computer/laptop, iPad or phone to access each session, and will need a functioning camera and mic.

Feedback from the online course – “The supportiveness of the whole group was lovely, and I was surprised to be able to feel that with an online course. I came away from each session feeling calm and happy”.

 

Commitment

For this course to be most effective, we recommend that you commit to attending all six sessions and also do a minimum of 20 mins daily practice for five days each week.

Creating a stable and strong practice of mindfulness is a habit that needs regular, ideally daily, practice.

If you know ahead of time that you cannot make a session, then please discuss with your Course Leader so that you can understand the content of the missed session.

 

Course schedule

The course is taught on Thursday evenings 7-9 pm from 23rd September to 28th October 2021.

Each class is 2 hours long and the class timings are from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs UK time.

This is a live, interactive course, not recorded sessions to download.

Once you book onto the course you will be invited to a brief pre-course Zoom orientation, to meet the Course Leader and iron out any potential difficulties in joining Zoom before the course itself starts.

 

Ticket pricing

We ask you to consider carefully what you can realistically afford without depriving yourself or anyone else. Supported and Concession Tickets are intended for those who are unwaged, have a low household income and/or limited funds available.

In offering a range of ticket prices we aim to make the course available to as many people as possible.

(Tickets are from £30 to £160; our break-even cost is £95 and supporter tickets are £130, sponsors £160.)

Course leaders

The course leaders are Lauri Bower and Mark Bogues.

Picture of course leader, Lauri

Lauri has been practising meditation for 30 years and met Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings in 2006, from which point she committed to putting mindfulness practice at the centre of her life.

In 2008 she began researching a PhD on Thich Nhat Hanh and his teachings of mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism.

With her PhD complete Lauri began teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses and is delighted to bring this experience to a course devoted to the Plum Village mindfulness tradition.

Mindfulness has become a crucial aspect of Lauri’s life and she has experienced firsthand the healing and transformational aspects of this practice.

Lauri has also been teaching mindfulness for 5 years and is continually inspired by the positive changes that it can bring. She has 15 years of experience running retreats.

 

Mark

Mark first started practising mindfulness meditation more than 20 years ago.

He was introduced to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh in 2009 and in 2014 was fortunate to be able to move to the Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre in France where he and his wife would spend the next six years living in the village and learning to integrate the practice of mindfulness into daily life.

Mark is indebted to Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community for all their support to develop and sustain a daily mindfulness practice.
Having experienced the benefits of this practice in so many aspects of his life, Mark is committed to paying this forward by sharing with others.
Mark received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings in 2014 and then the 14 Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing in 2016 receiving the name True Mindfulness of Gratitude

 

Frequently Asked Questions…

 What if I miss a class? 

It is ideal if you can make all the classes as this way you will gain a sound foundation in mindfulness practice. If you have to miss a class and know ahead of time, do let your course leader know. They will be able to advise you on how you can continue your mindfulness practice by using the online materials provided.

What further information will I receive?

You will receive “Joining Information” in a confirmation email once you have purchased your ticket. This will confirm the information on the class timings, and how to access the online course.  You will receive a further email directly from the Course Leader in the week before the course starts, inviting you to a short pre-course zoom call.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking at least 7 days before the start of the course we will refund your full course fee minus a £15 administration fee.

If you cancel your booking less than 7 days before the start of the course we will issue a 50% refund of the course fee.

Once the course has started no refunds will be issued.

If you have any questions please contact Lauri on bcbhmindful@posteo.net

 

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How to attend

It’s easy to book, simply select your choice of ticket on our Eventbrite page, then you’ll receive joining instructions.

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