Is self-care selfish?

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Kathy and I are running a course on self-care at the spa road buddhist centre next weekend and so our thoughts have been circumnabulating around the tricksy subject of the self and what to do with it. Growing up in the Judaeo-Christian Western world it’s easy to get enmeshed in a linguistic thicket of words […]

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LoveSpirit

Next weekend, Saturday 26th October, the LoveSpirit team are organising another wonderful day-long jamboree of LGBT workshops exploring the world of spirituality, sexuality and heterogeneity. I’ll be giving a 90-workshop on “Beyond Shame”, which will be drawing on some of the wonderful work that arose last year in my “DIdn’t Gay Used to Mean Happy?” […]

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Beingfulness: the eight week course

The Eight Week Course is coming. I’ve been thinking more and more about how we teach and learn mindfulness and how there is so much misunderstanding about what ‘meditation’ is and is not. The Eight Week Course is coming. I’ve been thinking more and more about how we teach and learn mindfulness and how there […]

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Didn’t Gay Used to Mean Happy?

In the current climate of wrong-headed intolerance and muddled debate over gay marriage, I’m really excited to be launching a course in 2013 aimed at LGBT men and women who might benefit from bringing a mindful perspective to the muddy waters of gay mental health.

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Dissociation

There’s a weekend workshop coming up in couple of weeks at Spa Road on Presence and Dissociation. I’m slightly regretting using such daunting words in the title, but the therapeutic concept of dissociation is such a powerful one that I couldn’t resist. Basically, we will be looking at ‘zoning out’… How and when and why […]

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Beingfulness 2013

I am just bustling around packing up my fleeces, walking boots, bells and notes for the 2012 Beingfulness retreat up on Holy Island. It’s more than seven years now that we’ve been running retreats up on this gorgeous spot. And I’m delighted to announce that we’ve been given our dates for next year already. So […]

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Anxiety: a crazy Mindful approach

Last weekend we held a new workshop at Spa Road on the subject of Anxiety. Running new courses is quite an anxiety-provoking task, so I was a little nervous when I met all the participants for the first time. But we were in the warm and gilded splendour of the Bermondsey Shrine room with its […]

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A quintet of new courses!

You wait all year and then five come along at once. Partly due to our organisational patterns, we’ve managed to secure five new courses over the next 10 months all on the same day… Here they are in order of appearance: 20-22 July 2012: Anna is going to be leading a wonderful summery mindfulness retreat […]

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Two new podcasts

We’ve posted two new podcasts up on the website. They are shorter extracts and guided meditations from the course that is happening at Spa Road in London at the moment. One is the body relaxation exercise that starts almost all Mindsprings classes. The other is a guided meditation looking at the nature of emotions.

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Scratch Workshops at Mindsprings

We like to try new stuff out at Mindsprings but the truth of running a course in a venue is that it can be expensive and it means we tend to run courses where we know we’ll get a good showing of participants. That’s a shame because it means that new things – things that […]

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