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February 2020

Introduction to Embodied Meditation in Stockholm, Sweden

February 29 @ 10:00 am - March 1 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Halsans Hus, Stockholm, Fjällgatan 23 B
Stockholm, 116 28 Sweden
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£80 – £145 Sold out

Alistair is teaching embodied meditation in Stockholm, Sweden. For the first time, Alistair Appleton is coming to teach his popular course in embodied meditation in Stockholm, Sweden. Based on his work as psychotherapist and his studies with the American Dharma teacher, Reggie Ray, Alistair is leading a 2-day introduction to the field of 'embodied meditation'. It will be suitable for all levels: beginners or practitioners wanting to explore this new paradigm of meditation.  The feeling  of bodily well-being can be…

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March 2020

Sitting with the Body – Somatic Seated Practice

March 14 - March 15
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 20 tickets left

Sitting With the Body Meditation practice usually conjures up images of people bolt-upright in full-lotus with beatific smiles. For many of us coming to meditation as beginners, it's cramping legs, sore backs, busy minds, and needles-and-pins.  It's a shame that sitting meditation comes with all these ideas of stillness and perfect poise, because properly inhabited, the sitting body can be a space of enormous joy and fascination. By following the steps of somatic practice - starting with full relaxation and…

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Yorkshire Compassion Retreat – Loving All Our Parts

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - March 29 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
Scarborough Samye Dzong, Londesborough Lodge, The Crescent
Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2PW United Kingdom
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£100 – £190 Sold out
Yorkshire Compassion Retreat. March 2020

Alistair is back for a 4-day Yorkshire Compassion retreat Following last years Tender Heart retreat, Alistair is back to lead a 4-day Yorkshire Compassion retreat at Londesborough Lodge in Scarborough. The focus of this retreat is "Loving All Our Parts" - the somatic meditation of 'maitri'. This 4-day intensive practice course is designed to deepen the somatic path of the heart.  This Spring week will be a chance for meditators to experience the somatic path of the heart based on…

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May 2020

Tapping and Meditation in London

May 30 - May 31
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 28 tickets left

Why tapping and meditation?  One of the revolutionary facets of modern psychotherapy is the advent of "tapping" or - more formally - energy psychology (EP). Energy psychology is the name given to therapeutic tapping techniques like EFT, AIT and EMDR. For example, EMDR is a NICE approved treatment for trauma. Alistair Appleton has found that combining tapping with meditation is particularly powerful. What is tapping? Since the 90s different therapists have been combining therapeutic practice with ancient wisdom from the East.…

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July 2020

Holy Island Summer Retreat 2020: Sitting With The Body

July 4 - July 11
Holy Island, Lamlash Bay KA27 8GB United Kingdom
£250
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Our annual Summer retreat on Holy Island for beginners Mindsprings summer meditation retreat on Holy Island is aimed at anyone who is looking to explore practice in a more body-based way. Taught by Alistair Appleton and  Kirsty Davidson. Suitable for practiced meditators and complete beginners alike, the 7 -retreat is a chance to visit meditation afresh in the beautiful natural surrounding of this car-free Scottish island, enjoy delicious food and make new friends.   Sitting With the Body Meditation practice usually conjures…

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August 2020

The Somatic Path through Anxiety and Panic

August 29 - August 30
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 29 tickets left

The importance of working with anxiety and panic  So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic.  Effective…

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October 2020

Autumn Retreat: Compassion, the Great Connector

October 3 - October 10
Holy Island, Lamlash Bay KA27 8GB United Kingdom + Google Map
£250 15 tickets left

Our annual Compassion retreat on Holy Island  This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat on Holy Island is again looking at the subject of compassion - this year completing our exploration by moving from maitri (loving self) to karuna or compassion (loving the 'other').  Held by Alistair Appleton, Jenny White and   Kirsty Davidson Every Autumn we create a space for people who have been practising with Mindsprings for a while to come together and go deeper into this heart-opening work. This retreat is a…

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November 2020

Loving from the Open Field – Somatic Compassion

November 14 - November 15
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 30 tickets left

Somatic Compassion is effortless Many of us, especially Buddhist practitioners, feel that we need to work at being compassionate. Subtly or not a sense of effort and tension creeps into our loving. Shoulds and shouldn't start popping up.  Exploring the Buddhist path of compassion or 'awakening heart', Alistair Appleton reconnected to the effortless quality of truly embodied or 'somatic' loving. He draws on the teaching of Chögyam Trungpa who makes a distinction between 'maitri'  (appreciation of self) and 'karuna /compassion'…

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