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May 2018

INTRODUCTION TO SOMATIC MEDITATION

May 19 - May 20
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 - £100 25 tickets left
somatic-meditation

In this weekend, Alistair is teaching the foundational practices of somatic or body-based meditation which gives us tools to release tension and learn to trust the inner wisdom of our bodies. Modern life and psychological stress leaves our corporeal selves locked in near-constant patterns of holding, contraction and defence. And tackling this with the thinking mind, scrunches things further. Drawing on his experience as a therapist, long-term meditator and student of the work of Reggie Ray, Alistair welcomes meditators of…

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June 2018

BEING STILL – STILL BEING

June 29 - July 6
Holy Island, Lamlash Bay KA27 8GB United Kingdom + Google Map
£240 14 tickets left

THE PRACTICE OF PEACEFUL SITTING For the summer retreat, Alistair and the team are guiding the practice of silent sitting, so beloved by so many traditions but so often plagued with obsessive thinking and physical pain. Drawing on the somatic teachings of Reggie Ray, Alistair will be leading us to find a way to sit within the "field of the body" and let troublesome thoughts float away. In this easy and open way of sitting we can experience a level…

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August 2018

WORKING WITH EMOTIONS IN MEDITATION

August 24 - August 25
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 - £100 35 tickets left

Drawing on his experience as a long-term practitioner, therapist and Buddhist, Alistair Appleton is leading a 2-day workshop for those interested in working more skilfully with their emotions. Many of us have the tendency to pathologise what we feel and beat ourselves up for the negative emotions that can spring up from nowhere. Working with the body as the safe container for our practice, Alistair is looking at ways of cultivating a more curious, compassionate and embodied dance with the…

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October 2018

THE BEATING HEART OF COMPASSION

October 10 - October 17
Holy Island, Lamlash Bay KA27 8GB United Kingdom + Google Map
£250 21 tickets left

This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat is again looking at the subject of compassion. Right at the heart of Buddhist practice is the quality of warm connection that is labelled - rather dauntingly - the “awakening heart”. Often we can get caught up into concept and ideas about how this compassionate heart "should" be. But approaching these bodhicitta practices from an embodied, here-and-now place makes them seem surprisingly natural and spontaneous. Alistair who studies with Reggie Ray is teaching the embodied version…

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THE TOPSY-TURVEY LOGIC OF TONGLEN

October 27 - October 28
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 - £100 35 tickets left

In this 2-day workshops, Alistair Appleton leads us through a very embodied engagement with this classic Buddhist practice. Most of us live by grabbing hold of what we want and pushing away the nasty bits of life, but tonglen turns this completely on its head: what happens if we welcome the negative and give away the good? Crazy as it sounds, practicing this from a strongly embodied and open-hearted place leads to long-lasting shifts in our experience of the world.…

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March 2019

YORKSHIRE TENDER HEART RETREAT

March 27, 2019 - March 30, 2019
£95 - £150 23 tickets left

Alistair is back in Yorkshire for a 4-day Tender Heart retreat Following the wonderful weekend course in March 2017, Alistair is back in Yorkshire to lead a 4-day retreat at Londesborough Lodge. This course is looking to 'tenderise' our hearts- so that we can work skilfully with our own emotions and - most importantly - with the humans and beings we come into contact with in our life.  A deepening retreat exploring the somatic path of the heart This Spring…

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