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June 2018

BEING STILL – STILL BEING: Mindsprings Summer Retreat

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

Our annual Mindsprings Summer retreat: The practice of peaceful sitting For the summer retreat, Alistair Appleton and Kirsty Davidson 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…

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September 2018

SITTING WITH THE FEELING: Exploring emotions in meditation

September 15 - September 16
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 - £100 29 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 18 tickets left

Our annual Compassion retreat on Holy Island  This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat is again looking at the subject of compassion. Taught by Alistair Appletono with yoga taught by Kirsty Davidson. Right at the heart of Buddhist practice is the quality of warm connection that is called the “awakening heart”. Often we can get caught up into concept and ideas about how this compassionate heart "should" be. But Mindsprings teaches these bodhicitta practices from an embodied, here-and-now place.  Doing them this way…

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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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November 2018

A Meditative Approach to Anxiety in Edinburgh

November 24 - November 25
Edinburgh Samye Dzong, Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, 25 Bernard Street
Edinburgh, EH6 6SH United Kingdom
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£50 - £90 24 tickets left

What this course is about This November we're exploring the meditative approach to anxiety in Edinburgh. Anxiety is a ubiquitous human experience. And part of the reason it's so problematic is that we demonise it and don't know what to do with it. It helps if we understand how anxiety works in our bodies and develop embodied tools to tolerate it. And embodied meditation gives us exactly that framework. We can learn to have a different relationship with anxiety.  The…

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March 2019

PUBLIC TALK: Can you be a Buddhist and have a Self?

March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardiff Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 250 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff, CF5 1GZ United Kingdom
Free 34 tickets left

A fund-raising public talk at the Cardiff Buddhist Centre Alistair is back in 2019 to give a public lecture at the Cardiff Centre on Cowbridge Road. And he's tackling one of the most fascinating and mind-boggling issues of Buddhism. If there is no self what is existing in the here-and-now? Buddhist "no-self" and the neural magnificence of the brain Alistair works as a psychotherapist and is especially interested in the physiological underpinnings of our emotions and behaviours. The great explosion…

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Cardiff Meditation Weekend – Mindful Togetherness

March 9, 2019 - March 10, 2019
£55 - £95 22 tickets left

Alistair is back for a Cardiff Meditation Weekend looking at relationships.  At the end of each Winter, Alistair Appleton comes to Wales to teach a Cardiff meditation weekend. These popular courses look at how we can use meditation to impact our every day life. And this year Alistair is exploring relationships.  Often Buddhist theory can focus on the solitary aspects of existence. This is a relic of meditation's origins in solitary practice or monastic settings. But as a therapist and…

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YORKSHIRE TENDER HEART RETREAT

March 27, 2019 - March 30, 2019
£95 - £150 21 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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