Heart to Heart – solving relationship problems, the embodied way
March 16 - March 17£60 – £100
The first of Alistair’s London meditation courses this year is looking at relationship problems.
This March, Alistair is looking at how we can use embodied meditation to help us relate better. How can we connect heart-to-heart and avoid relationship problems?
The answer is to be more embodied. All Alistair’s courses point to the importance of knowing what’s happening in our bodies. This is especially true in difficult relationships. Can we stay present to our physical and emotional bodies as we argue or freeze up or lose the plot? Meditation gives us the tools.
Often Buddhism focuses on the solitary aspects of existence. This is perhaps a relic of meditation’s origins in solitary practice or monastic settings. But as a therapist and long-term practitioner, Alistair wants to explore how relate with friends, lovers, family members, work colleagues, enemies.
All relating starts with the body.
We are fundamentally relating animals. We survive as humans because we live and thrive in groups that relate to one another. But unfortunately, modern life encourages us to self-isolate and disappear into technological bubbles. Online chats, emails and dating apps replace heart-to-hearts. Even within intimate relationships we are often stuck in our heads. This leads to relationship problems.
Trained in body psychotherapy and a student of celebrated meditation master, Reggie Ray, Alistair believes embodied meditation gives us crucial tools to live together. This weekend explores ways to unravel relationship problems and come to a more heartfelt and human way of connecting.
What you can expect on a Mindsprings weekend course
- We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation
- There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.
- Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.
- Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice
- We start at 10am and finish at 5pm each day – with an hour’s break for lunch and some tea/pee breaks
- You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.
- After the weekend, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates
How to book and financial support
Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.