Introduction to Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh – Part 2
May 4 - May 5£55 – £95
Alistair is back teaching embodied meditation in Edinburgh.
Following the wonderful energy of our first gathering at the Salisbury Centre in February, Alistair Appleton is back in the Scottish capital running a second course on embodied meditation in Edinburgh.
Based on his work as psychotherapist and his studies with the American Dharma teacher, Reggie Ray, Alistair is leading a further weekend exploring the field of ‘embodied meditation‘. It will be suitable for all levels: beginners or practitioners wanting to explore this new paradigm of meditation. You do not have to have attended the first course – as there will be some catching up at the beginning.
The feeling of bodily well-being can be a shock
Often, meditation gets stuck in the head and we end up ‘thinking’ a lot about peace and ease. But the practices of embodied meditation give us a direct experience of a profound inner space and groundedness. This bodily sense of well-being can be really shocking if we’re used to being stuck in our head.
These simple but powerful practices can open up a whole world of aliveness and rootedness. And in this second course, we will be building on that sense of inherent ‘safety-in-the-body’ and beginning to bring the energy of the Earth into the seated posture of meditation.
What you’ll experience on this weekend of Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh
- a general overview of body-based meditation vs. traditional practice
- deepening our connection to the Earth
- breathing into the lower tantien or hara
- bringing awareness into the seated posture
- opening to the heart
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.