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January 2020

Maitri Meditation and Internal Family Systems

January 11 - January 12
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120

What is maitri meditation?  Maitri meditation offers a really powerful and useful practice for understanding what makes us tick. It also gives us the means to love ourselves wisely. This weekend is drawing on Alistair Appleton's work as a therapist and his experience as a meditator in the Buddhist tradition.  Much of Buddhism is grounded on an exploration of love. The Tibetan teacher, Chögyam Trungpa calls appreciation of others "compassion". Appreciation of our selves is called "maitri". The one without…

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Practicing Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh – Part 3

January 25 - January 26
Salisbury Centre Edinburgh, 2 Salisbury Road
Edinburgh, EH16 5AB United Kingdom
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£125
Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh January 2020

Alistair is back teaching embodied meditation in Edinburgh.  Following two sold-out courses in 2019,  Alistair Appleton is back in the Scottish capital running a third course on embodied meditation in Edinburgh. This is a consolidation of some of the work we have looked at in parts one and two.  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…

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February 2020

Free Public Talk: The Puzzle of Purification

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Cardiff Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 250 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff, CF5 1GZ United Kingdom
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The day before my tapping course in Cardiff, I'm giving my (by now traditional) fund-raising talk at the Samye Wales foundation on Cowbridge Road.  These talks raise money for the centre and also give me a chance to explore a subject that's interesting me at the  moment. (If they're any good then they'll appear as a podcast later...) This February I'm looking at the subject of 'purification'. This is a big part of Tibetan Buddhism but not really emphasised in…

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Tapping into Freedom: Meditation and Energy Psychology

February 22 - February 23
Cardiff Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 250 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff, CF5 1GZ United Kingdom
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£65 – £110

An introduction to Meditation and Energy Psychology 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.  This Winter, Alistair Appleton is giving a weekend introduction to how these techniques work together with somatic meditation. For more than 10 years, Alistair has used tapping with his therapy clients to untie the knots of their bodily trauma. On a personal level, he also consistently used tapping…

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Sussex Introduction to Somatic Meditation

February 26 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm UTC+0
The Practice Space, Newhaven, Unit 9 Newhaven Market Square,
Newhave, East Sussex BN9 9QS United Kingdom
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The wonderful new yoga studio in Newhaven, East Sussex, set up by my husband Daniel is going to host a four week introduction to somatic meditation. Booking here. We will look at four of the core practices of this body-based way of meditating:  Polyvagal Tuning - a way to systematically relax unconscious tension in the and warm up our pro-social core. Earth Descent - a powerful technique to release tension down into  and draw power up from  the Earth below…

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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

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

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
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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July 2020

Holy Island Summer Retreat 2020: Sitting With The Body

July 4 - July 11
Holy Island, Lamlash Bay KA27 8GB United Kingdom
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It's with great sadness that we pass on the news that our Summer retreat on Holy Island is being cancelled because of Covid-19. The Island is shut for the foreseeable future until Rokpa (the trustees) decide what is the best path.  It's a great shame and I will be contacting those who have booked to see what happens next.  There are basically two options:  to roll your booking forward to the course next year (it's the same week, 3-11th July…

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August 2020

The Somatic Path through Anxiety and Panic – CANCELLED

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

Unfortunately, due to the Covid Crisis, the course at Spa Road will not be taking place this August.  However, the material that we would have covered is now available in an expanded form for online study.  The two online courses "Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety" and "Transforming the Trigger Thoughts” are available for immediate access on the the Mindsprings School site.  Apologies for not being there in person in August but I hope that the online material will prove as…

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