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October 2018

THE TOPSY-TURVEY LOGIC OF TONGLEN

October 27, 2018 - October 28, 2018
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £100

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, 2018 - November 25, 2018
Edinburgh Samye Dzong, Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, 25 Bernard Street
Edinburgh, EH6 6SH United Kingdom
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£50 – £90

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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February 2019

PUBLIC TALK in Edinburgh: The Body is a Buddhafield not a Battlefield

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Salisbury Centre Edinburgh, 2 Salisbury Road
Edinburgh, EH16 5AB United Kingdom
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Free

Alistair Appleton is giving a free public talk in Edinburgh on the evening of Friday 15th February 2019. The talk is raising money for the Salisbury Centre. He's speaking on the subject, "The Body is a Buddhafield not a Battlefield". It's about the role of the body (or 'soma') in Buddhist practice. And especially the necessity to meditate somatically in this radically disembodied age we're living in. "He Lived a short distance from his body" The intensifying digitalisation of our…

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Introduction to Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh

February 16 - February 17
Salisbury Centre Edinburgh, 2 Salisbury Road
Edinburgh, EH16 5AB United Kingdom
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£50 – £90

Alistair is teaching embodied meditation in Edinburgh.  Following the big success of his anxiety course, Alistair Appleton is back in the Scottish capital running a 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 weekend 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…

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March 2019

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

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Cardiff Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 250 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff, CF5 1GZ United Kingdom
Free

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 - March 10
Cardiff Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 250 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff, CF5 1GZ United Kingdom
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£55 – £95

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 - March 31
Scarborough Samye Dzong, Londesborough Lodge, The Crescent
Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2PW United Kingdom
£95 – £150

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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May 2019

Introduction to Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh – Part 2

May 4 - May 5
Salisbury Centre Edinburgh, 2 Salisbury Road
Edinburgh, EH16 5AB United Kingdom
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£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…

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June 2019

Tapping into Freedom: Meditation and Energy Psychology

June 1 - June 2
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £100

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 Summer, 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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July 2019

Summer Meditation Retreat 2019: The Body is the Ground

July 6 - July 13
Holy Island, Lamlash Bay KA27 8GB United Kingdom + Google Map
£250
HI Mindsprings July Retreat 2019

Our annual Summer retreat on Holy Island for beginners Mindsprings summer meditation retreat on Holy Island is aimed at anyone who is looking to explore practice in a more body-based way. Taught by Alistair Appleton and  Kirsty Davidson. Suitable for practiced meditators and complete beginners alike, the 7 -retreat is a chance to visit meditation afresh in the beautiful natural surrounding of this car-free Scottish island, enjoy delicious food and make new friends.   Connecting with the body, connecting with the World…

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