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July 2019

Summer Meditation Retreat 2019: The Body is the Ground

July 6, 2019 - July 13, 2019
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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August 2019

Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic

August 31, 2019 - September 1, 2019
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £100

The importance of working with anxiety and panic  So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic.  Effective…

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September 2019

An Introduction to Embodied Meditation in Ireland

September 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Sanctuary Dublin, The Sanctuary, Stanhope Street,
Dublin 7, Ireland
£85 – £125

Alistair is teaching embodied meditation in Ireland.  After a 2 year break, Alistair Appleton is back in Dublin to teach a weekend exploring Embodied Meditation in Ireland. 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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October 2019

Maitri: Holy Island Compassion Retreat 2019

October 5, 2019 - October 12, 2019
Holy Island, Lamlash Bay KA27 8GB United Kingdom + Google Map
£250
compassion retreat on Holy Island Oct 2019

Our annual Compassion retreat on Holy Island  This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat on Holy Island is again looking at the subject of compassion - focusing particularly on the experience of loving our complete Self. Taught by Alistair Appleton and  Kirsty Davidson. This retreat is a more intensive practice opportunity for experienced somatic practitioners. It allows us to go much more deeply into the practices and enjoy longer periods of silence with less need for teaching. You need to have experience of a Mindsprings…

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Maitri: the Buddhist practice of self-acceptance

October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £100

What is maitri?  The Buddhist conception of compassion is profound. On one level there is a strong drive to let go of 'self' and put others first. But, before we can truly do that we need profound self-acceptance. Otherwise we might waste our life-energy in self-hatred. Or worse still,  our 'compassion' will be eaten up in unconscious agendas.  This is why the practice of 'maitri' or self-acceptance is central to what Buddhists call bodhicitta or the awakening heart. We have…

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November 2019

Weekly Somatic Meditation Class in Brighton Sussex

November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - December 12, 2019 @ 9:00 pm UTC+0
St Mary’s Church, 61 St James Street
Brighton, BN2 1PR United Kingdom
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£60 – £120
Weekly class in Somatic Meditation in Brighton, Sussex

A weekly somatic meditation class in Brighton Alistair Appleton is back in Brighton this Winter, leading a 6 week introduction (or refresher) in the ground practices of somatic meditation.  This weekly somatic meditation class in Brighton will be on Thursday evenings from 7pm till 9pm for six weeks.  It's open to practitioners of all levels. Beginners are welcome. As are meditators who are intrigued by somatic meditation and would like to explore it.  Somatic Meditation can revolutionise our practice.  'Somatic meditation is…

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Reducing Anxiety in Brussels with Somatic Meditation

November 9, 2019 - November 10, 2019
Brussels Samye Dzong, 33, rue Capouillet
Brussels, 1060 Belgium
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£60 – £100

Reducing anxiety with somatic meditation in Brussels.  Alistair is coming to Brussels to teach his powerful weekend for reducing anxiety using somatic meditation So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances.…

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December 2019

Introduction to Somatic Meditation in the Netherlands

December 7, 2019 - December 8, 2019
Cordium, De Ruyterstraat 65
Nijmegen, 6512 GB Netherlands
£80 – £130
River-view-Nijemegen

  Alistair is teaching somatic meditation in the Netherlands.  Alistair Appleton is delighted to be teaching for the first time in Nijmegen this December, running a weekend exploring Somatic Meditation in the Netherlands. 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…

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Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic

December 14, 2019 - December 15, 2019
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£65 – £110
Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies at Spa Road, London, 14-15 December 2019

The importance of working with anxiety and panic  So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic.  Effective…

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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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