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Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic

August 31, 2019 - September 1, 2019

$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 embodied tools that work

For millennia, Buddhist practitioners have known that the source of all this anxiety is the thinking mind. Our bodies are naturally programmed to feel fear and panic – and these are healthy things. But our thinking minds can imagine endless triggers for these bodily states and so we get trapped in cycles of chronic anxiety. 

For more than 6 years, Alistair Appleton has been teaching and researching this topic and looking at the best ways of working with anxiety and panic.   This weekend is an introduction to his ‘somatic’ approach to anxiety. 

During the weekend we will explore: 

  • the neurobiological overview of how stress and anxiety work 
  • an exploration of the difference between FEAR and PANIC in the body
  • the modern understanding of the vagus nerve and polyvagal theory
  • ways to release anxious tension in the body and connect with the Earth
  • simple but effective exercises to bring us out of flight-and-fight and collapse
  • stopping pouring energy into defences against anxiety and finding the trigger thought
  • working with energy psychology to remove the trigger thoughts

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 10 am and finish at 5 pm 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.



August 31, 2019
September 1, 2019
$60 – $100
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London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre
15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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‭020 3327 1650‬