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Loving from the Open Field – Somatic Compassion CANCELLED

Sadly our weekend in Spa Road has been cancelled due to Covid-closure of the Centre.  Like so many other in-person events the pandemic has made us more and more conscious of safety and public health and the trustees of Samye Ling decided that all centres would stay shut till 2021.  While it’s  a shame that […]

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Autumn Retreat: Compassion, the Great Connector CANCELLED

Sadly our retreat up on Holy Island this October has been Covid-cancelled. All the Samye Ling centres, including the Island, have decided to keep their doors closed until 2021 at the earliest. It’s sad but understandable that our retreat has fallen to that decision.  However, Adam in the office has given us the same slot […]

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The Somatic Path through Anxiety and Panic – CANCELLED

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 […]

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Yorkshire Compassion Retreat – Loving All Our Parts

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 […]

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Maitri Meditation and Internal Family Systems

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 […]

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Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic

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 […]

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Maitri: the Buddhist practice of self-acceptance

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 […]

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Maitri: Holy Island Compassion Retreat 2019

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 […]

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THE BEATING HEART OF COMPASSION

Our annual Compassion retreat on Holy Island  This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat is again looking at the subject of compassion. Taught by Alistair Appletono with yoga taught by Kirsty Davidson. Right at the heart of Buddhist practice is the quality of warm connection that is called the “awakening heart”. Often we can get caught up into […]

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