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Loving from the Open Field – Somatic Compassion

Somatic Compassion is effortless Many of us, especially Buddhist practitioners, feel that we need to work at being compassionate. Subtly or not a sense of effort and tension creeps into our loving. Shoulds and shouldn’t start popping up.  Exploring the Buddhist path of compassion or ‘awakening heart’, Alistair Appleton reconnected to the effortless quality of […]

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Autumn Retreat: Compassion, the Great Connector

Our annual Compassion retreat on Holy Island  This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat on Holy Island is again looking at the subject of compassion – this year completing our exploration by moving from maitri (loving self) to karuna or compassion (loving the ‘other’).  Held by Alistair Appleton, Jenny White and   Kirsty Davidson Every Autumn we create a space […]

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The Somatic Path through Anxiety and Panic

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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Holy Island Summer Retreat 2020: Sitting With The Body

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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 […]

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Tapping and Meditation in London

Why tapping and meditation?  One of the revolutionary facets of modern psychotherapy is the advent of “tapping” or – more formally – energy psychology (EP). 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. Alistair Appleton has found that combining […]

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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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Sitting with the Body – Somatic Seated Practice

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, […]

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Introduction to Embodied Meditation in Stockholm, Sweden

Alistair is teaching embodied meditation in Stockholm, Sweden. [Swedish text below] 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 […]

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Practicing Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh – Part 3

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 […]

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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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