“When I see water, there is a feeling of cool, calm, a compassion aspect and a flexibility aspect. So, when we meditate watching the river flow, makes the mind calm.”
His Eminence Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
LIVE Online:'AMBP 8-Week Courses', 'Calming the Mind Mindfulness Workshops' & 'CALM Family Workshops'
NEXT LIVE Online AMBP 8-WEEK MINDFULNESS COURSE for Police Officers/Staff & Educators (Discounted Fee: £48): Wednesdays, 12th/19th/26th MAY, 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th JUNE & 7th JULY 2021 from 19:00 - 20:30 BST
The ‘ADVANCED MINDFULNESS-BASED PRACTICES (AMBP) EIGHT-WEEK COURSE’ is delivered LIVE online via ZOOM. This mindfulness course is based on the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness (‘Deep Path’), as well as the Western scientific framework of mindfulness (‘Wide Path’). Aimed at deepening your mindfulness practice over a two-month period, in this 8-week course, the students will gain an in-depth knowledge and experience of the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness through exploring the ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Feelings, Mindfulness of the Mind and Mindfulness of Phenomena’. The students will also gain an in-depth knowledge and experience of the Western scientific framework of mindfulness, through the MBCT practices such as the ‘Body Scan’, ‘Three Step Breathing Practice’ and ‘Working with Difficulty’ practices. The curriculum of the LIVE Online ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ consists of 9 workshops that are delivered on a weekly basis over an 8-week period. The first 8 workshops are 1.5 hours in length, and the final 9th workshop is a 2-hour session run as a silent retreat.
AMBP 8-Week Course structure:
Deep Path: This LIVE Online ‘AMBP 8-week Course’ will explore the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness, also known as the ‘deep path’, through the ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness’ namely, ‘Mindfulness of the Body’, ‘Mindfulness of Feelings’, ‘Mindfulness of the Mind’ and ‘Mindfulness of Phenomena’. The ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness’ will be explored together with the mindfulness-based practices of the water element under the themes of the ‘Waterfall’, ‘River’ and the ‘Ocean’. Aimed at students gaining an insight into the true nature of human suffering (e.g. depression/anxiety/stress etc.), the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ will further investigate the Buddhist philosophical terms the ‘Four Noble Truths’ and the ‘True Nature of Phenomena’. The students will also learn how to recognise and cultivate positive mental qualities such as equanimity, empathy, resilience and compassion as a method to alleviating mental suffering. As such, the students will learn to deeply experience and integrate the mindfulness-based practices from the ‘deep path’ into their daily lives.
Wide Path: The LIVE Online ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ will further explore the Western scientific applications of mindfulness, also known as the ‘wide path’, through the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) framework. The students will learn key mindfulness-based practices from the ‘wide path’, such as the ‘Body Scan’, ‘Mindfulness of the Breath’, ‘Three Step Breathing Space’, ‘Working with Difficulty’ and ‘Mindful Walking’ practices rooted within the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) curriculum. As such, the students will learn to deeply experience and integrate the mindfulness-based practices from the ‘wide path’ into their daily lives.
Dialogue/Q&A: The group enquiry aspect of the LIVE Online AMBP 8-Week course is facilitated through the method of Bohmian Dialogue. The dialogue/Q&A sessions will support the students in reflecting on their personal experiences of the mindfulness practices and clarify any questions they may have. These sessions will also further help expand students’ knowledge of integrating the mindfulness practices from the ‘deep path’ as well as the ‘wide path’ into their daily professional/personal lives.
AMBP 8-Week Course: Home Practice & Group Supervision:
The home practice element of this course will be supported by recorded guided mindfulness practices and a journaling process throughout the 8-week programme. Each student will also receive a 1-hour ‘Group Supervision Session’ with the course leaders (date/time of this session to be arranged during the course). To support you on a personal and an individual journey, during each workshop, you will receive recommendations on how to integrate and reflect on the mindfulness-based practices through the journaling process. And this way, you will learn to develop a regular practice in work/home environments.
AMBP 8-Week Course: Registration and Attendance Certificate:
Please note that the first workshop of this 8-week course is the introductory ‘Calming the Mind’ workshop (therefore there are 9 workshop dates in total). All students who complete the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ will receive a digital attendance certificate issued by CALM.
Places are limited to a maximum of 25 participants per workshop. Please click on the ‘Enrol’ button at the top of this page to reserve your place at the next LIVE online 8-week course (delivered via ZOOM). Attending this course will qualify you to apply for the Advanced Mindfulness-Based Practices (AMBP) Teacher Training Programme 2021 (please visit the ‘Teacher Training’ page within this website).
Introductory ‘CALMING THE MIND’ MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP, Wednesday, 12th May 2021 from 19:00 – 20:30 BST (Fee: £13)
Workshop Overview & Schedule:
The introductory 1.5 hour workshop is delivered online (LIVE) via ZOOM. This workshop is based on the unique theme of the ‘Waterfall’ mindfulness-based practices. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the theoretical understanding of the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness also known as the ‘Deep Path’ through the ‘Four Foundations of Mindfulness’, as well as the Western scientific aspect of mindfulness also known as the ‘Wide Path’ through the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) framework. You will be introduced to the mindfulness-based practices that are focused on working with mental states such as anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. You will be further guided through a unique visualisation mindfulness-based practice that is aimed at recognising positive mental qualities such as clarity, acceptance, resilience and compassion – ALL aimed at ‘Calming the Mind’.
Schedule from 19:00 – 20:30 BST:
Session 1: An introduction to the ‘Deep Path’ through the ‘Four Foundations of Mindfulness’ & the ‘Wide Path’ through the ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’ (MBCT) frameworks.
Session 2: The ‘Three Step Breathing Space’ Practice & Group Dialogue
Session 3: ‘Waterfall’ Visualisation Practice & Group Dialogue
Attendance Certificate & Registration:
This introductory Online ‘Calming the Mind’ Workshop is open to beginners as well as advanced practitioners. The workshop fee (£13) includes a digital attendance certificate issued by CALM. Places are limited to a maximum of 25 participants per workshop. Please click on the ‘Enrol’ button above to reserve your place at the next LIVE online workshop (delivered via ZOOM). Please note that this introductory workshop is a part of the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ (for more information on the 8-week course please scroll to the top of this page). Therefore, attending this workshop will qualify you to complete the rest of the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’. Therefore, if you wish to continue on the AMBP path, please speak with the course leader on completion of this workshop or enrol on the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ directly on this website.
'CALM FAMILY' WORKSHOPS (the dates will be announced in September 2021!)
Join us online for the CALM KIDS, CALM FAMILY & CALM YOUTH workshop. These 2-hour online workshops are open to ALL kids between 6 – 14, families with children age between 6 – 14 years and youth age between 15 – 18. We will be guiding your kids, family and youth through creative mindfulness-based methods/experiences for you to enjoy from your home. You will be guided through the simple mindfulness-based practices such as the ‘Breath and Waves’ practice, massage techniques such as the ‘Rain and River’ technique, mindful movement practices such as the ‘Flow and Move’ practice, creative activities such as creating a ‘Love and Gratitude Tool Box’ as well as storytelling exercises such as the ‘Ocean Expedition’ practice. When you reserve your place at these LIVE online workshops, you will receive a list of things to prepare at home (including a snack and a handcrafted gift) prior to our workshops. This is so that you and your family can relax and enjoy this special time together. These 2-hour workshops will be dedicated to calming the mind, relaxing, nurturing and taking care of one another. Let’s enjoy this CALM TIME together and be pampered!
Places are limited to a maximum of 8 families per workshop. Please click on the ‘Enrol Now’ button to reserve your place at the next LIVE online workshop.