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A Mindful Life – Inner and Outer Transition


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Course dates: 
Monday, 4 April, 2016 to Friday, 8 April, 2016

With Kaira Jewel Lingo & Sophy Banks

“Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed” ― John Tarrant

In this course we will learn how to cultivate attention, to strengthen and apply mindfulness in all areas of our daily life not only in a personal context but in our workplaces, our friendships, our communities and in our actions in the world.

We will slow down and take time to fully experience our breathing, our steps, our food, our bodies, our speech and our actions. We will learn more about how our minds work, how we can cultivate joy, how we can care for our painful emotions, how we can communicate skilfully and resolve conflict.

We will experience the connection between inner and outer peace, transition and transformation. We will also look at what brings us out of mindful well-being and how we can catch these habits and change direction, bringing ourselves back to presence.

Beyond the inner work, we will also focus on a set on mindful principles for building community - ways of moving towards enjoyable, successful, and inclusive ways of living and working together. We will look together at what kind of shared practices are needed to create joyful, sustainable, effective relationships, and to be resilient in responding to the one constant in our lives – change.

Each day there will be sessions of yoga, meditation, mindful breathing, outdoor mindful walking, group discussions, eating mindfully (with some part of the meal in silence) and deep relaxation. There will also be regular sessions of InterPlay, a powerful mindfulness tool to grow ease, connection, and wisdom through play.

Participants will come away with concrete tools to establish a daily mindfulness practice at home, applying mindful breathing, walking, eating, resting, moving and working throughout the day. Each participant will also explore bringing greater attention, presence and compassion into the world by working on an individualised applied mindfulness assignment during the course.

The course is open to everyone who wishes to transform their lives through the practices of mindfulness. It is rooted mainly in the Engaged Mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition.


Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel (formerly Sr. Jewel) is from the US and has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation since 1997. She was ordained as a nun by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1999 and as a Dharma teacher in 2007.  She returned to secular life in 2015 and continues as a lay Buddhist teacher and mindfulness teacher. Before ordaining, she graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences. She has led mindfulness retreats in the US, Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa. She spends much of her time sharing mindfulness and compassion, especially with children, families and young people, and bringing mindfulness to teachers and schools. She is editor of Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh. She is passionate about exploring the ways art, play and spiritual practice connect. She leads mindfulness courses for artists and has a background in dance and improvisation. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher and InterPlay leader.

Sophy Banks

In 2006 Sophy helped to set up the first “Heart and Soul” group of the newly forming Transition Town Totnes project, the first experiment in a movement which many thousands of communities globally have tried in some from. Since then she has trained people around the world in the model and process of the Transition movement, which is unusual in combining outer change with deep reflection and insights from many inner traditions. Sophy has backgrounds in science, psychotherapy and family constellations, as well as playing a lot of football with other women in East London.

£ 620.00
Course fees include basic accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We ask you to arrive between 11:30 - 1 on the first day of your course so that the group can begin the experience by dining together.