“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 our actions in the world.
We will 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, and how the practice of mindful presence can transform our relationships to self and others, and perhaps even our deepest experience of what life is.
We will explore the connection between inner and outer peace, transition and transformation. We will also look at what takes us out of mindful well-being and how we can catch these habits and change direction, bringing ourselves back to being present in the moment.
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.
There will be taught sessions of mindful sitting and mindful walking, some activities in silence, group teaching and discussion, time to reflect together and alone, and embodied practice – and also exploration and expression through creativity, games and fun!! All this helps the new habits to take root.
This course offers the deep benefits of a retreat – coming back to self through stillness and gentle self nourishment. It also brings the expanding, experiential and practical benefits of a workshop – sharing tools that can be applied at home, giving insights that bring a different way of seeing and experiencing the world, with – we expect! – an international group of people committed to positive change in their lives and the world.
Together the teachers combine a depth of practice and immersion in the Plum Village tradition of Buddhism with a wide ranging set of tools from psychotherapy, indigenous practices and systemic healing approaches.
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, cultivating mindfulness in education. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In spring 2015 and 2016, she was spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she also practices and teaches in the Vipassana tradition, and is an affiliate teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Real World Mindfulness, from Callisto Press. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.
Coming from a background in engineering and computing, Sophy soon realised that there were many questions technology couldn’t answer, and in 1995 she started her inner journey. She has worked as a psychotherapist, family constellator and workshop leader combining insights from indigenous traditions, western therapy schools and meditation practices. In 2006 Sophy helped to set up the first “Heart and Soul” group of the newly forming Transition Town Totnes (link is external), the first experiment in a movement which thousands of communities globally have tried in some form. In her ten years at the heart of Transition she has trained people around the world in the model evolved in Totnes, to reimagine and build a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive future at the scale of local community. Sophy’s passion was to bring deep insights and processes to a movement tending to focus on external change. In 2016 Sophy stepped back from the Transition movement to give time to her own work and teaching. She played a lot of football in her youth, and is proud to grow most of her own vegetables and just about get up the Devon hills on her bike.
Quotes from previous participants
One of the best courses that I have ever taken.
It was a truly amazing week that I will remember for ages… It has also accelerated my journey into being more mindful whatever I am doing.
The course was a turning point, the start of an ongoing practice of mindfulness and meditation
I am very happy that the whole thing was not only theory but also there was some experience and realisation of it in real life.
Wonderful, thoughtful, generous instructors!!!