Morning of Mindfulness – Saturday 14 May 2016

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A chance to practice for a longer period at St Mark’s. We will sit in meditation, drink, eat and share some conversation together. This session is inspired by the full arrival of spring and the freshness that is made available to us through impermanence and interbeing.

There will be an extended pebble meditation and we will do the ten mindful movements.

The session will be facilitated by Roger and will run between 9:30am – 1:30pm at St Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace.

When: Saturday 14th May 2016 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: St Marks Unitarian Church. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up. (Optionally confirm on Facebook event page)
Cost: By donation. Suggested £5/£10 but more or less is fine (we don’t look at what people put in!)
Bring:
Small amount of vegetarian food to share at lunch. Cushions, mats and chairs are supplied but if you have a meditation cushion or stool you like to use please bring it along.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

Morning of Mindfulness – Saturday 16 April 2016

Breathing: Our way to freedom (Part One)

20040514-_This session will provide a basic introduction to Thich Nhat Hanh’s interpretation of the first 8 breathing exercises in the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing translated from the Chinese. The first four breathings centre on the body and the second four breathings centre on feelings. These exercises help us to bring our mind home to our body, relax our body, cultivate joy and happiness and take care of our emotions. 

We will explore and practice these teachings together using guided meditation, tea meditation, readings and discussion. We will also enjoy a mindful lunch together. Please bring a little vegetarian food to share. Tea will be provided.

The session will be facilitated by Pete and will run between 9:30am – 1:30pm at St Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace.

When: Saturday 16th April 2016 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: St Marks Unitarian Church. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up. (Optionally confirm on Facebook event page)
Cost: By donation. Suggested £5/£10 but more or less is fine (we don’t look at what people put in!)
Bring:
Small amount of vegetarian food to share at lunch. Cushions, mats and chairs are supplied but if you have a meditation cushion or stool you like to use please bring it along.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

12th Annual Mindful Peace Walk @ The Botanics Sunday 13th March 2016

Jointly organised by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP, Scottish Charity, SC038996, and the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing.

Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ.
Date: Sunday 13 March 2016.
Time: 9.30am-11am, meet at West Gate entrance to the John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, at 9.30am. (Introduction to mindful walking at 9.45am and walk begins at 10am). No access from East Gate.
Cost: Admission Free. Just come along on the day.

This silent walking meditation is an open event. It will be led by the lay members of the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing, who follow the practice and teachings of Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. The walk begins at the John Hope Gateway of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as meditation practice. This is not a protest or a campaigning event, so please do not use any banners. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults. Please remember to wrap up warmly.

‘We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry. Let us enjoy every step we make.’

Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Thay walks with 1,000 at Lower Hamlet

Mindfulness Day @ Cockburns Path: Living without stress or fear

On Saturday the 19th March our friends at the Bluebell sangha will be hosting a day of Mindfulness in the Village Hall, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire

The day will start at 9.30 and finish at 4. Lunch and beverages will be provided and there is no charge to attend but a suggested donation of 8 pounds to cover costs will be gratefully received. 

The theme of our day will be “Living without stress or fear” and will include mindful sitting, walking, movement, drinking tea/coffee, eating, listening and sharing and we will be taking advantage of our location surrounded by beautiful woods and birdlife with views of the sea. 

We will also be listening to extracts of dharma talks given by Thay. 

It promises to be a lovely day practicing and learning together.

To register interest in attending, please drop Peter and Elspeth Davey an email on: Peter.davey@btinternet.com

Mindfulness Morning Saturday 24th October 2015 – Morningside United Church

PV_2015-07-09-7We will be holding another morning of mindfulness at the Morningside United Church on Saturday 24th October 2015 from 9:30 to 13:00. This time Suzanne will be facilitating.

This is an opportunity to deepen our practice together in the tradition of the Community of Interbeing. 

Some cushions and mats will be provided but if you have your own you may like to bring them. There will be chairs to sit on too. Tea will be provided but please bring a little vegetarian food to share for lunch.

Morningside United Church is easy to find and get to. It is at “Holy Corner” where Bruntsfield Place, Morningside Road, Chamberlain Road and Colinton Road meet. It is across the road for the Eric Liddell Centre and diagonally opposite Costa Coffee. See map below. Busses include 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45, 101 and 102.

Any questions? Please contact us through the form.

The Heart of Creativity: Mindfulness and the Arts, 26-27 September 2015

Facilitators: Susanne Olbrich and Suzanne Dance.
Venue: Skye Room, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB.
Dates: Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September 2015.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Retreat Days: 10am-5pm.

This is a weekend of meditation, creative deepening and community building for all who work in the field of creativity – as creators, performers, educators or therapists. Mindfulness practice has the capacity to renew body and mind and to nourish the heart. Through mindful sitting, walking and eating together, we will slow down and reconnect with the source of peace and joy inside. The retreat includes creative explorations across art forms (weather permitting outdoors), as well as time for reflection and for networking. Suitable for those new to mindfulness meditation as well as for experienced practitioners.


Susanne Olbrich has been engaged in mindfulness practice since 1996. A lay member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she also studied Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Bangor University. Susanne’s work as a pianist and composer embraces classical, jazz, folk and world music as well as a love for experiment. She has been offering creative music workshops in Scotland and Germany, collaborating with music schools, the NHS, adult education providers and community groups. In 2012 she co-founded the Mindful Artists Network (www.mindful-artists.org). Susanne lives in the Findhorn community. http://www.susanneolbrich.net


Suzanne Dance has 20 years of experience of  mindfulness practice. She is a facilitator of the Edinburgh Wild Geese Sangha, with the Community of Interbeing. Suzanne is an actor trained at RSAMD, with extensive experience in theatre, film and television in Scotland. Recent work includes: ‘Mary Magdalene’, a self-created dance and text based piece, and ‘Leave to Remain’, an exploration of grief, loss and death. Suzanne also works with ACTive INquiry, a Theatre of the Oppressed Company that seeks to address issues of social justice. This year she has worked with Shakti Womens Aid on the theme of personal and community resilience. Suzanne is also a teacher of well-being, mindfulness and relaxation to a wide variety of groups.


Further details see the EICSP site or contact  Neill Walker, mesp2015@hotmail.com, 0131 331 4469.

Mindfulness Morning Saturday 12th September 2015 – Morningside United Church

PV_2015-07-10-8There will be a morning of mindfulness at the Morningside United Church on 12th September 2015 from 9:30 to 13:00 facilitated by Gill.

An opportunity to deepen our practice together in the tradition of the Community of Interbeing. 

Some cushions and mats will be provided but if you have your own you may like to bring them. There will be chairs to sit on too. Tea will be provided but please bring a little vegetarian food to share for lunch.

Morningside United Church is easy to find and get to. It is at “Holy Corner” where Bruntsfield Place, Morningside Road, Chamberlain Road and Colinton Road meet. It is across the road for the Eric Liddell Centre and diagonally opposite Costa Coffee. See map below. Busses include 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45, 101 and 102.

Any questions? Please contact us through the form.