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.

About our Mindfulness Morning August 2015

Thanks to Pete for beautifully facilitating the latest Mindfulness Morning at the Salisbury Centre in Edinburgh on a theme of mindful music – and on his continuation day (that’s his birthday).

Pete mentioned a bunch of resources to chase up if you are interested. Click here to download a PDF of the notes for the morning..

One thing he mentions is this fascinating documentary of the mindful attention that goes into the making of string instruments for a peace quartet.

About Our Mindfulness Morning Saturday 4th July 2015

On arrival it was a very wet and overcast morning. Keith and I (Bryan) began setting up the large hall at St Giles of Marchmont. We were soaked by the rain and began putting out mats and cushions. I remarked casually to Keith “we will be lucky to have 10 folk due to the weather conditions”. Folk started to straggle in through the door looking thoroughly wet, certainly glad to be out of the rain and very happy for a cup of tea. When we sat down to begin our practise 21 folk had made the conscious choice to come to our gathering of the Wild Geese mindfulness morning despite the weather.

The theme for the day was “Habit energy and its scorpion nature”. This was partly inspired from a dharma talk given by Sister Dang Nghiem found in an old edition of the Mindfulness bell magazine. After a brief telling of the ” Story of the frog and the scorpion”. Keith led us on a guided meditation and walking meditation, followed by sit. We then broke for a cup of tea in silence. I could not help but notice that many of the now vacated mats had large damp patches due to the encounter with the rain.

A short dharma talk was given, which offered various angles to look into the subject of habit energy. How this energy enters our daily lives, its possible origins and its addictive and scorpion like nature. Also how it plays a major role in our suffering and for others. After a brief description on the practice of deep listening and sharing within our tradition. We broke into two groups for dharma sharing.

Our final practice was lunch held partly in silence. Folk brought the usual array of good food to share. We sat in a circle on our mats connecting with our food and the circle as a whole. On the invitation of the bell we broke silence and chatted, getting to know our neighbours. Finally we said our goodbye’s inviting everyone to meet again on the 1st of August at the Salisbury Centre from 9.30am to 1.30am.

To summarise the morning. It was wonderful to see the young people from Wake up who attended. They brought a balance, plus wisdom and harmony to the day. The new faces and familiar ones blended with the young, sharing there experience and I feel it was a beneficial atmosphere all round. Mindfulness mornings if nothing else is an act of peace. Hopefully we will see you again at the Salisbury Centre.

Bryan and Keith