Watering Seeds of Creativity & Joy: 5th October 2019

Our friends in the Poppy Seed Sangha are hosting a Mindfulness Day with Susanne Olbrich on Saturday on 5th October 2019 from 10am to 4pm at Westbank Natural Health Centre in Strathmiglo, Cupar.

A group of us Wild Geese are planning to fly North and help make this a joining of the Sanghas. Near the time we will try and synchronise travel arrangements. If you are going please drop Orla an email as numbers are limited. If you could offer a lift, or need one, please speak out at one of our regular meetings or use the contact form.

We all have the seeds of creativity and joy in us and this day will be an opportunity to water them. Let’s come together for mindful breathing, sitting, walking and eating to slow down and reconnect with the source of peace and joy inside. By coming home to ourselves, relaxing body and mind, and allowing the senses to open up, we will embark on a journey of discovery with sound, music, words, colour and nature materials. Through simple creative activities, weather permitting outdoors, we will nurture awareness, openness, playfulness, curiosity, kindness and a spirit of adventure in ourselves and each other. You are invited to explore and experiment, to be receptive, to be. Everyone welcome!

Susanne Olbrich, True Ever-present Stability, is a musician, music educator and mindfulness teacher based at Findhorn, where she co-founded the Northern Lights Sangha. In 2016 she received the Lamp Transmission as a dharma teacher in Plum Village. She loves offering retreats and days combining mindfulness and creative expression.

If you use Facebook you could register your interest on the Facebook event.

Please bring:-

  • A musical instrument if you have one (whether you can play it or not), crayons or pastels.
  • Food for the day. We will provide teas/ coffees.
  • A meditation cushion/ stool if you have one, don’t worry if not, we have a few spare and some chairs (these are quite hard so a small cushion can be beneficial).
  • A favourite blanket or shawl for warmth. Slippers or warm socks can also be nice.
  • Outdoor shoes and coat.

There is no fee for the day but the opportunity will be there to offer dana (a voluntary contribution) to our visiting teacher.

Summer Break for Thursday Evenings

It is summertime and the livin’ is easy. It is also the time of the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals. During August St Marks is used as a festival venue in the evenings and so we will not meeting on Thursday evenings in August.

The good news is that all our other meetings continue as usual, including Mindfulness@Lunchtime at St Marks on a Tuesday. If you haven’t done so already why not check out our Monday nights at Santosa.

Enjoying the buzz of the city in the summer from the peaceful island in myself.

Being Mindful: Awareness of the Breath is the starting point for Ethical Action – a Morning of Mindfulness Saturday 6th July 2019

A morning of mindfulness drawing on Thich Nhat Hanh’s inclusive vision of a shared global ethic, beginning with a turning towards our own present moment experience. Facilitated by Gill and Gustaf.

The morning will involve ‘here and now’ practice of mindfulness, including sitting and walking meditations informed by readings from Thay’s writings on engaged citizenship.

When: Saturday 6th July 2019 – 9:30am to 1:00pm (Please try to arrive a little earlier so that we can start at 09:30)
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace
Booking: Just turn up.
Bring: Small amount of vegetarian food to share if that is easy.
Cost: By donation – to cover the cost of hiring the venue etc. Suggested: £10 (£5).

Mindful Peace Walk, Lauriston Castle, Sunday 16th June 2019

Come join us for a Mindful Peace Walk at Lauriston Castle on Sunday 16th June 2019. This silent walking meditation is an open event. Come and walk in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as a meditation practice.

By practicing walking together in peace at an event like this we can learn to bring that way of walking into all aspects of our lives, changing the world and ourselves one step at a time.


This is not a protest or a campaigning event, so please do not use any banners. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults.

When: Sunday 16th June 2019 ~ 12 noon
Where: Lauriston Castle, 2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh. EH4 6AD. Gather in front of Lauriston Castle for 12 noon. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: Free.
Appropriate clothing – sun cream or umbrella as required.
See Also: EICSP page for this event.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

Three New Order Members for Edinburgh

Early on the morning of Monday 27th May 2019 three of our Wild Geese took the 14 Mindfulness Trainings and were ordained as Lay Members of the Order of Interbeing – they became Brown Jackets. Congratulations to Andrew (True Steadfast Transformation), Gill (True Steadfast Inclusivity) and Sally (True Steadfast continuation/connection)! The names are appropriate. Sally’s can be translated from the Vietnamese two ways. Continuation and connection overlap in meaning.

Gill, Sally & Andrew (in the middle at the front)
Roger, Sally, Gill, Andrew & Paul (a Wild Goose who flew the nest)
Gill with Br Phap Lai (a.k.a. Br Ben) and her certificate

We now have five ordained members of the order in the Edinburgh Sangha: Andrew, Bill, Gill, Roger & Sally. This is probably one of the highest in Sanghas in the UK.

Mother Earth as the Bodhisattva Gaia – a Morning of Mindfulness Saturday 1st June 2019


A morning of mindfulness focusing on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Intimate Conversations with Mother Earth facilitated by Bill.

The morning will include readings from Thay’s  Intimate Conversations with Mother Earth. The ceremony of Touching the Earth. Quiet reflection and meditation on our connection with all things and especially this wonderful blue planet.

When: Saturday 1st June 2019 – 9:30am to 1:00pm (Please try to arrive a little earlier so that we can start at 09:30)
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace
Booking: Just turn up.
Bring: Small amount of vegetarian food to share if that is easy.
Cost: By donation – to cover the cost of hiring the venue etc. Suggested: £10 (£5).


Morning Walks in George Square 2019


We are starting morning walks for all you early birds. From 8.25am to 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in May and continue probably till the festival starts but possibly forever. Please come along and join us. It is free.

Whether or not you can make it you can help to spread the word by mentioning the walks to your friends in person or on social media. If you can think of somewhere to put up a poster that would be doubly helpful.

Download PDF of poster to print and share.

Save the Dates – Mornings of Mindfulness in June and July


We have been planning our summer schedule and have the opportunity to run two Mornings of Mindfulness in June and July.

  • Saturday 1st June 2019 a Morning of Mindfulness facilitated by Bill on the theme of Mother Earth.
  • Saturday 6th July 2019 a Morning of Mindfulness facilitated by Gill – theme TBC

Save those dates in your diary for rest and recharge at St Marks.

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