Monastic Summer Residential Retreat Thursday June 9th to Sunday June 12th 2016

Our friends in the Border Collie Sangha are running a summer retreat at Wiston Lodge, Nr Biggar, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6HT

When we practice mindfulness, we naturally become attuned to the planet.
We are able to listen to ourselves and each other with mindfulness and compassion,
we increase our ability to listen to our planet. Practicing compassionate listening to the Earth, we hear that the planet desperately needs us to reconnect with the Earth and with each other. There is no difference between healing ourselves and healing the Earth.

From Love Letter to the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Wiston Woods in Summer

You are warmly invited to join us at our summer retreat from June 9th to June 12th 2016 guided by Br Phap Vu an American monastic, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will gather as a Sangha of all ages to support our practice of Mindfulness together.

Wiston Lodge with its extensive grounds and natural environment, merging upwards to Tinto Hill, gives us the opportunity to deepen our awareness of Interbeing with Nature and with one another. The doors are wide open for our Wake Up friends, and we hope that everyone young and old will feel nourished and enriched through the explorations of the practice.

Brother Vu

Brother Phap Vu

Through our time together, we will explore the power of the teachings of the Five Mindfulness Trainings in our personal lives and in society.

For more information contact:
Meg Beresford on meg.beresford@gn.apc.org or 07835 362 774
Paul Dear info@tintomusicandarts.org 0796123890

Border Collie Retreat Booking Form

Location of Wiston Lodge

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Pebbles and Moves

I really enjoyed facilitating the morning of mindfulness yesterday. We did the pebble meditation and the ten mindful movements and so I thought I’d share these two videos incase you want to do them again.

Pebble Meditation

Ten Mindful Movements

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Morning of Mindfulness – Saturday 14 May 2016

20150808-shinrinyokuWinter Becomes Spring Becomes Summer

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.

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Two Feet, One Mind

TwoFeetOneMind-flier2016-singlePeople have been expressing interest in workshops I am running as part of the short course programme at the botanics. It is not strictly a Wild Geese event but is totally compatible with our practice.

The workshops are stand alone and run every other Tuesday evening through April and May. You can book through the Education office at the botanics on 0131 248 2937.

Download: Two Feet, One Mind Flier

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Wonderful Mindfulness Morning With Pete

Twenty one of us enjoyed a wonderful mindfulness morning with Pete on Saturday “Breathing: Our Way to Freedom”. Pete mentioned this related video of Thay from 2006 on YouTube you might like to watch. The other talks in this sequence are also relevant.

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Congratulations to Susanne Olbrich our new Scottish Dharmacharya

susanne_lampGreat news that Susanne (from Findhorn) has received the lamp transmission at Plum Village and is now a  Dharmacharya (Dharma Teacher/Carrier). Also pictured is Dene Donalds who just received the lamp and is based in Lancaster. Wonderful to see the Sangha continuation and growth.

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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.

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