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Be Calm, Be Happy: a course in mindfulness – Isle of Wight

Be Calm, Be Happy is a 3-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life and as an opportunity to become happier.

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7 Dec 2019 - 21 Dec 2019

Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR

£30 – £160

“this has been a life-changing experience”

“it has been inspirational”

“an excellent introduction to the practice of mindfulness that I can continue with for the rest of my life”

“I’ve experienced a very real shift in my ability to be present and enjoy simple things”

“what I have gained from the course has given me real optimism for a calmer and happier future”

Course overview

Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over three weekly classes. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by experienced facilitators in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Course content:

Session 1: Stopping and calming
Session 2: Turning to the positive
Session 3: Loving communication
Session 4: Nourishing happiness
Session 5: Interdependence and community
Session 6: Guidelines for a happier life

Reported benefits:

Increased enjoyment of life
Increased ability to be calm and relaxed
Increased control of emotions such as anger and anxiety
Improved sleep quality
Fewer feelings of anxiety and depression

Who can attend

This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice. It is suitable for those of all faiths and none. Our course participants come from a wide range of backgrounds. Many of our participants are keen to learn new ways to look after their own well being and to identify positive responses to challenging situations.

Proposed commitment

Participants will gain most from this course if they are able to attend all the classes and to do the suggested homework and home practice in between. Creating a stable and strong practice of mindfulness is a habit that needs regular, ideally daily, practice. If you know ahead of time that you cannot make a session then please discuss with your course leader so that you can understand the content of the missed session. If you have to miss a session at short notice please arrive early for the next session so that you can speak to the Course Leader ahead of time.

Course schedule

This course is taught over 3 weeks on Saturdays: 7th, 14th and 21st December from 10am – 2pm.

Please make sure you are able to attend each week. We recommend that you aim to arrive 10 minutes before each class is due to start (i.e., by 9.50am). Please also bring a packed lunch with you or you can use the onsite cafe.

Course leader

The course leader is Sylvia Clare.

I have been teaching mindfulness (from MBSR, Christian, Buddhist and other teachings depending on preferences of attenders) on the Isle of Wight since 2000 and before that in South London since 1996.

I first came across Thich Nhat Hanh through his books which brought much of the Dharma to life for me. I started attending the retreats in 2012 and getting involved with the order in 2014.

Ticket pricing

We ask you to consider carefully what you can realistically afford without depriving yourself and your family or dependents. Supported and Concession Tickets are intended for those who are unwaged, have a low household income and/or limited funds available. In offering a range of ticket prices we aim to make the course available to as many people as possible.

£30 – Supported Ticket, unwaged
£60 – Concession Ticket, low income
£95 – Standard Ticket, breakeven price
£130 – Supporter Rate – this ticket helps us to be able to offer ‘concession’ places on our courses.
£160 – Sponsor Rate – this ticket further helps us to be able to offer ‘supported’ places on our courses.

Frequently Asked Questions…

What if I miss a class?

It is ideal if you can make all the classes as in this way you will gain a solid foundation in mindfulness practice. If you have to miss a class and know ahead of time, do let your course leader know. They will be able to advise you on how you can continue your mindfulness practice by using the online materials provided.

Is there disabled access to the venue?

Yes there is disabled access.

What further information will I receive?

All our course attendees will receive “Joining Information” in a confimation email after they have purchased their ticket. This will confirm the information on the class timings, venue and facilities.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking at least 7 days before the start of the course we will refund your full course fee minus a £15 administration fee.

If you cancel your booking less than 7 days before the start of the course we will issue a 50% refund of the course fee.

Once the course has started no refunds will be issued.

Do you have any other questions about the Be Calm, Be Happy course? If so we’ll be happy to help. Please contact us on: sylvia.clare@btinternet.com

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