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Be Calm, Be Happy: a course in mindfulness – Newcastle-under-Lyme

Be Calm, Be Happy is a 6-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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22 May 2019 - 3 Jul 2019

Quaker Meeting House, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1QJ

£30 – £160

Course overview

Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over six weekly classes. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by an experienced facilitator 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

For this course to be effective, we recommended that you commit to attending all six sessions and also do a minimum of 20 minutes practice for five days each week. Creating a stable and strong practice of mindfulness is a habit that needs regular, ideally daily, practice. 


Course schedule

This course is taught over 6 weeks:

  • 22nd & 29th May, 5th,19th & 26th June & 3rd July.

Please note that there is a one-week break half-way on 12th June.

Each class is 2-hours long and the class timings are 18.30 – 20.30pm. We recommend that you aim to arrive 10 minutes before each class is due to start (i.e. by 18.20) to allow us time to greet each other informally and allow yourself time to settle.

Course leaders

The course leaders are Sharon Leighton and Jen Smith.

Sharon Leighton

I started practising mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in 2009 at a time of deep suffering. Whilst there continue to be many challenges, Thay’s teachings help me to transform my suffering and to live my life with wisdom, compassion and joy. I received the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2012 and was given the Dharma name “True Flower of Faith.”

Jen Smith

Since practicing mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, the teachings have deepened and calmed my life and enabled me to touch the joy in the everyday. I received the Five Mindfulness Trainings in 2015 and was given the Dharma name ‘Accepting Stillness of the Heart.’ Through attending Community of Interbeing retreats at Woodbrooke, the Quaker study centre, I became increasingly drawn to Quakerism and now find nourishment in both traditions.

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, break even price

£130 – one Standard Ticket, plus enabling a Concession place

£160 – one Standard Ticket, plus enabling a Supported place

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