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Be Calm, Be Happy: a course in mindfulness – Stockport

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 Feb 2019 - 29 Mar 2019

Quaker Meeting House, Stockport, SK1 3DW

£30 – £160

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

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 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 6 weeks: Friday 22nd February until Friday 29th March from 7-9 pm

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 6.50pm). Please also bring a packed lunch with you or you can use the onsite cafe.

Course leader

The course leader is Ruth Bigger.

I have been practising in the Community of Interbeing for 8 years now. I found this tradition when I was making a lot of changes in my life, and it has been a steadying rock for me since then. I have been on a number of retreats to deepen my practice, and now I help facilitate our local Stockport sangha. I am very pleased to be offering this course. I know it is something I would have found useful when I was looking to deepen my understanding of Thich Nhat Hahn’s teaching. I look forward to welcoming you.

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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