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Be Calm, Be Happy: A Mindfulness Course – Dingwall

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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9 Nov 2019 - 7 Dec 2019

Dingwall Community Centre, Dingwall, IV15 9JZ

£30 – £160

“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 Saturdays. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by experienced facilitators in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

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

Course details:

This course is taught over 3 Saturdays:

Saturday 9 November:
Session 1: Stopping and Calming 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Session 2: Turning to the Positive 2.00- 4.00pm

Saturday 23 November:
Session 3: Loving Communication 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Session 4: Nourishing Happiness 2.00- 4.00pm

Saturday 7 December:
Session 5: Interdependence and Community 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Session 6: Guidelines for a Happier Life 2.00- 4.00pm

The Centre will be open between 12noon and 2pm, if you wish to bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available. There are also several cafes offering lunch in Dingwall.

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).

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 leaders

Maggie Dove

After attending a secular Mindfulness group Maggie was introduced to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh in 2010. She found that these teachings enable her to understand better the human condition and live a happier and more fulfilling life. The simple practice of trying to live “now “ rather than worrying about yesterday or tomorrow has become central to her life. She has found the practice particularly transformative during difficult times. Maggie facilitates the Cromarty sangha on the Black Isle and sometimes practises with Northern Lights sangha in Findhorn. She joined the Order of Interbeing in 2018.

John Wood

John has been actively practising meditation for 12 years, and mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition for ten. He currently facilitates the Poolewe Sangha in the NW Highlands. He has been a member of the Order of Interbeing since 2012 and currently serves as Treasurer on its UK Council. He has seen mindfulness practice transform people’s lives, including his own, and is keen to offer this possibility to others. ‘It is a practice, not a religion.’

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 leaders 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, the course is delivered in a ground floor room.

What further information will I receive?

All our course attendees will receive “Joining Information” in a confirmation 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 maggiedove29@gmail.com

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