WHAT IS MEDITATION?

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There are many forms of meditation. Contrary to popular belief you do not have to be able to stop thinking in order to learn to meditate. 

Meditations taught in these Art and Meditation Workshops and Courses are derived from the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu tradition, and presented in a simple, secular way. They are suitable for people of any faith or none.

Meditation can be used just to relax and improve health and well being through mindfulness and Shamatha, or it can also lead to enlightenment, the permanent cessation of suffering, the waking up to the full realisation of who we really are at the deepest level. 

Calm Abiding (Shamatha) and Insight (Vipashyana) meditations both entail practising Mindfulness, but go beyond mindfulness in their scope for personal transformation and working with the roller coaster of getting to know ourselves. You do not have to be Buddhist, or even religious, to practice Shamatha or Vipashyana.

Shamatha Meditation involves learning to be aware of, settle and focus the busy, monkey mind, resulting in feeling more spacious,  appreciative, and at peace with a greater feeling of well being. 

Vipashyana Meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school of Mahamudra includes meditating on who we are, the nature of mind and phenomena in an experiential way. It offers a full path to enlightenment.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness involves being aware of and paying attention to what is happening, as it is happening. This includes being aware of our experiences of seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, feeling, emotions, thinking and energy.


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ART & MEDITATION and mindful photography WORKSHOPS

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Mindful Photography

 

Sunday 15th July, 10.00-4.00, £50.00

Tiny group, book now 01379 897393

Increase awareness and appreciation of oneself and the everyday world through simple exercises in mindful seeing and being using your camera. 

Please bring your own camera. There will be no instruction in using a camera, so please ensure you know how to use it.

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Mandala Painting Workshop

Saturday 11th August - Sunday 12th August, 10.00-4.00, £160.00 including art materials

Tiny group, book now 01379 897393

Mandalas are symbolic circles and other symmetrical shapes which occur in the sacred art of many traditions worldwide. Using simple mindfulness meditation we will design and paint our own mandalas.

Familiarity with art materials and some form of mindfulness is helpful. 

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Mindful Drawing Workshop

Sunday 5th August, 10.00-4.00, £60.00 including all materials

Tiny group, book now 01379 897393

Explore personal and authentic ways of picturing your mind in its stillness and movement.

Regular mindfulness or awareness meditation experience needed. Some familiarity with art materials is useful, but not essential. A willingness to play with art materials with an open mind is essential!

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Introduction to Art and Meditation Workshop

Saturday 18th August - Sunday 19th August,10.00-4.00, £160.00 including art materials

Tiny group, book now 01379 897393

A taster weekend for the new 3 month Art and Meditation Course starting in September.

We will learn simple awareness meditation and mindfulness exploring ways of integrating these with drawing and painting.

Suitable for complete beginners to both meditation and art.