Free Monthly Mindfulness Drop-In for All Levels (Third Thursday with afew exceptions, 7pm-9pm)
Mindful Me is pleased to offer this free mindfulness class to everyone, one of a series of free classes held throughout the year at Milton Keynes Quaker Centre. Numbers are only limited by the space available.
Each class is different and is therefore suitable for those who have attended previous classes.
The classes are open for booking on Facebook about 4 weeks before each class and to the public on EventBrite about 2 weeks before each class.
Who Is It For?
This free mindfulness class is suitable for those completely new to mindfulness and those who are more experienced. The structure of the class allows for more experienced practitioners to gain deeper learning by supporting those new to the practice and by attending on a regular basis.
Each class varies in content, so is ideal for those who want to attend a regular group for ongoing practice together.
What Happens In The Class?
The free mindfulness class is relaxed and calm with the teacher providing instruction and with plenty of time to ask questions and to talk with other participants.
It is 2 hours in duration and is roughly divided up as follows:
15 mins – arrival and settling
Part 1 – 30 mins – introduction to mindfulness and learning or revisiting the core practices
Part 2 – 30 mins – an extended tea break to meet and talk to others informally about the practice and gain support for learning and overcoming obstacles
Part 3 – 30 mins – a mix of guided and silent mindfulness meditation
15 mins – closing and time to stay behind to talk to the teacher
Do I Need to Attend The Entire 2 Hours?
2 hours is a relatively short time to practice Mindfulness in a group and you are encouraged to attend the entire time. If you are a more experienced practitioner, you are also encouraged to attend the entire time as your presence can be very supportive to those new to the practice and you can deepen your practice by attending for longer. It is permissible however for experienced practitioners to attend later, although you are encouraged to attend from the start of the tea break in order to mix with other participants prior to the second half.
For those attending the full class, note that arrival is from 7pm and we start promptly at 7:15pm. If you arrive after 7:15pm you will need to wait until the tea break before joining the class so as not to disturb the class. You will be able to sit comfortably in the corridor and can enjoy relaxing or meditating until that time.
Is It Really Free?
We are pleased to offer this free mindfulness class on the basis of the Buddhist tradition of Dana which recognises that the teachings are priceless. Dana, meaning generosity or kindness of heart, consists of a voluntary donation, which we use to pay for the room hire and refreshments for the next class. Any donation you make is therefore to support others on future classes and not the class you are attending. A suggested donation is £5 for those with an income and £2.50 for those without an income. Your generosity is a gift that supports your practice and the teacher to continue to offer the practice to the community. Donations are collected on the day during the tea break.
Who Is The Teacher?
The class is led by Tony O’Shea-Poon, therapist, coach, peace activist and Mindfulness teacher. Tony is trained to deliver the nationally-recognised Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy courses and is licensed by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation to teach the Mindfulness Now course, approved by the British Psychological Society. Tony is a practitioner of Mindfulness in the Plum Village style, a tradition taught by Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn.
Where Is It Held?
The class is held at The Quaker Centre, Downhead Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 9BH.
Contact Tony at Mindful Me.
How Do I Book?