Free Monthly Mindfulness Drop-In for All Levels (Third Thursday with afew exceptions, 7pm-8:30pm)
WE ARE BACK AT THE QUAKER CENTRE, MILTON KEYNES, FROM SEPT 2020 & BROADCASTING ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY!
Tony is very happy to offer this free monthly mindfulness drop-in, suitable for everyone, no matter what your experience of mindfulness is.
It is suitable for complete beginners and those that want to deepen their understanding through a regular practice.
A booking is required as spaces are limited to attend in person at the Centre, while you will require a Zoom link if you are attending online.
Classes can be booked on Facebook or on EventBrite.
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 1.5 hours in duration and is roughly divided up as follows:
15 mins – arrival, greeting and settling
Part 1 – 20 mins – introduction to mindfulness and learning or revisiting the core practices
Part 2 – 20 mins – discussion on a mindfulness or related topic
Part 3 – 20 mins – a mix of guided and silent mindfulness meditation
15 mins – closing and time to stay behind to ask questions or talk to the teacher
Do I Need to Attend The Entire 1.5 Hours?
1.5 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.
Note that arrival is from 7pm to allow time to greet people and settle in and we start promptly with the teaching/practice at 7:15pm. If you arrive after 7:15pm, you will need to wait until an appropriate break point before joining the class so as not to disturb others. If you are attending an in-person event, you can sit comfortably in the corridor and can enjoy relaxing or meditating. If you are attending online, you can enjoy meditating in the online waiting room until you are let in.
Is It Really Free?
Tony is 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 online services. 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 can be made in advance or immediately after the class. Thank you.
Your Dana donation can be made online here:
Who Is The Teacher?
The class is led by Tony O’Shea-Poon. Tony is a therapist, mindfulness teacher and tutor, coach and peace activist. He is part of the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation national training team and the lead tutor for the Mindfulness Now programme in London. Tony is a practitioner of mindfulness in the Plum Village style, a tradition taught by Buddhist Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh
Where Is It Held?
The class is held at The Quaker Centre, Downhead Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 9BH.
It is simultaneously held online using Zoom.
Contact Tony at Mindful Me.
How Do I Book?