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We will be re-commencing our popular groups on Sunday 6pm to 7pm, free of charge.  As the weather changes we will move to practice outside under the lovely trees at the front of the retreat center.

Dates for your diary: 6th; 13th; 20th and 27th of May.

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Snoopy depression 2Jon Kabat-Zinn the creator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week programme writes in his book ‘Full Catastrophe Living’:

“We have already seen that posture is very important in the sitting meditation and that positioning the body in a certain way can have immediate effect on your mental and emotional state. Being aware of your body language and what it reveals about your attitudes and feelings can help you to change your attitudes and feelings just by changing your posture.  … Every time you intentionally assume a different posture, you are literally changing your physical orientation and therefor your inner perspective as well.”

This day workshop will look at what this statement could mean with regards to:

     –   How we use ourselves when we are sitting, especially for meditation

  • Mindful walking, body scans and 3 minute/step breathing spaces with Alexandrian considerations
  • The power of our bodies to inform and change us.
  • Extending, deepening and supporting our mindfulness practice

 The cost is £25 per person and places are limited to 12 – so book soon to ensure a place.

Teacher: Azizë Stirling has been an Alexander Teacher since 1993, and a Mindfulness teacher since 2013 and has just completted the Master’s programme in Mindfulness at Bangor University.

To book:  01865 790168  azize@onetel.com

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We have an active sitting group and this is to invite you to join in.  The idea is to spend time in silence (with a bit of guidance) and come up close to our experience.

WHAT TO EXPECT

About eight people on average sit together each week, some are not able to come every week; new joiners simply join in and over time become regulars.  The idea is that the group sits every Friday, regardless of who is or isn’t able to come – that way we establish a rhythm and anchor point for our practice.

If you arrive late, that’s OK, please simply enter the room quietly and take whatever time you need to settle.  If you know you need to leave early, could you please let me know before the session starts so that I don’t feel the need to follow you out to ask.  Arriving early is fine because it gives us a relaxed start and tea is available too.

WHAT TO BRING

Warm comfortable clothes and shoes is all you will need.  I have an array of chairs and mats and cushions and one kneeling stool.

WHERE TO FIND ME

About a mile out of Brackley.

Telephone 01280 840 674 for instructions on how to get here.