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2018/10/10 18:30:00
Eventbrite - Introduction to Mindfulness: 6-week Course + Day Retreat - Level 1

Whether wanting to learn meditation, finding more calm, happiness and resilience to face new challenges; ability to concentrate and enjoy tasks at hand, this course will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness, meditation and art of living.

Karuna’s meditation sessions have been perfected for nearly 20 years, are designed to help busy people deal with stress and depression and focus on living in the present rather than holding on to the past.


  • 6 weekly live meditation classes
  • Recordings provided each week to deepen experience
  • A day retreat
  • Handouts to improve knowledge
  • Gentle Yoga movements to help posture
  • Email support during the course
  • I would encourage anybody who is going through stuff in their lives to come to this course to find peace of mind and connect with their being and bloom like a flower.

    Michael Thomas

    English former professional footballer

  • I have been meditating every day since we met.

    Suzy Greaves

    Editor at Psychologies magazine


We offer payment options to suit your needs.


£199 6-week course + day retreat


£225 6-week course + day retreat


£245 6-week course + day retreat

The next course starts in…

2018/10/10 18:30:00
Eventbrite - Introduction to Mindfulness: 6-week Course + Day Retreat - Level 1


6-week course dates: Wed 21 Nov, 28 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec & 19 Dec 2018 & 2 Jan 2019

Time: 18:30 – 20:00

Day Retreat date: Sun 6 Jan 2019

Time: 10:00 – 16:30

In partnership with



Recharge your body and mind

Improve sleeping/waking patterns

Reduce stress and anxiety

Develop a better understanding of yourself and others

Increase awareness and resilience

Enhance focus and productivity

Re-discover a positive mindset

The course is a systematic approach to Mindfulness Meditation developed from the early Buddhist discourses on Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The syllabus covers meditation techniques used by famous Buddhist monks like Thich Nhat Hanh and Ajahn Brahm and also refers to the works of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn of University of Massachusetts Medical School and Dr. Mark Williams of Oxford University with MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) – giving attendees opportunities to learn ancient insights and practices of Mindfulness and findings of modern science.


Karuna Priya Akanista Mindfulness



Karuna is the co-founder and lead teacher of Akanista Mindfulness. He had been a Buddhist monk for 15 years in Sri Lanka and Thailand and holds a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies from SOAS, University of London. He serves as an interfaith chaplain to Imperial College London and Royal College of Arts.

He is also a RYT500 Yoga teacher.




Nitima is an integrative counsellor, life coach and mindfulness teacher. She studied Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP & Counselling Skills at the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies (CCTS ) and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Nitima, besides running workshops at Imperial College, Royal College of Arts, Soho House, Coats, BAT, NeuLion and Save the Children, also facilitates residential and non residential retreats in the UK and in Portugal.

The next course starts in…

2018/10/10 18:30:00
Eventbrite - Introduction to Mindfulness: 6-week Course + Day Retreat - Level 1

We are constantly in search of happiness, but often not sure where to find it. We get carried away by habits such as mind-wandering, emotional eating, drinking, depleting relationships or lifestyles – only to be disappointed before we seek the next goal. “There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path” says Gautama Buddha. We don’t pause to see what’s really happening within us and what are our natural resources to be happy or fulfilled. Mindfulness is a source of energy and happiness.

It has taken years to build stress into people’s lives. The negative effects of stress not only influence your sense of emotional fulfillment but your immune system, circulation, hormones and breathing. We teach people to protect themselves from the effects of stress and information. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to assist in releasing stress and anxiety which allows those who practise it to live a calmer, happier life.

You are expected to practise meditation at least 10 minutes a day either in the morning or evening using Akanista’s audio recordings and handouts provided. There will be optional group sharing before and end of each group meditation sessions. Short one to one consultations are provided before and after the group meditations on request.



Week 1: Releasing tensions from the body – understanding mind-body connection

Week 2: Grounding oneself through conscious breathing – breathworks and movements

Week 3: Acceptance of feelings as they are – understanding emotions

Week 4: Cultivating non-judgmental attention – developing curiosity and loving-kindness

Week 5: Responding rather than reacting – awareness of surrounding

Week 6: Living in the moment – finding calm and peace

Akanista Mindfulness classes have shown me a simple yet highly effective way of becoming calmer and more focused in my day to day life. The recordings that are provided at the end of each class are helping me practice the techniques on a daily basis


The next course starts in…

2018/10/10 18:30:00
Eventbrite - Introduction to Mindfulness: 6-week Course + Day Retreat - Level 1


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