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The first session is FREE for all C&W staff on Tuesday 26 Feb – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms, Portman Square to drop in and learn about meditation. Please contact your Events team for more information.
Introduction to Mindfulness
6-week Meditation course to support performance and resilience
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.
At C&W offices at Portman Square (PSQ) and in Old Broad Street (OBS), Akanista will run series of 6-week Mindfulness Meditation course to support performance and resilience. If you are a C&W staff/member, you are eligible for a subsidised price of £60 (costing £10 per session only) – General Admission is £120.
The course is led by Karuna Priya, a former Buddhist monk and Nitima Priya, a Holistic Counsellor and Meditation teacher. Both of them have collectively over 30 years of meditation experience in various branches of Buddhism. Before moving to London, Karuna had spent 15 years in monasteries in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
DATES & TIMES (2019)
Please select a starting date of a course that continues for 6 weeks consecutively.
5 Mar – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
12 March – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
19 March – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
26 March – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
2 April – Tokyo Rooms
9 April – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
9 April – Auditorium 1
16 April – Auditorium 1
23 April – Auditorium 1
30 April – Auditorium 1
7 May – Auditorium 1
14 May – Auditorium 1
14 May – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
21 May – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
28 May – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
4 June – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
11 June – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
18 June – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
3 Sept – Auditorium 1
10 Sept – Auditorium 1
17 Sept – Auditorium 1
24 Sept – Auditorium 1
1 Oct – Auditorium 1
8 Oct – Auditorium 1
5 Nov – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
12 Nov – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
19 Nov – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
26 Nov – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
3 Dec – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
10 Dec – Paris/Milan/Brussels Rooms
If you miss any of the dates, you can make up on the next term
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.
English former professional footballer
I have been meditating every day since we met.
Editor at Psychologies magazine
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
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.
MEET THE FACILITATORS
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.
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.
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