Mindfulness in Nature Weekend

7:00pm 23 September 2022 - 3:00pm 25 September 2022

Cost: £150.00

Venue: Samye Ling

Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings of Samye Ling in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, where we will spend the weekend learning Mindfulness using nature as a place to become present in the moment.  Many of the practices will be by the nearby river, under the trees and around the centre (weather permitting).  No previous experience is required for this course.

Mindfulness offers the invitation to come into the freshness of the present moment: knowing what is happening, while it’s happening. The experience of this moment can include the thoughts and feelings in our heart-mind, awareness of the sensations in the body, and our connection with nature and the world around us.

Often people mention that the place they are most easily mindful is being in nature, whether it’s walking the dog in a nearby woodland, on the beach or on holiday in a beautiful environment. Research shows the connection between being in nature and a reduction in feelings of stress and depression and have a positive effect on general health and ability to focus. It is perhaps not surprising that similar benefits are attributed to mindfulness.

In this weekend, we are using the joy of being in nature and alive on this precious earth as a way into learning to rest the mind in the present moment. Through connecting with nature and the earth beneath and around us, we can reconnect with our inner nature as well, touching in with the ground of our being and starting to train in mindfulness.

The weekend will invite us to settle the mind and come home to our body through grounding practices such as the bodyscan and mindful walking. Throughout all of the Mindfulness Association programs the cultivation of a basic friendliness towards ourselves (and therefore also to others) lies at the heart of our training.

This weekend course is suitable for those completely new to Mindfulness as well as those seeking to reconnect with it and to embark on the different training pathways the Mindfulness Association has to offer. This course is equivalent to the first weekend of the Level 1 course. If you complete this weekend, you can then continue and join the further three weekends of our Mindfulness Level One: Being Present course with Jacky and Rosina, at Samye Ling where we will make the most of being in nature throughout the weekends.

Tutor: Jacky Seery and Rosina Morrison

Dates: 23-25 September 2022

Price: Weekend 1 = £150.00

Times: 19.00-20.30pm on the Friday evening, 8.00am to 20.00pm on the Saturday and 8.00am to 15.00pm on Sunday.

Booking: To book this course please click here 

You cannot make an online booking for your accommodation, when you have booked the course book your meals and accommodation by contacting reception@samyeling.org.

You will be contacted after attending the weekend with the opportunity to complete our Level 1 Mindfulness Course over 3 more weekends. These can be paid in six monthly instalments of £75.00.
The dates are 28-30 October 2022, 20-22 January 2023 and 3-5 March 2023.

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