Wake Up London was founded in September 2010 by a group of friends who met each other for the first time on a retreat in Nottingham with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community that same year.

Feeling inspired by their experience on the retreat and by the Wake Up movement, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, these young friends wanted to keep their practice of mindfulness alive and invite other young people to join in.

Wake Up London formed as a small group of around 10 friends who met for self-facilitated Afternoons of Mindfulness. Now, we have between 30 to 40 young people attending an Afternoon of Mindfulness, and a growing volunteer base who help to run the meetings each week.

We are grateful for the support of our sister community, the Heart of London sangha, who offered us a place to practice in 2010, for their guidance on facilitation and all of their resources that we can use for our meetings.