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Our Aspiration

We aspire to be a place of refuge, nourishment and support for young people aged roughly 18-35. We want to provide a unique space for young people to practice together and share deeply from the heart whenever that feels needed. Practising together as a community of friends, we can create a strong collective energy of mindfulness that can nourish our joy, heal our pains, develop our understanding and love and cultivate peace within and around us.

We gather weekly to practice sitting and walking meditation, to read books from Thich Nhat Hanh, practice deep relaxation, exercise mindful movements, mindful speaking and listening, and recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings. We organize retreats to refresh and strengthen our practice. Occasionally we organise “meditation flash mobs” and public events to promote meditation, peace and unity in the city. 

Our History

In 2008, Zen-master, poet and peace-activist Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community started a global Wake Up movement as a way to encourage young people to practice togetherness and nurture collective awakening.

Two years later, Wake Up London was founded by a group of friends who met each other for the first time on a retreat in Nottingham in September 2010. We started out with about 10 friends meeting for self-facilitated Afternoons of Mindfulness.

Now, we have 30 to 40 people each week attending our sessions, 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.

We sometimes organise public events together with monastics from Plum Village.

Inclusivity

While Wake Up London draws its inspiration from the Buddhist teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, our community is not exclusively Buddhist. Mindfulness is a capacity that we all have. Our community is focused on practice and not on beliefs or ideology. We honour the unique roots of every individual and you can join as a Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jew, or Muslim as well as an agnostic, atheist or member of any other religious or spiritual grouping.

Care Taking Team

The Wake Up London Caretaking Team looks after the practice, finances, practicalities and well-being of the Community.

We meet monthly to discuss all things Sangha. If you have a question, idea or concern to share with the Caretaking Team, please email info@wakeuplondon.org.

The current Caretaking Team is made up of Lucy, Noah, Twan, Jack, Agnieszka, Charlotte and Miguel

Long-term practitioners (Elders)

Wake Up London’s “Elders” are former Caretaking Team members, or long-term practitioners, who still practice with the Community on a regular basis and are willing to be called upon for counsel, advice or support by the Caretaking Team or (members of) the Community.

The current Wake Up London Elders are Joe, Lizhuo and Noah, Ashley, Steven, Lisa.

When guidance or support from outside the immediate Sangha is preferred, Wake Up London and its members may call upon friends established within the practice, including from Heart of London, Plum Village UK, or practicing in Plum Village, France.

A good community is needed to help us resist the unwholesome ways of our time. Mindful living protects us and helps us go in the direction of peace. With the support of friends in the practice, peace has a chance.

THICH NHAT HANH

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We unfortunately have to cancel todays session, and will be back next Saturday, July 6th.
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