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.
The Wake Up London Caretaking Team looks after the practice, finances, practicalities and well-being of the Community.
The current Caretaking Team is made up of Lucy, Noah, Dave, Twan, Gabi, Charlotte, Jack
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