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.
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