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The London Mindfulness Hub (11th-20th May 2018)

We are delighted to announce that Plum Village monastics led by brothers Bao Tich and Phap Lai will be joining us for a series of events in May.

See below for further details on the event schedule and to purchase tickets. http://www.londonmindfulnesshub.org/

Schedule:
FRI 11 May: 7.30 – 10pm  Bring a Friend to an Evening of Practice

Have you friends interested in mindfulness but haven’t tried it? Or who’ve tried Headspace and are interested in going further? This evening’s for you to bring them along to hear the Plum Village monastics share introductory teachings on mindfulness, meditation and a happy life.

Also suitable for newcomers on their own. Or for regulars who’d like to review the basics.

Westminster Quaker Meeting House
52 St Martins Lane WC2N 4EA
(entry via 8 Hop Gardens)

£5 /£7 /£10 per person according to your means

Info and booking here and facebook event here.


SUN 13 May: 10am – 5.30pm  A Day of Mindfulness

For all with some experience of meditation you are warmly invited to join us for this day of mindfulness. We’ll come together to hear a talk, and to practice sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, smiling and breathing together. Please bring vegetarian food to share for lunch.

The Core, 161 Northwold Road, Upper Clapton E5 8RL

£15 / £22 / £30 according to your means.

Info and booking here and facebook event here.


MON 14 May: 5 – 6.40pm Walk With Me

The recent film about Plum Village monastery — followed by Q&A with the monks. An insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things. Followed by thirty minute walking meditation on Regent Street

Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street, Marylebone W1B 2UW

£11 conc / £12 adult

Info and booking here and facebook event here.


FRI 18 May: 7.30 – 10pm  Deepening Your Practice

How to come to our true home. Featuring a talk, touching the earth and other practices. For those already having some experience of Thich Nhat Hanh’s or similar traditions

The practice of Touching the Earth, also known as bowing deeply or prostrating, helps us return to the Earth and to our roots, and to recognize that we are not alone but connected to a whole stream of spiritual and blood ancestors. We touch the Earth to let go of the idea that we are separate and to remind us that we are the Earth and part of Life.

Westminster Quaker Meeting House
52 St Martins Lane WC2N 4EA
(entry via 8 Hop Gardens)

£5 /£7 /£10 according to your means

Info and booking here and facebook event here.

SAT 19 May: Afternoon of Mindfulness 2.15pm – 5.30pm & ‘Wake Up to the joy of togetherness’ Be In 6pm – 9pm

An Afternoon of Mindfulness with our monastics, schedule:
2:30pm Singing and guided meditation
3pm Dharma talk
3.45pm Dharma sharing in small groups
5pm Walking meditation
5.30pm Break time, please bring vegan/vegetarian food to share 🙂

6-9pm Be-In celebration with the first half of the evening led by the monastics. We will enjoy tea and cookies in mindful silence then there will be sharing, songs, live music, poems and other offerings. Please if inspired do bring your instruments and other creative offering to share at this celebration, you can let a member of the hub team know on the day.

Suggested donation of £7, according to your means.

Westminster Quaker Meeting House
52 St Martins Lane WC2N 4EA
(entry via 8 Hop Gardens)

Facebook event here.

SUN 20 May: Peace Walk – A Walking Meditation in Victoria Park 11.30am – 1.30pm
Offering Peace for Ourselves, the City and the World

Walking meditation and mindful picnic in Victoria Park. Please bring an individual packed lunch for a mindful picnic afterwards.

Meet at Bonner Gate (junction of Sewardstone Rd / Approach Rd) E2 9JW. Please arrive in plenty of time.

Facebook event here.

For all these we have kept prices as low as possible. Please just pay what you can. Where you can afford the upper rate however that would be helpful.

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Plum Village’s Call to Action: People’s Climate Prayer

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Plum Village released a letter yesterday calling our international community of mindfulness practitioners to come together to engage in awakened action from Nov. 29 to Dec.11 during the Paris Climate Summit.

Please read the letter here.

“When we meditate together and walk mindfully together, we amplify the power of our mindfulness, concentration and compassion. This strong energy of collective awareness will be felt in the world. It has the power to re-establish the Earth’s equilibrium and restore balance, since we are nothing less than Mother Earth herself. Our actions will lead to collective insight, collective awakening, and collective change.”

Wake Up London members are organizing a Meditation Gathering for Climate Action in Hyde Park before joining the People’s March on Sunday 29th November. All are welcome!

A few other recent links for inspiration on climate action:

With peaceful steps on the Earth,
Wake Up UK friends

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Plum Village Monastics’ UK Visit this August

We are so happy to be able to share with you these wonderful gifts offered by Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community this August and organized by The Community of Interbeing UK.

The Miracle of Mindfulness Retreat – 24-29th August 2015

Stourbridge, West Midlands (nr Birmingham)

As well as offering daily dharma talks, monks and nuns, students of Thich Nhat Hanh will be offering their wisdom, practice and peaceful presence in all aspects of the retreat, which, will include programmes for under-5s, children up to 13, teenagers and young adults (Wake Up) and is open to all, whether experienced in mindfulness meditation or a complete beginner.

Bursaries available to those who might otherwise be unable to attend.

More information

The Miracle of Mindfulness Public Talk – 22nd August 2015

Logan Hall, London

You are invited to join the monks and nuns of Plum Village, exploring the practice of mindfulness through listening deeply, meditation, chanting and singing.

This is a wonderful opportunity for people from all cultures, different faiths and none, to come together to experience the transformational practices of mindfulness and liberation.

More information

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Wake Up in Plum Village this Spring!

We’re happy to announce that there will be a retreat for young mindfulness practitioners from 17-24 April in Plum Village, France.

If you are aged 18-35(ish), are based in (or come from) the UK or Ireland, and would like to enjoy a week in Plum Village together experiencing the mindfulness practices of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, then please register here.

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Once you register, you will need to make a payment to secure your place.

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In our week together in Plum Village, we have the precious opportunity to take a break and enjoy being in the beautiful nature of South-Western France, where several monks, nuns, young men and young women will together create a joyful, refreshing and peaceful retreat.

You will have the chance to learn and experience the art of sitting meditation, deep total relaxation and walking meditation on the legendary Plum Village paths through fields and forests. We will learn how to really be there for ourselves and for each other, and to really listen to our own hearts and to one another. We will live together simply, healthily and joyfully – with music, dance, games, maybe hikes and bonfires.

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together all the Wake Up sanghas and young mindfulness practitioners in the UK & Ireland to nourish and deepen our connections, and enjoy being together in this special place as one rich and diverse community.

To find out more about your stay in Plum Village, please go to their website for more information.

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Retreat contribution

Plum Village monastery is a non-profit charitable organization run entirely by donations. The retreat contribution includes the cost of your accommodation and three meals a day. The contribution will depend on the type of accommodation you choose when registering:

Accommodation 
  • Camping (tent or van – please bring your own): £150
  • Dormitory: £225
  • 3 or 4-bed room: £320
  • 2-bed room: £370
Discount 
Plum Village are generously offering a discount of up to £75 for camping, or up to £100 on other options, for those who would otherwise be unable to afford this retreat. We invite you to select the option which is most appropriate to your needs and ability to pay during registration – the options are:
  • No discount requested
  • £25 discount
  • £50 discount
  • £75 discount
  • £100 discount (not available for camping)

register

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A slideshow of pictures from the International Wake Up retreat in Plum Village 2013

Wake Up UK Bursary Fund

We are grateful to Plum Village for offering significant discounts to make the retreat fee affordable to us. However, we do understand that there may be some of you who may still not be able to afford the fee due to various circumstances. It is our deep aspiration of Wake Up UK to make the practice of mindfulness as accessible to as many young people as possible, therefore we have created a Bursary Fund to enable this.

It is thanks to the generosity of The Community of Interbeing UK for their donation that we are able to offer bursaries.

The fund is made up of £1,500 and an individual can apply for any amount up to £200. To apply for this bursary, please email info@wkupuk.org and write the following:

1. Your aspiration to visit Plum Village
2. Your current financial circumstances and reasons for seeking assistance
3. What you are able to contribute towards the retreat fee
4. Amount you would like to apply for – please note that we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet your request.

Your application will be made anonymous and reviewed in confidence by a 5-person Wake Up UK bursaries group, with input from an impartial adviser from another Community of Interbeing sangha.

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Update from Meg and Joe from Plum Village

A little email to say hello from plum village!

After a rather eventful few days (details of which may have to wait until our return, but involved torrential rain and a b&b; broken pedals, punctured tyres and bent wheels; my first hitch hiking experience; 1 out of use train station; and a 3 hour midnight cycle ride around Bordeaux..!) we arrived last night at 3am. We slept a couple of hours in the small meditation hall, then awoke at 5 this morning for morning meditation. So today, we are two pretty sleepy, but very happy villagers 🙂

It feels wonderful to be here. So beautiful, calm and peaceful, especially so at the moment. There were only 11 new arrivals this week, we are told during the summer there are around 350 each week. It feels very intimate.

Pure joy was the breakfast spread this morning. (With Ethan! 🙂 )

In 10 minutes we have walking meditation…

Speaking this morning to a new friend from Belgium. We were telling him about the London sangha – how wonderful it is. We are feeling so very appreciative of you all.

With love, bells, bicycles and peaceful steps,

Meg and Joe

Xxxx

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Meg and Joe go on a cycling adventure to Plum Village

Meg and Joe, two Wake Up London members, left the UK with their bikes a few days ago and started their long journey to Plum Village, the practice centre of our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh in the south west of France.

We will be following them and posting updates on here to let you know how they are doing.

Update and pictures from Meg:

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Hello from our tent. We are pitched amongst some bushes beside a canal path. I am cosy in my sleeping bag, listening to the rain as it pours down outside. Joe is asleep beside me, from his slumber he sends his love 🙂

Our days are calm, very peaceful and very beautiful. The scenery is all shades of green and blue. The weather is changeable, but when the sun comes out, even for 5 minutes, it brings a warm and bright joy that always makes us smile to one another. We meditate each morning, and most evenings. We take our meals in silence, enjoying all the flavours. One of the joys of travelling in autumn is the Harvest. We forage most days for corn, apples, chestnuts, cabbage leaves, and nettles, which we mix in with tinned lentils and beans, rice cakes and oats – I have never enjoyed food so much (although, we finished our 1kg tub if peanut butter on Friday and have not yet been able to find a shop that sells it here in France… I am hopeful that today is the day we find some!)

We cycle a few hours each day, and every few days we summon the courage to swim and wash in the canal (which feels colder (‘invigorating’) every time!) We expect to reach Nantes on Thursday morning, from there we will take a train to Bordeaux, and camp outside Plum Village so that we can arrive first thing on Friday morning. (I had to chuckle the other morning – to think we would ever be able to cycle to Bordeaux in 11 days!)

Each day feels like a retreat already – arriving at plum village will be wonderful.

With love to all,

Meg (and a sleeping joe 🙂 )

Xxx

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Wake Up UK Tour 2012!

We have some majorly exciting news. 7 monks and nuns from Plum Village, France are coming to the UK to offer a series of mindfulness workshops to young people!

Please check out wkupuk.org for more information about the tour and the London workshop on October 20. Register soon as spaces are limited!

London flyer below:

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Sit in Peace – a great success

On the afternoon of Saturday 31st March, the entire space in Trafalgar Square filled up with people sitting in meditation, in the presence of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastic students.

The event, organized by Wake Up London, gathered thousands of people together, to sit in peace while Thay (affectionate name for Thich Nhat Hanh, meaning teacher in Vietnamese) guided us in meditation and offered a moving talk on the four mantras to practice with your loved ones. The teachings are featured in his book “True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart”:

Darling, I am here for you.
I know you are there, and I am very happy.
Darling, I know you are suffering. That is why I am here for you.
Darling, I am suffering. Please help.

In the last twenty minutes, the monastics offered the public the chanting of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion, who represents the awakened capacity for understanding and compassion in all of us.

You can view all the pictures here.

Some people’s experiences of the day:

“Yesterday about 4,000 people came to trafalgar square to sit in peace. London had high energy with switching the lights off and dyke marches. I can not express how powerful and moving this was. As it got closer to the time all sitting around everyone became silent, complete silence with sirens going on around. Stillness came and I have never felt so much unity and love. The first few minutes I cried as I felt such a relief there was so many others that also believe in peace, want it. In the middle of the city it was as if it all just fell away, nothing was important and we were there strong like mountains. I will not stop believing. And love you all” – Joie de Winter

“It was a beautiful time, not to be forgotten.” – Pen Wilson

“So moving, so wonderful to see this great man in person for the first time, so privileged to have been taught by him today…I was moved to tears when the monks & nuns sang the beautiful “Namo Avolekiteshvara” and it filled Trafalgar Square..
It has helped me so much..” – Shaun Lynch

“The experience is still resonating within me this morning.. Thank you each and every one of youu all and Thich Nhat Hanh, Wake Up London and Sit in Peace…” – Casi Ahn

“Sit in Peace in Trafalgar Square with Thich Nhat Hanh was an amazing event. Very beautiful, peaceful and powerful – I’m feeling very grateful to have gone” – Shay Allie

“Amazing event with a very special person. Thank you very much for unforgettable experience.” – Yasemin Bol

You can read more comments on the Facebook event page here.

An official film will be released soon! But here are a few videos from attendees on Youtube:

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Thank you to everyone who made this event possible and to those who came to offer true peace to the city of London.

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