Mindfulness Meditation Courses, Classes & Workshops
Mindfulness and Sound meditation classes
Who is it for: These classes are for anyone interested in right-mindfulness, its cultivation and application.
Established classes are available in Coventry and surrounding areas. Please contact www.the-flame.co.uk for further information
All our mindfulness sessions include:-
Introducing right mindfulness
Dangers of McMindfulness
Why practice mindfulness?
What mindfulness meditation is not?
What is mindfulness?
How to practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness (MBCT, MBSR, MBi) 8 week courses
Who is it for: These courses are designed to reduce and eliminate stress, anxiety and depression.
The programme is delivered over 8 weeks of 2 hour session. Participants are guided to develop awareness through practices which include Body Scan, Mindful eating, Breath-based meditation and simple Chi-Kung exercises. This enables the participant to become aware of their moment-to-moment changes in the mind,emotions and body, helping cultivate a healthier ’decentered’ perspective to thoughts and feelings.
1 Automaticity (working with the body)
2 Living in Our Heads (The monkey mind & barriers to the Present Moment)
3 Gathering Attention (Awareness, Breath: Breath and Body)
4 Recognizing Aversion (Staying in the Present: Identifying Automatic Thoughts)
5 Turning towards the Difficult: Allowing and Letting Be
6 Watching Thoughts: Thoughts are Not Facts
7 Taking Care of Ourselves: How Can I best take Care of Myself
8 Maintaining and Extending New Learning: Dealing with Future Moods and Relapse
Mindfulness one-day workshop
Who is it for: Anyone wishing to learn about mindfulness, how to apply in every day life and structuring practice. Ideal for beginners or those who have some experience of mindfulness
This “One Day Experiential Mindfulness (right-mindfulness) workshop” has been specifically designed to meet the needs of those who wish learn and apply mindfulness in their everyday life.
Stress, anxiety and depression significantly impact health. Mindfulness has demonstrated itself to be exceptionally effective in helping reduce stress, increase wellbeing, improve health, and provide clarity of mind, increase productivity, creativity and efficiency. This workshop brings together mindfulness, mind-body science and diabetes, to give you the tools to regain your health and wellbeing
Professional Courses & Workshops
The Ox Herder - The 10 Bulls of Zen
Who is it for: This unique powerful and transformative program consists of 10 sessions, delivered once a month.
The ultimate inquire into being human.
The OX herder is a profound teaching from the Ch'an (Zen & Taoist) tradition. Ox herding was a useful metaphor for training the mind.
There is the story of a monk working in the kitchen when his master came in and asked what he was doing. He replied 'Just herding the ox'.
The master responded 'How are you herding it?'. The monk replied 'Every time the ox tries to wander off the way to eat grass, I rein it in and put it back to work'
The Ox herder has been used over the past 1000 years by succeeding generations of Ch'an (Zen & Taoist) masters to assist their students to progress toward self-realization, enlightenment and self-sovereignty. It is with this intention that we bring to you this unique and exclusive program.
This unique self-development program consists of 10 workshops over a period of 10 months, one half-day workshop per month, in which participants are introduced to a series of “steps” to guide them to cultivate deeper insights and contentment towards the realization of their true and essential nature.
The Ox herder approach illustrates the stages of one’s progression towards the healing of mind and emotions as well as the subsequent engaging into the world out of wisdom, compassion and ethics. Taking participants through ten stages and states of personal journey and self-discovery, arriving at their centre.
Each workshop will focus on enabling participants to understand and experimentally recognise the process of knowing and transcending the mind. Cultivate healthy and positive psychological states and learn how to positively transform self-image, increase self-esteem, get a deeper and better understanding of yourself, your life and discover meaning and purpose.
The Ox-Herder workshop will teach Right-Mindfulness, psychotherapy and self-development techniques.
Transform unhealthy states such as anxiety, depression, stress
Regaining health, and recovery from illness
Deeper understanding of life, meaning & purpose
Mindfulness, contra-indications and growth indicators
Who is it for::Essential workshop for professionals, therapists and counsellors
This one day workshop focuses on the spectrum of contra-indications associated with mindfulness practice and identifying safe methods to help individuals overcome the barriers to their journey. Background: Meditation (including mindfulness) practice is often misunderstood and romanticized. The practice is thought as a way to get relaxed and some as a way to focus. Even though relaxation or focus may be some of the benefits, "goal" in meditation is nothing to do with these. Meditation opens a process of self-discovery. In meditation, the process of awakening is not always an easy or pleasant one. Hence, on this journey one needs a guide or experienced teacher", who has experience of contra-indications. It is for this reason, emphasis was placed upon having an experienced teacher with lineage.Meditation is a very powerful practice that can induce unpleasant or even harmful effects if not practiced under the guidance and if "material" released is not processed in a meaningful way.
Mindfulness and Transpersonal Growth
Who is it for:: Those wishing to continue their journey of self discovery, growth and awakening. Essential workshop professionals, therapists and counsellors
This workshop identifies the various stages and states of consciousness experienced by those who embark on cultivating their practice. The workshop content includes the following: The psychological and traditional stages of development. The workshop will help identify markers such as presence, emotional transformation, motivation process, discovering purpose, evolution and involution. This workshop focuses on the process of awakening, including milestones and obstacles encountered.
Mindfulness for Managers
Who is it for: Managers and employees wishing to reduce work related stress
The mindfulness for managers and employees has been specifically designed to meet the needs of those engaged in demanding jobs and responsibilities.
Most professionals, employees and employers are well aware of the demands on their time, attention and commitments. Running organizations, managing people making decisions can all contribute to stress and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and other stress related illnesses. Executives, managers and director who have highly demanding jobs are 23 per cent more likely to experience a heart attack compared with their counterparts without such work stress, according to a study of nearly 200 000 people from seven European countries. Our workshop is designed to help reduce, eliminate and transform unhealthy work related stress. The workshop will help address work related stress, improve efficiency, reduce absenteeism and provide mental clarity.
Mindfulness & Health Workshops
Diabetes management with mindfulness – One day workshop
Who is it for: Especially designed to enables patients with pre diabetes, diabetes type I & diabetes type II .
Mindfulness for diabetes are a series of workshops designed specifically to help people with diabetes type I and type II. The Mindfulness for diabetes programs are designed to help in three distinct ways:-
1. Reduce and stopping harmful psychological states and cultivate healthy mind state
Stress and anxiety are associated with our threat cycle or the flight-freeze-fight cycle. During the flight-freeze-fight cycle our body chemistry and physiology change, which is harmful to people with diabetes. The mindfulness for diabetes program enables partcipants to learn how to “come out” of their threat cycle, empowering them with a key to recognise, alter and regulate their mental and emotional health.
2. Repair and restore healthy psychological and emotional states
Once the practice begins, participants are likely to notice its impact almost immediately. The second element of mindfulness for diabetes enables you to further cultivate, deepen and maintain this healthy state of mind as part of everyday life.
The third aspect of mindfulness for diabetes program is based upon the latest findings in cultivating psychological states which are known to enhance immunity, increase sense of well being and improve overall health and quality of life.
3. Reinforce and re-energize initiate healthy emotional states (super emotions- positive psychology) to strengthen the body’s immune system, overall well being and improve quality life and health..
Mindfulness for CVD & Hypertension – One Day workshop
Who is it for: Anyone wishing to reduce hypertension and impact of hypertension on health
Mindfulness for CVD and hypertension is a specially designed retreat to meet the self-care requirements of those with CVD & hypertension. Hypertension inevitably leads to complication, worsening and deteriorating health and quality of life. Mindfulness has been shown in numerous research studies to help in the reduction of stress, anxiety and other mental states which can have a detrimental impact on CVD and hypertension. Mindfulness has proved itself to be a highly effective treatment and preventative measure in combating hypertension.
Mindfulness, Self-compassion (metta) and Transpersonal development Residential
Transforming life thru Mindfulness
Who is it for: This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those wishing to expand on their mindfulness meditation experience.
This exclusive residential weekend is designed to offer an experiential introduction to mindfulness meditation and its application in cultivating mental health, well being and self-development. The retreat explores mindfulness and its impact on health, wellbeing and personal transformation. It includes models of our mind, its activities and ways to cultivate present moment awareness in everyday life. This engaging and transformational experience offers an opportunity to learn with experienced teachers, allowing yourself some time out, learning to “switch off” and experience inner peace, emotional contentment and both a physical and mental rejuvenation. This retreat creates conditions in which to discover your authentic, expanded and connected sense of self, away from the noise of a busy world.
The weekend is paced with brief talks on mindfulness, mind-breath-body connection, models of mind incorporating both Eastern and Western psychologies, mind-body science with practical experiential sessions of guided sitting meditation practices, mindfulness of breath, body and sound. The schedule incorporates mindful movement based activities such as Chi-Kung (similar to Tai Chi – slow mindful movement – Wild Goose style) as well as nature walks integrating guide practice in cultivating awareness with self and nature. There will be time for group discussions, meditation, help on how to develop your own practice and integrating awareness based approaches to everyday life.
The weekend provides delicious home cooked seasonal, vegetarian meals
Metta® residential retreats – A mindful path to self-compassion
Who is it for: This retreat is suitable for individuals wishing to deepen their practice, improve their self-image, self-esteem and self-worth.
The Metta Retreat® is a unique retreat combining ancient wisdom with current science by bringing together two of the most powerful foundational practices known for their profound healing, transformational and positive impact on our psychology, emotions, health and well being. The retreat combines the latest research in the field of human psychology, health and well being with mindfulness and self-compassion based practices. Research has shown that self-compassion increases self-esteem, heals emotional trauma and significantly enhances emotional health and wellbeing, in addition to reducing anxiety, stress, and harmful emotional states such as anger, guilt, shame, self-criticism and depression.
This experiential retreat is grounded in mindfulness and self-compassion integrating practical guidance with psychology, mind-body medicine with current evidence based understanding and knowledge. The retreat is intended to help in pragmatic, practical ways, facilitate you in realising and accessing our existing inner resilience and understanding.
Transpersonal retreats- The Symran Retreats ®
Who is it for: These powerful, transformative and enlightening retreats are for those wishing to catalyse self-actualization, self-realization and self-sovereignty
Transpersonal health and wellness is about uncovering your own path for personal and spiritual development and transformation. Dav has developed a set of residential retreats that are designed to provide a friendly, safe, secure and professional environment to enable transformative process to take place. The transpersonal retreats cover the following and would take upto 5 years to complete all seven retreats. The Symran Retreats ® are based on the seven perennial aspects essential for our transformation towards a harmonious, natural and spontaneous way of being.
Each workshop introduces techniques and understanding for the cultivation and deepening of each aspect through practice and discussion
Who am I? (Identifying “you” & uncovering your potential)
Understanding and knowing the nature of our Mind, calming our Mind and training the mind- Meditation – mindfulness & sound meditation
Emotional wisdom & intelligence, transforming destructives emotions
Discover and applying our values and ethics in life
Unveiling the sacred within & sacred vision
Spiritual Intelligence discovering meaning, wisdom and purpose
“Being” – Expression, intention, creativity
Gurmat Psycho-Spiritual residential retreats
Who is it for: The seven Gurmat psycho-spiritual retreats catalyses self-actualization, self-realization and self-sovereignty.
“To be human is to know death, to know death is to know the ego, to know the ego is to transcend the ego, to transcend the ego is to be divine”
The series of Gurmat based psycho-spiritual self-transformational retreats enable the process of awakening, integrating, actualizing and expressing creativity and humanity.
The retreats are designed to enable participants to understand, recognize and cultivate specific states of being, through awareness development practices and techniques. Through the continuation of the practices introduced in the retreats, participants are prepared for subsequent retreats. This series of retreats have been designed to enable the cultivation of physical, mental and emotional health, to access our essential nature or Mool roop, your essential nature. These retreats have enabled many to awaken.
Who is it for: Those interested in mind-body medicine, mindfulness, mindfulness related contra-indications, transpersonal health & wellness, establishing community holistic health & wellbeing resources.
1-2-1 Mindfulness Therapy
Who is it for: This is for those individuals who wish to overcome anxiety, depression, stress and chronic pain.
Mindfulness and transpersonal coaching and mentoring services are available worldwide online, via skype