To everyone who came to the meditation flash mob in the Natural History Museum on Saturday – thank you.
Photo: Brian Edwards
You’re invited to a Meditation Flash Mob in the Natural History Museum
Saturday 17 November 5 PM to 5:40 PM
In the Earth Hall
The Mindfulness Workshop at Kings College Chapel on 20 October was a great success!
Around 100 young people gathered together to practice mindfulness as guided by monastic students from Plum Village, international monastery and meditation centre of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Thank you to everyone who came! Your practice and openness was a gift to us and made the day feel very peaceful and at ease. A big thank you to the chaplain at Kings College for allowing us to transform the beautiful space into a meditation hall.
You can see pictures of the event here
Also check out the pictures of the meditation flash mob that took place after the workshop.
Non-residential mindfulness retreat for teachers, youth workers and all who work with young people.
From Saturday, 27 (8am) to Sunday, 28 October (5pm) 2012 (non-residential)
The American School in London, 1 Waverley Place, London NW8 0NP
The Educators Retreat is an opportunity to develop mindfulness both in ourselves and in our work with children and young people and to practice ways to cultivate mindfulness in educational contexts such as classrooms, college and universities, staffrooms and communities. We will explore the workings of our bodies and minds and learn how to use the power of silence, appreciation, self-care and compassion for others to increase clear and ethical thinking and action. During the retreat, we will share our lived experience of working with young people. We will also consider how we may use the techniques and practices of the retreat to help us form and sustain more mindful communities at school and at home.
This retreat is part of a wider long term initiative by Plum Village which is attempting to help school staff and students to develop mindfulness using Plum Village principles and practices. This initiative seeks to help teachers and other school staff to:
- develop a personal practice of mindfulness
- cultivate mindfulness in their students including the skilful use of classroom based activities materials based in the unique Plum Village – tradition
- build supportive schools and surrounding communities for teachers, parents and students.
For more information: http://educatorsretreatuk.co.uk/londonoctober2012/
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:
Nearly a hundred people, friends and strangers, gathered together on Friday 21 September for our meditation flash mob near City Hall.
It was the first time it ever rained on us, but we continued to sit peacefully with each other.
After the meditation and soundbath, we preceeded to singing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ to remember the powerful message of this song.
You can see the pictures here and a video will be published soon.
Here are some feedback from the event:
Imagine a symbol of flowers
Brought from near and far
Placed with loving kindness
Under the shadow or the shar d
Imagine finding stillness
As the rain drops fall
Breathing in I smell the incense
breathing out, I feel calm
The warmth of love surrounds us
The sound bath brings me peace
I open my eyes to the lights of London
And even brighter smiles
Imagine all the people
singing in the rain!
You may say i’m a dreamer
But I know i’m not alone,
Meditation will allow us to wake up
and the world will live as one.
- The Hub ChaChaCha
When you really hear the sound of rain
You can hear and see and feel
Everything in the same way –
As needing no translation, as being
Just what it is, though it may be
Impossible to say what.
- Sean Gainford
My first time at one. It was lovely even if it did rain. The atmosphere was so tranquil. I have never felt so at peace. Thankyou
- Teri Raymond
It was so great! Even under the rain..Thank you all for your love!
- Nathalie Dubreu
It was raining but because of the rain everyone was so relaxed, settled and undistracted. I loved the atmosphere and the energy was very peaceful. I loved the “Imagine” song at the end. Thank you to John Lennon and thank you to organisers. I’ve also met some lovely like-minded people. I am very grateful for all of that.
- Elina Vasilevska
We hope you can come to the next one on Saturday 20 October outside the National Gallery! Click here for the event invitation.
Organizations from around the world have come together with the vision of co-creating the Largest Globally-Synchronized Meditation and Prayer for Peace in human history, called BeThePeace.
Our meditation flash mob in London on 21st September is proud to be part of the worldwide events for BeThePeace.