Be Calm: Be Happy is a 6-week introductory course teaching mindfulness meditation in the Plum Village tradition. Learn mindfulness as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life and as a way to greater happiness.
Be calm Be happy introduces the key ideas and exercises to make our lives happier. We learn how to calm the chatter, worry, and anxiety of the mind by focusing on something happening right now.
This 6-week course introduces useful mindfulness and meditation practices to help us live a fuller and happier life. Mindfulness and meditation are about being mentally focused on the present moment, not absorbed in regrets, plans, worries or other thoughts. When we practise mindfulness we are more aware of the things that help us to be calm and happy. We are also more aware of the thought patterns that take us in the opposite direction. With this awareness, we can take positive choices in everyday life.
What people say
“this has been a life-changing experience”
“it has been inspirational”
“an excellent introduction to the practice of mindfulness that I can continue with for the rest of my life”
“I’ve experienced a very real shift in my ability to be present and enjoy simple things”
“what I have gained from the course has given me real optimism for a calmer and happier future”
What will I learn?
The course introduces a number of subjects including:
- Stopping and calming
- Turning to the positive
- Loving communication
- Nourishing Happiness
- Interdependence and Community
- Guidelines for a happier life
Be calm Be happy also introduces a number of mindfulness practices over the six weeks and offers the opportunity to build experience with them. These include:
- Mindful walking
- Mindful sitting (meditation)
- Mindful eating
- Mindful movement
- Mindful relaxation
What is the time commitment?
Each session lasts for 2 hours, but we do ask you to do some home practice so that you have the chance to make mindfulness a habit in your life. 20-40 minutes a day of mindfulness practice between sessions will help you to gain experience and benefit most from the course.
Who is the course for?
If you’d like to experience increased happiness and calmness in your life and are interested in learning how to use mindfulness to move in this direction, this course is for you. It assumes no prior knowledge of mindfulness. It is suitable for those of all faiths and none.
Online Be Calm Be Happy Course
This course will take place online using Zoom – an online group conferencing site.
Thursdays 6pm – 7.30pm
13th September – 8th November
Kirkbymoorside Quaker Meeting House, YO62 6AD
Saturdays 15th September – 13th October
Quaker Meeting House, SK1 3DW
Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.45pm
26th September – 31st October
Yew Tree Holistics, SK9 7SL
Mondays 7.15pm – 9.15pm
1st October – 26th November
The Venue@Cowley, OX4 3RQ
Fridays 12.30pm – 14.30pm
5th October – 16th November
Unity 12, SO14 6TE
Saturdays 10am – 2pm
27th October – 10th November
Isle of Wight
Riverside Centre, PO30 2QR
Saturdays 10am – 2pm
12th – 26th January 2019
Be Calm Be Happy: A Retreat
Holland House, WR10 3NB
Thursday 7th March – Sunday 10th March 2019
Course materials for course attendees are available here. (Password protected.)
Details of our course leaders