During these challenging times, while we are unable to offer face-to-face events, we know there is a deep desire within the mindfulness community for practice and connection.
At the Mindfulness Network, we would like to offer free mindfulness and compassion sessions to anybody who may wish to attend. We have therefore reached out to our network of experienced trainers, supervisors, retreat leads and compassion-based teachers, and have listed available sessions below. Click on the name of the teacher to read more about them.
You do not have to be familiar with mindfulness practice to join. There is no need to register. The sessions are entirely free and should last around 30 minutes. Each session, unless otherwise stated, will include:
- 15-20 minute practice
- 5-10 minute teaching
- A short final practice to end for you to take into your day
These free online practice sessions will be available using Zoom, an online conferencing facility which is free to download. Please download Zoom prior to the session. (It might be helpful to have a test run to see if it works on your device).
- Download the Zoom app and sign in: https://zoom.us/
- For support using Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
- A few minutes before the session is due to start you should be able to click on the link to join the session and then mute your microphone
Andrea Baqai, Yin Yoga / Mindful Movement
This session is suitable for all ages and all abilities as we deepen our connection with our own bodies and ‘start where we are! The session will start with long held stretches on the mat ( especially beneficial for those of you who do active sport), bringing in attitudes of curiosity, allowing and kindness. There will then be a more dynamic practice but with options for all abilities. We will end with a short sitting practice. Andrea has supplied a lovely introductory session on YouTube.
When: Wednesday 9.00 to 10.00 am on 6th, 13th, 20th May, and 3rd, 10th and 17th, 24th June, 8th, 15th, 22nd July.
Please note, no class on 15 July
When: Wednesday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June, 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th July 1.00 pm.
Regular Friday Morning Sessions
Every Friday Morning, 8.30 am during July and August.
3, 10, 17 July – Gemma Griffiths
24th July – Chantek McNeilage
31st July – Vici Williams
7th August – Chantek
14th August – Vici
21st August – Chantek
28th August – Vici
These sessions are completely free and open to all. As a charity with a small team of part-time staff we are facing an uncertain future, therefore if you would like to donate, any amount would be gratefully received: click HERE.
When: Every Monday morning at 7.30am, for anyone who has completed an 8-week mindfulness course
Meeting ID: 827 184 369
Gwennie is one of our supervisors and has been offering these ‘Start The Week’ sessions since January 2018. She invites optional donations to West End Foodbank in Newcastle upon Tyne which is the biggest in the UK, as a way of linking practice to wider benefit in the community. More can be found on her website.
When: Every Tuesday evening at 6-7pm, open to all
When: Every Thursday evening at 6-7pm, for anyone who has completed an 8-week mindfulness course
Ed is one of our supervisors and has set up these sessions to help people manage their well-being, stay connected and make good choices in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak. The sessions are offered freely, although he invites optional donations to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal via the Mindfulness Sussex JustGiving Page.
If you have booked an existing event with us, please visit https://www.mindfulness-network.org/coronavirus/ for more information. All our events will either move online or be postponed, but please rest assured that any event booked with us will be honoured and a forward credit applied if circumstances change due to coronavirus (COVID-19).