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Mindfulness in the City: A One Day Retreat

with Ken Lunn and Lynne Dowson

This retreat will run both in person and online. To book an in-person place (numbers are limited) please email spc@jamyangleeds.co.uk

To join by Zoom, please follow this link:

Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/346248633 Meeting ID 346 248 633

Discover mindfulness practice on this one day retreat. Mindfulness has become a contemporary, secular expression of Dharma (Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditation practices) which compliments more traditional Buddhist teachings at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds. Qualified mindfulness teacher Ken Lunn will lead an exploration of mindfulness, as taught on the well-established Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts.

The intention is to give participants space to learn about mindfulness, to experience meditations and movement in a calm and relaxed environment, and to put down the baggage of daily life for a few hours. The day will be a mixture of teaching, discussions, guided meditations, movement, readings, and time to oneself.

The day will be in four parts, with a short break in the morning and afternoon, and a longer break for lunch. There will be chance to ask questions about the day at the beginning, and then a chance (if you want) to discuss your experience with other participants at the end.

For those who want to experience a day of silence, then that will be possible – we will ask for silence in the teaching room during breaks. If, on the other hand, you want to talk during breaks then please respect those who want to stay silent. The tutor will explain arrangements at the start of the day. Spending a day not talking is a way of calming the mind; it is not a rigid silence – if you need something you can ask, or clearly if there is an emergency then speaking will be necessary.

The day is open to all, either those just starting out or those with mature mindfulness or meditation practice.

The retreat will run both in-person and online. Those attending in person should arrive at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds by 10.15am to give themselves time to settle in. Please arrive wearing a mask, although you will be able to take it off if you wish once you are settled. Jamyang has completed a full risk assessment and a supply of PPE, hand sanitiser etc is available. Social distancing will be maintained. Jamyang has a supply of mats and cushions which are quarantined after use, but please bring your own mats, cushions and blankets if you are able to do so.

The cafe at Jamyang is closed at present, so please bring your own drinks and food for the day.

Email spc@jamyangleeds.co.uk to book. Please note this is not a drop-in event and pre-booking is required so that we are aware of numbers and can ensure social distancing in the building.

If you wish to attend by Zoom  please use the link above. The Zoom room will open at 10.15am to allow time to arrive before the 10.30am start.

Suggested donation: £25 for the day. To donate please follow the link on the website or (if attending in person) you can make a cash donation. The event is open to all and no-one will be turned away because of financial circumstances.

About the Retreat Leader
Ken Lunn is a mindfulness teacher on the UK Listing of Mindfulness Teachers. He has taught mindfulness and meditation at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds for many years, and runs Mindfulness Wakefield. He is trained in the delivery of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living. He is also a Trustee of JBCL and The Mindfulness Network.

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