Introductory courses

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 happyBe Calm: Be Happy is introductory course 1.

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 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.


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