Finding Space in a Frantic World
Saturday 28 May 2022 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Finding Space in a Frantic World Retreat Day

Saturday  28 May 2022 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Queens Hall Hall Row Charlestown Dunfermline Fife KY11 3EG .

The venue is a very large, spacious, airy, open, light and quiet room.

The cost would be £40.00

I invite you to join me in a day of cultivating spaciousness in the mind and body.

 

From my practice and studies I have come to experience spaciousness as one of the central features of a nourishing and evolving mindfulness journey. In contrast to contracting around my thoughts, emotions and sensations, developing a sense of spaciousness provides a radical alternative to being present. As I learn to rest in spaciousness it is possible to sense that my experience of thoughts, emotions and sensations does not define me. I can sense the impermanence of my experience; and to sense the fresh potentiality of the next moment to be something different. With practice we might feel that there is enough space within our awareness to hold whatever arises in the moment. In essence cultivating spaciousness enables the observation of our experience and our habitual reactions, so that responding in new ways can be possible.

 

“There’s the space that seems to be out there, like the sky and the ocean and the wind, and there’s the space that seems to be inside. We could let the whole thing mix up. We could let the whole thing just dissolve into each other and into one big space. Practice is about allowing a lot of space. It’s about learning how to connect with that spaciousness that’s inside, and the spaciousness that’s outside. It’s about learning to relax, soften, and open — to connect with the sense that there’s actually a lot of room.

Pema Chödron

 

“The beginning point is that there is open space, belonging to no one. There is always primordial intelligence connected with the space and openness. Vidya, which means “intelligence” in Sanskrit—precision, sharpness, sharpness with space, sharpness with room in which to put things, exchange things […]

We are this space, we are one with it, with vidya, intelligence, and openness”.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

 

We will have two tea breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

The cost would be £40.00.

Please contact me if you are interested. 

Gratitude Day of Practice

10.00 am – 3.00 pm Sunday 19 June 2022

‘Sharing Your Treasure’: Innovation and Enterprise
Training for Mindfulness Teachers

Delivered by Vin Harris and Bill Paterson

The insights experienced from mindfulness training often brings a desire to celebrate and share the ‘treasures’ found.  Knowing that others could benefit from mindfulness can ignite an aspiration to become a mindfulness teacher. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to complete this teacher training and to be unsure about who to approach with these treasures. It can feel demoralising and disheartening when it seems difficult to connect with people who could really benefit from what you have to offer. We asked ourselves what we could do to help, and we have created a unique training course to support you in finding your way to share what you have learnt with others. The answers are not as complicated as you might think when you know how to ask the right questions.

 

The practical objectives of this workshop are threefold. Firstly, participants should leave with a clear understanding of the particular ‘treasures’ that they have discovered this far on their mindfulness journey. Secondly, participants should be able to identify their heart felt connections to people and places where these ‘treasures’ will make a difference. Thirdly they will be ready to take simple yet effective steps to turn their aspirations into action.

Note: This workshop is for people who have completed a mindfulness teacher training programme and are considering what do next! If in doubt please contact us on the details below.

The workshop will be delivered via Zoom by Vin Harris and Bill Paterson.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Vin vinharris.hkt@gmail.com or Bill bemindfulfife@hotmail.com

 

Full day  19 March 2022 (10.00 – 5.00 pm) and one follow up session on Monday 28 March (7.00 pm – 8.30 pm)

Cost for both dates £80.00

There are sponsored places available for individuals experiencing unemployment/ financial hardship at £20.00. Please get in touch.

A maximum group of 16 participants will be accepted.

To book a place on the workshop please contact Bill (bill@bemindfulfife.co.uk) and make payment.

Vin Harris has studied and practiced under the guidance of many great Tibetan teachers since he became a Buddhist in 1974. He has always aspired to follow the example of his teacher Akong Rinpoche by putting spiritual values into practical action and has been one of the team responsible for the construction of the Temple and College at Samye Ling.

Having practiced meditation for more than 40 years whilst establishing a successful business and managing a wide range of inspiring projects, Vin attributes many of his achievements to an ability to work skilfully with the inner environment: finding creative solutions to the many business and interpersonal challenges that inevitably arise.

When he was introduced to secular Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight by Rob Nairn, Vin became one of the founding Mindfulness Association Board members as he was inspired by it’s potential to help so many people. Vin has a BA in English & European Literature and a Masters degree in Business and a PG Diploma (with Distinction) in Mindfulness Studies with Aberdeen University.

Bill Paterson (PhD Philosophy) career illustrates a commitment to work with people of all ages and ability so that they might realise their unique potential. Bill has been practicing mindfulness and compassion for over 10 years, and teaching mindfulness for over 7 years. He has worked at the front line of mental health, teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to adults with anxiety and depression. Bill is a Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) accredited teacher, and has taught in both schools and at the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) during a two-year secondment.

He has completed a four-year mindfulness training programme and a two-year teacher training programme with the Mindfulness Association (MA). He is recognised as a qualified mindfulness teacher by both the MA and the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). He has created a very successful business regularly teaching both the MA’s Mindfulness Based Living Course and the Compassion Based Living Course, also Insightfulness Based Living in the public, private and third sector of Scotland; Home Start, teachers, NHS and Social Care staff, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scotland Police, St. Andrew University, Edinburgh University, and UK military veterans to name a few. Working with five different mindfulness teaching organisations from Scotland, Bill played a key role in the co-creation of Mindful Nation Scotland and its launch in the Scottish Parliament in September 2019.

Day of Compassion Practice: Sunday 20 March from 10.00 - 3.00 pm (Zoom)

Lovely People,

I hope 2022 has opened itself gently to you. Maybe you have been able to meet what ever has arisen with some form self-kindness and acceptance? I know it is easier said than done, and for me old habits can rush in where angels fear to tread.
So it feel to me like a good time to revisit some of the key compassion practices that remind me that there is another way of meeting myself and the world. If you feel like joining me on
Sunday 20 March from 10.00 – 3.00 pm via the sorcery of Zoom get in touch. 
Cost: £30.00 or for anyone that is feeling cost is a barrier whatever you can contribute. 
There is no pressure or expectation. Just let me know when you know.
Best intentions, Bill
 
Heart Is Sea
Language is shore
Whatever the Sea includes
will hit the shore – Rumi

We will have one tea break

The cost would be £30.00

Please contact me if you are interested. 

bill@bemindfulfife.co.uk

Compassion Support Group

Meeting what arises with compassion is a skill, if not an art. For may of us it requires training and
continued practice to learn how to hold our experience with compassion.
For me working with compassion will be a lifelong learning.
The purpose of this group is to create a supportive space for participants to continue to explore,
deepen learning and work with compassion.
The sessions are open to anyone that has completed a mindfulness training and a compassion training.
Whilst this normally means completing the MBLC and CBLC or the Mindfulness Associations Level 1: Being Present and Level 2: Compassion, it does not excluded other forms of mindfulness and compassion training.
If in doubt get in touch – I’d be delighted to speak with you.
We meet the first Thursday of every month Via Zoom until further wee Nicola says so (see dates below)
Cost £10.00 per session

To book contact bill@bemindfulfife.co.uk

Thursday
3 March
7 April 
5 May
2 June
7 July
4 August
1 September
6 October
3 November 2022
 1 December 2022

Awake and Aware with Kindness Retreat 

on the Banks of Loch Tay, Scotland.

Bill Paterson

A recognised Teacher by the Mindfulness Association and British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA)

Awake and Aware with Kindness 

A Mindfulness Retreat to Explore the Journey

Bill Paterson

Bill will guide you through gentle practices each day on the above themes. The weekend will be a journey, deep into awareness, stillness and meeting nature.
Experience of mindfulness practise or any other form of meditation would be helpful but not essential, as what we will be sharing is accessible to all.
There will be plenty of time for creative socialising – walking and exploring the vibrant nature which will be exploding with vitality at this time.
We’ll prepare fresh and nourishing vegetarian meals together.
 
The Big Shed is a modern eco building, with a spacious hall and a fully equipped kitchen.
 
We’ll be camping on the lawn outside the venue, and we have access to modern toilets and a shower. If you prefer more comfort then there are B & B’s nearby which you can book into.
 
We only ask for £80.00 to cover the cost of the weekend.
  • Indoor – Big Shed and outdoor 180 acres of beautiful landscape
    • Price includes camping area for your tent and access to toilet and shower
    • Alternative accomodation at your cost B&B nearby
  • Bring yer own vegetarian food – collective cooking
  • Drug and alcohol free zone
  • Booking contact bill@bemindfulfife.co.uk