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October 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am - October 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Spirituality Festival 2019

(Sponsored and supported by Leeds Museums and Galleries, Arts Council England, Kirkstall Abbey, and Leeds City Council)

Organised in collaboration between Kirkstall Abbey/ Leeds Museums & Galleries and Leeds Mindfulness & Positive Emotion Enhancement Centre www.leeds-mindfulness.uk

No need to book – just turn up – free car parking next to the museum and café over the road

Contact for more information

steve.hart@leeds-mindfulness.uk facebook@leedsmindfulness 0799 9218450

Wed 2 Oct 10.30am

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH :MINDFULNESS AND PAIN MANAGEMENT : A Personal Journey & Reflection with Steve Hart (Leeds Mindfulness & Positive Emotion Enhancement Centre) Note this is upstairs at Inkwell, Leeds Mind Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3LW (formerly Shoulder of Mutton pub) £6/5/3.50 conc

Tues 8 Oct

10-11.30 BOARD GAMES at the Gatehouse café opposite Kirkstall Abbey

Time to Change champion Lisa Bourne has joined up with Abbey House Museum to bring this free boardgames session to the Gatehouse café (Next to Abbey House Museum). The group is open to anyone but its’ main aim is to provide a mental health social activity group to promote inclusion and reduce social isolation. No booking required – just turn up. Attendees can buy cake and a hot drink for £4.

1.45pm – 2.40pm Why Meditate? An introduction to secular mindfulness and meditation with Steve Hart (LMPEEC) – Colonel North room, Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre – Free

2.45pm-3.45pm – Leeds Mindfulness Cooperative / Breathworks with Laura and Uddyotani at Colonel North room, Visitor Centre – Free

Leeds Mindfulness Cooperative have been offering Breathworks Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses for over 10 years. Kindness and self-compassion are at the heart of our work. An important aspect of mindfulness practise is to pay more attention to our senses – body sensations, sounds, sights, tastes – which bring us back to our actual experience in the moment. This greatly reduces stress. So if you find yourself caught in a vicious cycle of thinking about and trying to problem solve stress only to find that this only keeps us stressed, come along and find a new way in which mindfulness and compassion can help us develop a new relationship with our situation which allows us to respond creatively and frees us to live our lives more fully.

Wed 9 Oct

10.30 – Mindfulness drop in at Inkwell, Chapel Allerton – a chance to brush up on mindfulness skills with led meditation from Steve Hart, £6/5/3.50

10.15 – 11.15 Gateway to Stillness – a Reflective walk led by Brahma Kumaris around the Kirkstall Abbey grounds – free

We meet in the Colonel North room at Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre where we begin with a guided meditation. This is followed by a walk round the Abbey with a theme to reflect on and then back to the Visitor Centre for a final meditation.

Thurs 10 OctWorld Mental Health Day

10am-11.15pm – Exploring the Heart with Self Compassion – led self- compassion meditation and theory from Steve Hart (LMPEEC) learning soothing self-talk and self- nurturing practise – cost: donations Colonel North room, Visitor Centre


Rendezvous at the War Memorial in Kirkstall and then Join Clare Wigzell to hear her long poem about the Kirkstall Abbey and park. She will read it in sections, then attendees will walk in a silent meditation. Then you can experience the places mentioned and have your own response. The poem includes memory, history, myth and characters and is easy to understand.

Fri 11 Oct

10.30am – mindfulness drop in group at Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3LW, £6/5/3.50 – Another opportunity to receive mindfulness and meditation skills.

An Afternoon of Zen

1.45pm – 2.40 – Introducing ZEN with the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives – a chance to learn zazen and put your questions about Zen practise to the OBC and Zen Peacemakers – cost: donation Visitor Centre, Colonel North room

2.45pm – 3.45pm – Walking and Talking Zen Ethics with the OBC team and the Zen Peacemakers – exploring ethics and precepts in daily Zen life – cost: donation, Visitor Centre, Colonel North room

Sun 13 Oct

11am-12pm – Walk with Me with Adam Hussein, dancer and sufi – free

Dance artist Adam Hussain will lead a guided walking meditation through the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey culminating in a short, site-specific dance performance with vocal improvisation at the Chapter House. The audience are invited to walk with the artist as he reads selected poetry. It is an opportunity to pause, reflect and listen more closely to our environment, and re-connect with the felt sense of our moving bodies in space. Walk and performance are outdoors so please dress accordingly. If due to poor weather conditions, the duration of the walk and performance will be under cover at the Chapter House.

Tues 15 Oct

1.45pm – Introducing Buddhism in Leeds & Buddhist Meditation with Steve Hart, LMPEEC, Zen Peacemakers cost: donation, Colonel North room, Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre

An exploratory talk originating in the Buddha’s life story, basic Buddhism and the points of contact and philosophical differences in the variety of Buddhism in Leeds. There will also be an offering of basic Buddhist meditation.

Wed 16th Oct

10.30am – Mindfulness Drop in at Inkwell £6/5/3.50 conc Another mindfulness drop in class (see above at Inkwell)

10.15-11.15 am – Gateway to Stillness with the Brahma Kumaris

We meet in the Colonel North room at the Visitor Centre where we begin with a guided meditation. This is followed by a walk round the abbey with a theme to reflect on and then back to the Colonel North room for a final meditation.

Thurs 17th Oct

10.15am-11.15am “The Art of Raja Yoga: Know Yourself from the Inside” with Brahma Kumaris – free, Visitor Centre, Kirkstall Abbey

An opportunity to find out about Raja Yoga meditation and its’ practical application to daily life. One key aspect is to focus on self-awareness with the aim to experience clarity, calm and contentment

1.45pm-2.40 – “Mindfulness, the Earth Element and the Dakini Principle Zeenat Cameron from Insight for Wellbeing – free, Visitor Centre, Colonel North room

In this session of mindfulness and visualisation we will connect with the earth qualities of grounding, security and inner abundance. In cultivating these qualities we can embody the wisdom of the earth element – equanimity and acceptance. In meditation we will meet the Earth Dakini, the visualised form of this level of wisdom which will guide us and connect us to these positive qualities of the earth. Depicted as joyful feminine beings of light, Dakinis dance freely in the space around them symbolising our inherent capacity to move freely in the space of the awareness, wisdom and love that is our true nature.

2.45pm-3.45pm “The Beauty in Islamic Contemplation” with the Nur Ashki Jerrahi sufi order in Leeds, led by Suleiman Salaam and Sahil Sefer Warsi – free, Visitor Centre, Colonel North room

Extremism and the media can portray a dim view of Islam but what of Islamic contemplation and the emphasis on love and beauty? Join us in explorations of these central Islamic emphases with talks, shares and “remembrance” – sufi zhikir. There will be an evening celebratory zhikir in Chapel Allerton this evening also.

Fri 18th Oct

10.30- Mindfulness Drop In at Inkwell £6/5/3.50

1.45pm-3.45pm – Tradition Based Mindfulness Mini-Retreat – Overcoming Obstacles in Meditation

Much of what we explore is the secular dimension of practise but what of tradition-based mindfulness and how does it tackle obstacles that arise in meditation? This mini-retreat explores the “hindrances” and their” antidotes” and introduces other basic aspects of Buddhist mindfulness and meditation.

Free, Visitor Centre, Kirkstall Abbey

Sat 19th Oct

11am-3pm – Enhancing Positive Emotion Mini Retreat – exploring self-nurturing meditation, loving kindness, self-compassion and positive emotions Free, Visitor Centre, Kirkstall Abbey

Close of Festival but please note mindfulness drop ins at Kirkstall Abbey are every Tuesday 1.45pm in the Colonel North room (cost: donations)


October 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am
October 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
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