Joy in Everyday Life

with Angie Nehring & Shastri Tessa Watt

January 11th—February 8th

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  • £110 Full Price
Room: Main meditation hall

About Joy in Everyday Life

When we’re low on energy and inspiration, our lives can feel like a race to the bottom. To compensate, we often find ourselves running to the very habits that drain us. 

This 5-week course shows us that, while the challenges of our cycles are always arising, when we nourish ourselves with simple enjoyment of ourselves, others, and the world around us, our lives take on a refreshing, ordinary joyfulness.

By letting go of the struggle to be something \"better,\" we can make space for our inherently intelligent, compassionate, and strong nature to flourish.

Details on Joy in Everyday Life

In these classes, we deepen our practice of mindfulness meditation as well as bringing a greater sense of awareness into our practice. The course also introduces the Buddhist teachings and practices of compassion and loving-kindness. The five class course offers instruction on the following topics:   

Class 1: Introducing Joy

Class 2: Awakening the Heart 

Class 3: Escaping the Trap of Doubt

Class 4: Compassion to self and others

Class 5: Celebrating the journey

Who is it For?

This course is for anyone who has already recieved some training in meditation (for example by completing our Contentment in Everyday Life course, Shambhala Level 1 weekend, an 8-week MBSR course, or training with another Buddhist organisation).

What is involved?

  • Mindfulness and Awareness Meditation Practice
  • Talks on the key themes
  • Guided instruction on contemplation practices to develop compassion and wellbeing
  • Open discussion activities
  • One-to-one meditation interviews by request

The primary source is The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön

About the Way of Shambhala

Joy in Everyday Life is the third course in the Everyday Life series, part of the Way of Shambhala, a complete path of weekly classes and weekend retreats that provides a comprehensive overview of mindfulness and contemplative meditation techniques.  The evening courses do not all have to be taken in order, so anyone with basic meditation training is welcome (see above).

The Way of Shambhala  presents profound, simple, and incredibly relevant teachings on how we can bring our meditation practice into every facet of daily life

About the teachers

Shastri Tessa Watt has been a member of the London Shambhala Centre since 1992 and a teacher since 2012.  Tessa also teaches mindfulness in the UK’s Houses of Parliament and a range of other workplaces. Tessa is author Introducing Mindfulness (2012) and Mindful London (2014). She was a leader of the Mindful Nation UK report (2015) launched by the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness.  She is an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and co-founder of Being Mindful which runs MBSR courses for the public. In her earlier career she was a BBC Radio Producer, making documentary features around the globe. Tessa has a PhD in History from Cambridge and an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from SOAS, University of London where she also lectures. She lives in Balham and has two daughters.

Angie Nehring is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for the last 15 years and has been an active member of Shambhala since 2001. She has held various senior positions within the organisation, including teacher and meditation instructor. She works at the BBC as a producer.

Payment Terms and Conditions

The early bird fee of £95 is available until the 3rd January, after which the fee will be £110.  A concession fee of £70 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £12,000  Please contact [email protected] to apply for a concession.

Please register and pay in full on registration.  Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until the start date of the programme after which no refund is granted.  

Additional Information

Timings: Arrival 7.15pm, start 7:30pm, finish 9:30pm 
We will serve some light refreshments at the end of each evening, we hope you can join us.

For further information please email: [email protected].