During these challenging times we know there is a deep desire within the mindfulness community for practice and connection.
At the Mindfulness Network, we would like to offer free mindfulness and compassion sessions to anybody who may wish to attend. We have therefore reached out to our network of experienced trainers, supervisors, retreat leads and compassion-based teachers, and have listed available sessions below. Click on the name of the teacher to read more about them.
These free online practice sessions will be available using Zoom, an online conferencing facility which is free to download. Please download Zoom prior to the session. (It might be helpful to have a test run to see if it works on your device).
- Download the Zoom app and sign in: https://zoom.us/
- For support using Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
- A few minutes before the session is due to start you should be able to click on the link to join the session and then mute your microphone
Bangor Mindfulness 20th Anniversary
Celebrate 20 years of mindfulness at Bangor University through a series of monthly online events, talks and shared reflections: we have a line-up of high-profile speakers during this year of celebration, including Mark Williams and Saki Santorelli. Donations raised from these events will help to fund our bursaries, which enable us to remove financial barriers for those wishing to use our charity’s services.
Teacher Training Course Level 1 prioritising people from Black, African, Asian or Caribbean heritage
This Teacher Training Course Level One (TTC1) is particularly aimed at people from Black, African, Asian or Caribbean heritage. If you are wondering whether this training is for right for you, please come along to our FREE Information and Questions Session on:
- 14 September 2021, 6-7pm UK Time
This is an opportunity to ask questions about the Teacher Training Course Level One (TTC1) and meet the trainers: Bridgette O’Neill and Sud Ubayasiri are both members of the Bangor University training team. Pauline Gibbs is a mindfulness teacher and founder of the MindfulBowl, London.
Meeting ID: 852 8969 8776
You do not have to be familiar with mindfulness practice to join. There is no need to register. The sessions are entirely free and should last around 30 minutes. Each session, unless otherwise stated, will include:
- 15-20 minute practice
- 5-10 minute teaching
- A short final practice to end for you to take into your day
Meeting ID: 829 6876 7345
- September 2021 – Catherine Fortin
- October 2021 – Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher
- November 2021 – Taravajra
- December 2021 – Jenny Wilks [NB: No session on 31st December]
These sessions are completely free and open to all. However, if you would like to donate, any amount would be gratefully received via our donations page.
Our deep appreciation goes to all who have volunteered their time to lead previous sessions for us. We know this regular practice is valuable to so many members of the mindfulness community. Thank you to: Alison Evans, Rosalie Dores, Chantek McNeilage, Gwennie Fraser, Claire Brejcha, Penny Nicholas, Kay Octigan, Peter Morgan & Rebecca Crane. Many of our colleagues also run free sessions as part of their own teaching, more details can be found at the bottom of this page.
Retreat Monthly Drop-in
If you are interested in joining one of our retreats then come and meet our Retreat Lead Bridgette for a monthly drop-in session:
This is an opportunity to learn more about our retreats and ask any questions that may not be covered in the event description or our FAQs. Bridgette will be available between 12.30-1.30pm (UK time) to speak to you individually.
There is no need to register and you are welcome to dial in at any point during the hour. Please note that you will be held in the Zoom meeting room until Bridgette is available.
Meeting ID: 824 8736 3225
- 6th Sept 2021 at 12.30-1.30pm UK time
- 18th Oct 2021 at 12.30-1.30pm UK time
Teacher Training Monthly Open Day
If you are interested in becoming a mindfulness teacher then come along to one of Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Open Day sessions.
Mindfulness Network Community Friends (formerly Friends of Bangor) is led by a committee of volunteers who wish to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences through donation-based events and opportunities to practice. All events will stay online for the time being, we have kept them free, and donations are most welcome.
MN Community Friends Tuesday Lunchtime Drop-in
Opportunities are offered for trainees to practise their guiding skills in an informal context.
- Normally every other Tuesday from 12.30-1.30pm UK Time
MN Community Friends MGM (Mindfulness Group for Men)
Free online practice group for men:
- Sep 18 2021 at 11am UK Time
- Oct 16 2021 at 11am UK Time
- Nov 13 2021 at 11am UK Time
- Dec 18 2021 at 11am UK Time
Every Monday morning at 7.30am UK time, for anyone who has completed an 8-week mindfulness course.
Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/827184369?pwd=aUdBd0tjQzZ4MWw1aTd4VURrYkRyUT09
Meeting ID: 827 184 369
Gwennie is one of our supervisors and has been offering these ‘Start The Week’ sessions since January 2018. She invites optional donations to West End Foodbank in Newcastle upon Tyne which is the biggest in the UK, as a way of linking practice to wider benefit in the community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be on the mailing list for these sessions. More information can be found on her website.