Compassionate Practice: Open your Heart to the Joy and Pain in the World

It takes both courage and skill to find the inner strength and balance necessary to keep our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts open to the intensity and immensity of joys and sorrows in our lives and world. This special workshop, with two leaders in the global mindfulness and compassion movements, will introduce you to a rich blend of spiritual practices to keep your heart open to embrace and compassionately respond to your life with deeper wisdom, creativity, and love. You’ll learn practical methods for developing heart-mindfulness, drawing strength from connectedness, lovingkindness and compassion meditations.

Joel and Michelle Levey are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences of human development and transformation to a very wide section of people.” His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Drawing insight from recent discoveries in neuroscience research, the Leveys will also help us understand the powerful distinction between empathy – which can overwhelm us – and compassion – which is a profoundly healing force in our lives and world. 

Tickets £17 standard/ £8 concessions, bookings through Eventbrite. We expect this to be a popular event, early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Please note there is also a morning workshop which offers an introduction to mindfulness; this can be taken in combination with the afternoon workshop.Click here to book onto the Introduction to Mindfulness workshopThe morning workshop runs from 10.15am to 12.45pm. We will have a mindful lunch from 1pm to 1.30pm which you are welcome to join if you would like to arrive early; please bring a packed lunch.

The Leveys have brought mindfulness to the heart of business, medicine, education, politics and sports arenas. They have acted as advisors to teams and leaders of over 200 organisations across the globe including: NASA, Google, Stanford Research Institute, The Clinton Global Initiative, Intel, local and national healthcare organisations, and most recently the Houses of Parliament in UK.  The Leveys serve on the Board of Advisors for the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities, The Art Monastery Project and The International Working Group on Compassionate Organisations. They also serve as clinical faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School at the Center for Spirituality and Healing and are adjunct faculty for the Institute of Spirituality and Health at University of Texas Medical Center. Their books have been published in 10 languages and include: Luminous Mind: Meditation and Mind Fitness; The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds;  Living in Balance, Thriving in a Complex World. The Levey’s latest book, Mindfulness, Meditation and Mindfitness was published in March 2015.

The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.” Julian of Norwich

All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain.” Richard Rohr OFM