Mindfulness of Breathing Classes  2021-22

Learn a gentle way to calm and inner strength through mindfulness of breathing, of posture and of the mind.

Class: Thursdays from October 8th, 7:30pm - 9pm.

Our normally face-to-face class may still be conducted using the Zoom video conference tool - free to download and easy to use. While this may be unfamiliar to you, it makes possible a good meeting and interaction between people. You will also get written versions on each week's guidance.

To join the class, you will need to first email the teacher of the class, Peter Harvey  - b.peter.harvey@gmail.com (Tel: 01757 335 021) - so that he can send you information on how to connect to the Zoom meeting. Also contact Peter to ask for more about the class. Further information on what we offer is avaiable on the website.

No previous experience in meditation is needed. The class's practical teachings are drawn from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, but people of all backgrounds are welcome to explore and develop mindfulness and  inner peace.

Each class consists of a short talk and perhaps a discussion, then a guided meditation, which teaches a step by step way of developing greater calm, and awareness through mindfulness of breathing. After the first week, there is the opportunity for one to one discussion with the teacher on the application of the method; these can be arranged at a mutually concvenient time, using Skype.   It is preferable  to attend from the first week, but you can also join later.

There is no charge for the class. 

When it is safe to meet in person, this will be at the University of York St John in room QN006, Quad North: the Contemplation Room. This is in the building on the left hand side of the Quad – see https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/media/content-assets/about/documents/YSJ-Campus-Map-1.pdf  From the exit of Holgate building – see ‘Reception’ ­ – go along the left of the Security building (red S on map) and enter the door at the end in Quad North (12). Go along a little and turn left, and QN 006 is the first door when you turn left again.

The campus is at the meeting of Gillygate and Lord Mayor's Walk, and there is a car park next to the campus,  on Clarence Street, opposite the Fountain's Learning Centre on the far left of the map.

Dates of the class: October 7th to December 16th, then conjtinuing January 6th to March 24th and then April 14th to June 3rd.