Level 1 – Being Present

Course Overview

  • This mindfulness training provides an in-depth personal practice experience of our 8-Week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC).
  • It is ideal for beginners, for those who have previous experience of mindfulness and who want to develop their practice and for those who wish to go on to train to teach mindfulness.
  • This course takes place over four weekends spread out over a nine month period and aims to enable participants to establish an effective and regular daily mindfulness practice so as to help our minds to settle and stabilise. You can pay for and attend weekend one before deciding whether to commit to attending all four weekends. 

Mindfulness Level 1: Being Present/ Fay Adams

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The themes of the four weekends are:

  • Settling the Mind
  • Working with Distraction
  • Self Acceptance
  • The Undercurrent and Observer

There is an alternative weekend 1 available for those interested in fostering creativity. See below for details.


Samye Ling Alternative Weekend 1 – Preparing the Ground for Creativity Through Mindfulness Practice – 26-28 October 2018

An introduction to mindfulness encapsulated within the inner circle of embodied creativity. 

This weekend will integrate the essential components for stepping into mindfulness practice through enhancing our creative potential.  During the weekend we will incorporate both sitting practices as well as taking mindfulness off the cushion, leaning into the nitty gritty reality of our day-to-day lives.

We will explore what mindfulness means for us and how our mindful awareness enables an increased connectivity with those around us enriching our day to day experience.  The ground to our practice may be prepared through the use of art materials, breath, movement and the resonance of voice.  Through the creative medium and a heightened spatial awareness, each moment of our daily life and mindful practice can be further enhanced through creating the ritual space in which the depth of our intention and motivation can arise.We set out to follow the golden thread of what calls to us to explore our relationship between our life experience and our inner environment.

It is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced mindfulness practitioners wishing to extend their mindful creative potential. Mindfulness and creativity can be regarded as a stand-alone training or as a way to join the ‘Mindfulness Level 1 – Being Present’ training for weekends 2-4. The weekend will be taught by Kathy White-Webster and Ian Rigg.


Samye Ling Alternative Weekend 1 – Mindfulness in Nature – 26-28 April 2019

Mindfulness offers the invitation to come into the freshness of the present moment: knowing what is happening, while it’s happening. The experience of this moment can include the thoughts and feelings in our heart-mind, awareness of the sensations in the body, and our connection with nature and the world around us.

Often people mention that the place they are most easily mindful is being in nature, whether it’s walking the dog in a nearby woodland, on the beach or on holiday in a beautiful environment. Research shows the connection between being in nature and a reduction in feelings of stress and depression and have a positive effect on general health and ability to focus. It is perhaps not surprising that similar benefits are attributed to mindfulness.

In this first weekend of our Level 1 course – Being Present, we are using the joy of being in nature and alive on this precious earth as a way into learning to rest the mind in the present moment. Through connecting with nature and the earth beneath and around us, we can reconnect with our inner nature as well, touching in with the ground of our being and starting to train in mindfulness.

The weekend will offer an exploration of mindfulness both indoors and in the beautiful landscape surrounding Samye Ling; inviting us to settle the mind and come home to our body through grounding practices such as the bodyscan and mindful walking. Throughout all of the Mindfulness Association programs the cultivation of a basic friendliness towards ourselves (and therefore also to others) lies at the heart of our training.

This module is suitable for those completely new to Mindfulness as well as those seeking to reconnect with it and to embark on the different training pathways the Mindfulness Association has to offer. This course is the equivalent to the first weekend of the Mindfulness Level  1: Being Present course and will be taught by Kristine Mackenzie-Janson and Graeme Armstrong. If you complete this weekend course you can then join the ‘Mindfulness Level 1: Being Present’ training for weekends 2-4.


Level 1 Courses Available:

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Level 1 - Being Present
Cardiff starts 14 July 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
County Cavan starts 09 June 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
Edinburgh starts 23 June 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
Edinburgh starts 27 October 2018

Level 1 - Being Present
Edinburgh starts 13 April 2019

Level 1 - Being Present
Glasgow starts 09 June 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
London starts 26 May 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
London starts 03 November 2018

Level 1 - Being Present - Online
Online starts 12 September 2018

Level 1 - Being Present
Samye Ling starts 09 March 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
Samye Ling starts 28 September 2018

Level 1 - Being Present Mindfulness and Creativity
Samye Ling starts 26 October 2018

Level 1 - Being Present
Samye Ling starts 08 March 2019

Level 1 - Being Present Mindfulness in Nature
Samye Ling starts 26 April 2019

Level 1 - Being Present
Scarborough starts 05 May 2018 (ongoing course)

Completing the Level 1 Being Present course qualifies you to attend:

Mindfulness Level 2 – Responding with Compassion 

Teacher Training 

NB: Attending the Alternative Weekend does not qualify.