Mindfulness in Action Conference
Mindfulness in Action Conference
Engaged Mindfulness and Conscious Social Change
The focus of this conference is an invitation to ponder the ways our mindfulness and compassion practice can inform key challenges facing our communities. We have invited expert keynote speakers offering a range of richly diverse perspectives to pique our curiosity and shine a light on some of our habitual ways of being. We will explore what is called from us to transcend the limitations of our conditioning and together create a more inclusive, sustainable and compassionate community. As we gather in a celebration of difference and challenge within an atmosphere of kindness and mutual respect, can we set about generating a precious inheritance for future generations?
The Mindfulness Association tutor team will join the keynote speakers to offer a series of Masterclasses to enrich our practice, our lives and the lives of those around us. Please join us for the Engaged Mindfulness and Conscious Social Change conference, online and in person at Samye Ling.
- Meg-John Barker, writer with a background in academic psychology and sociology, and in existential psychotherapy. Meg-John writes comics, zines, and self-help style books, about mental health, gender, sexuality, and relationships, and will be drawing on these experiences to present at the conference how we might move ‘Towards a Mad, Queer Mindfulness for Everyone’.
- Jamie Bristow, founder and director of the Mindfulness Initiative which has supported mindfulness practice entering over a dozen national parliaments, explores how we can find ‘Agency in Urgent Times’.
- South Africa-based researcher-practitioner Lucy Draper-Clarke will explore ‘Joy as Insurrection’ and how engaging from love, compassion and joy can help maintain momentum and connection in social change
- Paula Haddock, co-organiser of the Mindfulness and Social Change Network, will explore what the mindfulness movement can learn from social change practice and how we can build anti-oppression pedagogical practice into mindfulness spaces.
- Rhonda Magee, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and author of the internationally acclaimed book The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (2019), will present a talk entitled “A Change ‘Gon Come: Reckoning with White Supremacy, Climate Change and Economic Exploitation through Engaged Mindfulness”.
- A special teaching will be offered by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, retired Abbot of Samye Ling Monastery and patron of the Mindfulness Association. He will also be heading the graduation ceremony of the Aberdeen University Masters Students – and participants of the conference can attend a series of dissertation presentations from the graduating students.
They are joining the Mindfulness Association team of Aesha, Alan, Choden, Dean, Fay, Heather, Jacky and Kristine in offering a series of twelve exciting masterclasses. Each day will start with a morning practice and the Saturday evening will give an opportunity for connection and networking around a series of topics that will arise from our time together.
We wholeheartedly welcome you to join this conference to learn, practice and connect together in shared vision and intention towards a flourishing world!
The fee to attend the full conference in person is £125 for members and £250 for non-members
Members are invited to attend the keynote sessions online for free (Zoom links will be circulated to all members shortly before the conference), while the workshops will only be open to participants present at Samye Ling.
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Non-members, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your in person conference place.
50% of the profits from this conference will go to The Everyone Project Charity to improve the accessibility of mindfulness courses to those who would otherwise not be able to attend a course. When you register for a free place, please consider making a donation to The Everyone Project using the link below.
Membership is £10 for the first six months and thereafter £48 per year. Membership can be cancelled at any time. For more information about membership benefits, please click the link below.