Mindfulness in Action Conference
Engaged Mindfulness and Conscious Social Change
Postponed to 2022
After much consideration of all the variables, we have decided to postpone the conference until the spring of next year. We are counting on being able to have it in person in sunny Samye Ling (and there will still be an online version available for people who’d like to take part in that way). We will let you know the dates as soon as we can, and hope this change will enable a celebratory gathering next year!
Watch this space for news as soon as we can confirm the new dates
We are living in extraordinary times that are challenging in many ways. Can we use this as an opportunity to reflect on what we need to flourish – both individually and collectively? And what can mindfulness and compassion practice offer us as we explore this together? Let’s open discussion and generate inspiration around pathways towards a more inclusive, sustainable and compassionate society, as a precious inheritance for future generations.
Over four decades of research into secular mindfulness in the Western world, has illustrated that this practice can be an important tool for self-healing and transformation in our individual lives. It can help us feel and function better, as well as help us be kinder to ourselves. But perhaps, its potential is even bigger than this.
As we sit to practise, we intend to be with ‘what is’ with kindness in the midst of the challenges of our life, and to become more aware of unhelpful, limiting conditioning. We also aim to nurture a compassionate heart and wish all beings to be well. In this way, the practice can help to develop greater awareness of our interconnectedness and interdependency. We may find that no one’s life is untouched by the ‘pain of our world’ as Joanna Macy calls it. And although there are great differences in how much each of us is affected by it directly, what next steps might come out of this realisation that we’re deeply connected in seen and unseen ways?
During this conference we’ll be supported by a range of inspiring practitioners to delve into some deep explorations together. How can the values we each hold and the qualities we aim to develop, help us consider the society we live in and some of the causes of thriving and suffering? How can we as mindfulness practitioners embolden each other with open-minded support – while also tending to our own troubled hearts – so we can act skillfully in the world in connectedness, courage and power?
This is what we will explore in the Engaged Mindfulness and Conscious Social Change conference, online, in the summer of this year.
This conference brings together the following experienced and inspiring speakers to explore these big questions with us, each with their own way into the dynamic topic of engaged mindfulness and conscious social change.
- Deborah Eden Tull, the author of Relational Mindfulness, will speak of how we can wake up together by embracing courage, possibility and relational intelligence in these changing times.
- 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.
Finally, the Mindfulness Association is donating 50% of the profits of this conference to the Everyone Project Charity, which funds mindfulness courses to be offered to people who are facing adversity, working in collaboration with designated charities or other organisations. We will start the conference on Thursday by celebrating the work of this Charity, bringing together people who have taught on these courses and participants who have benefited, to celebrate the value, challenges and learnings of mindfulness in the community.
We wholeheartedly welcome you to join this conference to learn, practice and connect together in shared vision and intention towards a flourishing world!
Further details of the programme to follow soon.