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

2019 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 weekend 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.


2019 Samye Ling Alternative Weekend 1- Mindfulness for Health Care Staff 18-20 October 2019

The modern day working environment can move at a relentless and demanding pace. Increased administrative responsibilities, real time connectivity and the complexity of issues that employees in certain jobs may face, name but a few of the issues that may cause employees to work beyond their capabilities for sustained periods of time. This may in turn increase the likelihood that the worker may experience adverse health conditions as a consequence of their job. Research shows that mindfulness confers significant benefits on health, well-being and quality of life in general. This in turn has significant benefits and implications for people’s performance in the workplace; either in terms of the workers levels of stress and productivity or in the qualities of interpersonal relationships.

Mindfulness is defined as knowing what is happening, while it is happening, without preference. In the beginning we notice how our attention is like a butterfly flitting from one thought to the next. So we start by slowing down and settling our mind through regulating our breathing and counting. We then introduce practices that ground us allowing our attention to drop out of our heads and into the sensory awareness of the body. We then learn to rest in the present moment getting used to disengaging from our habits of compulsive doing. And then, when we notice our attention drifting away into thinking, we learn to work with the mindfulness support of sound to bring our attention back to the present.

We are offering this introductory Mindfulness weekend, specifically for those who work in the health care professions (doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, probation officers etc). Participants will be taught some introductory skills in mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and tutorial sessions. This training will be experiential and is designed as a helpful first step in developing your own personal Mindfulness practice or as a way of refreshing inspiration for your existing practice. There will also be the opportunity to explore the potential for Mindfulness and Compassion in your workplace. In particular, we will explore Mindful strategies to increase your effectiveness as a professional, promote positive relationships with clients and colleagues, and create a supportive network of like-minded professionals.

This weekend 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 Ian Rigg and Tina Gilbert. 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
Edinburgh starts 23 June 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
Edinburgh starts 27 October 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
Edinburgh starts 13 April 2019

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

Level 1 - Being Present
Glasgow starts 08 June 2019

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

Level 1 - Being Present
London starts 03 November 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present
London starts 04 May 2019

Level 1 - Being Present - Online
Online starts 12 September 2018 (ongoing course)

Level 1 - Being Present - Online
Online starts 13 March 2019

Level 1 - Being Present
Samye Ling starts 28 September 2018 (ongoing course)

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
Samye Ling starts 27 September 2019

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

Level 1 - Being Present
Scarborough starts 27 April 2019

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.