Bromley Mindfulness Training Programme September Schedule 2019

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Here are the start dates in September for the 2019 Bromley Mindfulness Training Programme and a handy graphic you can save to your device for easy reference.

Meditation Classes

The September meditation classes will Start with a new series of the popular ‘Mastering Meditation in 7 Easy Steps series

Meditation Classes September start dates

  • 1:15 pm September 10 at Chantry studios in Bromley Common
  • 11 am September 12 at Beckenham Place Park
  • 10 am September 14 at Beckenham Place Park

Note that on Saturday, September 14 we are Meditating in the park – Weather permitting.

Meditation Classes

Mindfulness Courses

6-week mindfulness courses start in Bromley South at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday the 10th at 7 PM
  • Wednesday the 11th at 7 pm
  • Thursday the 12th at 1 pm
Find out about the Courses

Weekend Retreat (Non-Residential)

Our Mindfulness Course in a weekend at the mansion in Beckenham is on Saturday the 28th and Sunday, the 29th of September.

Find out about the Retreat

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Mindfulness Meditation for the Modern Mind

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a collection of meditation techniques we can use to help us to experience mindfulness. We need to practice these because the modern world, and our modern lives create a set of new responses to our experience that overrides mindfulness and leaves us in a complex world stretching into the past, into our complicated lives and also into many possible and even more complicated futures. This creates a mental burden that can become increasingly more difficult to bear as we become separated from our present moment experience and the drumbeat of our repetitive modern lives sounds constantly in our minds.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is ‘the undistracted awareness of the experience of the present moment’ (my definition). Mindfulness is a natural sensory experience of now that is deeply programmed into our brains as a way of staying calmly aware of our environment so that we can be quickly aware of threats or hazards. Mindfulness is not an effortful state. Your cat, when it walks across the lawn is acutely aware of all sound and movement and smell as it seems to stroll along nonchalant and relaxed. The tiniest movement or smell or sound and it is instantly frozen and scanning its environment to increase its awareness to ascertain if it is predator or prey that has caused the signal. The cat is experiencing mindfulness. Mindfulness is a natural trait that we share with other mammals.

Meditation

Everyone meditates for a reason, and usually, for one of these three reasons: they may have a busy mind (possibly a worrying mind), they may be experiencing anxiety, or they may be experiencing stress.
 
Generally, people meditate in the hope that doing so will help them to become calmer, more relaxed and focused. They don’t want to change their lives, they just want to leave the stress, worry and anxiety behind. They want to find space in their overcrowded lives.

The Problem with Learning to Meditate

When we begin to learn to meditate, we inevitably bring these expectations to our training. If we learn to meditate in what I now call the ‘traditional’ way, which is trying to fit in a new regular daily practice at a set time and to meditate, usually noticing our breath, for ten or fifteen minutes or for longer, then these expectations will usually work against us.

Learning meditation with a busy life

Busy people normally have the busiest minds. Because of this, busy people instantly have a number of problems when they learn to meditate.

  1. Their busy mind will become busy while they sit quietly in meditation which may well cause them to be irritated and frustrated while they meditate.
  2. They will probably set up a competition with their mind to try to silence or calm it. This simply doesn’t work and usually makes meditation a seriously unsatisfactory experience.
  3. They may experience stress during meditation because for the first time in possibly a long time, they aren’t being distracted by their busyness of the contents of their minds and the mind will tend to wander to problems, incomplete tasks, worries etc.
  4. They will probably struggle to find the time to fit in this possibly uncomfortable new practice which will then have to compete with countless other activities, many of which may well have an immediate payoff.
  5. They will quite probably not experience more calmness, focus or relaxation in the early stages of their meditation practice.

So when meditation is taught in the traditional way, it is rarely adopted as a regular practice and is either stopped completely or drifts into the ‘nice to have in the future when I have the time’ category.

Learning to meditate the traditional way
I have taught meditation to more than 5,000 people over the last five years. Over 600 students have graduated from my courses. For most of this time, I taught in the traditional manner. I taught my students to meditate the way I learned. I advised them to sit and meditate for a set time each day, ideally in the morning, and learn to build and maintain their practice through self-discipline. I explained that if they fell out of the practice, then they just needed to find their way back in again and a lot of what I did, and still do, is designed to assist them in maintaining their practices.
Learning to meditate in the traditional way sets up an internal competition to remain focused. Mindfulness meditation is about building awareness and focus through repeatedly re-focusing on something like the breath or a mantra (some words or phrases we repeat) or a mandala (a visual focus).

When we try to focus our minds and it continually wanders, the Western mind inevitably makes the experience a goal-oriented, willpower based activity. This is simply because everything else is a goal-oriented, willpower based activity. The result of this is often an internal conflict and causes emotions like frustration and irritation.

Mindfulness Meditation for the Modern Mind

To counter this collection of quite common and perfectly human unhelpful responses to meditation in our busy lives we need a new set of tools designed specifically for the challenges of our modern mind.

You can learn, by attending this programme, how to find and build a sustainable practice which will help you learn how to cope with the challenges of our increasingly frantic and overwhelming lives.

You’ll learn the skills to:

  • Reduce unhelpful thoughts and uncomfortable emotions
  • Increase your well-being and happiness
  • Learn how to reduce the impact of difficult experiences

What you will get from the training

  • The ‘more than just mindfulness’ podcast
  • Intensive in-person training
  • Key meditation and mindfulness practices
  • Stress management techniques
  • Emotional resilience techniques
  • Supporting information
  • Online video clips
  • Guided online meditation MP3s
  • E-book recommendations, scientific papers, news articles, literature and references
  • A springboard for your personal development or further study
  • Membership of the Bromley Mindfulness student community which is an active community of engaged students. We run social events of all sorts over the course of the year.
  • Telephone, text or email support

Training Sessions*

*Note that sessions are subject to rescheduling or cancellation but the passes can be used at any of our regular meditation classes and do not expire.

Week commencing Topic
25th March The Modern Mind
1st April Meditation – the design, history and purpose
8th April Mindfulness in the modern world
15th April Learning to meditate the traditonal way
22nd April Meditating the Modern Way
29th April Freedom from the Modern Life
6th March Freedom from the Modern World
13th March Freedom from the Modern Mind

Pricing

*Note
– The passes don’t need to be used by any date and can be used at any future Bromley Mindfulness meditation classes.
– There is no need to book, you can just turn up.

Single Class
£10 pay on the day
4 Class Pass (doesn't expire)
£34
8 Class Pass (doesn't expire)
£56
No need to book, just turn up.

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Regular Meditation Classes

Regular meditation classes

Note that in July, August and September, our class schedule has a number of amendments. Check it out by clicking the button below.

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Step out of your daily grind and into our beautiful meditation space to experience a serene and inspiring escape from your busy life. Find the inner peace that comes from expertly guided group meditations. The meditation classes are held twice each week in the sedate 18th century Georgian Drawing Room of the Grade II listed Beckenham Place Mansion which has a panoramic view of 237 acres of carefully tended gardens, lawns and flowers.

The Mansion is a decorate and graceful space that sits in natural stillness, offering an inspiring and ideal place to practice mindfulness and meditation without distraction. You will feel better, happier and more relaxed from visiting our pleasant retreat designed to bring calm, comfort and quiet.

Click here for a 3D tour of our meditation space

 

Beckenham Place Park is being recovered for the wider community with £4.9M of Lottery funding. We are fortunate to have access to such a perfect location which enables a connection to the stillness and serenity of nature into our meditation experience in such a graceful way.

We are surrounded by transport links with four stations less than twenty minutes walk away, many buses and free parking directly outside the building. See below for details.

The Mansion has a cafe which is the centre of the growing community so we can easily continue our regular social meetups that are such a key part of the Bromley Mindfulness meditation and mindfulness community.

The sessions are zero-commitment, no need to book, regular classes where you can just turn up as it suits you in what must be one of the best locations possible for a calming and relaxing meditation and mindfulness experience.

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Schedule
Getting There
Prices

The Venue

The Mansion, originally the home of the Cator family, was built in 1760 and has been signifcantly remodelled over time. It is a Grade II listed building and is built in the Palladian style.

We are booked generally for the Drawing Room, also known as the East Room though in certain circumstances, we will locate in either the Dining Room or other rooms.

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Facilities and Social

The Drawing Room and the Dining Room have disabled access. If you are disabled, please contact us before attending to ensure that we are using one of these rooms as from time to time we may be asked to use other rooms at the venue.
There is free parking just outside the mansion.
There is a cafe at the back of the mansion. It is open from 9am to 3pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm on weekends.

Community

The Mansion is the home of a thriving community of artists, craftsmen, designers and wellbeing practitioners. There is a yoga studio on site with a full programme of activities. See the links below for details.

Location

The Drawing Room in The Mansion,  Beckenham Place Park, off of Beckenham Hill Road, BR3 1SY.


Schedule

Note that sessions at both venues are subject to changes. Please contact us to confirm the days or visit our Facebook Events page. Details below.

Day Time
Saturdays 10am to 11am
Wednesdays CANCELLED
Thursdays 11 am to 12 am (from November 8th)
Bromley Mindfulness Facebook Events
Click here to visit our Facebook events page which has details of the next classes.

Prices

Session Fee
Single Session £10
Pass – 4 sessions £34 (£8.50 per session)
Pass – 8 sessions £56 (£7 per session)
Concessions for the unwaged Pay whatever you can afford

Transport

There is free parking directly outside The Mansion.
The Mansion is situated between four stations:

  • Beckenham Hill (ten minute walk)
  • Beckenham Junction (fifteen minute walk)
  • Ravensbourne (twenty minutes walk, almost all of which is through the park)
  • New Beckenham (twenty minutes walk)

The 54 bus passes the Mansion and numerous bus routes pass nearby.
Tramlink trams stop at Beckenham Junction which is a fifteen minute walk.

Transport Links

Times from the origin station to the Mansion.

Location Route Time
Bromley South Beckenham Hill 20 minutes
Orpington Beckenham Junction 30 minutes
Lewisham Station Beckenham Hill Road Stop W 35 minutes
Brixton Beckenham Junction 30 minutes
East Croydon Beckenham Junction 35 minutes
Victoria Beckenham Junction 35 minutes
Blackfriars Beckenham Hill 35 minutes
Hayes New Beckenham 30 minutes
London Bridge Beckenham Junction 50 minutes
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External Links offering information on Beckenham Place Park

The Mansion (click here)
Friends of Beckenham Place Park (click here)
Lewisham Council’s Masterplan for Beckenham Place Park (click here)