Unless otherwise stated, all events, programmes, classes and courses take place at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre in Clapham. Please see Location Map for directions. Evening sessions usually begin with a short session of meditation.
Start to bring the simple yet profound practice of meditation into your everyday life with this one day introductory workshop.
This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn and practice meditation with qualified meditation teachers in a supportive environment. The day will involve guided meditation instruction, practice, teachings and group discussion.
This course is open to those who are new to meditation and those who wish to refresh or deepen their connection to meditation practice.
Please bring a contribution towards a shared lunch at the Centre.
To pre-register please call 020 7720 3207020 7720 3207 to make a card payment over the phone or send a deposit of £20 payable to: 'The London Shambhala Meditation Centre' c/o London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY
Join us for an exploratory workshop that will allow us to release untapped vocal resources and deepen the connection to our voices, to each other, and to ourselves.
Our voices are an essential part of our experience of being human.
Many of us know the satisfaction of a good conversation, the pain of an argument, the delight of laughter, the sharpness of feeling silenced.
Ancient cultures respected and celebrated the power of sound to nourish the growth and development of people and communities, where songs and chants were used to empower work on the land, childrearing, physical healing and sacred practice.
In this weekend, we will use simple vocal exercises and the celebrated polyphonic songs of Georgia in the Caucasus as a laboratory in which to expand the strength and depth of our voices and ourselves.
Students of all levels of experience are welcome. No experience of singing necessary. Frank Kane is a master teacher of voice. He has studied Georgian polyphonic song, music & culture as well as energetic resonance and body-mind disciplines. Frank has developed a distinctive approach using ancient Georgian chants as a medium of vocal expression and path of self-discovery and exploration; transforming the patterns that constrict the voice and leading us beyond the familiar.
There will be a feast with toasts & songs on Saturday evening for weekend participants. A simple lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday and there will be a small reception at the end of the weekend on Sunday evening. £10 contribution for the feast if attending.
Registration: Please send a cheque for full payment or £30 deposit made payable to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call +44 (0)20 7720 3207 to make a card payment by phone.
Cost: Meditation – £3 donation; Young People's Meditation & Art Salon - free of charge; Singing - £5
Sunday 4 May
Join us for a monthly practice of exploring our voices through vocal exercises, and simple traditional songs and chants.
Inspired by the celebrated polyphonic songs of Georgia in the Caucasus, we will practice making sound in a way that enriches our connection to ourselves and others. All welcome. No experience of singing necessary.
This group will be led by Ali Warner.
Ali Warner is a meditation student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and follows the teaching of Frank Kane with his mastery of embodied voice through the study of ancient singing practices.
She sings traditional song and experimental free improvisation, and continues to explore how the expressive voice can strengthen communities.
This group is part of our monthly Open Afternoon.
Timings: 5pm - 8pm
Cost: suggested donation - £5
Sunday 4 May
Young People's Meditation Group
A chance for young people aged 6-11 years old to learn the simple human practice of meditation and apply it to their daily lives of friends, school and family. Meditation can help us work with difficult emotions, develop a grounded connection to ourselves, and notice and enjoy the richness of our world.
We learn and practice sitting meditation, mindful movement and the expressive arts. The group will be led by Ali Warner.
A meditation session for adults will run at the same time in a separate room. Open to all parents. Meditation instruction will be available. Adult session offered by donation.
Ali Warner is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and is committed to bringing the meditative arts into children'’s education. She has taught meditation and embodied musicianship in schools, and is the Director of Shambhala London.
This group runs as part of our monthly Open Afternoon
Timings: 2pm - 3.30pm
Cost: free of charge. Adult session by donation.
Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 May
Working with Emotions 2
Daring to Open!
Hesitation, fearfulness and doubt can lead to us to live 'closed in' lives, small and emotionally careful, where we never look at habitual routines designed to keep us safe and cosy.
The Shambhala vision challenges this cocooning instinct and provokes us to open up to our lives and the lives of others and embrace that richness. Our emotions are a storehouse of that aliveness and a bank of wisdom and power essential to the spiritual path.
In this course we will be presenting the traditional teaching on Seven Points of Training the Mind and working with the practice of Tonglen, Sending and Taking. These were presented by Chögyam Trungpa (Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness, Shambhala Publications) and again by Pema Chödron (Start Where You Are, Shambhala Publications).
They are very practical contemplative practices designed to develop the confidence to open emotionally, to experience life fully and to extend out with bravery and compassion.
During the weekend we will also be using movement and body work to loosen the obstacles we all encounter in coming alive to our emotions.
The course will be taught by Shastri Jim O'Neill, a psychotherapist and senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhism. The movement will be led by the Ballet Rambert trained contemporary dancer Julien Diaz, who has, over the past 10 years, developed his own unique combination of dance, pilates and power stretching in his work with clients.
Some experience of Shamatha Meditation is recommended; as is the wearing of sweatpants for the movement part of the weekend.
For registration, information and concessions please email:
Programme timings: Saturday/ Sunday: 9.30am-6pm
Programme cost: £110/ £75 concessions
Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 June
Daoist Qi Gong in the lineage of Eva Wong - Levels 1 & 2 with Shastri Samten Kobelt
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong. Experience increased vitality and radiant good health through this ancient Chinese system of movement exercises. Qigong is used as a tool to build the foundation for sitting meditation. This is an opportunity to receive instructions on two remarkable Qi Gong lineages: the lineage of Xientianwujimen and the lineage of Yiquan.
No previous knowledge is required.
In level 1 students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner qigong. Outer qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system - joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. Techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics will be taught.
Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi. Students will learn sleeping and walking qigong as well as standing qigong.
In level 2 the focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing system and the Nine Self-massage system will be taught in its entirety
This course is the foundation for a progressive program of qigong instruction presented by Eva Wong and authorized instructors, exclusively through Shambhala Centres.
Shastri Samten A. Kobelt was born and raised in Switzerland. Throughout his life he has engaged in body-mind disciplines of both eastern and western origin, such as bugaku (Japanese dance), lujong (tibetan yoga) and contemplative dance (developed at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado). He presents qigong from the Lineage of Eva Wong with whom he studied since 2005. He has taught Shambhala and Buddhism as well as Qigong and Contemplative Dance in many places, including the US, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
For registration, information and concession email:
Saturday & Sunday 9am-5.30pm
Tuesday 22 April
Open Art Evening
An Introduction to the Artistic Mind of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The second of four video screeningsof the Visual Dharma series of talks by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.The theme of this talk is 'Space, Sacredness and Sanity’. Join us for a casual evening of viewing and discussion to lay the foundations for future study of the Shambhala Art teachings.
As some people missed the first talk, we will aim to play this video before the ‘main screening’ if there is anyone who would like to 'catch up’ on the sequence. This screening of video one, will start at 6pm.
The voice has often been a central element of contemplative or sacred traditions, from Christian chant to Islamic recitation to Buddhist mantra. However, in today’s society, singing and the arts are often seen to be separate from paths of self-growth and understanding.
At the same time, meditation practices in the West have developed as a powerful tool for expansion and insight in modern hearts and minds. Yet this has largely been in isolation from the arts, cultural, community and land-based practices they would have been inseparable from in traditional Asia.
All are welcome to an Open Conversation between Richard Bleckman and Frank Kane to explore the connections, similarities and differences between western meditation at Shambhala and modern contemplative voice practices – both rooted in ancient cultures of sacred tradition.
The evening will include short experiential exercises, discussion and open inquiry of our theme with two leading teachers. The evening will end with a small wine reception.
Richard Bleckman is a meditation teacher and Director of Practice & Education at Shambhala London.He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years. He works as a veterinary surgeon, and has also trained in Body Orientated Psychotherapy and in Western and Eastern Herbal medicines, and Tibetan Medicine.
Frank Kane is a voice teacher who has studied Georgian polyphonic song, music & culture as well as energetic resonance and body-mind disciplines. He has developed a distinctive approach using ancient Georgian chants as a medium of vocal expression and path of self-discovery and exploration.
This evening is particularly suitable for those who have some experience in either meditation or contemplative voice practices, or an interest in exploring them and the connections between them further.
Open House Talk: Understanding our Emotions and Riding their Energy
with Acharya Orhun Cercel
The relationship we have with our emotions is often problematic; sometimes we are their victim, other times we flee from them and suppress them, and also we act them out.
The notion of a genuine spiritual path is that it offers the possibility of a more intelligent approach which can give us fuel to progress towards individual and social sanity.
Taster Evening at The London Shambhala Meditation Centre, open to all
Monday 19 May
Open House Talk: Karma and Relationships
with Shastri Jim O'Neill
Buddhist Teachings on Love, Relationships, Sex and Friendship
Thursday 1 to Thursday 29 May
Contentment in Everyday Life
An introductory evening course over five weeks
This course provides an exploration of mindfulness meditation, and meditation in action for daily life.
With meditation practice we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and good-humour.
The course includes meditation teachings, practice, discussion, personal instruction and readings. It offers both a good introduction for complete beginners and a fresh inspiration for those who already have some experience of meditation.
This course is also one of the first parts of the evening course curriculum from the Way of Shambhala, an ongoing training in meditation and how we can use Buddhist teachings to awaken to our inherent potential.
There will be an opportunity for participants to have a personal interview with a Meditation Instructor during this course. Interviews will take place from 7pm, or at 9.30pm, during Weeks 2-5. Registration for interviews will be available from arrival on Week 1.
Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May.
Registration: Please send a cheque made payable to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call +44 (0)20 7720 3207 to make a card payment by phone.
For additional queries and concessions please contact
Timings: 7.15pm arrival, 7.30 - 9.30PM
Course price: £60 (£50 if booking before 24 April). £40 concessions available by prior arrangement
Residential weeekend retreats are held from time to time at IvyBank our retreat house in Hampshire. No retreats are available for listing at present
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