Introductory Courses in Mindfulness and Meditation

next course begins: Tuesday 24th January

Learn techniques to change your life

Mindful Movement

We will look at some Mindful Movement Exercises. There will be a simple but effective 'Body Wash', some light exercises  developed from the ancient art of Chi-Kung; and some walking meditation to help take your practice into the world.

Formal Practices

You will learn three formal sitting practices designed to create awareness of the body, heart and mind; develop calm and concentration; and positive emotion to yourself and others.

Real-life Skills

We will look at exercises that can be performed anytime, anywhere - whether at work or in the bath. These exercises will bring us back to the present moment, creating a sense of peace and calm from which to move forward.

...cultivate a calm, clear and positive mind...

Led by Sagara

- Buddhist Prison Chaplain

- NHS Mindfulness Teacher

- NHS Mental Health Worker

Sagara has been practising Mindfulness over 23 years. He was ordained into Triratna Buddhist Order in 1999.

He now spends his time delivering mindfulness training in various settings in the north east - working mainly in mental health.

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

~ Carl Jung

Testimonials about Sagara:

“The Course is brilliant. Sagara is brilliant. So calm, understanding, helpful, kind; relaxes you just being in his presence.”

~ Kevin, Participant, Sunderland Recovery College

"I have found Sagara to be one of the most insightful teachers I have encountered. He is humorous, intelligent and has a knowledge and experience of mindfulness that I have found quite rare."

~ Suryacitta, author of 'Happiness and How it Happens.'

"Sagara creates an atmosphere of safe acceptance where people with the most complex of needs feel free to explore their emotions and gain control over how they respond to distress."

~ Angela, Manager of Tyneside Recovery College.

“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer."

~ Eckhart Tolle

"Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world."

Learn to be fully aware, in this moment, outside of the narrative of thought.
Learn that even when the world around you is busy, it is possible to access calm.
Train the mind to focus on what's important, and learn to prevent it wandering off.
Learn to empathise with yourself and others and change the way you relate to the world
Discover the power of awareness to transform unhelpful habits and emotions to positive ones.
Understand why mindfulness works, and the theory behind the techniques you learn.

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

~ Helen Keller

How people felt about the course:

“I was not sure but despite my inability to relax and be kind to myself, I find I am looking at myself differently, and seeing things in a new light.”

~ David, Participant - July 2016

“The course had a relaxing atmosphere, and useful techniques for dealing with stress and emotions. I'm very optimistic about my future”

~ Jenny, Participant - February 2016

“I have learnt so much. Feeling the benefit of doing this course. It is a way of life for me now. Thank you. I am really excited about telling people about it.”

~ Susan, Particiant - May 2016

Tuesday 7:00pm to 9:00pm

St Anthony's Priory

a peaceful oasis near the city centre

St Antony's has with beautiful views of Durham Cathredral and is the perfect venue for a mindfulness course. Limited parking is available onsite, and is free on surrounding roads after 6pm.

Address: 74 Claypath, Durham DH1 1QT

six weeks beginning 24th January


Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Begin it now.

~ Goethe.

Sorry we are no longer taking bookings for this course