What we're about

We're a friendly, local group for anyone interested in Mindfulness, either as a form of personal spiritual practice or as a practical technique for living a better, calmer, more focussed and more productive life.

We hold regular meetups every week which offer (in a friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere) the opportunity to:

• learn more about Mindfulness

• try-out some Mindfulness techniques and methods of Mindfulness meditation

• meet and get to know other people who are interested in Mindfulness, or in meditation in general

Our weekly meetings include occasional talks by guest speakers, periods of guided Mindfulness meditation, regular film and video presentations about Mindfulness, information about any Mindfulness-related events, classes and courses that are happening locally, plus the opportunity to chat and get to know the other group members socially over refreshments. All are welcome and membership is free.

Our open weekly meetings are relaxed, casual and "open", and they provide an opportunity to encounter Mindfulness in an easy and straightforward way.

Our main Regular Weekly Meeting takes place in the Nottingham city centre (just off the Old Market Square, so close to easy parking and full public transport links, including rail), and it's usually held on a Thursday evening from 7.00pm through to approximately 9.00pm (we usually finish somewhere between 8.50pm and 9.10pm - you are welcome to slip away early if you need to in order to make transport connections).

You can find out more by visiting our website www.NottinghamMindfulnessGroup.co.uk (http://www.nottinghammindfulnessgroup.co.uk/) or by exploring our pages here on MeetUp.

For more about Mindfulness, scroll down and see below...

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About Mindfulness
Mindfulness is an ancient form of meditation practice that is today widely recognised as being a highly effective approach for managing stress, pain and illness, increasing general health and well-being, improving our quality of life, enhancing our relationships... and simply becoming better at whatever we choose to do in life. By becoming more mindful we can create the conditions that give us greater choice in how we respond to our experiences - thereby enabling us to have a rich and fulfilling life, even when we're confronted by difficult or challenging circumstances.

Also, Mindfulness is simple and is for everyone. Whether you want to reduce stress, improve your performance, become a better leader, experience greater well-being, manage pain, or change habits that are difficult to break, mindfulness training and a regular mindfulness practice (even as little as 10 minutes a day) will help.

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Our group uses Mindfulness techniques drawn from many different, respected sources and it is aligned to no one school or tradition, however a key inspiration and reference point for our activities is the teaching and work of Thích Nhất Hạnh and the Plumb Village Mindfulness Community.

Please Note:
Our open, drop-in meetings are designed to share information about Mindfulness and to offer the opportunity for people to experience and practice Mindful meditation in the company of others. These meetings are not structured to form a progressive course or formal training in Mindfulness, and they do not, in and of themselves, constitute a "Mindfulness-Based" therapy (such as MBSR or MBCT). Our Group publishes and promotes full details of the formal, structured classes and courses in Mindfulness and "Mindfulness-Based" therapies that are available in Nottingham and the wider East Midlands - please ask us for a free copy of this information if it would be of interest to you.
Mindfulness and other forms of meditation are safe and appropriate practices for the vast majority of people and they are proven to offer a wide range of benefits, including the lowering of stress and deep levels of relaxation. Current research indicates that all forms of meditation (including Mindfulness) may be unwise for people with bipolar vulnerability or those who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) unless it is undertaken with medical supervision. If you are currently receiving treatment for any form of mental health issue (or have received such treatment in the recent past, or have reason to believe that you might need such treatment), you should consult your doctor or health care professional before engaging with Mindfulness or any form of meditation.

Upcoming events (4+)

Mindfulness Retreat Day - Peace & Meditation Amid Beautiful Countryside

A Day Of Peace & Meditation Amid Beautiful Countryside. Spend a full day in the company of likeminded people, sharing in a structured program of meditation and Mindfulness practice that's designed to move everyone gently into a deep state of stillness and intense meditation experience.

Pay a £25 deposit to secure your place.
Then pay a balance of £20 before the day.
(Total cost £45)

Full Details below...

On Saturday 18th September we will be hosting a fantastic in-person Retreat Day amid glorious countryside, in the stunningly beautiful setting of Hexgreave Hall and its spacious grounds up in the north of the county (located close to Farnsfield - lifts can be arranged for those who do not drive).

As you are a member of the Nottingham Mindfulness Group, you have the opportunity to book one of the limited number of available places at a special price of £45 (instead of £65, which is the price to the general public).

Those of you who have done a Retreat Day with us at Hexgreave Hall before will know how utterly gorgeous (and serenely peaceful) Hexgreave Hall and its spacious grounds are. (The venue is a former Stately Home that is surrounded by lovely gardens, ancient woodland - which you can stroll in - plus a deer park. Weather permitting, you will be able to eat lunch on the lawns and watch the deer roaming freely not far away!)

The Hall is a truly blissful location for a day of relaxation, meditation, mindfulness teaching, and periods of reflective silence.

(Hot and cold drinks and some light snacks will be provided throughout the day, but you will need to bring your own generous packed lunch to keep you going during the day. Please note that the Hall's restaurant/cafe is closed at the weekend and there are no shops or other such facilities nearby.)

The day will begin at 10.30am prompt and will run through to approximately 4.30pm. (These timings mean that everyone should be home or back in the Nottingham city centre by 5.30pm.) Lifts can be arranged for those who do not drive. (If you will be driving, you will be invited to give someone a lift - both there and back - picking them up in the centre of Nottingham and then returning them there. We will arrange a contribution towards your petrol money from your passenger.)

Once we have all arrived and settled-in at Hexgreave Hall for 10.30am, silence will be observed for some parts of the day (excluding the teaching and the meditation guidance). To close the day, at approximately 4pm, there will be a period for questions and answers and and further group discussion, which is an opportunity for people to share and talk about their experience.

The day will be led by respected local Mindfulness teacher Shaun Glossop (our Group Coordinator) and it will consist mostly of alternating 20-minute periods of:

- Guided Meditation

- Mindfulness Teaching

- Stillness, Silence and Rest (during which you are free to move about, generally relax, and perhaps explore the grounds outside)

During the day there will be opportunity to engage in Mindful Walking in the beautiful gardens of Hexgreave Hall. (You can also wander in the gardens at your own leisure during the periods of rest, silence, and relaxation - and during the lunch break.)

The day costs £45 for Group members or £65 for members of the general public.

To secure your place today, pay your £25 deposit now using the secure PayPal link below. Pay the balance on, or shortly before, the day.

- To pay £25 deposit (per person) for 18th September:
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If you need further help or information, contact Shaun (our Group Organiser):

Shaun Glossop
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* The Day is subject to no reimposition of COVID-related restrictions beforehand and it may be subject to change or cancellation if lockdown or social distancing restrictions are re-imposed before 18th. In the case of any cancellation, deposits will be refunded.

A FREE Gift For All NMG Members!...

Online event

* Here's 3 FREE Gifts For You from The Nottingham Mindfulness Group! *

We're delighted to share with you, as a FREE GIFT, these 3 downloadable items:

- a relaxing guided meditation (as an mp3 download)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EI1Ba7A2raaGWJ6KsPN5f07kt3K44gzB/view

- a short teaching video (giving some simple top tips to help you make Mindfulness work for you in everyday life)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WN4alEarr1M-SPuio_OpahYvDsCcekL7/view

- a brief pdf handout (that summarises the teaching given in the video in easy, bullet-point style)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D4S-gNsR1mvrmbi76slWK439v-eKB3Wb/view

To collect your gifts today just click on the secure links above and simply view or download your goodies right now!...

With regard to this, here's brief message from Shaun & Jamie at the Nottingham Mindfulness Group:

Hi There!

We hope you're well and that life is good for you as things begin to open-up again after the long COVID lockdown.

This special MeetUp page is to share with you (as a FREE gift to all members of the Nottingham Mindfulness Group here on MeetUp.com) the 3 downloadable gifts listed above, which we hope you'll find helpful and interesting.

The guided meditation (which is 20 minutes long) and the short video are both extracts from our recent Thursday night meeting (held on 15th July), which was one of our regular live webinars, entitled 'Making Mindfulness Work For You'.

To download your copies of the mp3 audio file, the video, and the pdf just click on the secure links above and simply download your goodies right now. (The links will take you through to the files in Google Drive, from where anyone can safely stream, view or download them).

So please enjoy!

With the compliments and very best wishes of
Shaun & Jamie
at the Nottingham Mindfulness Group

Simple Mindfulness For Daily Life: Find Calm & Focus, Get Stuff Done, Enjoy Life

Learn a set of practical Mindfulness techniques to help you live well!...

• Calm Your Mind • Find Focus • Get Stuff Done • Worry Less & Live More!

A structured program of 8 online classes (all LIVE and fully interactive) running over consecutive weeks - which you can also engage with, if you prefer, as recorded webinars that you can watch anytime, at your own convenience. This powerful course offers a blend of techniques from across the fields of meditation, psychology, neuroscience, and life coaching that can help you to manage your life better - and so enable you to enjoy life more!

Costs:
- Pay a deposit of £25 now to secure your place
- Then make 8 weekly payments of £15 each over the period of the course
Total cost: £145

Full corse resources are provided.

Further details are given are below (scroll down), or you can BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW by clicking on the secure PayPal link below and paying your deposit using any debit or credit card:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BFTPZD79PCUC2

Further Details:
'Simple Mindfulness For Daily Life' is a series of 8 weekly online classes that teaches a structured and integrated set of Mindfulness practices that are, at all times, simple, straightforward, relatively quick to do - and easy to fit in to the busyness of daily life. The webinar-based classes are designed to be a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment with a relaxed, informal (and hopefully fun!) "feel".

This new weekly course is designed especially to help you to:

- Get life to run more smoothly
- Enable you be more productive and efficient
- Allow you to live with less stress and anxiety

The emphasis within this program is always on practices, techniques, tips and strategies that are highly effective but which are fully compatible with a busy lifestyle - a lifestyle that has lots of other competing pressures and commitments going on.

This new course of 8 classes draws together a range of techniques from across the fields of meditation, psychology, neuroscience, and life coaching, and it presents these as an integrated approach (rooted in Mindfulness) in a way that is clear, simple and easy to follow - and, most importantly, is very easy to put into practice, even amidst the challenges and hectic pace of modern daily life.

These 8 classes can be attended LIVE on Wednesday evenings as fully interactive online classes (providing the opportunity for questions and answers, group discussion, and mutual support between participants within the group) or as recorded webinars that you can watch anytime, at your own convenience. The classes begin on Wednesday 22nd September at 6.30pm and are supported by a full range of course resources, including comprehensive weekly worksheets (that explain the teaching in an easy-to-engage-with written format - all supplied as pdf downloads) plus a set of short, exclusive guided meditations only available within this course (provided as mp3 audio files).

The course will be led by the experienced Mindfulness teacher Shaun Glossop (our group Director). Shaun is a qualified Mindfulness teacher and a highly respected figure on the Mindfulness scene in the East Midlands. He is particularly noted for his warm, welcoming and friendly personality, his wide-ranging knowledge about Mindfulness and meditation, and his very grounded, down-to-earth (and easy to understand) teaching style.

Shaun will be supported by Jamie Glossop, who is the regular co-host of our in-house events. Jamie is a professional Counsellor and Psychotherapist (holding a BA Hons (First Class) from Nottingham university in Humanistic Counselling). He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma from Coventry University in teaching Mindfulness & Mindfulness-based Compassion.

For more visit:
https://www.nottinghammindfulnessgroup.co.uk/simple-mindfulness.php

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Regular Weekly Meeting

Sobar

We meet each week on Thursday evening to learn about Mindfulness and to explore Mindfulness techniques, particularly different methods of Mindfulness meditation.

These weekly meetings contain a mix of different elements - all of which are designed to deepen our understanding and experience of Mindfulness in a gentle, uncomplicated and easy-to-understand way. Our meetings include occasional talks from guest speakers, film or video presentations about Mindfulness and practical exercises that can help us to live in a Mindful way. Every week there is a period of group guided meditation that is a key part of the evening, providing direct, practical experience of Mindful meditation - plus there's opportunity to socialise with other group members over refreshments, making it a fun social evening too!

The atmosphere is very friendly, relaxed and informal - you'll get to meet a great bunch of interesting people, and new faces are very welcome.

We meet at 7pm and the meeting runs through to approximately 8.30pm.

To help cover room hire and other costs, there is an admission charge of £5 (waged) and £3 (unwaged). Tea, juice and biscuits are provided for FREE, and other hot and cold drinks (including latte, cappuccino, sodas and herbal teas) can be purchased at the counter.

* * * Full Details About This Week's Meeting Will Be Published Here Soon - Watch This Space For Details!... * * *

About the Venue:
SoBar is a pleasant, contemporary cafe-bar-restaurant that is also the venue for our other regular meetings. It's alcohol free. It is very centrally located in the Nottingham city centre, just a two minute walk along Friar Lane from the Old Market Square (which is the hub of the Nottingham city centre, for those who aren't too familiar with the city). It's close to bus and tram stops, and it is a short walk from the rail station. There is convenient parking nearby, including on street parking for just £1 in the metre for the whole evening after 6pm (located in Castle Rd, off Castle Boulevard).

Please Note:
Our meetings are designed to share information about Mindfulness and to offer the opportunity to experience and practice Mindful meditation. Our meetings are not structured to form a progressive course or formal training in Mindfulness, and they do not, in and of themselves, constitute a "Mindfulness-Based" therapy (such as MBSR or MBCT). Our Group publishes and promotes full details of the formal classes and courses in Mindfulness and "Mindfulness-Based" therapies that are available in Nottingham and the wider East Midlands - please ask us for a free copy of this information if it would be of interest to you.
Mindfulness and other forms of meditation are safe and appropriate practices for the vast majority of people and they are proven to offer a wide range of benefits, including the lowering of stress and deep levels of relaxation. Current research indicates that all forms of meditation (including Mindfulness) may be unwise for people with bipolar vulnerability or those who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). If you are currently receiving treatment for any form of mental health issue (or have received such treatment in the recent past, or have reason to believe that you might need such treatment), you should consult your doctor or health care professional before engaging with Mindfulness or any form of meditation.

The organiser of this event, Shaun, also runs GreenSpirit Notts, Derby & Leicester which is another group here on MeetUp.com that might be of interest to you. To see its page just Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/GreenSpirit-Notts-Derby-Leicester-Spirituality-Action/)

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