• Yoga Nidra and Chanting at The Lotus Sanctuary

    Keepers Cottage

    The Lotus Sanctuary is in a remote area of outstanding beauty near the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire and is very peaceful and tranquil. The Lotus Sanctuary is owned and managed by Helen Monson who has at her core a complete holistic nature comprising of sustainability, organic home-produced fruit and vegetables, meditation and yoga sessions, food from the garden, health and wellbeing. There are a number of different themed areas of the garden to contemplate or eat with a backdrop of running water which adds serenity in nature. Its really is a hidden gem so why not come and see for yourself. Dominika will be leading the yoga session herself in the large raised wooden hut overlooking the garden together with assistance from Helen. You can see it in the picture. She will instruct 2 hours of yoga nidra and chanting suitable for beginners and intermediates and no previous yoga or meditation experience is necessary? What is Yoga Nidra? Otherwise known as yogic dreaming, Yoga Nidra is the hallmark of Satyananda Bihar School of Yoga, the tradition in which our teacher for this course is trained. It is the most popular and enjoyable of the Meditation from the Tantras. It is a lying down relaxation meditation which systematically takes you from the world of outer sounds step by step through body, breath and mind to your deep subconscious to release negativity, tap into creativity and positivity and explore your deeper consciousness connecting to your Higher Consciousness. 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 2 hours' of sleep. For more information: http://www.thelotussanctuary.com/ and email [masked] Helen lives in a remote area so please look at her directions at http://www.thelotussanctuary.com/contact/ The cost of the session which starts from 7pm to 9pm and is on a full moon is £12 Payment is made direct to Helen but please RSVP on meetup first so we know who is coming

  • Mindfulness - How to improve and go deeper?

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    This mindfulness session is FREE and now on for 2 days a week so put this in your diary now! I have some great feedback “I feel the day after the session so calm and peaceful which made it special for me” “I have been doing some Zen, but I have progressed so much because of adapting my posture as I find it hard to sit cross legged” “I never tried this before, but I find the whole group welcoming and fun. I like the idea that we have tea or coffee afterwards and its relaxed and informal” “You live in such a beautiful place that when the sun shines, I love to sit outside in your garden and watch the cows” “Your place is so peaceful and quiet that it helps me to stay in contemplation without distraction” “Sometimes, the spontaneity is playing a film after the session inspired me to do more such at the film about Tenzin Palma and how she stayed in a cave in the Himalayan mountains for 12 years and came originally for Bethnal Green in London” Just put you name down for tomorrow by clicking on the following link: PLEASE READ the 3 blogs links to give you a greater understanding of mindfulness This is an introduction to Buddhist mindfulness and secular mindfulness practised in the west. This is a free comprehensive session of the detailed understanding of the difference between cognitive and contemplative techniques The informal meeting will give: Best time to practise in the day and the month Looking at five point posture Experience the difference between the two practises Looking at internal and external signs of progress Understand good teaching technique Preparing the environment before practise Adapting sitting practise for the inflexible and injury Looking at dullness and alertness of practise There will be a question and answer session at the end Bring a meditation cushion or stool if you have one For more information: https://russhewer.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/is-mindfulness-the-next-thing/ https://russhewer.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/important-pointer-or-starting-mindfulness-meditation/ https://russhewer.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/10-pointers-for-knowing-a-good-mindfulness-teacher/ IF YOU ARE NOT COMING PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVP SO THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANYONE WHO IS NOT COMING I just want to give you some directions to my place and ask you to park in the main street in Chilton and walk down to the cattle grid If you have a cushion or stool, especially as it might be raining, please drive down to the cattle grid and offload your cushion or stool and return to the main street in Chilton. Just call me on[masked] so that we can collect it from you and you can make a 3 point turn behind my car back up the road to the main street Parking is limited so please follow my instructions My place is to the opening to the right of the Buddhist statue so pass the black and then green oil tank. My front door is accessed by following the path pass the green oil tank and around the corner

  • Spiritual Spa Day

    The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa

    The Spiritual Spa Day is a day out in one of the best Spas in Oxfordshire on a free trial basis and I’ve always wanted to go inside Rycote Chapel which is only a minute away from my Health and Fitness Club. So…. I thought that I would combine the two and make this a Spiritual Spa Day We start at 10am in the Spa and you have the chose to go to the fitness suite or visit the swimming pool or both. I usually go to the swimming pool and do my 42 lengths. There is an outdoor sun lounge area, indoor lounge area, steam, sauna and jacuzzi. Massage is available at an extra cost. We can eat in the restaurant or if it’s sunny, outside on the patio overlooking the beautiful landscape of the rolling Chilterns. You will get a 20% discount on food and drinks as I have a member’s discount. More information on the Oxfordshire including parking and how to get there: https://www.theoxfordshire.com/ https://youtu.be/N-SF46LQaO4 To enrol on the free trial, go to the following link and book your FREE space. You can just confirm by filling in the following link. Alternatively, you can just pay £10 as my guest https://www.theoxfordshire.com/spa-gym-leisure-oxford/trial Rycote Chapel is an historic fifteenth-century Chapel with exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and many intriguing features, including two early seventeenth-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery. The yew tree to the south of the Chapel was planted, according to tradition, at the coronation of King Stephen in 1135 as a seedling brought from the garden of Gethsemane. It is one of the specimens measured by enthusiasts in the eighteenth century and its present circumference of twenty-six feet differs very little from the measurements taken then. Here is a link for more information on the Chapel: http://rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/visiting Admission prices Adults £5.00 Concessions (including members of English Heritage, National Trust and HHA) £2.50 Schedule 10am Meet in the Spike Bar on the ground floor 10.15am Arrive and Spa or Fitness Suite or both 1pm Lunch 4pm Rycote Chapel 5pm Finish Please RSVP if you are going to attend and update it if you decide to cancel so that we know when to start and move from the Spike Bar to the Spa

  • The Macrobiotic Supper Club with Karen Kebbell

    La Maisonette, 2 Chapel Lane


    With the advent of Keto, Palio and Veganism, there is a resurgence in the updated Macrobiotic Diet with new ingredients that are now readily available. Karen will show us the new way of making the diet interesting, affordable and convenient and she will provide us with an amazing array of dishes to try including a medicinal drink. Karen will also give advice on sourcing the ingredients. The meal will include vegan wine as part of the cost The macrobiotic diet was first developed by a Japanese philosopher called George Ohsawa. He believed in a holistic approach to health incorporating many lifestyle aspects, from diet and exercise to meditation and even the ‘yin and yang’ biotic energy of particular foods. Macrobiotics focuses on choosing organic, locally grown and seasonal produce. Generally, the macrobiotic diet is divided roughly as follows: Around 40-60 % of your food = whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat Around 20-30% of your food = fruits and vegetables Around 10% – 25% = bean and bean products such as tofu, miso and tempeh as well as sea vegetables such as seaweed Some people also include small amounts of pickles and fermented vegetables, nuts, seeds, and occasionally some meat or fish. This will be an informal lunch in my garden with Karen who is a macrobiotic health coach and she will explain the dishes on offer, the way to prepare them together with some advice on this lifestyle. Karen is trained by Marlene and Bill of MacroVegan http://www.macrovegan.org/

  • Authentic food from Peru

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    Have a look at last years event and Lucy explaining what she has cooked for us Everyone that came last year loved the authentic food especially the chicken dish. There are no real outlets in the UK that provide authentic Puruvian food. Guinea pig is NOT on the menu but we may add it for next year as we have sourced a supplier. https://youtu.be/YD1OmN_p6nY Peruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients—including influences from the indigenous population including the Inca and cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine, German cuisine), Asia (Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine) and West Africa. Without the familiar ingredients from their home countries, immigrants modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru. The four traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes and other tubers, Amaranthaceaes (quinoa, kañiwa and kiwicha) and legumes (beans and lupins). Staples brought by the Spanish include rice, wheat and meats (beef, pork and chicken). Many traditional foods—such as quinoa, kiwicha, chili peppers, and several roots and tubers have increased in popularity in recent decades, reflecting a revival of interest in native Peruvian foods and culinary techniques. I was born in Lima, Peru. Came to live in England in 2002 and lived in Oxfordshire since. I am an Information Engineer and worked for 13 years for a Local Authority in the Business Intelligence area of expertise. I have an 11 years old son, he is the apple of my eyes. I am an arts, animal, food, life lover and my motto is "Dream, love, live!" Papa a la Huancaina - boiled potatoes with cheese and chili sauce Arroz con Pollo - Chicken and rice cooked in coriander sauce Suspiro a la Limeña - Caramel sauce topped with merengue and cinnamon See below for pictures of each dish. The numbers are strictly limited to a first come first serve for booking on the system to a maximum of 10 people. There has been a lot on interest already in this special cuisine made with love and affection from Peru! This is sit down meal at Lucy's house and if you get lost, please call her direct on[masked] or me on[masked] Lucy will talk about life in Peru, its spirituality and customs and her own experience to Machu Picchu from a teenager to adulthood.

  • Malaysian Steamboat

    La Maisonette, 2 Chapel Lane


    The Spiritual Supper Club is an authentic Malaysian meal strictly limited on a first come - first serve basis comprising of three courses and booking is secured by payment only through PayPal The rural venue is one hour from central London by car, 40 minutes on the Chiltern Line, https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/ fr... Marylebone train station into Haddenham and Thame Parkway and by bus on The Oxford Tube http://www.oxfordtube.com/ . Message me if you need picking up from Haddenham or M40 J6 for the Oxford tube. The rural venue is situated in tranquil countryside adjacent to sheep and cows and is considered by many as one of the best views in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The booking is limited to 11 people The first course in Krupuk which is the best prawn crackers you can get and comes from Indonesia. They are very hard to get in the UK and can't be bought in any Chinese supermarkets. They can be eat with Lingham's sweet chilli sauce or Sambal which is a hot spicy prawn paste. https://youtu.be/7HjJDd9pQYE The second course is Har Gao which is a shrimp dumpling steamed and dipped in chilli sauce. My family comes from Malacca from Malaysia and were Chinese immigrants called Malaysians and not the native Malays, who brought their own cuisine with them including this delicacy. I will also have a tofu version The final and main course is the steamboat which will have fried tofu, mushroom & black fungus ( I call them cat eyes but I can assure you they only look like them ), Pak choi, crab balls, tiger prawns, scallops and crab claws, rice vermicelli, bean curd, the special stock and copious amounts of laughter. At the end of the steamboat, you can drink the stock that's left over from the small Chinese bowls so nothing is wasted. WARNING: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE FOOD COMES OUT PIPING HOT AND YOU WILL NEED TO LEAVE IT IN THE BOWL FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO COOL DOWN https://youtu.be/5HOl4-JP9n0 Please remember that there is no additional parking available in Chapel Lane and you must park your car in the main road of the village. Please walk down Chapel Lane about a 2 minute walk to the cattle grid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Gwy_cc8G0 This is a not for profit club and a suggested donation of £15 is payable via PayPal to secure you place. In the event of a cancellation, please note that a refund will only be given should someone waiting takes your place. Please be sure before you commit to a place and then book your reservation The whole event will take place in my garden adjacent to the sheep should they be out in the adjacent field. When the sun shines, there is a spectacular views of Whitchurch which is 20 miles away and of rolling countryside. I will have the fire pit going but in the advent of rain, I will bring the food indoors Fortune Cookies will provided at the end If you are gluten intolerant, I suggest you stick to the seafood and leave the krupuk, dumplings and crab balls. Please ask me when you get here to make sure what you can eat. For vegetarians, leave out all the seafood, the non meat part of the steamboat will still have been cooked in the seafood stock. Tofu dumplings will be provided. Please inform me at least a week beforehand if you are a vegetarian and I will buy the food to meet your requirements We will get out the book, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and ask each one to open a page and read out the verse from it. That's applicable to that person at that time and place. We will go indoors and talk about: What the difference between mindfulness in the west than that of the east or what ever comes up in chatting at the table

  • Food from Aleppo in Syria

    Russ Hewer


    Hamza is going to provide authentic Syrian food from his hometown of Aleppo. Most Syrian food is vegetarian but with some meat dishes so he will provide food for both vegan, vegetarians and meat eaters. The following food will be provided: Vegan dishes Tabole Salad - Its a salad comprising of parsley, herbs, tomatoes, olive oil and lemon juice. Falafel - Ground chick peas deep fry, coriander herbs. sesame seeds Zehra - Cauliflower deep fried with sesame sauce Khabie - Raw wheat, pomegranate syrup, tomato sauce, chilli sauce Vine leaves - Vine leaves stuffed with a mix of herb, rice and local spices Meat Dish Kebaa - lamb mixed with local spices and nut and stuffed in raw wheat deep fried Chicken Fajita- Special Alleppo recipe using chicken and local spices Hamza will give a short talk at the end about food, Syrian spirtuality and life in Aleppo before the war. He was also talk about the situation in Syria from personal experience and please feel free to ask him any questions at the end.

  • 3 week holiday in the most sacred and beautiful Himalayan Mountains

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    The Himalayan mountains are the most sacred and beautiful place on the planet. What makes them so is the landscape, the people, the long spiritual tradition, organic vegetables and village rice. How can you rave about rice but for some reason which is the due to the environment and the love they put into planting the rice? It’s about 8 times larger than any rice I’ve ever seen How to get your visa? I would suggest you get a multiple entry visa for India and get the special permit to enter Sikkim at the same time when you send your passport to the Indian Embassy. The visa application can be made online at http://www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK/ and is not so easy to follow and can freeze sometimes. I suggest you make your application and screenshot each page in case you need to go through it again. History of Sikkim https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Sikkim Map of Sikkim http://sikkimtourism.gov.in/Webforms/General/MapsOfSikkim/Maps.aspx How do you get there? We will be flying from Heathrow to Delhi which is from £375 and then taking a short haul flight from Delhi to Bagdogra airport which is £50 each way. The International terminal is up to an hour away from the domestic terminal and so we will stay overnight at the Hotel Ibis in the New Delhi Aerocity http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-7484-ibis-new-delhi-aerocity/index.shtml?merchantid=ppc-ibi-mar-goo-in-en-sear&sourceid=in-loc&xtor=SEC-5-goo-[ppc-ibi-mar-goo-in-en-in-exa-sear-in-loc]-[ibh-v5418-delhi-7484]-S-[delhi%20ibis (http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-7484-ibis-new-delhi-aerocity/index.shtml?merchantid=ppc-ibi-mar-goo-in-en-sear&sourceid=in-loc&xtor=SEC-5-goo-%5bppc-ibi-mar-goo-in-en-in-exa-sear-in-loc%5d-%5bibh-v5418-delhi-7484%5d-S-%5bdelhi%20ibis)] http://www.aai.aero/allAirports/bagdogra_generalinfo.jsp We will take a shared taxi van to the Aerocity and the following morning to the domestic terminal The flight time from Heathrow to Delhi is around 8 hours and from Delhi to Bagdogra is 2 hours 15 minutes. The procedure for security in India on domestic flights is to get your luggage X-Rayed yourself by bringing it to the X Ray machine and they will give you a label stamped to affix to each of your luggage including your carry-on to show it has been scanned. You will then need to go to the check in desk and the staff will need to see this label too before it goes on the belt. I would recommend using Indigo https://www.goindigo.in/ as they are as good if not better than most western airlines. Once arriving at Bagdogra airport, we will take a five-hour shared jeep journey across some challenging roads to the capital of Sikkim called Gangtok. Just before we get to the border of Sikkim, we will stop at a street café and have some Momo’s which are meat or vegetarian dumplings served with some spicy sauce. The road is rugged and potholed but the landscape and the high elevation over fast streaming rivers is breathtaking. You just can’t believe how beautiful this place really is. On entering border control to Sikkim, the driver will take our passport to the guards. The passport must have the special permit to enter stamped on the visa. Please ensure that this is there before you start your holiday. We will be staying at the Summit Golden Crescent Resort http://www.summithotels.in/summit-golden-crescent-resort-gangtok I have stayed here before and the accommodation is very good and the food is great too at four star and around £28 per day. For things to do in Gangtok please click here https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/sikkim/gangtok We will visit the palace temples and Enshey monastery and take some excursions too including Tashiding which is the most sacred place in Sikkim http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tashiding-monastery I have some friends who live in Gangtok so we will meet up with them at MG Marg which is the high street of Gangtok. There are many places to eat and café bars too. This an ideal opportunity to purchase some souvenirs and see the best organic market in the world. For all your Pharmacy needs, then this is a great place to go and remember you don’t need a prescription to get antibiotics or other drugs normally available only by prescription in the UK. We will stay here for 4 days En route to Peeling we will visit the Temi Tea Plantation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBIBmUSPsY4 We will then go to Pelling which is near the third highest mountain in the world after Everest and K2. The mountain is call Kangchenjunga and we will be staying at the Chumbi Mountain retreat hotel and is one of the best hotels in Sikkim built on scared Buddhist geometry. I’ve included many pictures of hotel as it has so much available. Try the tradition Sikkimese bath and a traditional Sikkimese dinner. I love to stay by the fireplace in the lounge area. We will also see a few films in their own cinema and I know the management here. They will look after us and provide some insight into Sikkimese tradition and tradition. The rooms are around £80 per night http://www.thechumbimountainretreat.com/index.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangchenjunga We will visit Yoksum which is the is the first capital of Sikkim and is the most beautiful place I have ever been to. This is a very special area and is very sacred https://youtu.be/_1k5vG-N668 I will give some more information about the schedule which may include Darjelling, North Sikkim and Ringchenpong. I have friends in Ringchenpong and they have a hotel there to. I plan to give a presentation about my travels to this area with photos and videos on my 65" inch TV. I will finalise a schedule once I get feedback from people who intend to go with me. This meeting will be open to anyone who has an interest in this part of the world and want to gain some insight g=for their own trip there. For further information, please email at [masked] or call me on[masked]


    Royal Albert Hall

    This event is still set for Saturday, 07 December 2019 PLEASE NOTE THAT IN 2019 IT IS LIKELY TO BE A SATURDAY AND NOT SUNDAY Some of the comments from 2017 & 2018 Vern This was the best Messiah so far!!! Thanks Russ for organising everything. I love the Polish Club too. A five star evening. Put me down for next year’s event, please!!! Sally Newman It was an amazing experience, and I agree with everything Vernon says. Especially the part about putting my name down for next year! Thank you for organising this Russ. Carol G (https://www.meetup.com/Spiritual-Supper-Club/members/184075456/) Great atmosphere, great evening, many thanks Sarah Taylor (https://www.meetup.com/Spiritual-Supper-Club/members/181223612/) Thank you Russell - you are a legend organising such a lovely event! Jane (https://www.meetup.com/Spiritual-Supper-Club/members/240457810/) I had such a nice time, lovely to meet you all and thought the concert was fabulous. Loved the Polish Club too, really great atmosphere. Finally thank you so much for driving us Russ. SHELAGH GOUGH (https://www.meetup.com/Spiritual-Supper-Club/members/95316682/) just wanted to add, the wonderful company also made the evening and it was worth the journey!! Def the Polish club is handy to know! Vern (https://www.meetup.com/Spiritual-Supper-Club/members/187092699/) Superb evening, great food, amazing choir and met some really lovely people. Thanks Russ for organising this event and driving us too. Can I reserve my place for next year? Hope to catch up with everybody soon! Nancy (https://www.meetup.com/Spiritual-Supper-Club/members/179007382/) I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The pre-concert meal at the Polish Club was delicious… I shall return to that beautiful place! Stunning performance of the Messiah in one of the best auditoriums: superb conductor, amazing choir, soloists and orchestra ; it was majestic and acoustically excellent - what a wonderful and uplifting experience! Many thanks for organising Russ :) and thanks so much for driving too! Pickup from my place at 3.30pm for those sharing a lift in my car and the address is La Masionette, 2 Chapel Lane, Chilton HP18 9LP This is an amazing event which houses over 3400 singers from all over the UK and other parts of the world to perform Handel's Messiah. I can take 6 people in my car but we can car share depending on numbers The venue is beautiful and the audience is the minority in the chorus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpLb5u0OYU ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpLb5u0OYU ) For tickets and further information, please see the link that follows http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2017/messiah-from-scratch/ Tickets for 2018 not available yet so RSVP to reserve you place for now Stall tickets are available from September. I'm prepare to pay for a block booking once I receive the confirmed numbers of RSVP's. Last year we had 11 people go We can go to the Ognisko Polish Club beforehand in 55 Princes's Gate, Exhibition Road which is very close to the RAH and sample their bisongrass vodka with appertise and maybe some traditional Polish dishes. http://www.ogniskorestaurant.co.uk/