What we're about

Join a friendly group of gay, bi, trans men meeting to socialise and learn mindfulness in central London.

• Start the week in a calm environment

• Set yourself up for the week to come

• Learn skills to help you let go of stress and nagging thoughts

• Learn a natural way to deal with addictions and improve you sense of self worth and confidence

• Meet some great men in a relaxed environment

We're now in our 9th year of meeting as a group. The group offers simple and non-religious guidance in meditation. There's no chanting or ritual, just a simple and direct approach to mindfulness and Loving Kindness - a practice that helps us to connect with a feeling of care for a friend and for ourself.

If you are new to meditation then this is a great place to start as each meditation is fully guided. As a more experienced mediator you may simply enjoy benign a space with 30 other men meditating together.

You may be coming out of a curiosity to learn meditation, or to meet other gay men away form the pressures of the bars and clubs.

Meeting together as a group of gay,bi,trans men means there's an ease of knowing we are creating this space together as a community for each other.

Many men have found the group a haven when dealing with issues around low self-worth, the pain of a break up or as a support whilst dealing with addictions. If you are going through a tough time then you can be assured the group will be a welcoming space to find support and friendship.

The evening attracts between 20 - 30 men and has a great vibe, very friendly and relaxed.

Classes every Monday except Bank Holidays.

Doors open at 7.15 for a 7.30 start. Finish at 9.30 pm

Class fee: £12 Concession: £8.

Evening includes a tea break mid evening, so a chance to chat with the other guys in a relaxed and friendly environment. There is also an opportunity to socialise after the class in a nearby bar where we have a quiet room reserved in which to meet.

Mats, cushions and chairs are available. Wear loose trousers for comfort.

No need to book. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators who want to join a group or try a new approach.

Venue

8 Hop Gardens, off St Martins Lane, London. WC2N 4EH

The entrance is in the lane that runs off St Martin's Lane by Gymbox. Press bell number 1.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/EMj7CQ3N4vz

Upcoming events (5+)

Comedy evening and social for the Quest and Monday Mindfulness

An evening to socialise, relax and laugh for gay, bi and trans men and friends. This evening is being organised by Monday Mindfulness for Gay Men and The Quest. During the evening storyteller and stand-up comic John Pendal performs his fourth solo stand-up show, looking at sex, sexuality, shame and guilt and explores what would our lives be like if we didn’t have shame? Why would this shy Baptist boy from Watford be so full of shame? What’s the difference between shame and guilt? Find out as John delivers an hour of anecdotes and stories that will have you laughing and perhaps also gaining a little insight into how shame works and can be overcome. “International Man of Leather” (2016) "Fringe brilliance" ★★★★★ - Broadway Baby "engaging and hilarious throughout" ★★★★ - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine "An extremely important and funny show" ★★★★ - Arts Award Voice Doors open at 6.30pm. Time to mix and socialise. Show starts at 7.15 pm for 1 hour of comedy. Then there is an hour after the show to continue the fun. Food is served at the venue. To view the menu click here: https://castlemenu.mabapps.co.uk/menus/albany/a-la-carte.pdf Tickets: £10 full price, £6 concession Reserve your place here: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2416/shame-monster-an-evening-of-queer-comedy-with-aclaimed-comedian-john-pendal-tickets

Gay, Bi, Trans Men's Mindfulness Meditation Group in London

Friends Meeting House

£10.00

An oasis of calm in the heart of London for gay, bi and trans men. “This group is unique and is valuable for men who just drop in occasionally or attend regularly. It provides a reasonable ‘compromise’ for those who are new to meditation as well as those who are more experienced meditators. The group is led in a wise and thoughtful way bearing in mind it is for a diverse mix of guys.” - meet with a group of friendly men - start the week in a calming your mind - learn skills to help you let go of stress and worry - learn tools to deal with addictions and compulsive behaviour - improve you sense of self worth and confidence - make new friends The group is now in its 9th year and attracts a diverse range of men. The evening starts with some mindful movement, to bring awareness into the body, and then a guided body awareness meditation and mindfulness practice. There is a 25 minute tea break mid evening offering the opportunity to socialise, or there is the option to listen to a talk or music in a smaller group if you want to stay in a quieter space. After the tea break there is a short reflection on a topic relating to mindfulness or gay men’s wellbeing. We then finish with a guided meditation on self-care, the Loving Kindness meditation. No prior experience of meditation is needed as full instructions are given and you are guided into the meditation. We sit on chairs, but there are mats and cushions available if you are used to sitting on the floor, or would like to lie down. “Last thing at night, I sit on the edge of the bed and meditate for five to ten minutes. I then have the best sleep I have had for weeks. This happened after only two weeks of classes with Nick. I normally sleep very well but am now on a recently released drug for COPD. Side effects might include disturbed sleep patterns but the meditation has helped alleviate this!” Ken Meetings every Monday except Bank Holidays Venue: Friends Meeting House 8 Hop Gardens (a pedestrian lane off St Martins Lane) London WC2N 4EA Nearest tube: Leicester Square or Charring Cross To find the venue walk along Saint Martins Lane and look for Hop Gardens which is a pedestrian lane between Cote and Gym Box Time: 7.30 – 9.15 pm Cost: Try the group out for a reduced rate of £10 for your first visit or pay £5 concession rate for students and unemployed. As a special offer once you have attended one session you will then receive five sessions at this reduced fee with your sixth session being free. Collect your voucher from Nick at your first session. The regular price for the class after this special offer is: £12 regular price £8 concessions (students and unwaged) Reduced rates available if you cannot afford these, please contact Nick to discuss. Payment is on the door by cash or card, or you can book in advance using this link: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/1691/gay-bi-trans-mens-mindfulness-group-tickets Asked why they enjoyed attending the group, members replied by saying: “Sense of community. I’ve made some very good friends through the group.” “The sense of community, the caring atmosphere, the fact it is a spiritual queer space” “Being together with a group of gay men in stillness and meditation” “Relaxed, non-judgmental. Puts me in a good frame of mind for the week ahead.” “The feeling of being connected to something larger than myself” “Two hours of peace and calm in a frantic city. The meditation sessions have helped me cope with anxiety and depression.”

Mindful You - Finding Your Inner Balance, an 8 week course

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre

£320.00

Your journey to greater happiness, contentment and well-being If there are areas of your life where you feel you would like to be more powerful, more dynamic, where you would like to let go of some of the limiting self-views or habits that keep you trapped in unproductive behaviour, then I invite you to come on this course and explore how it might help you to find a greater sense of freedom, spontaneity, self-expression and vitality. I look forward to hearing from you and discussing how the course might help you. "This course was very powerful and has been life changing. It has really helped me to focus on the ‘Here and now’ rather than getting caught up in ruminative thinking. I have a tendency to worry about the future and about events that have not yet occurred and this was making me feel very stressed. Applying the techniques and mindfulness strategies I learnt on the course I feel better able to cope and although I still feel anxious this tends to diminish more quickly." Kensington Council 8 week course participant, 2016 Over this 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course (MBCT) learn: - mindfulness tools to help with depression, anxiety and worry - how to feel happier and more confident - simple ways to reduce stress - ways to handle self-critical and judgmental thinking - boost self esteem and positive self talk We meet in a small group of up to 18 participants and learning is through instruction, guided practice and group discussion. Stress, worry and anxiety can all feel overwhelming in our hectic modern world. Over the 8 weeks you’ll be introduced to a series of meditations that build up into your own tool box of practices. Each participant finds different practices most relevant to them and by the end of the course have their own bespoke approach to mindfulness: - You may find it is the gratitude practice that helps you reconnect with a feeling of excitement and joy about your life. - Or the mindful movement practice that helps you feel alert and energised in your body. - Some find the body scan practice a way to explore deeply their experience of being embodied - Whilst others enjoy resting in a deep place of calm by sitting with their attention resting on the feeling of the breath rising and falling in the body. Over the course of the 8 weeks, you'll learn how mindfulness can help you to recognise when you become entangled in worries, self-criticism and ruminative thinking. As you recognise and step back from this unhelpful automatic thinking and story telling you’ll find a way to be more free, spontaneous and happy. Course Format Eight, two and a half hour sessions which include mindfulness practices, guided meditations, gentle stretching and movement, group dialogue and discussion, home practice assignments, and guided audio practices. There is also a full-day retreat that will include a variety of soothing practices, silence and a day to explore in more detail the practices we introduce over the course. You’ll receive a course workbook and guided meditations to download and keep. Weekly emails offer guidance and support and remind you of the practices for that week. Dates: 8 Thursday evenings from 2nd May - 27th June. With a break for one week on the 30th May Time: 7.00 – 9.30 pm Nearest tube: The venue is a ten minute walk from Kings Cross station. Fee: £320 Concessions for unwaged, students and those in need are available. Email Nick for bank details or use the PayPal option, or use this link to pay: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2354/the-mindful-way-to-a-balanced-life-tickets

Gay, Bi, Trans Men's Mindfulness Meditation Group in London

Friends Meeting House

£10.00

An oasis of calm in the heart of London for gay, bi and trans men. “This group is unique and is valuable for men who just drop in occasionally or attend regularly. It provides a reasonable ‘compromise’ for those who are new to meditation as well as those who are more experienced meditators. The group is led in a wise and thoughtful way bearing in mind it is for a diverse mix of guys.” - meet with a group of friendly men - start the week in a calming your mind - learn skills to help you let go of stress and worry - learn tools to deal with addictions and compulsive behaviour - improve you sense of self worth and confidence - make new friends The group is now in its 9th year and attracts a diverse range of men. The evening starts with some mindful movement, to bring awareness into the body, and then a guided body awareness meditation and mindfulness practice. There is a 25 minute tea break mid evening offering the opportunity to socialise, or there is the option to listen to a talk or music in a smaller group if you want to stay in a quieter space. After the tea break there is a short reflection on a topic relating to mindfulness or gay men’s wellbeing. We then finish with a guided meditation on self-care, the Loving Kindness meditation. No prior experience of meditation is needed as full instructions are given and you are guided into the meditation. We sit on chairs, but there are mats and cushions available if you are used to sitting on the floor, or would like to lie down. “Last thing at night, I sit on the edge of the bed and meditate for five to ten minutes. I then have the best sleep I have had for weeks. This happened after only two weeks of classes with Nick. I normally sleep very well but am now on a recently released drug for COPD. Side effects might include disturbed sleep patterns but the meditation has helped alleviate this!” Ken Meetings every Monday except Bank Holidays Venue: Friends Meeting House 8 Hop Gardens (a pedestrian lane off St Martins Lane) London WC2N 4EA Nearest tube: Leicester Square or Charring Cross To find the venue walk along Saint Martins Lane and look for Hop Gardens which is a pedestrian lane between Cote and Gym Box Time: 7.30 – 9.15 pm Cost: Try the group out for a reduced rate of £10 for your first visit or pay £5 concession rate for students and unemployed. As a special offer once you have attended one session you will then receive five sessions at this reduced fee with your sixth session being free. Collect your voucher from Nick at your first session. The regular price for the class after this special offer is: £12 regular price £8 concessions (students and unwaged) Reduced rates available if you cannot afford these, please contact Nick to discuss. Payment is on the door by cash or card, or you can book in advance using this link: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/1691/gay-bi-trans-mens-mindfulness-group-tickets Asked why they enjoyed attending the group, members replied by saying: “Sense of community. I’ve made some very good friends through the group.” “The sense of community, the caring atmosphere, the fact it is a spiritual queer space” “Being together with a group of gay men in stillness and meditation” “Relaxed, non-judgmental. Puts me in a good frame of mind for the week ahead.” “The feeling of being connected to something larger than myself” “Two hours of peace and calm in a frantic city. The meditation sessions have helped me cope with anxiety and depression.”

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