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+)

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.”

Regulars meditation and discussion group

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre

An evening for people who have attended 10 session of the Monday group or already have their own well established practice. This evening will be different to the Monday night as it will consist of a longer unguided meditation and then time to discus in pairs and as a group how we are getting non in our practice. The night is intended for those already familiar with meditation so you do not require guidance. Meditating as a group offers the support of others and even if you do not meditate daily on your own being in a group does offer the support to explore the practice under your own guidance. As we then talk and share afterwards the group will offer a space where you can learn from others and deepen your own experience of meditating. As this is a new group the first few weeks will be developmental and we will see how the evenings evolves from the feedback of people there. The meditation will be between 30 - 40 minutes long followed by a chance to stretch and then share in pairs and in the group. We'll finish with tea and time to socialise. There are chairs and mats at the venue but please bring your own cushions or meditation stool if you want to sit on the floor. Details and location of venue We are meeting in a different venue from where we meet on Monday. Below are some details for finding the venue. There are chairs and yoga mats at the venue. Please bring your own cushions or meditation stools if you wish to sit on the ground. You can buy cushions or meditation stools here The mats can be used if you want to sit on the floor or lie down. Time: 7.00 – 8.30pm please aim to arrive early so we can start at 7pm. I'll be at the venue setting the room up from 6.00pm and you're welcome to arrive any time from 6.00 onwards. There is a kitchen and microwave if you want to bring any food to eat. Cost: £10 or £6 concession Venue: Chadswell Healthy Living Centre Lower Ground Floor, Chadswell Harrison Street London WC1H 8JE Nearest tube: Kings Cross. Take the Euston Road South exit.

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.”

Regulars meditation and discussion group

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre

An evening for people who have attended 10 session of the Monday group or already have their own well established practice. This evening will be different to the Monday night as it will consist of a longer unguided meditation and then time to discus in pairs and as a group how we are getting non in our practice. The night is intended for those already familiar with meditation so you do not require guidance. Meditating as a group offers the support of others and even if you do not meditate daily on your own being in a group does offer the support to explore the practice under your own guidance. As we then talk and share afterwards the group will offer a space where you can learn from others and deepen your own experience of meditating. As this is a new group the first few weeks will be developmental and we will see how the evenings evolves from the feedback of people there. The meditation will be between 30 - 40 minutes long followed by a chance to stretch and then share in pairs and in the group. We'll finish with tea and time to socialise. There are chairs and mats at the venue but please bring your own cushions or meditation stool if you want to sit on the floor. Details and location of venue We are meeting in a different venue from where we meet on Monday. Below are some details for finding the venue. There are chairs and yoga mats at the venue. Please bring your own cushions or meditation stools if you wish to sit on the ground. You can buy cushions or meditation stools here The mats can be used if you want to sit on the floor or lie down. Time: 7.00 – 8.30pm please aim to arrive early so we can start at 7pm. I'll be at the venue setting the room up from 6.00pm and you're welcome to arrive any time from 6.00 onwards. There is a kitchen and microwave if you want to bring any food to eat. Cost: £10 or £6 concession Venue: Chadswell Healthy Living Centre Lower Ground Floor, Chadswell Harrison Street London WC1H 8JE Nearest tube: Kings Cross. Take the Euston Road South exit.

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