“I can wholeheartedly recommend the ease and skill with which Larry and Ratnadevi hold a safe space. They always offer fun as well as deep learning in their facilitation"
-Annie Loughlin. Humanist Celebrant.
“Having done a session online with Larry and Ratnadevi I was amazed at how it affected me. I have for a long time practiced Mindfulness and also loved and respected the planet but didn't realise how numb I'd become to the reality of the pain I was holding at the way we treat the earth. Through their session I was given a number of tools to feel that pain, whilst feeling held, but also move beyond that and actively move to signs
of hope and a determination to take some small steps to helping and listening to our wonderful earth."
- Claire Rodway, Support Worker and Mindfulness Facilitator
“Larry and Ratnadevi are exceptionally creative, skilled and experienced in guiding individuals through change and growth, on their retreats and workshops. I have no hesitation in recommending this course.”
- Smritiratna, Dhanakosa Retreat Centre.
These 8 week mindfulness courses, currently mostly run in Glasgow provide a comprehensive methodology to care for your physical and mental well-being and are suitable for most people. Healthcare professionals often embark on a course to complement their practice and as a first step towards becoming a mindfulness instructor. Please read this info before booking.
8 week Mindfulness and Active Hope Course
What does it take to live through these challenging times of pandemic
and climate change with resilience, clarity and open-hearted engagement?
This course is a unique and inspired combination of Mindfulness practices and insights with The Work That Reconnects: a system of exercises, meditations and teachings designed by Joanna Macy and others. Joanna defines the essence of the work as “building the desire and capacity to take part in the
healing of the world” and it has encouraged and motivated many activists and spiritual practitioners over the last 5 decades. She suggests that “as a society, we are caught between a sense of impending apocalypse and the fear of acknowledging it. In this 'caught' place our responses are blocked and confused.”
A committed, daily practice of meditation is essential in providing the necessary stability, inner calm, compassion, creativity and courage that allow us to acknowledge our difficult feelings and liberate those ‘blocked and confused’ energies into action. Otherwise it is only too easy to lose heart, burn out and get stuck in denial, despair and depression. Mindfulness practice helps us to balance the negativity bias of our threat-based thinking by living in the moment, content with the rich experiences our senses connect us with. In that sense it is revolutionary as it makes us less liable to fall into the traps of consumer marketing. It also trains the muscle of the moral imagination, the ability to feel intimately connected with others and with the ecosphere we are part of.
The course will follow the movement of a spiral from gratitude to honouring our pain for the world, then seeing with new eyes and finally going forth into action, weaving together tried and tested Mindfulness with Active Hope approaches. ‘Active Hope’ is about finding, and offering, our best response to the crisis
of sustainability unfolding in our world. It offers tools that help us face the mess we're in, as well as find and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.
The aims of this course are to:
- Establish and/or deepen your daily mindfulness practice
- Feel inspired and resourced to face inner, local and global difficulties with courage, imagination and compassion
- Have clarity about the roles you can play in the Great Turning
- Enjoy the ongoing support of the learning community
Audio links to guided meditations and online resources
Dates and Times
The course will run on Monday evenings, 7.30 – 9.30pm, starting 13 July
***Booking and details of a day retreat on the 8th of August (at a discounted price to those who attend this course) will be available soon.
Suggested donation for 8 wk course: between £80 (unwaged)- £240 (higher earner). Higher amounts
support inclusion of all regardless of means. Please consider donating as much as you are able.
Larry Butler teaches tai-chi and leads expressive writing groups at the Maggie Cancer Care Centre. Poet & editor for PlaySpace Publications and for Lapidus Scotland ; and is a facilitator trainer in the Work That Reconnects.
Ratnadevi is a highly experienced mindfulness teacher, trainer, supervisor and coach at Living Mindfulness and registered facilitator with the Work That Reconnects Network.
Larry and Ratnadevi have co-facilitated many retreats and courses and many people have benefitted
from their kind, inclusive, creative and well-informed approach.