Offering group practice, panel discussions and teaching from the leading names in mindfulness and meditation. 


Main Stage Session Timetable
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'Into the Heart of Mindfulness'

Alongside scientific evidence and public interest in mindfulness, there has also been misunderstanding and hype. Ed Halliwell dispels some myths by taking us 'into the heart of mindfulness', sharing his experience of how practice can help in difficult times, as a sustained way of working with the challenges of life.  He will offer grounded and practical ways we can be more appreciative of the joys - and cope better with life's stresses.  Also exploring how it can help us create a more compassionate and contented society.

Speaker
Ed Halliwell Teacher, Speaker & Author Mindfulness Sussex & Mindfulness London
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'Breaking Down Barriers to Access Mindfulness'

With the evidence base growing on its effectiveness to prevent common mental health problems, Jenny will discuss the importance of ensuring that communities at greater risk of developing mental health problems are able to benefit from mindfulness. Exploring what advocates, both inside and outside of government, need to do to break down barriers to access.

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Jenny Edwards CBE Chief Executive Mental Health Foundation
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'A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled'

The forum is an opportunity to engage in discussion with me to explore further the power of mindfulness practice and how it can be applied in daily life. This event is your passport to saner living. I might not be sane myself but I do a pretty good imitation!

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Ruby Wax Comedienne and Writer rubywax.net
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'Digital Wellbeing: A Mindful Guide to Smartphone Sanity'

The age of information has quickly become the age of distraction! Come and learn proven techniques to help bring a mindful approach to your digital life in this interactive session.

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Neil Seligman Founder of The Conscious Professional, Author and Artist The Conscious Professional
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Lunch
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PANEL SESSION: Can Mindfulness Offer a Spiritual Path in the 21st Century?

Join our panelists to consider different perspectives on this complex question. There are many secular approaches to mindfulness, and scientifically-proven benefits. However for lots of people meditation is part of a bigger spiritual journey - either within a particular religious tradition, or as an individual exploration of life's deeper questions. Join us to discuss the connection between mindfulness and various spiritual paths, and what spirituality means in our century.

Speakers
Tessa Watt Teacher and Founder, Being Mindful Panel Chair
Dr Roger Bretherton Principal Lecturer for Enterprise School of Psychology, University of Lincoln
Karuna Priya Buddhist Chaplain, Imperial College & Royal College of Arts Panelist
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'Building Integrity Into A Newly Emerging Field'

How do we support good practice in mindfulness teaching? The talk presents current understanding about standards, and collaborative work in the UK and internationally to lay down foundations for professional practice going forward.

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Dr Rebecca Crane Director - Centre For Mindfulness Research and Practice Bangor University
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'Mindfulness At Work'

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain - stress is on the increase. Learn about how Mindfulness can improve our working lives giving skills in resilience, collaboration and focus.

Speaker
Michael Chaskalson Author and Trainer Mindfulness Works
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'10% Happier - Mindfulness for Fidgety Skeptics'

Relax, skeptics; meditation doesn't require robes or crystals. Nor does it involve magically "clearing the mind." It's simple, secular, scientifically validated exercise for your brain - and, increasingly, it's being practiced by some of the most high-achieving people in our society.  Via video link from America we hear from author Dan Harris on how to be 10% happier.

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Dan Harris Journalist and Author ABC News
Main Stage Session Timetable
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'What Does It Take to Win Olympic Gold and How Can Mindfulness Help?'

Join Olympic Champion, Etienne Stott MBE, and Mental Skills Coach, Katie Warriner, to learn about their mindful approach to achieving excellence in sport and in life and how you can apply the key points to your own aspirations.

Speakers
Katie Warriner Mental Skills Coach - Team GB
Etienne Stott MBE Retired Olympic Athlete
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'Exploring 10 Keys to Happier Living'

Evidence shows our happiness matters individually and collectively. In this interactive session Vanessa will help us explore the key areas science shows taking mindful action can make a difference for ourselves and others. You'll come away with some simple, practical tools to try.

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Vanessa King Board Member Action for Happiness
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'Free the Mind, Even When the Body Hurts'

Vidyamala will explore how meditation - both mindfulness and compassion - can help you to help 'live well' even if living with a long term health condition.  Vidyamala knows this from the inside having lived with a spinal injury for 40 years. In this talk Vidyamala will share some of her 'top tips' on how to free the mind even when the body hurts.


Speaker
Vidyamala Burch Teacher, Author and Co-Founder of Breathworks Breathworks
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'Zen Tales'

Zen has a thousand year history of teaching meditation and mindfulness work with a strong emphasis on health and wellbeing as well as the development of insight. Much of this wisdom is encoded in stories. Daizan shares stories arising from his 30-odd years of full-time Zen practice.

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Julian Daizan Skinner Zen Master Zenways
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Lunch
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PANEL SESSION: Paths to Happier Living

We often use the state of happiness as a benchmark for deciding what is good and right in our lives.  It can be something we aspire to, find, feel or lose, a path we follow.  Join our panelists to dissect what happiness is, how the conception of happiness has changed in society, and whether it can, or should be, developed in our lives. 

Speakers
Dr Clare Carlisle Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Theology, Kings College London Panelist
Mo Seetubtim Founder and CEO The Happiness Planner
Suzy Greaves Panel Chair Psychologies Magazine
Vanessa King Board Member Action for Happiness
Mike Bell Trustee Community of Interbeing
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'Flourishing Through Mindfulness'

If you examine mindfulness research and programs you might think that this meditative practice is all about dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. Join me in learning how mindfulness could also be an invitation for deeper meaning in life, greater happiness, and evolving compassion.

Speaker
Dr Itai Ivtzan Positive Psychologist and founder School of Positive Transformation
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Group Practice
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Closing Keynote
Speaker
Sharon Salzberg Teacher, Speaker & Writer

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