- MANCHESTER | FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 -

Main Stage

-
'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
Teacher, Speaker & Author
Mindfulness Sussex & Mindfulness London
-
"Starting Where You Are - integrating mindfulness into your life"

Finding time to regularly practice mindfulness can seem an impossible hurdle. This session explores how to seamlessly integrate mindfulness into your daily routines even when life is very busy. 


Speaker
Senior Lecturer University of Salford; Director of and Trainer for Integrated Mindfulness
University of Salford and Integrated Mindfulness Ltd
-
"Harmonising the mind and body - How to use ‘touch’ for physical and emotional well-being"

Many of us feel ‘out of touch’ with our bodies, our real selves, and or others/the world…..Rosen is a talk/touch method for reminding us who we really are, and how we really feel, and that seems to make a big difference to both our physical and emotional well-being.

Speaker
Embodied Awareness - Bodywork Teacher and Co Founder of Rosen Method Therapy and Training in the UK
Rosen Method Therapy and Training Ltd
-
"Mindful City: how mindfulness is taking to the streets"

The founder of Street Wisdom shares how people around the globe are discovering mindfulness on their doorstep - and how you can incorporate this technology into your own practise.

Speaker
Business innovator, Author, Founder
Street Wisdom
-
"From Mindfulness to Insight: The Seeing is the Doing"

An introduction to the Mindfulness Association’s secular and experiential approach to teaching insight, drawing on Buddhist teaching and practice, contemporary psychology and neuroscience and exploring the fascinating correlations between them.

Speaker
Director of Mindfulness Association & Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight Trainer
Mindfulness Association Ltd
-
"Schools: How to teach children to manage difficulty and flourish"

Richard will explain how mindfulness can help children and young people not only to manage difficulty and build resilience, but to be themselves and truly flourish. 

Speaker
Founder
Mindfulness in School's Project
-
'Walk With Me' - Movie Night

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, WALK WITH ME is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. To find out more about this unique film and the opportunity to view it, click here.

In partnership with



Health & Science Theatre

-
"How Mindfulness and CBT can work together"

Exploring the benefits of Mindfulness within a CBT setting and how it can encourage wellbeing and recovery. Self Help Services currently work with common mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, and have found Mindfulness an incredible therapeutic tool in this area. They have found that Mindfulness can lengthen recovery and inspire a self-compassionate attitude, both of which help with low mood and anxiety.  A look at whether there is room for Mindfulness within an NHS therapeutic model and how to integrate with CBT skills and techniques within a IAPT service.

Speakers
Group (Mindfulness) Engagement Coordinator
Self Help Services
Mental Health Clinical Locality Manager
Self Help Services
-
"Mindfulness & Metta in Mental Health"

Markus & Miia work for the mental health charity Mind. They have been delivering free mindfulness courses to deprived communities and individuals with mental health issues in both clinical and non-clinical settings in Manchester and London since 2010. They will share inspiring stories about their work and the difference that mindfulness and metta practices can make to the lives of those experiencing poor mental health and the implications for mental healthcare in the UK and beyond. 

Speakers
CEO and Mindfulness Lead
Mind in Salford
Mindfulness Teacher
Mind In Hackney
-
"Eating to enhance brain performance and memory"

A healthy diet can improve your concentration, alertness, problem-solving skills and productivity. Discover the latest foods, supplements and lifestyle strategies demonstrated by research to boost brain performance, concentration and memory.

Speaker
Functional Nutritionist, Chef & Author
Christine Bailey
-
"Understanding self-criticism using Compassion-Focused Therapy"

The presentation will explore self-criticism using the principles and practices of compassion-focused therapy. The presentation will include examples of compassion-focused exercises, case-examples and an overall focus on how compassion, mindfulness and compassion-focused therapy can be used together to work with shame and self-criticism.

Speaker
Therapist, Trainer, Author
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust & Compassionate Mind Foundation

Mindful Living Theatre

-
"Why we need simplicity to cope with complexity – mindfulness in business life"

How to take Mindfulness into the workplace and beyond wellbeing. In this session we will share some insights of how to introduce mindfulness into your busy business life, with positive impacts on health, collaboration, innovation and ultimately customer value.

Speaker
Senior Manager Autonomous Driving
Jaguar Land Rover
-
"Foods to feed your mood"

Did you know that your emotional state is hugely affected by what you eat? I’ll share with you how to eat delicious, satiating food that will keep your mood and mind stable – and your tummy feeling full!

Speaker
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach
Peppermint Wellness
-
"Choosing Sleep"

A discussion of how you can change your attitude towards sleep, to help improve your cognitive functioning and become less stressed and bothered about how a poor nights sleep is affecting your life.

Speakers
Psychiatric Nurse
Mindfulness For Professionals
Health and Wellness manager
Mindfulness For Professionals
-
Mindfulness and Politics - A Kinder Approach to Political Dialogue

Something quite extraordinary happened in the UK House of Commons on October 17th 2017; 40 politicians from 14 countries sat together in silence practicing mindfulness.  Hear more of the growing international network of politicians working to make mindfulness a matter of public policy whilst encouraging deep co-operation in the political space.

Speaker
Director
The Mindfulness Initiative
-
Mindfulness and the Policing Brain (and Body)

A description of how to deliver mindfulness practices to the cynics,sceptics and tough nuts to crack.

Speaker
First Responder & Mindfulness Teacher
Creative Calm
-
"How to Age Joyfully"

Thomas Moore is a New York Times Bestselling author.  A full-time writer, a psychotherapist and lecturer and workshop leader. He has been a monk and a university professor and has studied music composition intensively. He has  Ph.D. in Religious Studies, which he defines broadly, connecting it to the arts and to depth psychology. He works primarily in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology, having been a close friend and colleague of James Hillman. He often uses Greek mythology as his inspiration and recently has written about Jesus, separating him from the teachings of Christianity, and is now publishing four volumes of his translation of the Gospels from the original Greek. He is currently writing about the deeper meaning of psychotherapy and how it can be better practised in ordinary life by anyone.


Speaker
Author of Care of the Soul & twenty-five other books on soul and spirituality

Experience Zone


-
"Mindful Art: Stop. Notice. Create."

Join us for mindful meditation and art making to tune into the present moment. Creating a piece of Mindful Art to take home with you.

Speakers
From The Owl and The Coconut CIC
The Owl and The Coconut CIC
From The Owl and The Coconut CIC
The Owl and The Coconut CIC
-
"Stop to Advance - Power Pauses for Peaceful Productivity"

In a work world full of distractions stress often reigns and productivity drains away. This session introduces simple practical techniques to boost focus, calmness and peaceful productivity.

Speaker
Mindfulness Director
Verve Consulting
-
Open up to your creative flow

Did you know that beneath those limiting thoughts of self-criticism and judgement is as an inner space of creativity, invention and intuition.

Join, architect, artist and senior yoga teacher Mick Timpson and discover how modern meditation techniques can help you reconnect with that inner space, nurture creative flow and open up to the art of spontaneous, inspired action.

This short session will involve an introduction to modern meditation and how it can be applied to creative action. The experience will include meditation based writing and drawing exercises. No previous creative experience is required. In fact that is the whole point. 

Join in and discover how to switch on your flow. All material provided.

Speaker
Architect, artist, teacher, yogi, social entrepreneur. CEO and founder of beanddo™ & The YogaLife Project
beanddo™
-
"The Wisdom Of The Body: Embodied Mindfulness Techniques"

In this session we'll be exploring how you can use your body in your mindfulness practice. Come try out a couple of different techniques for being present, aware and in the moment with your body.

Speaker
Chief Transformation Officer
Self Alchemy
-
"Mindful Walking for Happiness and Freedom"

Even walking from our chair to where we make ourselves a cup of tea is an opportunity to practice. Walking from one meeting or appointment to another is another excellent opportunity to leave behind what has happened before, and to refocus ourselves on the joy to be found in being alive.  Join Katie’s interactive workshop to stretch your legs and learn a simple way to bring more mindfulness to the everyday.

Speaker
Teacher, Speaker and Founder
Soul Nutrition

Mindful Marks

-
Manchester Art Gallery - Mindful Marks


A drop in drawing activity where you make marks to music and sound. Notice when your attention has drifted away to something else other then your mark-making and gently return it back to listening and to act of drawing.

Join artist Naomi Kendrick as she guides you in drawing to sound in a mindful way. Everyone welcome, especially those who think they can't draw!


Speaker
Artist
The Manchester Art Gallery

- MANCHESTER | SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2018 -

Main Stage

-
"Engage. Connect. Act. How mindfulness and kindness can change the world"

Vidyamala will explore the connection between the inner work of meditation and the outer work of social engagement. This has long been a fascination of hers and was part of her motivation when founding Breathworks back in 2001. Drawing on her own long experience of living with pain and disability, she was curious to see if she could help others in a similar predicament. She set about developing Mindfulness-based Pain and Illness Management (MBPM) which had always had an equal weight on mindfulness and compassion practices. There are now Breathworks teachers in over 25 countries and so the seeds continue to take root in the world to help people ease their pain and lead more connected and satisfying lives.  Vidyamala will also talk about how we can enable mindfulness courses and programmes to reach the more marginalised parts of our society.

Speaker
Teacher, Author and Co-Founder of Breathworks
Breathworks
-
"Starting Out in Meditation"

A practical and experiential introduction to meditation for complete beginners and anyone early in their meditation journey. Learn about the key concepts, philosophy and science behind meditation as well a guide on how to start your own meditation practice.

Speaker
Meditation Teacher
Mindfulness For All
-
"Mindfulness For Men: Time to Take Your Seat?"

Mindfulness, is not just about stress, anxiety and counting your breath, it is about strength, performance, and excellence. Let's get more men meditating!

Speaker
International Mindfulness Advocate & Conscious Visionary
The Conscious Professional
-
"How to create a happier life!"

This talk will teach you a plethora of practical ways in which you can help yourself create a happier life. There is nobody else who can do it for you. It’s time to take responsibility and get happy!

Speaker
The Happiness Lady
The Happiness Club
-
"The Heartful Path"

To live in alignment with what is natural and authentic in us, we must always come back to the heart. John will gently guide us in this loving talk and meditation to connect with our three hearts: the physical, the emotional and the sacred.

Speaker
Writer and Sacred Teacher
Authentic Living
-
"Awakening Joy "

Today, as we are bombarded with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world, more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as a central aspect of our lives. We need to remember how to stay connected to that place inside that makes life worth living. Our own cultivation of well-being and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.


True happiness is not about acquiring anything but rather opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you.  This session is based on James' popular 5-month Awakening Joy course that thousands have taken since 2003 to develop our natural capacity for well-being and happiness. James will share principles and experiential exercises based on mindfulness to cultivate and deepen true well-being in our lives.

Speaker
Founder, Teacher & Author
Awakening Joy & Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA

Health & Science Theatre

-
"The science of compassion"

This presentation will introduce the nature of compassion and the benefit of cultivating compassion for self and others. The presentation will also discuss the way in which compassion can be trained using the ideas and practices of compassion-focused therapy.

Speaker
Therapist, Trainer, Author
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust & Compassionate Mind Foundation
-
“Be calm, Be Happy; Mindfulness practices for Managing Anxiety and Depression”

The talk will offer practical mindfulness tips that can be used as an effective counter-balance to feelings of anxiety low mood and depression. During the session we will begin to explore how we can build greater resilience by stopping, calming and appreciating life.

The aim is that participants will leave the session with a basic understanding of the importance of developing mindfulness practice in everyday life. With new ideas, practical exercises and information to pursue post conference.

Speaker
Zen Meditation Teacher in the tradition of Thich Naht Hanh & Trainer on The Be Calm Be Happy Mindfulness Course.
Be Calm be Happy Mindfulness Course
-
"Mindfulness – Navigating the Science and the Hype"

The growing evidence base for mindfulness includes clinical research and brain science. While this evidence base has been used to support the increasing use of mindfulness in ever wider clinical, educational and corporate contexts, there is growing concern that the enthusiasm for mindfulness is ahead of science. Tim will explore the current state of mindfulness science: its strengths and its weaknesses.

Speaker
Senior Lecturer University of Salford; Director of and Trainer for Integrated Mindfulness
University of Salford and Integrated Mindfulness Ltd
-
"Bringing mindfulness into action; An integrated approach"

The background behind the science in the product Max Mindpower and the application of its approach to integrating Mindfulness in the lives of children. Also explaining the integrated approach to mindfulness and popular psychological approaches that help you take mindfulness off the cushion and into everyday life, putting mindfulness to work and enabling people to live more mindfully, in all situations.

Speaker
Well Being Consultant
Max Mindpower
-
"Mindful Eating for Inner Peace"

Discover how to turn each mealtime into a peaceful, mindful meditation. Explore how mindful eating can help you to gently and compassionately identify, embrace and enjoy the eating patterns that support your health and happiness most effectively.

Speaker
Teacher, Speaker and Founder
Soul Nutrition

Mindful Living Theatre

-
"Introduction of Himalayan Healing Bowl, used in ancient eastern culture to western modern world"

Himalayan Singing Bowl are used for many purposes mainly mindfulness, Chakra Balance and Sound Therapy. Come experience the healing bowl with short chakra meditation, and feel the difference within yourself.

Speaker
Director
Moon Karma Ltd
-
"Mind in the Service of Being"

A presentation and reflection about the relationship between mind and being in the light of experiences with the Kogi Indians of Colombia and some implications and tips for mindful practice.

Speaker
Therapist, Trainer & Retreat Leader
WalkinginSpirit
-
"Practical mindfulness for parents"

In the busy world of parenting, finding time for yourself can be a challenge. We show you how you can make time for you, and use Mindfulness to be calmer, less stressed and more engaged with your children.

Speaker
Founder
Inspiring Mummy Club
-
"Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress"

A look into how you can incorporate Mindfulness into your everyday routine both at work and home to prevent stress from manifesting into broader more serious issues. 

Speakers
Health and Wellness manager
Mindfulness For Professionals
Psychiatric Nurse
Mindfulness For Professionals
-
"Building Confidence with Mindfulness"

In this powerful presentation, you’ll learn how to use mindfulness to increase your confidence and self-esteem and how being mindful of your thoughts, particularly each morning, can give you relief from negative emotions and anxiety.

Speaker
Confidence Coach & Author
Amazing Coaching

Experience Zone

-
"The Original Mindfulness Colouring Book Workshop"

Join illustrator and bestselling author Emma Farrarons for an interactive art workshop and draw, colour and create your way to peace and calm. Guided by Emma, choose from four activities including colouring, pattern repeats and hand lettering to learn how to make the most of art-making as a mindful activity. Share your creations using #mindfulnesscolouringbook

Art materials will be supplied. Emma will be signing copies of her new book, Art of Mindfulness, after the workshop.

Speaker
Illustrator & Graphic Designer
Emma Farrarons
-
"Acceptance & Letting Go: Mindful Movement and Befriending the Body"

Sometimes we can be judgemental or critical of our bodies if they don’t look or function the way we think they ‘should’.  This workshop explores befriending your body through mindful movement.

Speaker
Mindfulness Teacher & Coordinator
Mind in Salford
-
"Mindfulness for teens, why it matters, tips and techniques"

During this session Jo will talk about teaching teenagers mindfulness, in and out of school settings, why teenagers need these techniques more than ever, and will demonstrates some simple techniques which can use to support teenagers.

Speaker
Mindfulness Teacher & Trainer
Mindful Outlook
-
"Inner Peace in the modern world"

Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. Come along to this meditation led by Buddhist nun Gen Lhachog and experience a calm and peaceful mind, the source of pure happiness.

Speaker
Resident Teacher
Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester
-
"The Original Mindfulness Colouring Book Workshop"

Join illustrator and bestselling author Emma Farrarons for an interactive art workshop and draw, colour and create your way to peace and calm. Guided by Emma, choose from four activities including colouring, pattern repeats and hand lettering to learn how to make the most of art-making as a mindful activity. Share your creations using #mindfulnesscolouringbook

Art materials will be supplied. Emma will be signing copies of her new book, Art of Mindfulness, after the workshop.

Speaker
Illustrator & Graphic Designer
Emma Farrarons

Mindful Marks

-
Manchester Art Gallery - Mindful Marks


A drop in drawing activity where you make marks to music and sound. Notice when your attention has drifted away to something else other then your mark-making and gently return it back to listening and to act of drawing.

Join artist Naomi Kendrick as she guides you in drawing to sound in a mindful way. Everyone welcome, especially those who think they can't draw!


Speaker
Artist
The Manchester Art Gallery

SPONSORS OF THE MINDFUL LIVING THEATRE