Be Calm, Be Happy Weekend Retreat


16jul(jul 16)6:30 pm18(jul 18)4:00 pmBe Calm, Be Happy Weekend Retreat6:30 pm - 4:00 pm (18)

Mindfulness Weekend Retreat Thich Nhat Hanh

Event Details

Everyone is welcome to this 6-session online mindfulness weekend retreat, based on the well-loved and practical teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Retreat overview

Be Calm, Be Happy is an online course sharing simple and concrete ways to generate energy and wellbeing and release the stresses and strains of life.

Guided by experienced practitioners in the mindfulness tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is often referred to as ‘the Father of Mindfulness in the West’, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. and author of numerous best-selling books.

In the 6 sessions, we teach you how to meditate effortlessly, so you can ease painful thoughts and emotions; you will also be encouraged to use mindfulness practices to bring joy into your daily life.

We invite you to join this weekend retreat comprising guided practices, group discussions and practical exercises, for a light-hearted and deep exploration of mindfulness together, in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

There will be a maximum group size of 40 people attending the retreat, with a ‘Family’ group in each session where you will meet with a smaller group of 8-10 people. The Family group will be the same throughout the weekend.

Retreat content

The six sessions of the course explore the following themes:

• Stopping and calming;

• Turning to the positive;

• Loving communication;

• Nourishing happiness, including mindful eating;

• Interdependence and community;

• Guidelines for a happier life

Reported benefits

• Increased enjoyment of life

• Increased ability to be calm and relaxed

• Increased control of emotions such as anger and anxiety

• Improved sleep quality

• Fewer feelings of anxiety and low mood

Information about the retreat

This online retreat integrates 6 sessions of the Be Calm Be Happy course, from Friday evening at 18.30 to Sunday afternoon at 16.00 UK time (BST). Each session lasts a maximum of 2 hours including a 15-minute comfort break to give you time to stretch and move away from the screen.

Fri 18.30 – 20.30 Session 1

Sat 09.30 – 11.30 Session 2

Sat 13.30 – 15.30 Session 3

Sat 18.30 – 20.00 Session 4

Sun 10.00 – 12.00 Session 5

Sun 14.00 – 16.00 Session 6

(UK time: BST))

Who can attend?

This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to gain a fuller understanding of how mindfulness can support calm and happy living. Mindfulness is a practice originating in Buddhism and supported by neuroscience and psychology; it can be practised by those of all faiths and none.

Many of our participants learn new ways to care for their wellbeing and are able to develop positive responses to challenging situations. This online mindfulness course is attended via the internet, wherever you are. We suggest you find a quiet space where you will be undisturbed.

Please note, you will be using a computer/laptop, iPad or phone to access each session, and will need a functioning camera and mic.

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Participants are expected to attend all 6 sessions from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Course schedule

This course is taught from Friday evening 16th July through to Sunday 18th July.

Each session is a maximum of 2 hours long with a short comfort break in the middle.

This is a live, interactive course, not recorded sessions to download.

Ticket pricing

We ask you to consider carefully what you can realistically afford without depriving yourself or anyone else. Supported and Concession Tickets are intended for those who are unwaged, have a low household income and/or limited funds available. In offering a range of ticket prices we aim to make the course available to as many people as possible.

These options will be available once you click on ‘Tickets’ on the Eventbrite page. Standard price is £95 for the whole weekend. .

Course leaders

The course leaders are Lauri Bower, Katie Sheen and Clare Belbin-Carlile.Picture of course leader, Lauri

Lauri has been practising meditation for 30 years and met Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings in 2006, from which point she committed to putting mindfulness practice at the centre of her life. In 2008 she began researching a PhD on Thich Nhat Hanh and his teachings of mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism. With her PhD complete Lauri began teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses and is delighted to bring this experience to a course devoted to the Plum Village mindfulness tradition. Mindfulness has become a crucial aspect of Lauri’s life and she has experienced firsthand the healing and transformational aspects of this practice. Lauri has also been teaching mindfulness for 5 years and is continually inspired by the positive changes that it can bring. She has 15 years of experience running retreats

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Katie first discovered mindfulness in 2001 and practised in various Buddhist traditions before discovering the Plum Village Heart of Manchester Sangha in 2013. Her cancer treatment in 2015 highlighted the practicality, healing nature and joyful simplicity of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings and she now teaches mindfulness full-time. She offers free online tools, an app, an online course and regular events to support a calmer, happier life at her ‘Soul Nutrition’ website (, which she developed for her MA Education in 2012. She received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings in 2016 and was given the Dharma name ‘Dharma Light of The Heart’.

Picture of course leader, Clare

Clare first encountered Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings through his books and subsequently retreats from 1998. She became increasingly committed to her daily practice with the support of the Sanghas in York and Kirkbymoorside, and it is now a central part of her life. The Plum Village tradition has enabled Clare to work with the demands of a complex life managing a large shared household to benefit the needs of adults with special needs, alongside bringing up her own four children. She provided guidance and teaching for young interns over many years. Clare’s mindfulness practice is deeply rooted in her daily practice which includes drawing and painting in the Helmsley Walled Garden. Clare studied Fine Art at Newcastle and completed her postgraduate degree at Edinburgh. Clare’s practice transforms and enlivens everything she does.

What further information will I receive?

You will receive “Joining Information” in a confirmation email once you have purchased a ticket. This will confirm the information on the class timings, and how to access the online course. You will receive a further email directly from the Course Leader in the week before the retreat starts, inviting you to an optional short pre-course zoom call if you are new to zoom.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking at least 7 days before the start of the retreat, we will refund your full course fee minus a £15 administration fee.

If you cancel your booking less than 7 days before the start of the retreat, we will issue a 50% refund of the course fee.

Once the retreat has started no refunds will be issued.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauri via

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16 (Friday) 6:30 pm - 18 (Sunday) 4:00 pm