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Current workshops and courses

  • Kum Nye by Zoom
Summer 2021
4 small-group sessions on Thursday afternoons, all welcome

 "Opening the Heart" will be our theme, to celebrate and enjoy the blossoming and opening out of life that is natural in the summertime.   
We will use Kum Nye movements like Opening the Heart, Building Strength and Confidence, and Balancing the Senses, to explore what an open heart feels like and how we can invite that feeling into our life.  

 24 June, 1, 8, 15 July 

 4pm - 5.45pm (join from 3.45pm)  UK time

 £80 for the full course (£60 concessions) 
 £25 per session booked individually

April 2021
3 small-group sessions, all welcome

We will continue to mobilise the body and harmonise body and mind together, to keep us in step with the rising energy of nature expanding outwards at this time of year

Thursdays 15, 22, 29 April

All 4pm - 5.45pm (join from 3.45pm)  UK time

£70 for the course of 3, or £25 per session individually

March 2021
3 small-group sessions to bring us fully into spring, all welcome

The aim will be to loosen up the body’s energies and help them flow more freely, calm and harmonise the mind with the body and freshen up the senses for spring

Thursdays 11, 18 & 25 March

All 4pm - 5.45pm (join from 3.45pm)  UK time

£70 for the course of 3, or £25 per session individually

January 2021     'Let your meditation be like the sea, bottomless'

6 weekly sessions of kum nye meditation and mindful movement, offered through the format of Zoom, online:

Thursday 21st January through till 25th February
4 - 5.45pm (join session from 3.45pm to get settled) UK time.

We will continue to use the meditation instructions given by Milarepa, one of the most famous of Tibet’s yogis of the past:

"Meditate like the sky, without centre or limit.
Meditate like the sea, without bottom.
Meditate like the mountain, with stability."

Having concentrated on the other lines in previous courses, we shall take the line

"Meditate like the sea, without bottom”  as our inspiration this time.

It is particularly apt, as we pass through the deep yin time of the year:  wintertime, energetically described by the element of Water.  A time for deep stillness, peace, incubating of resources and thus replenishing and renewing ourselves, contacting our source deep within, in the quiet of the year.

Since this focus may not always be readily available to us, we can practise movements and meditations such as those given in the Tibetan practice of kum nye, to bring out the best quality of where we are at and whatever it is we are going through.  The risk with the “Water” time of year is that energy can become stagnant and polluted, like a putrid pool that has no flow.  So, flow and presence and clarity are important qualities to nurture so that we can contact the kind of deep, clear stillness that is resourcing and refreshing.

All welcome to join, full instruction will be given, and the group will be small so that questions can easily be asked and discussed.

Please let me know if you would like to join.

Charges:  £135 for the full course of 6 sessions
£108 for the full course for anyone with financial hardship 
£25 per session if attended as individual workshops, which is also possible

We have found these sessions are not actually a ’second best’ to being in the same room, but offer us a chance of something unusual - to practice together with the support of fellow ‘travellers,’ but while in our own space, and particularly in our own homes.  While the link is through the computer, and Zoom format, the focus is very much on being in the body, listening to our own body and gently practising with whatever is present.  Such practice can actually be transformative, which may be all the more needed in these pivotal times.

The best thing is if you can set up a portable device, but with a reasonable sized screen, somewhere near your meditation cushion / yoga area.  You will probably need a power supply for the length of our meeting (battery power goes down very fast on Zoom).  Set yourself up with a comfortable place to sit, on cushion and / or chair option, maybe with a blanket to hand.

Kum nye 

Kum nye comes from the Tibetan traditions of both healing and Buddhist meditation.  While it is like yoga in that we use our body to make movements and mobilise areas which get little attention, mindfully, it also offers something a little bit different.  Meditation is woven into the very fabric of the movements and elaborated in pauses between exercises.  It can be deeply relaxing and help restore us to our natural balance, ease and clarity.

The classes aim to provide a haven of peace in our busy weeks, where we can come back to our simple embodiment and find nourishment and centering for the week ahead.

The basic premise of kum nye is that our natural spontaneous nature is open and free, joyful and flowing.  
Life and our habitual reactions to it, tend to clog up this flow and block our clarity and ease.
Rather than analytically unpicking these habitual patterns that then take up residence in our being, in kum nye we directly tackle them through simply feeling directly and freeing up our energies and so our way of being.
Through physical postures and movement, we open up the flow of our body’s energy.
Through mindfulness throughout the movements, we bring the mind into harmonious connection with the body.
Through meditation practice, interspersed through a session, we allow the inherent clarity and creativity of the mind to come forward.
In this way, kum nye is a holistic practice for mind and body, tuning our senses and bringing us into harmony 
with the natural flow of life and the seasons.
Welcome to come and join us to explore all this in practice, and deepen your own understanding and experience of well being.

All welcome to join these sessions, which will provide full instruction so that new practitioners may learn, and also provide the time and space for more experienced practitioners to deepen their practice.  Please register in advance if you would like the join any sessions.

In addition to group kum nye classes, I also offer individual sessions.  These are for those who would like to explore their own practice of kum nye and/or put together a sequence of exercises they can practise themselves at home, or who have particular needs or interests they would like to follow up on a one-to-one basis.  

Weekly classes in Wolvercote, Oxford ~ suspended for now
"It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. 
Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; 
it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems." 
Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Kum Nye Through the Seasons is now incorporated into the weekly barn kum nye sessions.  We include some exploration of the season and the quality of nature present within and without as we cycle through the seasons of the year.  Inspired by the Taoist teachings of the Five Elements including that health stems from being in harmony with nature, in both time and place.

See Five Element acupuncture for more details on the philosophy of Five Elements