Upcoming Dates for 2018

London Mindfulness Hub 11-20th May
We are delighted to announce that Plum Village monastics led by brothers Bao Tich and Phap Lai will be joining us for a series of events in May. Check out the London Mindfulness Hub website for events. Do book early as spaces are limited.
Next Family Sangha: Saturday 19th May
Thanks so much for a beautiful gathering last week (picture below). We look forward to seeing you at our next all-ages morning of mindfulness on Saturday 19th. We’ll be meeting at our usual venue in  Wandsworth. Please arrive from 10:45am for an 11:00 start. We’ll have a shared vegetarian lunch in the middle of the day and will finish our day by 4pm. Please bring some food to share. There will be parallel teens and children’s groups for part of the day.
We request donations of about £10 per adult and £4 per child so that we can cover the rent of the room. Family Sangha London is facilitated by volunteers and is not for profit.
Please let us know if you are coming, and tell us the ages of any children or teens who are coming. And as always, please get in touch with any other questions. We hope to see you soon!
Thanks so much to those who said they’d be interested in helping out in some way – Claudia, Hannah and I will be in touch in a week or so.

Future dates
After the 19th May, our next gatherings will be on:
  • Saturday 16th June, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 8th Sept, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 13th Oct, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 1st Dec, 11-4pm
Over the Summer
We have a small break in July & August. However, many of us will be meeting to go camping together (contact Jeremy if you’re interested), and we hope to have an informal get together at one of our houses for people who’ve come before.
Family Sangha Weekend Away
We’re happy to announce that in early November (weekend TBC) there will be a Family Sangha Weekend Away at Kench Hill. Just like last year, but at an excitinig new venue. More info to follow in a few months’ time. Let us know if you’d like to help out!

Next Sangha: Feb 24

Upcoming Family Sangha London dates
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in January. It was wonderful getting to know those of you who came for the first time. We were so happy to start a sucessful teens group. The next Family Sanghas will be at our usual location in Wandsworth. They will follow a similar format, with a shared vegetarian lunch and a parallel teens and children’s groups for part of the day.
  • Saturday 24th Feb, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 24th Mar, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 28th Apr, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 19th May, 11-4pm

Community of Interbeing opportunity

We’re happy to share this request from the Community of Interbeing for help with with their all age retreat this summer.

Project Manager Needed for All-Age Retreat at Stourbridge; 7 – 12 August

Dear Sangha Friends,
For many years we have held an annual retreat open to families and children, sometimes with monastics to lead, often as a lay project.  This year Plum Village are unable to send us a monastic team, but there is a strong intention on the part of last year’s retreat organising team to offer an all-age retreat at our familiar venue in Stourbridge.

Despite everything else now in place; venue, lay Dharma Teachers, Children’s Programme staff, Bookings person etc. we cannot go ahead and offer this retreat until we have a project manager (s) to coordinate everything and work with our Miracle team to make it happen smoothly.

The person (s) needs to be organised, a clear communicator, a strong practitioner and ideally have some experience of organising similar activities.

We estimate that the time needed is ca 1-2 days a month prior to the retreat and then attending the retreat. It maybe that two friends on the path might want to work on this together. Our project manager from last year is happy to provide guidance and a full briefing.

If we do not have this last requirement in place by the 26th of this month, we will have to, with regret, cancel our reservation at Stourbridge, and let go of our strong intention to continue to offer an annual retreat open to families and children.

Please contact Vari at vari.mcluskie {at} verveconsulting.co.uk for further information.

With love and hopes that one or two of you will feel able to join us,

Teri and Vari
pp the Miracle Retreat Team

Guildford day of mindfulness, Feb 4

We’re happy to share an inviation to Guildford Sangha’s upcoming day of mindfulness:
NB This day is for adults only.

Cultivating Joy in a World of Suffering

Experience a day of joyful mindfulness practice  organised by Guildford Sangha in the Plum Village tradition  on Sunday 4th February 2018 from 10.30 am – 5 pm

at Broadwater Park Community Centre, Summers Road, Farncombe, GU7 3BH

The day is open to all – no previous experience is required. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities to share from our own experiences, and other group practices. We recommend arriving around 15 minutes early to allow time to settle and breathe.

The event is free, “paid forward” through the generosity of sangha members. There will be an opportunity on the day to contribute towards future events, according to your situation.

Please bring your cushion or meditation stool and mat if you use one. Chairs will also be available. Please bring a simple vegetarian dish to share at lunchtime.

If you are planning to attend, please email us at guildfordsangha@gmail.com so that we have an idea of how many people are coming. Do let us know if you need a lift and your location to see if we can arrange this. Broadwater Park is a 10 minute walk from Farncombe station on the London-Portsmouth line. Parking for cars is available adjacent to the centre.

Don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.
To suffer is not enough: we must also be in touch with the wonders of life.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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Guildford Sangha is affiliated to the Community of Interbeing

Further information at coiuk.org


2018 dates :)

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for the weekend away a couple of weeks ago. It was wonderful getting to know you all. We’re happy to announce Family Sangha London dates for the New Year. We will be meeting once a month, at our usual location in Wandsworth. There will be parallel teens and children’s groups for part of the day:
  • Saturday 6th Jan, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 24th Feb, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 24th Mar, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 28th Apr, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 19th May, 11-4pm
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Sangha Build
Some of you will remember David, who joined us a couple of months ago and helped out with the teens. David and his partner Vanessa are traveling around the world to visit, research, document, and share widely about lay practice residential communities and retreat centres in the Plum Village tradition. They are sharing stories about these centres on their website blog for others to learn about these communities. You can see their website here:  Sanghabuild.org
Wishing you all very happy holidays and New Year, and sending you lots of love.
Noah, Hannah & Claudia

Day of Mindfulness on Saturday 25th November

Dear Family Sangha friends,

We’d like to warmly invite you to join us for a day of minfulness as part of the family sangha weekend being held in a woodland centre near Orpington south-east London next weekend. Please email us at familysanghalondon@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us and we can send you more information. The day will start at 9am, and will include all-age activities throughout the day. We’ve been busy planning the weekend this afternoon and look forward to you joining us.

A lotus for you all,

Noah, Valentina, Claudia, Phuong & Hannah

Family Sangha 28th Oct NOT RUNNING

We’re terribly sorry, but due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be running Family Sangha this Saturday as we had planned.
We are still very much looking forward to the retreat at the end of November, which is now booked up, and look forward to further Family Sangha dates in December.
Sending lots of love to you all, and we apologise for any inconvenience to your plans this weekend – it would have been lovely to spend time with you all.
We’re still here on email if you’d like to talk or have any questions, and hope to see you next time.
Lots of love,
Noah, Hannah and Claudia

Family Mindfulness Weekend

Family Mindfulness Weekend

in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

We are organising our first mindfulness  retreat just outside London at the Cudham Activity Centre. During the weekend 24-26th November, allow yourself a moment of peace and recollection as we lead up to the busiest time of the year, a chance to bring about the true meaning of Christmas, love and goodwill to each other.


Our aim is to create a loving, dedicated community which will support parents with children to develop and maintain their practice, individuals to deepen a connection across age groups and children to just be part of it.

Lead by Dharma teacher Teri West, we will practice mindful walking, eating, yoga, crafts and other activities to share as a family.

For further information or to book a place, please enter your name and email and click submit.

Family Sangha on September 17th -AND- Plum Village in London!

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Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for our next intergenerational day of mindfulness on Sunday, 17th SeptemberWe’ll be meeting at Longfield Hall, Camberwell. Please arrive from 9:45am for a 10:00 start. We’ll finish at 12:30pm, and if the weathers’ nice will go to the beautiful Myatt’s Fields Park across the road for a picnic.
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Practices will include mindful movements, mindful walking, mindful eating, singing and sharing from the heart. We will have parallel children and adult spaces for an hour in the morning. During this time, for children aged 0-3, there will be a quiet play area within the adults’ space, or they can join the children’s space accompanied by an adult.
We’ll be enjoying a shared picnic lunch together afterwards, providing the weather is nice. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share, hopefully in the garden as a picnic.
We request donations of about £10 per adult and £4 per child so that we can cover the rent of the room. Family Sangha London is facilitated by volunteers and is not for profit. Your donations help us to continue to hold these gatherings. 
If you have not replied to let us know you are coming, please contact us. And of course, please get in touch with any questions.
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***Mindfulness Hub in London***
From 5th to 12th September, a group of Monastics from plum village are setting up a mindfulness hub in Brick Lane London. You can see all the events here.
Events include an evening of poetry and music, drop-in meditation, and evenings to inspire educators and environmentalists. The pop up monastry is a unique and beautiful experiment that’s being tried out for the first time in London!
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***Peace Sit***
On Tuesday 5th of September Monastics from Plum Village and Wake Up London are joining the Interfaith Day of Action to meditate for peace outside the Arms Fair happening in the Dockland’s Excel Centre. Hannah, Noah and Joe will be joining them, and would love it if anyone was free to come. You can find the facebook event is here. It is part of a wider week of action against the arms fair.
”To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come. When we know peace in ourselves and share it with the world, we know peace is possible”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
We look forward to practising together in two weeks!
With metta,
Noah, Hannah & Claudia
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Save the date! Saturday 22th July

Dear friends,

Thank you for last Saturday. So nice to see you all!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 22nd July. Instead of our usual meet up in Wandsworth, we’ll be going for a picnic in the park from noon until 3pm (location to be confirmed). Everyone is welcome. It would be great to hear from you if you have bright ideas for the picnic, or if you’re new and interested in coming for the first time.

Lots of love,

  Noah, Claudia and Hannah
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