June News

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Dear friends,
Family Sangha Community Weekend Away
We’re happy to announce that November 2nd to 4th there will be a Family Sangha Weekend Away at Kench Hill for . Just like last year, but at an exciting new venue. David Viafora, a Dharma teacher from the USA will be joining us. A booking form will follow in a month or two. Let us know if you’d like to help out!
New Facebook group

We have a new Family Sangha London facebook group and you are welcome to join. Please click here to join

Next Family Sangha: Saturday 16th June
Thanks so much for a beautiful gathering last month (picture above). We look forward to seeing you at our next all-ages morning of mindfulness on Saturday 16th June. 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 13th June, our next gatherings will be on:
  • Saturday 8th Sept, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 13th Oct, 11-4pm
  • Saturday 1st Dec, 11-4pm
  • 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).


Other events
Service Space are hosting one of their first “family-oriented” experiments Kindful Kids Circle on June 10th. It’s worth checking out. As they said in their newsletter:

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” — Angela Schwindt

Lots of love
 
Noah, Hannah & Claudia

 

Family Sangha London

Practising in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Affiliated with the Community of Interbeing UK (registered charity number 1096680)
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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

 

guildford sangha

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