The Urban Monk – Meditation Workshops

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWanderingYogi has spent the past 30 years exploring all major types of meditation on her path to samadhi. From buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas and Thailand, to yogis in Australia, Singapore, India and the US, I have managed to gather and then sort the massive breadth of knowledge about what makes meditation work for the everyday into digestible pieces for those of us who are curious, on the path.

Given my background before a yoga teacher, I like to think I can teach in a way that is not the usual big training manual, or loads of talking up front by a ‘figurehead’.  Like all real learning, it  takes your personal discipline and I like to create the space for this to emerge.

THE URBAN MONK SERIES

There are four basic elements for a successful meditation ‘seat’ (breath, focus, posture, and mental attitude).

Then there is the type of path you might be following – deep or wide.  Wide covers those aspects of mindfulness without the spiritual aspects, and deep includes those that do (such as happiness meditation, metta meditation). And there is those esoteric elements  – the mallas, chanting, mudras, singing bowls, crystals.

WanderingYogi has 3 workshops/events in the Urban Monk Series.

1. Tapas for Everyday

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This is a regular weekly one hour meditation group.  For one hour, we prepare ourselves, meditate and take the opportunity for personal self reflection. A different approach or style of meditation each week.  Sometimes outdoors, and mostly in an open sided sala. Details of when are publicised in our newsletter and our Facebook Page.  Each session looks at one or two of the basic elements of successful meditation.

“I really need the weekly practice to help me stay focussed when I practice on my own. ” (WY SANGHA feedback)

Is this for me?

Suitable for beginners to advanced meditators, who want to centre their practice around a group meditation.  My meditation master said to me, ‘find a master, find a sangha, find yourself.’  It involves personal experimentation, as the essential source of self-discovery.   No self-disclosure or group healing involved, except accidentally.  LOL.

2. living in peace – mindfulness workshop

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An 8 week, once a week for 2 hours workshop, where we explore further the elements of the meditation seat, and widen our scope for mindfulness to include our daily living.  I include stuff like how to get good sleep, diet, full body movement (like yoga), and mindfulness personal experiments for you.  Which might end up becoming mindful habits.

Example: Breath is the first thing that connects you to this world, and the last thing that helps you pass on.  So vital, yet we only breath about 20% of our capacity for air.  When we breathe, we also take in energy (prana).  We need practice in firing up our pre-frontal cortex with a natural boundless form of energy (forget coffee, well maybe not forget it, but replace a few with this).  What breath techniques can you use in your meditation and mindfulness practice that might help you find that living peace?

The next workshop will be held in February 2019, more details on our Facebook Page.

“Informative, insightful, great meditation voice, and a sense of humour “(WY meditation workshop feedback)

Is this for me?

Suitable for those of us starting out our practice, maybe derailed, or have just tried so many programs, you are about to give up.  Think this might be for you.

3. Malas, Mudras and Mantras

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Tantric meditation often involves the recitation of major stories of buddhist dieties. Monks choose a deity and then visualise themselves as that deity.  This is up at Dharmashala, the Gyoto Monks of Tibet franchise outlet (lol). Dropped in and stood out like a sore thumb (being a woman).  They were so polite.

Hardcore meditators explorer class.  Over three weeks, 1 hour a week, we learn about each, practice meditation incorporating at least two different styles of their use. A little pre-reading, because at this point, your practice has made you extremely curious.

Is this for me?

Experienced meditators who have had those ‘unusual’ experiences in meditation.  You are curious about what is happening in the meditation, to you, and to your life (‘cos a lot will be happening at this point).