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WELCOME!

The Manchester Mindfulness Festival is an independently-organised event that aims to serve the community with a rich programme filled with highly informative mindfulness-based talks and workshops, making mindfulness more easily available to everyone and inspire ripples across the region and beyond.

 
 

SAVE THE DATE! THE NEXT EDITION WILL TAKE PLACE ON 29/30 OCTOBER 2022.

2021 feedback:

“A festival that just kept giving with a continuous thread of compassion woven throughout.”


“What a great event! Hope this becomes an annual thing to help ‘water our seeds.’ See you there next time.” 


“I am so, so glad that I went to this festival. The speakers really helped me to reconnect and reignite my passion for Mindfulness. Unfortunately, of late, my light dimmed somewhat and I lost my direction. However, walking away from this festival today my light was fully beaming and I was feeling excited about the direction that I'll be taking Mindfulness next.” 

“Already cannot wait for next years' event.”

“Great day and fantastic speakers!”

“An insightful and inspiring day - thank you.”

“What a great day it was with great speakers that made the day, the day it was and the bonus of enhancing my own learning on this subject and how it goes a long way in complementing everything I do in Wellbeing and Mental Health. Thank you for a great day and I’m looking forward to the weekend of 29/30th Oct 2022 where I can experience great things again.”

“Amazing, positive, inspiring day.”

“The Festival delivered a great inspirational programme with a wealth of professional speakers who gave passionate talks, which were engaging, informative and fun… providing lots of information and evidence as to how Mindfulness had not only improved their lives but that of other people in the community.”


“Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the event. It was fantastic. I am going to ‘go and open the door’.”


“I want to do it all over again today. Still buzzing with inspiration.”

“What a day! Huge thanks to Christoph and his wonderful volunteers for putting on such a fantastic event -it was a great success!”

“The festival has been such a positive event.” 

 
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Following the success of The Manchester Mindfulness Festival last October, we are delighted to announce our next event and invite you to an intimate Mindfulness mini-retreat hosted by Liz Lord (Oxford Mindfulness Centre) and Christoph Spiessens.

A nourishing morning of practice and community, suitable for beginners with an existing mindfulness practice and more advanced practitioners.

All practices will be based on the traditional practices from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programmes, for example Sitting Meditation, Body Scan, gentle Mindful Movement, Loving-Kindness, Mountain Meditation and Choiceless Awareness.

We look forward to spending a mindful morning with you!

Limited to 35 guests. 

 
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Enjoy spending a mindful, retreat-style day with speakers from the fields of Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQ+, Education, Sport, Art, Yoga, Trauma, Buddhism and more across 4 comfortable meeting rooms. We have the entire Ground Floor of this quiet venue to ourselves. A day of learning, practice and community.

 

2021 PROGRAMME

There are 4 sessions (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon) and guests can choose between 3 speakers/talks for each session. These sessions are likely to include some mindfulness practice, but there are also whole-group practice sessions around the 4 sessions.

The programme is subject to change. Meeting rooms will be announced on the day.

09:30 AM

Welcome to Friends' Meeting House!

DOORS OPEN

09:30 - 09:55

Our friendly event support staff will check you in (please show e-ticket or printed ticket)

REGISTRATION

10:00 - 10:20

OPENING

Main Hall

Welcome

Introduction to speakers and event support team

Opening practice

10:30 - 11:20

SESSION 1

Speaker 1: Natalie Rossiter | Mindfulness for Modern Life 
Speaker 2: Louise Thompson | The Mindful Museum 
Speaker 3: Kareen Griffiths | How Diversity and Inclusion Through Mindfulness Connects Us

11:30 - 12:20

SESSION 2

Speaker 4: Christoph Spiessens | A Sitting Meditation Practice 
Speaker 5: Amy Davies | Mindful Movement: Moving with Compassion 
Speaker 6: Markus Greenwood & Karen Welsh | Rainbow Mind LGBTQ Project

12:30 - 12:45

A guided practice in the Main Hall

SILENT MOMENT

12:45 - 13:45

LUNCH BREAK

Please note: Water/tea/coffee will be freely available at the festival, but this is not a catered event. Given the central location of the venue, there is a range of local shops and cafes to visit during the lunch break. 


The Manchester Art Gallery Café kindly offers all guests of the Manchester Mindfulness Festival a 10% discount (upon showing proof of attending the festival). The café has a fully vegetarian/vegan menu and a great coffee, tea and cake selection! 81 Princess St, Manchester M2 3JL, inside the Manchester Art Gallery. 

13:45 - 14:00

A guided practice in the Main Hall

SILENT MOMENT

14:00 - 14:50

SESSION 3

Speaker 7: Chris Ruane | Be the Change You Want to See in the World 
Speaker 8: George Bate | Mindfulness on the Move
Speaker 9: Christine McLean | Surviving Trauma: The Benefits of a Mindfulness Practice

15:00 - 15:50

SESSION 4

Speaker 10: Shaun Donaghy | Creating a Kinder and More Effective Workplace
Speaker 11: Liz Lord | Mindfulness in Schools and Education
Speaker 12: Christoph Spiessens | Grounded and Hopeful: A Sitting Meditation Practice

16:00 - 16:30

Main Hall

CLOSING MEDITATION

16:30 - 17:00

Main Hall and Agora

NETWORKING / COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY

17:00 -

MINDFUL SOCIAL GATHERING (OPTIONAL)

After our main event has finished and the venue has closed at 5 pm, there is an option to join us for a social gathering hosted by Liz Lord. She is offering a very informal and brief tour around the local area with the opportunity to socialise and perhaps have some food too. Weather and numbers depending, we will find somewhere nice to eat and have the chance for a chat. For those of you who are visiting Manchester for the first time or fancy some more time with like-minded people, everyone is most welcome!

 

SPEAKERS & EVENT SUPPORT TEAM

We are very keen to offer local, lesser-known Mindfulness practitioners an opportunity to be a part of this festival and have endeavoured to put together an inclusive programme that reflects this vision as much as possible. 

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KAREEN GRIFFITHS

How Diversity and Inclusion Through Mindfulness Connects Us: Discover how mindfulness can help break through the barriers of bias to create inclusive, compassionate spaces  

Kareen has a long and successful career helping global organisations lead their people through change. After overcoming her own personal challenges related to work stress, overcoming panic attacks and anxiety, she found that Mindfulness became her forever friend in life. She decided to qualify as a Mindfulness teacher and is now dedicated to helping others find inner calm so people can thrive in their professional and personal life and find their sense of belonging in the ever-changing world we live in.

Kareen calls her programmes ‘The Calmify Experience’ which are accessible, inclusive, creative and fun and taught in a way that provides a safe place for everyone.

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CHRIS RUANE

Be the Change You Want to See in the World: Mindfulness in Parliament and Beyond

Chris Ruane was a teacher and deputy head from 1982-97 and an MP from 1997 to 2019 (with two years out of parliament 2015-17). He is a long-time advocate for mental health and human flourishing. Working with the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre (OMC) and the Mindfulness Initiative, he helped to establish a Mindfulness practice group in UK Parliament in 2013 and the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group in 2014. He was also an officer on all party groups for Wellbeing Economics, Art and Wellbeing and Gut Health. Over the past 8 years, 300 UK parliamentarians and 500 members of their staff have received Mindfulness training. Chris has helped to introduce Mindfulness in 11 legislatures around the world and developed links to a further 35 legislatures. He has spoken at the Google Wisdom 2.0 conference in 2014, United Nations in June 2019, OECD Wellness Summit in October 2019, as well as at the Mind and Life Mindfulness Conference Munich in September 2019. He has delivered talks and lectures on Mindfulness and wellbeing at the following Universities: Oxford (Said Business School and the Dept of Politics), Berkeley, Harvard (Kennedy School of Government), Toronto, Galway, UCL, Warwick, Bangor, Radboud, Aarhus, Lyon, and Manchester Metropolitan. Chris has just published his account of taking Mindfulness into the political sphere in the UK and around the world in The American Psychological Association's Journal, The Humanistic Psychologist. In this session, Chris Ruane will be interviewed by Christoph Spiessens, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

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NATALIE ROSSITER, DIP COUNS MBACP ACCRED

Mindfulness for Modern Life: How to incorporate more presence and calm into busy days 

Natalie Rossiter has been teaching mindfulness in various forms, including workshops and guided meditations, in her counselling practice since 2015. In her popular and experiential talk, "Mindfulness for Modern Life," she shares how people can practice mindfulness, compassion and non-judgement in their day-to-day lives. Ideal for guests of the Festival who are new to Mindfulness or who are looking for a refresher. 

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MARKUS GREENWOOD

Rainbow Mind LGBTQ Project: Learn about Rainbow Mind and the Radical Self-care course we deliver. Experience some interactive aspects of the course, increasing self-compassion and mindful awareness

Markus is CEO at Mind in Salford. He is a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor and has trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Interventions with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Mindflow. He has also trained as a Mindfulness Supervisor with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice – Bangor University. Markus is the Mindfulness Lead at Mind in Salford, managing a team of mindfulness practitioners and pioneering the setup of a national mindfulness teaching training programme across local Minds. Markus is the co-founder and Northern hub Director of Rainbow Mind, tackling mental health within the LGBTQI community. He will co-present the talk, "Rainbow Mind LGBTQ Project" with Karen Welsh.

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KAREN WELSH

Rainbow Mind LGBTQ Project: Learn about Rainbow Mind and the Radical Self-care course we deliver. Experience some interactive aspects of the course, increasing self-compassion and mindful awareness

Karen is a qualified Mindfulness teacher trained through the Mindfulness in Mind Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) at Mind in Salford. She has delivered the 8-week MBSR course and Mindfulness taster sessions for a variety of organisations. She also delivers the Radical Self-Care (RadSec) courses for Rainbow Mind, a mental health awareness and support project for the LGBTQI+ community, coordinated in Greater Manchester by Mind in Salford, and has completed teacher training for the Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week course developed by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. Karen supports and supervises new MBSR and RadSec teachers in training. She will co-present the talk, "Rainbow Mind LGBTQ Project" with Markus Greenwood.

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SHAUN DONAGHY

Creating a Kinder and More Effective Workplace: How leaders can use mindfulness to change work culture and improve outcomes

Shaun Donaghy is the Chief Economist of Public Health England. He is also the former Chief Economist of the Health and Safety Executive and hosts the podcast ' Mindfulness for Beginners.' He teaches the 'Be Calm, Be Happy' course on behalf of Plum Village, an educational charity established by Thich Nhat Hanh. 

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CHRISTINE MCLEAN

Surviving Trauma: The Benefits of a Mindfulness Practice. In this inspirational talk, Christine shares how she survived brain trauma, defeated all the odds and explains how love and mindfulness can help to overcome negative thinking

Seventeen years ago, Christine was in a car crash that left her with serious brain injuries. Having no understanding of how to function in everyday life or how to support herself, she became suicidal and was placed on medication for over eight years. The damage caused part of the cortex communication system in her brain to stop working which resulted in episodes of PTSD, manic depression, bipolar tendencies and the possible onset of schizophrenia on top of all the physical injuries. Christine has studied for 15 years and today offers Mindfulness, Meditation and breathwork sessions that can allow the regeneration of cells, establish new communication systems and rebuild the mind through creativity, play and meditation, both online and in-person, to communities, charities and schools. She facilitates fun and easy learning practices that can help people regain calmness, joy and confidence in their everyday lives.

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LIZ LORD, MSC

Mindfulness in Schools and Education: The latest research and what’s happening on the ground. What we know about mindfulness in schools and how this is being delivered to school staff and young people.

Liz Lord is a teacher and trainer at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Head of Teacher Development for The ‘Mindfulness in Schools Project’ (MiSP) charity. She is now based in Manchester having spent the last 6 years as a senior researcher and the school's liaison lead for the MYRIAD project at the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.  She is passionate about communicating the latest scientific research in ‘Mindfulness for schools’ effectively to the Education community and beyond. Before joining the OMC, Liz worked as a school teacher and part of the Senior Leadership Team in a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford where she taught mindfulness to pupils and led its implementation. Previously, she was an Assistant Head at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital school. Liz has taught mindfulness courses to teachers, heads, parents and educational psychologists. She has an MSc in Mindfulness-based Approaches from Bangor University, where her particular interest was looking at mindfulness for school teachers.

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GEORGE BATE

Mindfulness on the Move: Reconnecting with your body and the world around it. Practical ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily life

Praised by schoolteachers for daydreaming in class, George developed this into worry and anxiety, which he took with him into adult life, working in a corporate environment.  After 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, he discovered mindfulness and managed to leave stress (and his career) behind. In 2016, he set up a northern programme for The Running Charity, using running as a platform to help young homeless people transform their lives. At the same time, he continued to develop his mindfulness practice, undertaking 10-day silent retreats and training as a teacher. George delivers mindfulness courses & sessions with a number of other teachers.

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AMY DAVIES

Mindful Movement: Moving with Compassion. In this session, you will be invited to slow down and listen to the wisdom of the body, through a series of gentle, explorative movements

Amy will facilitate the Mindful Movement session at our festival. She is a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator, Yoga Teacher and Embodiment Coach. Amy specialises in supporting individuals experiencing stress, burnout, chronic pain and fatigue conditions. Cultivating awareness is at the heart of everything she teaches. With this insight, she guides people to compassionately work with their body and felt sense to explore new options. This can lead to profound shifts in how we think, feel, move, relate and be. Her aim is to empower others; making this work practical, relatable and easy to integrate into our everyday modern lives. Her approach is trauma-sensitive, inclusive and accessible. She teaches from her lived experience of a pain and fatigue condition, alongside her ongoing practice and training in mindfulness meditation, pain science, nervous system regulation, embodied coaching, yoga and somatic movement. No change of clothes is required for participants and Amy will offer multiple options in the session, to meet different people's requirements. The session will be suitable for all levels of experience and practice. 

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LOUISE THOMPSON

The Mindful Museum: Learn about the relationship between mindfulness and art and how Manchester Art Gallery uses creativity to support people to learn and practice mindfulness 

Louise is the Health and Wellbeing Manager at Manchester Art Gallery as well as a Museums and Wellbeing Consultant. Having been with the gallery for 15 years, she oversees a programme of events, workshops and exhibitions that explore the relationship between art and mindfulness. Louise has developed different courses that use art and creativity as a tool to learn and practice mindfulness and often works in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health Services, Manchester Mind and other mental health organisations. From drop-in public workshops that guide people in mindful looking to curating the gallery's first mindful exhibition, Louise has pioneered mindfulness practice in the cultural sector. She works with other museums and galleries across the nation supporting them to develop wellbeing programmes and has been invited to speak about her work in various cities across Europe. She is passionate about teaching mindfulness in an accessible, practical and trauma-sensitive way. Louise's talk is called, "The Mindful Museum." Learn about the relationship between mindfulness and art and how Manchester Art Gallery uses creativity to support people to learn and practice mindfulness.

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CHRISTOPH SPIESSENS

Festival Host (and select group meditations)

Christoph is the founder of The Manchester Mindfulness Festival. His vision is simple: To organise an event in central Manchester that makes Mindfulness more accessible to both beginner and advanced practitioners, without bells (well, with the exception of meditation bells!), whistles or territoriality, but with inclusion, collaboration, and respect for the integrity and essence of Mindfulness. He is a certified Mindfulness teacher, Learning & Development professional, and also teaches on the app, Insight Timer. His personal development book, ‘Life of a Lifetime,’ is published by Business Expert Press, NY. Christoph is particularly fascinated by the intersection of neuroscience, Mindfulness and spirituality. He is studying for a master’s degree in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at Bangor University.

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STACEY WITHINGTON & JEANETTE MCGUFFIE

Event Support

The psychological safety of our festival visitors is paramount. Although Mindfulness practice is generally very safe, Stacey Withington and Jeanette McGuffie are available on the day in case guests require urgent psychological help. They are the owners of Beyoutiful Reflections Counselling and Wellbeing Service, based in the Greater Manchester area. Together, they have qualifications in Counselling, Criminology and Forensics Psychology, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Life coaching. Whilst delivering bespoke Mindfulness workshops to institutions such as schools, community centres and more, this duo also utilise Mindfulness techniques within their private counselling practice. Both take pride in the way their services help people to strive for growth, placing value on compassion, kindness, grit, positivity and empowerment.

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HEATHER ARNOLD

Event Support

Heather discovered Mindfulness about 8 years ago when working in a high pressured job and studying to be a chartered accountant. Having suffered from depression and anxiety since childhood she had never found the right tools to cope with her mental illness and move forward from it, until a friend introduced her to Mindfulness. She felt she needed to share Mindfulness with the world so started by going on some courses and setting up a regular group in the workplace. Since then she has become a qualified teacher with the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation and has been exploring mindfulness combined with art therapy. She runs regular group classes/courses locally and online and creates tailored workshops for care homes and businesses. 

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BRIDGET MULROY

Event Support

Bridget is a Mindfulness advocate and is delighted to be a part of the Event Support team.

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ED CUTLER

Event Support Lead

Ed is our Event Support Lead.

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NICK HAMMOND

Event Support

Nick is a Mindfulness Teacher, studying for his Masters in Mindfulness at Bangor University. He is also a Trustee of The Mindfulness Network and a Street Wizard at StreetWisdom.org (urban-based creativity and mindfulness workshops). Nick is a Marketing and Advertising Director with  30+ years experience. His passions include his family (Jo, Rory, Luke and Miles), outdoor swimming and walking his dog (Elliott) in the Surrey Hills.

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ALFIE

Event Support - Photography (*)

Some photographs might be taken throughout The Manchester Mindfulness Festival. This will be done with the greatest care and respect for the retreat-style ambience and approach to the event, and mainly during non-meditation moments.

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ACCESSIBILITY 

Our aim is to make the Manchester Mindfulness Festival as accessible as possible to visitors with visible and non-visible disabilities. We will endeavour to make your visit as safe and comfortable as possible. For example, a BSL sign language interpreter will be available on the day upon request, or special seating arrangements can be provided. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and we will liaise with the venue and entire event team to establish how all necessary arrangements can be made.


 
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We believe in sustainability. As promised, a portion of all ticket sales was donated to OneTreePlanted.org, an environmental charity with a focus on global reforestation. These projects restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for wildlife. Thank you for your support!

 

EVENT PARTNERS

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JOLLY JOSH

Jolly Josh is a local charity based in Rochdale that provides dedicated peer support and safe spaces for children, families and carers of children with disabilities, complex and special needs. Jolly Josh was set up by devoted mum Carole in September 2017, exactly one month after her son Joshua James passed away at just 15 months old. Within the first year of opening, Jolly Josh welcomed 63 families and 23 professionals from the NHS, other charities and services, enabling children and families to connect, support and thrive. www.jollyjosh.co.uk

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LET'S GO FORWARD

Let’s Go Forward came about in response to the redundancies announced by Thomas Cook in 2019. We realised that there's little support for highly skilled people with many years of work experience, who have become unemployed. The longer they are unemployed, the less work-ready they become. We started a community called Let's Go Forward, to support people who have been made redundant or who are going through professional change.
The community harnesses the potential of individuals coming together to help each other through a difficult time. It is a community that recognises the specific impact of redundancy and provides space for people to gain skills, confidence, and connections to help them take the next step. We don't provide expert advice on employment or redundancy matters but want to create a network which includes people and organisations who can. We want to foster empathy, selflessness, and generosity. Email: Hello@LetsGoForward.org.uk

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THE MINDFULNESS NETWORK

The Mindfulness Network is a registered charity. We serve the mindfulness community and general public through supervision, retreats and training courses. By developing mindfulness and compassion both internally and through our services, the Mindfulness Network has the intention to reduce/alleviate human suffering, promote well-being and create the conditions in which people, communities and the planet, can flourish. We offer a network of services that are supportive to the visions of the UK university centres, but which sit more easily in a not-for-profit company. The Mindfulness Network brings together highly-trained mindfulness-based supervisors, retreat leaders and teacher trainers who all work within Good Practice Standards set out by the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) to support both personal and professional development. We also know there is a deep desire within the mindfulness community for connection; alongside our services, we provide opportunities to practice and learn together, through regular donation-based events and activities. Visit us: www.mindfulness-network.org

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BREATHWORKS

Breathworks is an international mindfulness organisation founded in the United Kingdom, which offers mindfulness-based approaches to living well with pain, stress, and illness. Since 2001, they have trained over 100,000 people to unlock the benefits of mindfulness and compassion practice for themselves, their patients and their communities. Breathworks also runs an accredited teacher training programme that has qualified over 600 mindfulness teachers in over 35 different countries. The organisation is committed to making mindfulness accessible and inclusive to everyone and provides bursaries and scholarships for those with financial barriers. Visit: www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk

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MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

We’re open! Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. What can you expect when you visit the Gallery? Discover here 

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RAINBOW MIND

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MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CENTRE

Manchester Buddhist Centre has been a centre for teaching and Buddhist practice since 1977 and we have been in our current location in the Northern Quarter since 1996. We have taught meditation and Buddhism to thousands of people from Greater Manchester and beyond. We are well known for our friendly, informal style of teaching, exploring what Buddhism can teach us in the modern West. We have taster classes for newcomers six days a week, as well as courses and workshops for all levels of interest and experience. There are three Sangha retreats this year. Visitors are very welcome ­– we have been awarded a Marque of Excellence for our outstanding welcome to visitors, tourists and people new to the Centre.

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MINDFUL DIRECTORY

Mindful Directory, a collaboration with mindful.org, is a global platform where mindfulness professionals and training organizations share their details and display event information.  On the Directory, you will find a range of meditation courses, retreats and teachers. Mindful Directory brings together mindfulness meditation teachers & professionals and events in one convenient location. Visit: mindfuldirectory.org

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OUR MAN IN EUROPE

Do you want to learn a language from scratch? Brush up on your rusty language skills from school? Get extra help ahead of GCSEs or A-Levels? Our Man in Europe is here to support you with personal 1:1 online tuition tailored to your own study goals in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Prices from £15.00 per hour. Contact Peter to discuss your requirements further:
Telephone 07871 769 527 Email: peter@ourmanineurope.co.uk

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STRESS FREE PRINT

Based in Bolton. Print without the palaver! Leaflets, posters, brochures, signage, exhibitions and lots, lots more. Quick, easy, stress-free online printing services. Visit: www.stressfreeprint.co.uk

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GREYRABBIT

Creating beautifully designed things is what we do. Whether it’s a brand, a website, a brochure or a campaign. Visit: www.greyrabbit.agency

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JOIN US! BE A PARTNER/SPONSOR

Get in touch if you wish to be a Partner of the Manchester Mindfulness Festival! We are particularly keen to give local charities an opportunity to raise their profile at our event. We also welcome Sponsors and look forward to exploring a responsible collaboration.

 
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GET IN TOUCH

For inquiries about The 2022 Manchester Mindfulness Festival, please use the form or contact details below

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FAQ'S

Do I have to attend the full day? You are welcome to stay for the full day or attend only your chosen talks/workshops. Please note that you can't purchase individual sessions, your ticket is for the whole day. There is no need to prebook any specific sessions, you can choose on the day.

Do I need to have a daily Mindfulness practice? No, you are welcome to explore our introductory and more advanced sessions. Mindfulness experience is useful, but not essential.

Is Mindfulness safe? Although our speakers and facilitators are professionals and Mindfulness practice is generally very safe, you take part at your own risk and we ask you to stop practicing if you feel uncomfortable and let a member of staff know if you require psychological help.  


“Mindfulness is neither relaxation nor in the service of becoming relaxed. While relaxation may be a positive outcome of some mindfulness practices, mindfulness is about attending to and being aware of our experiences, whether they are positive, negative, or neutral. Mindfulness is not about zoning out. In fact, it is referred to in classical teachings as waking up to our experiences and lives. In mindfulness-based programmes, the practice has the intention to better understand the mind and then to train it in the service of living with less suffering and greater joy and ease.”


From “Mindfulness – Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology” by Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken, PhD.

If I can no longer attend, can I get a refund? You can request a refund up to 1 day before the event. If you are not satisfied with your experience during the event, please contact us to discuss a potential refund on 07884 076 893.  

What about Covid-19 restrictions? We adhere to the latest capacity restrictions and rules set out by the Government. This means that guidance can change, but we will contact you with any updates before the start of the event. In case of event cancellation or postponement, you will be contacted to be offered a ticket refund (minus any booking fees) or alternative date. 

Is this a religious/spiritual event? Although it is generally considered that Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, Mindfulness can be experienced and practiced entirely secularly. The Manchester Mindfulness Festival has no intention to purposefully promote any religion. Unless specifically advertised as a Dharma talk by a Buddhist teacher, all sessions will be secular. 

What do I need to bring/wear? A casual dress code applies at the festival. As some sessions will include longer meditations, it is important that you feel comfortable during the practice. If you prefer to lie down during the sessions, feel free to bring a yoga mat or meditation cushion. There will be a limited number of yoga mats available at the venue, free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis.


Does the ticket price include catering? Water/tea/coffee will be freely available at the festival, but this is not a catered event. Given the central location of the venue, there is a range of local shops and cafes to visit during the lunch break.


The Manchester Art Gallery Café kindly offers all guests of the Manchester Mindfulness Festival a 10% discount (upon showing proof of attending the festival). The café has a fully vegetarian/vegan menu and a great coffee, tea and cake selection! 81 Princess St, Manchester M2 3JL, inside the Manchester Art Gallery. 

When is the next edition? We are delighted to announce that the next edition of The Manchester Mindfulness Festival will take place weekend 28/29/30 October 2022.

 

Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Terms and Conditions 

We look forward to welcoming you at our event! Please note that participation in meditation and other exercises during the event is entirely optional. The guidance offered at the event is not a substitute for professional advice such as that given by a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or counsellor. The information provided by the presenters at The Manchester Mindfulness Festival does not constitute legal or professional advice, nor does it intend to do so. The guidance is expressed in good faith for general guidance, and no liability can be accepted for loss or expense incurred as a result of relying in particular circumstances on statements made during the event. Under no circumstances can you hold Christoph Spiessens and The Manchester Mindfulness Festival liable for any actions that you take as a result of attending the event.

The Manchester Mindfulness Festival is organised by Christoph Spiessens Coaching Solutions Ltd., 76 King Street, Manchester, M2 4NH (“The Organisers"). Phone number: 07884 076 893. Email: Connect@ChristophSpiessens.com 


Guests will not be allowed admission to The Manchester Mindfulness Festival without a valid ticket.


Tickets cannot be resold for commercial gain.


Tickets can be transferred but only with prior permission from the Organisers. Please contact us within 48 hours of the event.


The Organisers of The Manchester Mindfulness Festival reserve the right to refuse admission, for the safety of all guests and presenters at the event.


In case of significant changes to the programme (such as speaker changes), the Organisers will do everything possible to contact and notify ticket holders in advance, using registration contact details provided, without being obliged to refund or exchange tickets. 

Due to seat availability, the Organisers cannot guarantee access to specific sessions during the event. 


Although there is a strong focus on community and networking, it is strictly prohibited to sell or promote products anywhere during the Manchester Mindfulness Festival, except if written permission from the Organisers was requested and granted.


We take your personal data very seriously and take responsibility to protect it. We do not sell your data to third parties. We respect privacy, and your rights to control your personal data. Your contact details (name/first name/email address) are only required during the booking process on Eventbrite. Your contact details will NOT be added to any email lists, other than the official Manchester Mindfulness Festival email list in case we need to contact you with information about this specific event and/or future Manchester Mindfulness Festival editions. Additional communication opt-in choices are available to you upon registration on Eventbrite. All payment details and payment issues are to be discussed between you and Eventbrite. The Manchester Mindfulness Festival has no access to your payment details.  

(*) Photography disclaimer: Please note that some photographs might be taken throughout The Manchester Mindfulness Festival. This will be done with the greatest care and respect for the retreat-style ambience and approach to the event, and mainly during non-meditation moments. Images might be used by the Organisers to help promote future Manchester Mindfulness Festivals. Please contact the event Organiser if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.

 

CRISIS SUPPORT

If you are in crisis and are concerned for your own safety:

Call 999 or go to A&E

Call Samaritans on 116 123

Call NHS Direct on 111

Or you can text SHOUT to 85258

 

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