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Be Calm, Be Happy: a course in mindfulness – Oxford

Be Calm, Be Happy is a 6-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life and as an opportunity to become happier.

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5 Oct 2018 - 16 Nov 2018

The Venue@Cowley, Oxford, OX4 3RQ

£30 – £160

Course overview

Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over six weekly classes. Each class includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by experienced facilitators in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Course content

Session 1: Stopping and calming

Session 2: Turning to the positive

Session 3: Loving communication

Session 4: Nourishing happiness

Session 5: Interdependence and community

Session 6: Guidelines for a happier life

Reported benefits

Increased enjoyment of life

Increased ability to be calm and relaxed

Increased control of emotions such as anger and anxiety

Improved sleep quality

Fewer feelings of anxiety and depression

Who can attend

This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice. It is suitable for those of all faiths and none. Our course participants come from a wide range of backgrounds. Many of our participants are keen to learn new ways to look after their own well being and to identify positive responses to challenging situations.


Participants will gain most from this course if they are able to attend all the classes and to do the suggested homework and home practice in between. Creating a stable and strong practice of mindfulness is a habit that needs regular, ideally daily, practice. If you know ahead of time that you cannot make a session then please discuss with your course leader so that you can understand the content of the missed session. If you have to miss a session at short notice please arrive early for the next session so that you can speak to the Course Leader ahead of time.

Course schedule

This course is taught over 6 weeks from Friday 5th October – 16th November.

Please make sure you are able to attend every session. Each class is 2 hours long and the class timings are 12:30 – 14:30. We recommend that you aim to arrive 10 minutes before each class is due to start (i.e., by 12.20).

Course leaders

The course leaders are Jenny Yeong and Jan Seed.


I have been meditating for over 20 years, and about 10 years ago I went on my first retreat in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Since doing this practice I have found great joy in everyday things. Also all sorts of daily life difficulties have become easier. I hope that you will benefit too. I get great support from being a part of, and helping to run, the local group with Sue and others. I also run a small monthly meditation group for people with ME/CFS.

Picture of course leader, Jan


I have been practising in this tradition since 2000. I have benefited hugely from Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings and find the practices to be a great support and ballast in navigating life. The mind always tries to complicate things and I love the simplicity and clarity of mindfulness to help cut through all the chatter.

Picture of course leader, Jenny

Ticket pricing

We ask you to consider carefully what you can realistically afford without depriving yourself and your family or dependents. Supported and Concession Tickets are intended for those who are unwaged, have a low household income and/or limited funds available. In offering a range of ticket prices we aim to make the course available to as many people as possible.

£30 – Supported Ticket, unwaged

£60 – Concession Ticket, low income

£95 – Standard Ticket, break even price

£130 – one Standard Ticket, plus enabling a Concession place

£160 – one Standard Ticket, plus enabling a Supported place

How to attend

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