Welcome to this friendly community of gay bi and trans men meditating in the heart of London. Join us to learn how to stop stress and worry taking over, calm your mind and cultivate a sense of wellbeing, ease and clarity through some simple guided meditations.
Beginners welcome, no previous experience needed.
If you’re struggling right now, feel lonely, feel you’re too dependent on drugs, drink or other substances and want to have a mental detox we are here for you. And if you’re looking for how to feel a bit more centred and happy in your life, then the group offers a vibrant community of men to connect with and find your joy.
Mindfulness is not about escaping from the world or forcing your mind into silence, but as my teacher once said “it’s building a container to hold the chaos”. The evening explores how to build this strong container by connecting deeply into our body and using the breath as an anchor for our attention so that we can train our mind to stay more on a single point rather than drift into random thoughts, speculation and worries. Mindfulness helps us navigate through worry, stress and trauma and reminds us to notice the joy and pleasure in our life.
Peter came to the group for the first time in December 2022. He says: “I came to the class a little bit scared that it will be hard for me to turn off my brain for two hours. However I’m glad that I accepted this challenge. The flowing structure of the session with meditative parts, sharing among the participants and listening to Nick’s nice words prevented me from falling into any commotion. The colour, texture and intensity of his voice has a very calming quality. Two hours flew fast and I’d have even asked for more. After this touching experience I’ll integrate Mindfulness Meditation into my regular practice.”
We start with a guided meditation then go into a break for refreshments and a chance to socialise before finishing the evening with another meditation of guided practice. Two hours may seem like a long time, but in fact it goes quickly as we have a variety of shorter sections within the evening.
We sit on chairs and there are mats and cushions available so no need for you to bring your own mat.
“This group is a beacon of light for gay men in London. Nick has created a welcoming and inclusive community space which he holds with grace and kindness.” Paul
When: Every Monday except Bank Holidays
Where: Friends Meeting House, 52 Saint Martins Lane, London WC2N 4EA
Time: 7 – 9pm
Tube: Leicester Square or Charring Cross
£15 full price (supporters price making reduced fees possible)
£12 reduced (for those on a low income)
£8 concession (for students, unemployed and retired)
Reduced rates or free for those in financial need – contact Nick to request.
To book your place please click here and select your ticket or pay with cash or by card on the door.
About the teacher: Nick lived as a Buddhist monk for 7 years and has meditated for over 30 years. This group has been running since 2009. Nick shares his experience in a secular format that is open to anyone.
For guided meditations please see my You Tube channel
Or find me on Insight Timer
For Instagram and other links please click here.