Mindfulness Minds and Yuletide Yews

Ref: C3842322

Learn about mindfulness in the context of being present to the time of year and how its magic manifests in the Yew tree. The Yew tree teaches us how to surrender to what is vulnerable in ourselves. The dark energy of the Yew tree, once entered, contains illimitable light! This course comprises 4 weeks; an introductory and a concluding session of 2 hours each at the Quakers, School Lane, and 2 four hour trips on the in-between weeks: 11-1 for the indoor sessions, 11-3 for the outdoor sessions. On both trips we will meditate on the Yew's power of regeneration and the tale it tells us of everlasting life. The highlight will be the visit to the 2000 year old Yew tree on the Wirral as we approach the season of Yule, with which it has always been associated. In the last session we will share what we have learnt about the relationship between trees and humanity. Venue Name: George Fox Room at the Quakers, field trips to Eastham and Allerton.

Course aim

The Yew tree teaches us how to surrender to what is vulnerable inside ourselves. The dark energy of the Yew tree, once entered, contains illimitable light and engenders mindful minds.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify ways in which meditation on trees can develop mindfulness, with examples from history and/ or personal experience.
  • Identify ways of being present to the unfolding of the year to develop mindfulness.
  • Describe the natural and human history of the Yew tree and the mythology attached to it.
  • Meditate on Yew trees and share your experience with others, identifying areas for further exploration.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Please dress for all weathers on the days out and bring a mat or fold up chair if you wish for meditation (small mats will be provided which may suffice).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Mindfulness Minds and Yuletide Yews

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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