mindfulness courses and compassion courses in north london

what people who've done mindfulness courses and compassion courses for healthy living say ...

"I realised, by persevering, mindfulness is not a quick fix!"

"I believe this course really will have a positive impact on my life."

"I enjoyed the journey very much - thank you."

"Lokadhi's a very experienced and insightful course leader."

"I wanted to re-experience the course again - so many things this time seemed totally new to me."

"I've broken patterns of negative thinking, become more present, and now see a richness and beauty in things."

"I've come to recognise the importance of self care."

Mindfulness courses and Compassion courses for Healthy Living develop life skills ...

for managing the ups and downs of everyday life as well as, more specifically, anxiety, depression, stress, addictive or obsessive behaviours, chronic illness and pain.

Both mindfulness courses and compassion courses give you the opportunity to develop a different relationship with yourself, your experience of intimate partners, friends, family, colleagues and people you encounter daily – as well as life more broadly.

The skills you develop in integrating mindfulness into your daily life, and developing greater compassion towards yourself and others, will be with you for the rest of your life.

participants say ...

"Doing the course was incredibly timely and helpful during a particularly difficult episode in my life."


"The venue is perfect."


"It helped to take each day as a fresh start when I found myself I struggling to keep up the home practice."


"I've gained focus, and demystification of meditation ... hope and positivity!"


"I've benefitted by gaining comfort in my own breath and body."


"I've got out of a rut; re-sharpened my curiosity and compassion after they'd got blunt."


"I'm relating to bad habits differently - playing with them."


"I struggled with finding time (family, work), but blocked out time well in advance."


"I gained a really positive and emotionally-charged experience of my body and its importance in my life - feels very good."


introductory mindfulness and compassion courses

This popular 3-week course is for those who would like to experience mindfulness or compassion training and don't feel ready, or able, to commit to a longer course. A great way to dip your toe in the water! It also offers and excellent top-up for those who have previously completed a mindfulness or compassion course. 

There will be home practice for you to do between classes – course costs include materials, including pre-recorded guided meditations.

Course costs covers materials including pre-recorded meditation practices and handouts.

2020 courses (more dates to be announced):

3 Thursday evenings

16, 23, 30 January

7:00 - 9:00 pm

venue for these courses:  the North London Buddhist Centre,
72 Holloway Road, Highbury, London N7 8JG.

The Centre handles all matters relating to place availability and bookings, and is close to Highbury and Islington tube and overground stations; frequent buses stop close by.

For answers to frequently asked questions about Introductory courses:

9-week compassion for healthy living course in London

9 Thursday evenings

07 February-03 April

6:45-9:15 pm 
and practice day (11:00 am-4:00 pm, Sunday 15 March)
£265 (concessions £215 or £155)

This compassion course takes participants on a journey of cultivating both mindfulness and compassion, and offers a range of tools for bringing these practices into daily life. Successfully introduced in the autumn of 2018, and drawing on established compassion-based approaches, the course is experiential in style, with a strong theoretical underpinning. 

Course costs cover materials including pre-recorded meditation practices: £265
concessions: £215 (on low income), £155 (students/people receiving state benefit)

For more information including answers to frequently asked questions about Compassion for Healthy Living courses:

venue for these compassion courses:  North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, London N7 8JG (see below for map)

Mindfulness courses for Healthy Living in London:

Ageing Mindfully

Change is inevitable, and one of the biggest challenges is how to meet the inescapable fact that we all change with age.  Ageing affects us all – and our loved ones – sooner or later.

This 9-week course is for any adult, whatever your age: whether you’re coming up to a ‘milestone’ birthday (25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 …); finding it hard not to be adversely affected by media images of youth, beauty and physical prowess; caring for an elderly relative; struggling with the constraints of getting older yourself; or simply want to look forward to advancing years with a sense of wonder, adventure and acceptance.

The course closely follows the established MBCT model, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) model – which is very similar to MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), with a specific emphasis on compassion and self-compassion in relation to the ageing process.

Course costs covers materials including pre-recorded meditation practices and handouts.

9 Thursday evenings

06 February-02 April

10:45 am-1:15 pm
and practice day Sunday 17 March
11.00 am - 4.00 pm
£265 (concessions £215 or £155)

Once you’ve booked and paid, you’ll need to register before your place on the course is confirmed; please allow up to a week for this process.

venue : :North London Buddhist Centre

72 Holloway Road, Highbury, London N7 8JG   tel: 0207 700 1177

The Centre is close to Highbury and Islington tube and overground stations; frequent buses stop close by.


"Thanks for you support and guidance throughout the course." 

"I came on the course because I was feeling overwhelmed and had a long 'to-do' list."

"This was the second time I'd done the course and I learned new things."

"Thanks! It's been helpful, emotional, interesting, tiring, fun - so many things!"

"I've gained the ability to notice signs of depression and the feeling that I can do something about it."

"I found that planning the day before helped me fit in the daily practice."

"When I came on the course, I'd been struggling with blame, frustration, anger. I now have acceptance and letting go, happiness."

"Many thanks for your openness, kindness and supportiveness."

"I've gained a sense of awareness, more calmness, stillness."

"I'm now more compassionate towards myself and others, feel less angry."

what are mindfulness and compassion-based  courses like ?

The atmosphere of classes is supportive, warm and relaxed – there’s often laughter. And there’s space for quietness and reflection...

style and content

The style of learning is experiential: you develop mindfulness skills through putting them into practice in a variety of ways.

The focus is on being with your experience, altering how you relate to difficulty, and especially to things you can’t change.

You'll be introduced to simple mindfulness meditation practices and deepen your awareness through tuning in to your actual experience – becoming more responsive, less reactive.


There’s a clearly defined, structured programme, facilitated with sensitivity and flexibility. I encourage you to think of it as eight weeks’ regular home practice, supported by nine weekly classes.

Each class builds on the previous one and on the home practice between, so it’s important you can attend all the sessions. The first class is an orientation session, followed by eight weekly classes and a practice day part way through – all are integral to the course.

home practice

In between attending all nine classes and the practice day (on a Saturday or Sunday), the course requires a commitment to daily practice. It's very likely you will need to make adjustments to your life in order to fit this in. The benefits of doing so, in the company of others making the same commitment, can be truly significant.

Some of the practice can be woven into your everyday activities. However, you'll be asked to set aside 30-40 minutes a day for formal meditation practice.

"I've learned more about myself, feel more accepting of myself and generally more aware of my feelings and their importance." 

"A beautiful course and phenomenal facilitation - spacious, alive, made a clearing in my life."

"I came away with tools I can use to help me cope. There were clear instructions - and support." 

"A huge, all-embracing thank-you to Lokadhi and all the team and other participants."

"I sometimes struggled with over-thinking - trying to understand 'why'. I met this with more kindness and compassion, not so much pushing forward."

"I gained a really positive and emotionally-charged experience of my body and its importance - feels very good." 

Mindfulness and Compassion Courses for Healthy Living are taught by Lokadhi 

Lokadhi is an experienced and trained mindfulness teacher, registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations. 

Mindfulness courses for Healthy Living are run to the highest professional standards.
They observe the good practice framework set by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) with the Universities of Bangor, Exeter and Oxford. The courses adhere to NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines and follow the MBCT model.

Lokadhi Mindfulness therapist

"I was told by a friend about mindfulness a year or so ago and saw it transform her, and I've been looking for a course since then."

"I have better control over my anxiety, a sense of group healing, a gentler spirit towards myself, more connection with my body, and some control over obsessive thoughts."

"I gained incredible insight into the value of learning mindfulness and meditation - a real privilege to be part of the course."

booking information

The North London Buddhist Centre handles all matters relating to place availability and bookings.
Tel : 0207 700 1177

venue for all courses:

the North London Buddhist Centre
72 Holloway Road, Highbury, London N7 8JG

the centre is close to Highbury and Islington tube and overground stations;
frequent buses stop close by.

if you're not sure if a course is what you want ...

do try a Mindfulness/Compassion for Healthy Living practice day – normally 10.30 am-4.00 pm on a Saturday or Sunday, including time for questions.

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