Mindsprings is a project set up by Alistair Appleton in 2005 to explore the uses and benefits of meditation in the modern world.
Much clinical meditation (mainly mindfulness) these days concentrates on working with addiction and depression, but at Mindsprings we're just as interested in working with wellness and the promotion of mental health before the "illness" and pathology set in.
Alistair combines his training as a psychotherapist with more than a decade's study and practice in the Buddhist meditation tradition, in order to maximise the way meditation practise can really help. Not only by reducing stress or taking us to altered states but also by understanding how the human brain works in the world, how we relate to one another and how problematic patterns get entrenched.
Mindsprings courses are often different from traditional mediatation retreats. We don't sit on the floor, or in total silence or utter stillness. There is space for discussion, feedback, one-on-one support. There's often quite a lot of laughter as well as the chance for emotional work.
We're also interested in tailoring mindfulness to different experiences and finding new ways of approaching the age-old quesion "how can we stop suffering and maximise happiness?" Often the courses will be addressing a particular theme - for example, anxiety or relationships or sexuality. And we're always looking to explore new areas, collaborate and work with different groups. So please communicate with us about this site, or any questions you have about mindfulness or the work we're doing.
People of any religious belief or none, any political stripe or none are very welcome to our courses. However, we pride ourselves on being a safe and progressive space for people to share their experience. We welcome gay, lesbian, trans people and people with disabilities. We make special place for refugees, the elderly and those of us suffering from mental health difficulties. Anyone who struggles financially can write to get some assistance to attend. We will never condone xenophobia, racism or sexism.