Practical meditation and mindfulness techniques for health, well-being and happiness
Classes, day retreats and courses taught in Cheltenham
Current teaching status: UPDATED 10/5
I am now teaching online only. See below for details of online classes.
I am keen to continue teaching and providing a meditation community for us all. My feeling is that Zen practice is of particular benefit in tough times, and that we will benefit from continuing to practise together and support one another.
My regular Wednesday night Zen class is particularly suitable for people looking to take their meditation practice deeper, but newcomers are always welcome. If you are interested in starting to meditate, be sure to take a look at my free introductory book, Pathways of Meditation.
Details of live classes can be found here:
May all beings be safe and well. Take care of yourself and the people around you. Thank you.
Explore an accessible, effective approach to meditation and mindfulness which is rooted in the profound tradition of Zen.
Zen helps us to develop stillness and clarity of mind, resilience in the face of life's difficulties, grounding and embodiment. The path of Zen begins with simple, practical techniques to help us manage stress, pain and difficult emotions, and over time leads us to an increasing sense of freedom and engagement with every aspect of our lives. We use a combination of sitting meditation, mindful movement, instruction and discussion to explore the Great Way together.
If you've never meditated before, start here!
My name is Matt, and my dharma name is Togen, which means 'penetrating the source'. I am a fully qualified teacher in the Zenways meditation and mindfulness teacher training programme, and am currently working towards accreditation by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). I am authorised to teach meditation for personal well-being and also for insight into our true nature (awakening or enlightenment, called kensho or satori in Zen).
I have been practising meditation and mindfulness for over ten years. My experience includes both the Zen tradition (currently studying under Daizan Roshi with Zenways, and prior to that with the Western Chan Fellowship) and also a range of other approaches to practice (particularly working with Leigh Brasington, studying jhana and insight practices from early Buddhism).
I have benefitted profoundly in my own life from these practices, and believe passionately in sharing them with others for the benefit of all.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on Facebook at fb.me/CheltenhamZen.