Join us for the third edition!
About this Event
Following two successful events, we are delighted to announce that the third edition of the Manchester Mindfulness Festival will take place on Saturday 21 October 2023 at the iconic Bridgewater Hall (Barbirolli Room and Circle Foyer) (venue tbc.)
Theme: Keeping it Relevant
The festival enables many connections, leading to the creation of community initiatives, creative partnerships, and other projects based on the social application of mindfulness - a practice that often appears as me-centric due to its inward focus but can significantly contribute to a more inclusive world.
Like last year, we expect this event will sell out.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE as we are preparing for this event. Speakers and programme details will be released over the Summer.
The Manchester Mindfulness Festival is an independently-organised event that aims to serve the community with a rich programme filled with highly informative mindfulness-based talks and workshops, making mindfulness more easily available to everyone and inspire ripples across the region and beyond.
Enjoy spending a mindful, retreat-style day with inspirational speakers and like-minded people.
In aid of local mindfulness-based initiatives and OneTreePlanted.org.
Official Website: https://www.manchestermindfulnessfestival.com/.
Concession inquiries: [email protected] or 07884 076 893.
BE A PARTNER!
Get in touch if you wish to be a Partner of the Manchester Mindfulness Festival! We are particularly keen to give local charities an opportunity to raise their profile during our event. We also welcome ethical Sponsors!
Our aim is to make the Manchester Mindfulness Festival as accessible as possible to visitors with visible and non-visible disabilities. We will endeavour to make your visit as safe and comfortable as possible. For example, a BSL sign language interpreter will be available on the day upon request, or special seating arrangements can be provided. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and we will liaise with the venue and the entire event team to establish how all necessary arrangements can be made.
Do I have to attend the full day? You are welcome to stay for the full day or attend only your chosen talks/workshops. Please note that you can't purchase individual sessions, your ticket is for the whole day. There is no need to pre-book any specific sessions, you can choose on the day.
Do I need to have a daily Mindfulness practice? No, you are welcome to explore our introductory and more advanced sessions. Mindfulness experience is not required.
Is Mindfulness safe? Although our speakers and facilitators are professionals and Mindfulness practice is generally very safe, you take part at your own risk and we ask you to stop practicing if you feel uncomfortable and let a member of staff know if you require psychological help.
“Mindfulness is neither relaxation nor in the service of becoming relaxed. While relaxation may be a positive outcome of some mindfulness practices, mindfulness is about attending to and being aware of our experiences, whether they are positive, negative, or neutral. Mindfulness is not about zoning out. In fact, it is referred to in classical teachings as waking up to our experiences and lives. In mindfulness-based programmes, the practice has the intention to better understand the mind and then to train it in the service of living with less suffering and greater joy and ease.”
From “Mindfulness – Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology” by Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken, PhD.
If I can no longer attend, can I get a refund? You can request a refund up to 7 days before the event.
What about Covid-19 restrictions? We adhere to the latest capacity restrictions and rules set out by the Government. This means that guidance can change, but we will contact you with any updates before the start of the event. In case of event cancellation or postponement, you will be contacted to be offered a ticket refund (minus any booking fees) or an alternative date.
Is this a religious/spiritual event? No. Although it is generally considered that Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, Mindfulness can be experienced and practiced entirely secularly. The Manchester Mindfulness Festival has no intention to purposefully promote any religion. Unless specifically advertised as a Dharma talk by a Buddhist teacher, all sessions will be secular.
What do I need to bring/wear? A casual dress code applies at the festival. As some sessions will include longer meditations, it is important that you feel comfortable during the practice.
Does the ticket price include catering? Water will be freely available at the festival, but this is not a catered event. Given the central location of the venue, there is a range of local shops and cafes to visit during the lunch break.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Room, Manchester, United Kingdom
GBP 35.00 to GBP 65.00