Leeds Mindfulness, Well-being, & Spirituality Centre


  • Secular Mindfulness
  • Emotional Well-being
  • Positive Emotion Enhancement
  • Interfaith Exploration
  • Psycho-spiritual Integration
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We are meeting once again in Chapel Allerton:

Insight for Wellbeing Meditation Room.

We currently practice at the Insight for Wellbeing Meditation Room.
This is at the bottom of the garden at 11c Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 4ND.
We meet Fridays 12.15pm to 1.15pm and participate in 2 led meditations rotating breath anchor, bodyscan, self nurturing, loving kindness and pure awareness.
Friday Mindfulness and Meditation sessions are currently on hold until next year.

MONDAY MINDFULNESS CLUB

This is a fortnightly opportunity to learn mindfulness and meditation skills and discuss subjects related to mindfulness, meditation, recovery and much more.
This starts Monday 29th April
Time: 11am-12 noon
Venue: Lovell Park Hub, Wintoun Street, Lovell Park, LS2 1DA and is a free event.

This group is only for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

To book a space email Steve leeds.mindfulness@gmail.com 

Tantra Meditation Day Retreat

Saturday 15 June 2024
In-person at Zeenat’s meditation house, Leeds 
10am to 4.30pm, £45

Join Zeenat on this day of Tantra meditation, for a deep immersion in the blissful and sublime practices of the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra. This day is ideal for those with experience of meditation and/or mindfulness practice who want to develop their meditation skills.

This traditional Tantric text describes simple techniques, called ‘dharanas’ [meaning concentration meditation] which help the mind to become more peaceful and one-pointed.

There is tremendous depth and breadth in the practices, from simple visualisation [such as on space within the body, or upon a lotus flower in the heart]; to focussing the attention on an object [such as the breath, a mantra or a light source], to being deeply aware of our everyday experience [such as absorbing our awareness into our senses, or into the delight when we enjoy a pleasant experience].

The practices reveal the effortless bliss and harmonous silence at the heart of our being. There are 112 dharanas given in the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra – needless to say on the day we will work with just a few!
By practising these methods we become still and the content of the mind effortlessly drops away to reveal deep states of presence, silence, and expanded consciousness.

The emphasis will be on going deeply into our practice, really immersing ourselves, and having the opportunity to share practice with others in a community space.

There will be space in-between our practices to stretch your legs in the lovely garden surrounding the meditation house.

You will need to bring lunch with you, or alternatively you’ll have time to pop into Chapel Allerton with its abundance of cafes and shops.
Find out more
For Booking Information or Questions Contact Us

CHAPEL ALLERTON MINDFULNESS FESTIVAL

All events require payment in cash.
INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA Sat 6 July 2pm  at Insight for Wellbeing Meditation House, (bottom of garden), 11c Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4ND
with Zeenat Cameron from Rajeshwari Tantra . Zeenat will present the basic principles pf Hindu Tantra drawing on decades experience of tantric meditation and practise £10
OPENING TO BUDDHIST MEDITATION
11am-4pm Sat 13 July at Insight for Wellbeing Meditation House (see above) with Steve Hart, Dharma & Vision Holder, Zen Peacemaker Circles UK
Exploring how meditation brings fulfillment, calm and kindness. We will be investigating the metaphysical basis of meditation and practising practical approaches to overcoming obstacles in our practise. £30
ENHANCING POSITIVE EMOTION
Sat 3 August 11am-4pm at Insight for Wellbeing Meditation House (see above)
Another opportunity to cultivate positive emotion practise in meditation – exploring loving kindness, self nurturing, empathetic happiness, compassion, self compassion and equanimity.
With Steve Hart, £30
The following 2 days of events take place at the METHODIST CENTRE opposite Chapel Allerton Methodist Church on Town Street, LS7 4NB and all events cost £6/5 conc each. Each session is facilitated by Steve Hart
Thursday 8 August
1pm
INTRODUCING SECULAR MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION  – meditation for stress reduction and pain management
2pm
HIGHER STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN BUDDHISM
An introduction to the rich spectrum of happier states of consciousness – the “dhyanas”
3pm
LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION
Trusting our intrinsic soundness and the intrinsic soundness of others through loving kindness meditation – an excellent way into community building
Friday 9th August
1pm
EXPLORING HAPPINESS & SELF NURTURING
taking delight in conditions that are good for ourselves and others
2pm
COMPASSION & SELF COMPASSION
Radiating love towards the difficulties faced by ourselves and others
3pm
EXPLORING EQUANIMITY
– a partner to resilience, equanimity helps us to be more stable amidst the ups and downs of life
MINDFULNESS AT THE MUSEUM
Tuesday 27th August and each following Tuesday at 2pm-3pm
A chance to learn mindfulness and meditation at the Gatehouse opposite Kirkstall Abbey in the old cafe building. We will explore breathanchor, bodyscan, loving kindness and self compassion practise. Steve Hart will also share some pragmatic content from a psychologically sourced secular mindfulness for stress reduction.
Cost : PAYE Please contact Steve if you want a place.
PEACEFUL PUDSEY
Sessions at Pudsey House opposite Pudsey Bus station are being planned for September. Details to follow – these will be sessions aimed at  cultivating relaxation and stress reduction. Cost : £6/4 conc

VISIONS OF THE ULTIMATE

Buddhist explorations of Emptiness and Ultimate Reality

Details to be announced led by Steve Hart
To book a space please email Steve at leeds.mindfulness@gmail.com or ring 07999218450

Steve’s Availabiltiy and More!

The lead facilitator, Steve Hart is available for one to one meditation and mindfulness tuition and guidance ( for about 30 hours per week). Please email Steve at leeds.mindfulness@gmail.comCorporate and Business sessions can also be arranged.
CREATIVITY & WELLBEING WEEK AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY
May 2024 – see above – email Steve for more information
FREE RETREAT SPACES FOR THIRD SECTOR VOLUNTEERS
We are offering free retreat spaces for third sector volunteers to help build creative reserves, regrouping and resilience. email Steve for more information
MINDFULNESS & POSITIVE EMOTION ENHANCEMENT RETREATS
Throughout the Spring and Summer these are to be held in Chapel Allerton, Horsforth, Kirkstall Abbey and West Leeds, as well as REVOLUTION OF LOVING KINDNESS sessions in Leeds City Centre. email Steve for more information We will also be holding the Leeds Mindfulness Festival in Kirkstall Abbey in October.
CHAPEL ALLERTON MINDFULNESS FESTIVAL
This will be held in July and will include sessions on secular mindfulness, positive emotion enhancement and higher states of consciousness in Buddhism. We will also feature an introductory session on Tantra by Zeenat Cameron of Rajeshwari Tantra.
TANTRA
For the benefit of those people seeking an interest in Tantra – there will be sessions throughout the year in Chapel Allerton – email zeenat@rajeshwaritantra.co.uk
BUDDHISM
Steve has practised with many of the Buddhist communities in Leeds. For recommendations of access to these communities email Steve for an informal chat about what sangha might suit you.
CONNECT BY FACEBOOK

Details of all these events will all be published on our new website nearer the time, or keep in touch via Facebook.

ONE TO ONE MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION SESSIONS
Steve is available for 1 to 1 telephone or in person training and development in meditation, self help coaching and spirituality orientation.” (up to 30 hours each week)
Ring 0799 9218450 for more information.

ON LINE MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION & SELF HELP ACTIVITIES

A safer way of learning mindfulness, meditation and self help
Using Zoom; paying by paypal (You will need to download Zoom to participate in the events and register with Steve so you secure your space)
Dates & times to be negotiated with participants – please email Steve Hart leeds.mindfulness@gmail.com for more information

Drop in Meditation Group  – online

Here we will be meditating in Zoom  ; consolidating our meditation skills or learning breath anchor, bodyscan, self nurturing meditation and loving kindness practise. This will be a weekly event – you will need to book a space. The drop in space is a friendly skills sharing activity.

Cost £6 per session.

We are delighted to offer the following mini courses

SELF CARE, SELF ESTEEM, SELF COMPASSION ON-LINE (Zoom)

A 2 week workshop exploring how we nurture ourselves, trust our heart space with self compassion and build better self esteem We will be drawing on resources and skills from Compassion Studies and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Resilience Building. £18 (2 weeks 4 hours)

THE CONFIDENCE JOURNEY & MEDITATON

What is confidence and how to do we attain it ? An exploration of our values which underpin confidence building and looking at the relationship between self-compassion meditation and the confidence journey. £18 (2 weeks) 4 hours

HEARTFELT COMMUNICATION, NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION AND ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING

Do we often feel we have difficulties with communication , boundaries and establishing win-win situations with ourselves and others ? In these workshops we will explore our usual styles of communication and how to respond to aggressive, passive and passive-aggressive people. There will be some self compassion/loving kindness meditation from which to draw on creative reserves. £18 (2 weeks) 4 hours

MINDFULNESS : A Secular Exploration

An introduction to mindfulness and meditation for stress reduction, pain management and better wellbeing. We will be learning breath anchor, bodyscan and loving kindness ways into meditation. ( 2 weeks) 4 hours £18

ENHANCING POSITIVE EMOTION

A thorough exploration of loving kindness meditation and other dimensions of positive emotion spectrum practises including self compassion, compassion for others, sympathetic happiness (or empathetic joy), equanimity and generosity. (5 weeks) 10 hours £36

MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION

A deep exploration of traditional mindfulness and meditation from different Buddhist traditions. Cultivate a calm abiding presence in meditation and learn spiritual methods and theories that underpin the practises. (5 weeks) 10 hours £36

Our Future Online Courses

We are currently planning the following retreats/courses/workshops. Please email Steve for further information. 

MEDITATION & HEALING

MEDITATION & DEATH

MINDFULNESS, ACCEPTANCE & ANXIETY

THE FIVE BUDDHA WISDOMS AND THEIR SACRED FEMININE EXPRESSION

TARA & THE SACRED FEMININE
SUFI EVENTS
Our sufi events are on-line in Zoom. Please email Steve for more information

ZEN PEACEMAKER
These will be on-line in the autumn. Please email Steve for more information. 


Mindfulness, Meditation and Interfaith Practices

Through disciplines of Mindfulness and Interafith Practice, we can relate to others, the world and ourselves in a rich and deep way – finding understanding in what it is to be truely alive. 

Mindfulness and Meditation

Learn how to meditate and practise mindfulness, emphasising stress reduction, pain management, self nurturing and loving kindness practises. Regular drop ins and classes will also explore relaxation, concentration, self compassion and mindfulness in relation to self care, self esteem and self confidence……..

Dates and venues to be announced in the early summer 2020.

Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community (Leeds)

We meet monthly.  There is led facilitation from Nur Sefer Sahil Warsi and Suleiman Salaam. We enjoy a short reading from Shaykha Fariha’s “Invitation to Union” and participate in the communal chanting of the remembrance of God, or “zhikir”. This is a friendly space and everyone is welcome.

Details of venue, dates, to follow…..

Zen Peacemakers

A sociocratic and egalitarian expression of spirituality and meditation practise. We participate in  training in spirituality and socially engaged approaches and meet in Chapel Allerton on a monthly basis.

Our new programme will be announced in the early Summer 2020.

Contact us

You are welcome to call for more information, or to email Steve at:

leeds.mindfulness@gmail.com   


One to One Support

Steve has a background in counselling skills, transpersonal approaches to depth psychology and Peer Support. One to one work can include a synthesis of these approaches together with mindfulness and meditation skills. 

Lectures & Workshops

Steve has taught mindfulness, meditation in  secular environments such as businesses, Universities, colleges, leisure spaces, etc. for many years and is available to facilitate such sessions at competitive rates. Steve also lectures in depth interfaith encounter and various spirituality approaches, including Zen, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Kabbalah, Christian mysticism, Hinduism, shamanism, etc. 

About the Organiser/Facilitator

Lead Facilitator, Steve Hart (Suleiman Salaam, Shinchi Daishin)

  • Steve Hart is the lead facilitator for Leeds Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Spirituality Centre.
  • Steve has a lengthy history of meditation experience and has trained in many Buddhist communities in the UK and was a dharma holder, vision holder and steward in the Zen Peacemaker tradition and a community organiser in the Nur Ashki Jerrahi sufi community.
  • Steve is an active dharma and vision holder in the UK Zen Peacemaker Circles and was a dervish and community organiser in the UK Nur Ashki Jerrahi community scene
  • Steve co-organises the Kirkstall Abbey Mindfulness and wellbeing festivals  and is involved in third sector social outreach projects.
  • Steve has lived experience of mental health conditions and pain management experience.
  • Steve has been teaching meditation for over 20 years including 20 years of positive emotion and loving kindness practises

Interested in more about the facilitator, Steve?

Thanks for reading on. This section offers some background to Steve’s journey and the richness of his experiences.

Steve Hart has taught mindfulness and meditation since 2010 in secular business, educational, community, health, arts and third sector environments. Mainly the approach here is to share a non-religious grounding in experiencing stress reduction, better wellbeing, optimum mood and positive emotion enhancement as expressed in loving kindness, self compassion and compassion for others, empathetic happiness and equanimity. A particular passion Steve has is empowering people with mental health difficulties through sharing such practises. Steve also is available for one to one therapeutic work drawing on a variety of related disciplines stemming from mindfulness and heart-centric approaches.  

Steve also teaches in faith and spirituality settings and defines himself as an Inter-Religious practitioner and has a heartfelt connection with a plethora of faiths and their spiritual technology – Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, Christian mysticism and more. Steve is a Dharma and Vision Holder in the global Zen Peacemaker community in the lineage of Roshi Bernie Glassman. (The Zen circle is a sociocratic and egalitarian expression of different dimensions of spirituality) Also Steve is a community organiser and dervish in the Nur Aski Jerrahi Sufi community directed by Sheikha Fariha based in New York. Both the Zen and Sufi communities meet in Leeds (see “events”). Steve also organises and delivers at the annual Kirkstall Abbey Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Spirituality Festival in October and is the guest speaker for the Abbey’s Western Mysteries lectures (see “events”). 

Steve is available for lectures, retreats, residentials or workshops on any of the above.