COURSES & WORKSHOPS

MANTRA MELA
Meeting the Indwelling Self

16th August 2022
6.45pm – 8.00pm UK
Online with Zoom

Auṁ Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevāya

Known as The Great 12-Syllabled Mantra, this mantra is often given for “lost souls” or those facing difficult circumstances.

£12. Book your place though Eventbrite.

MANTRA MELA
Energising Śakti

5th July 2022
6.45pm – 8.00pm UK
Online with Zoom

Sarva Maṅgala Māṅgalye 
Śive Sarvartha Sādhike 
Śaraṇye Tryambake Devi 
Nārāyaṇi Namostute

This mantra addresses the Mother aspect of the divine. She, herself, also has a dual aspect. She is both the active One who realises and fulfils our needs and desires, and yet She is also our refuge of calm and safety.

£12. Book your place though Eventbrite.

MANTRA MELA
Shining Our Light

24th May 2022
6.45pm – 8.00pm UK
Online with Zoom

Auṁ Bhūḥ Bhuvaḥ Suvaḥ Mahaḥ Janaḥ Tapaḥ Satyam 
Tat Savitur Vareṇyam 
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi 
Dhiyo Yo Naḥ Pracodayāt

The great Sāvitrī Gāyatrī mantra needs little introduction. In this session we will discover the long form of the mantra and the subtle, yet profound, effect it can have on all aspects of our lives.

£12. Book your place though Eventbrite.

MANTRA MELA
SUBMITTING TO TRUTH

12th April 2022
6.45pm – 8.00pm UK
Online with Zoom

Auṁ Namaḥ Śivāya Gurave 
Saccidānanda Mūrtaye 
Niṣprapañcāya Śāntāya 
Nirālambāya Tejase

This Śivā mantra honours the inner Guru, who can initiate us into union with our true Selves.

£12. Book your place though Eventbrite.

MANTRA MELA
Being Peace

1st March 2022
6.45pm – 8.00pm UK
Online with Zoom

Asato Mā Sadgamaya
Tamaso Mā Jyotir Gamaya
Mṛtyormā Amṛtaṁ Gamaya 

Let this beautiful Śānti mantra lead us from untruth to truth, darkness to light and from death to immortality.

£12. Book your place though Eventbrite.

NATURE & THERAPY
MASTERCLASS

24th February 2022
7pm
Online with Zoom

I will be one of two guest speakers for this evening’s masterclass. My talk is about Songlines: incorporating sound, song and listening into nature walks.

The second speaker will be Will Secretan, Co-Director of the School of Environmental Arts Therapy. His talk will be about his art therapy and Psychotherapy work. 

£8 Tickets from Nature & Therapy UK website.

MANTRA MELA
Beginning Anew

18th January 2022
6.45pm – 8.00pm UK
Online with Zoom

Auṁ Gaṁ Gaṇapataye Namaḥ 

Today we explore the root mantra for Gaṇeśa, the remover of obstacles and disharmony. 

£12. Book your place though Eventbrite.

More information about the Mantra Mela series of workshops.

THE SOUND OF THE SELF COURSE

Tuesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd February, 2nd, 9th March 2021
7.30pm-9pm
Online

LEARN THE ANCIENT ART AND SCIENCE OF INNER TRANSFORMATION THROUGH SOUND AND TONE.

During this 5 week course Paula Tait will introduce you to the ways in which the world’s wisdom traditions have used sound to deepen consciousness and unite with our true nature.

The knower of the mystery of Sound knows the mystery of the whole Universe.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Come and experience a balance of history, background information and gentle practical exercises. Each week we will explore different sound-based practices, including listening and chanting together, along with a representative musical instrument. No previous experience is necessary.  

This course is for you if you would like to become more aware of the potential of sound for inner transformation, whether that means establishing your own sound-based meditation or yoga practice or simply deepening your relationship to sound and music.

Week 1: The Sound of Nature

Deep Listening
The Great Song and Celtic Tradition
Rhythm and Entrainment
Medicine Songs
Sacred Drumming

Week 2: The Sound of Wisdom

Listening for Mindfulness
Sound Koans
Winnie the Pooh’s “Good Song”
Vedic Mantras
The Zen Bell

Week 3: The Sound of the Heart

Sama and the Sufi Tradition
Kirtan and the Bhakti Tradition
Hearing & the Bodhisattva of Compassion
Shanti Mantras
The Reed and the Bamboo Flute

Week 4: The Sound of the Spheres

Pythagorus and the Music of the Spheres
Sacred Geometry
Musical Harmonics
Overtone Chanting
Tuning Forks

Week 5: The Sound of Silence

Nada Brahman and the Unstruck Sound
The Sound Current
The Yoga of Listening
Meditative Toning
Gongs and Singing Bowls

This course will take place on the Zoom platform. You will need a stable internet connection and Zoom installed on your computer, tablet or phone. Zoom can be downloaded for free here https://zoom.us/download.

For further information, or to book your place, please contact Paula Tait on 01494 440356 or paula@paulatait.com.

BODY OF SOUND

Sunday 3rd November 2019
Coopers, Meter House, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow SL7 1LW
7 – 8.30pm

TAOIST YOGA, NIDRA AND SOUND JOURNEY

With Jon Murphy of Zen Yo (Movement and Meditation) and Paula Tait (Chinese Zither and Gong Bath).

A mind and body expanding experience, soundtracked with therapeutic and uplifting live music on Chinese zither. Surf the subconscious with yogic sleep, enjoy flowing energy movement and finally relax into a restorative gong bath.

The perfect end to a weekend, Gentle, mindful and good for all abilities.

£12. To reserve a space mail or call: jon@zenyo.co.uk/07768806817.

Ichigenkin

THE ZEN OF ONE STRING

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Zenways Gathering, Gaunts House, Petersham Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4J

“The ichigenkin is empty. There is nothing there. It is full of this nothingness. The ichigenkin is full. Everything is there. There is nothing left to put in.” Yamada Sensei
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The one-stringed ichigenkin is an extremely rare musical instrument, even in its native Japan. Paula Tait, a student in the lineage of Yamada Sensei, will recount its history as the chosen instrument of poets, priests and samuris and introduce us to its Zen aesthetics and philosophy.

Zenways Family Gathering June 2019

More information at Zenways website.

MINDFUL MUSIC AND MOVEMENT

Friday 14th June 2019
Cookham Dean WI Hall, Church Road, SL6 9PD
6.45pm – 8pm

Simple, flowing Qigong, Zen meditation and Yoga Nidra, with Celtic HarP

Jonathan Murphy of ZenYo will guide us through an evening of mindful movement and meditation, while my harp gently connects us to the moment.

Perfect for all levels and abilities.

To book contact Jonathan Murphy at ZenYo or book via Facebook.