Happy Teachers Sangha

Happy Teachers Sangha is a monthly space for teachers to practice, connect with each other and offer unconditional care to ourselves. 

We are delighted to have two opportunities to practice each month, as each may support different time zones.  Please sign up to our newsletter to receive Zoom links and the confirmation of the date.

We know that these are challenging times and we are so grateful for the many hearts that you have taken care of throughout this pandemic.
 
The format is: guided practices, total relaxation, circle sharing & songs to nourish our hearts. The sangha is supported by lay and monastic practitioners who offer their presence, experience, joy and wisdom to us all.
 
No experience needed and all are most welcome.
 

Date & time:

1) Happy Teachers Sangha

Saturday 12 noon – 1.45pm Eastern Standard Time (= 5pm – 6.45pm GMT)
 
We aim to have the sangha on the third Saturday of each month.
 
 

2) Happy Teachers Sangha North America

Saturday 6pm – 7.45pm Eastern Standard Time 

Happy Teachers Sangha NA is a new monthly space for educators to practice in the Plum Village tradition, connect with each other and offer unconditional care to ourselves. We will meet at a time that meets the needs of most North American educators, but all are welcome regardless of location. Like Happy Teacher Sangha, our format is: guided practices, total relaxation, circle sharing & songs to nourish our hearts. The sangha is supported by lay and monastic practitioners who offer their presence, experience, joy and wisdom to us all.

No experience is needed, and all are most welcome. Please sign up to receive the Wake Up Schools newsletter to receive the Zoom link to access the sangha (as well as news, events and resources from Wake Up Schools). There may be some months where we need to move the date in order to accommodate retreats or other community events, so please refer to the information in the Wake Up Schools newsletter.

The main sangha space will be offered in English with circle sharing groups in English and other languages.

We aim to have the sangha on the first Saturday of each month.
 
 

How to join:

Please sign up to our Wake Up Schools newsletter to receive the Zoom link to access the sangha (as well as news, events and resources from Wake Up Schools). There may be some months where we need to move the date in order to accommodate retreats or other community events, so please refer to the information in the Wake Up Schools newsletter.

The main sangha space will be offered in English at this time with circle sharing groups in English and other languages.

Good things to know:

  • A sangha is a community of friends who practice mindful living together.
  • We practice in the Plum Village tradition (you can discover more at www.plumvillage.org). 
  • We aim to participate in this space with kindness and care. This is not so much an intellectual space, but a refuge to take good care of ourselves and each other.
  • We practice deep listening and loving speech, and train ourselves in non-discrimination and openness. We also practice to be part of this group and aim to flow as a river, appreciating the presence and gifts brought by ourselves and each other.
  • We all belong in sangha. This is an inclusive space co-created by us all. If there is anything we can do to support your needs, please let us know.

Resources

  1. Free@Work Practice:

At our June 2021 sangha, Richard Brady shared this Free@Work reflective practice based on the work of the Mindfulness in Business group based in Germany. The teachers shared how it illuminated their sense of agency in their own freedom. We hope you enjoy.


2. Words and Chords to ‘Wishless’ by Joe Reilly

Joe led us in this beautiful song during the Spring of 2021. He has generously shared the music and the chart with us. You can support Joe’s work at https://www.joereilly.org/