Date: Friday 9th to 11th September 2022

Workshop Leader: Wendy Ridley

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Format: Onsite and Online

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Accommodation: Shared and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of the year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

Book Now
Donate Here

About the Course

During this weekend we will explore embodied mindfulness, universal ethical values and resilience, inspired by the 16 Guidelines for Life Program. The 16G program, developed by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, provides a simple, robust and flexible framework for reflecting on the ways we think, act, relate to others and find meaning. The program provides mindfulness based practical tools to bring about positive change.

By noticing our patterns of thinking, speaking and acting through mindfulness and self-enquiry, we can begin to build inner strength which enables us to break through limiting beliefs, transform our relationships, make better decisions, and find more peace of mind.

Drawing on proven techniques from positive psychology, social justice practices, neuroscience and centuries-old Eastern philosophy, this program offers an ethical, holistic approach to self-improvement and cultural change. As well as meditation there will be interactive activities, relaxed discussion and conversations that matter.

What you’ll learn:

  • An ethical framework that inspires more purpose in life and deepens experience in mindfulness as an embodied practice.
  • Practical tools to build inner strength which will benefit relationships and embrace community
  • A fresh perspective on daily life, available choices and actions
  • Enhanced capacity for reflection, resulting in more well-being, emotional resilience and creative action

Who is this course for?

  • Change-makers seeking practical tools to bring about positive change in their life, home, relationships, community or workplaces.

  • Anyone working in education, health care and the helping professions
  • Yoga & mindfulness teachers, coaches and mentors
  • Those with an interest in corporate and organisational wellbeing

About the Leader

Wendy has worked for many years in education – as a teacher, university lecturer, Education Authority advisor, and education consultant. This has provided her with the skills and passion to develop, deliver and oversee training programmes. Since attending her first meditation course in 1976 and being inspired by Lama Yeshe, she has volunteered in five very different meditation centres. She is on the Board of the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, is a trained yoga teacher and has enjoyed many retreats. Wendy is a senior accredited FDCW faculty member teaching internationally at all levels of FDCW’s programmes. See

A Way to Say Thank You

As we don’t receive any subsidies from other organisations we rely solely on the kind generosity of others. If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our considerable monthly costs (including via an online bank transfer or postal cheque), please choose the amount you would like to offer using the form below (or enter a custom amount), click ‘Donate’, then choose a payment method and provide all the details we require to process your donation. Your generosity will help us continue to offer beneficial services to yourself and others.

You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.


Custom Amount

Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Reclaim Gift Aid

Boost your donations by 25% at no cost to you! A Gift Aid declaration allows us to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I confirm I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Land of Joy will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When we receive a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

Take me to my donation »

Donation Total: £0 One Time