Dear Friend,

Happy April to you! The community is delighted to invite you to a Day of Applied Mindfulness for Busy People Workshop – facilitated by Br Denys Candy & Sr Fiona Cheong.

Mindfulness meditation can be like an oasis we visit to renew ourselves. But what happens when we are swamped with work and daily responsibilities? Led by visiting teachers Denys Candy and Fiona Cheong this workshop will lead you toward simple, practical steps that you can take to experience happiness in daily life, and learn how to be calm and compassionate even in tricky situations. Beginners and seasoned practitioners are equally welcome.

Denys Candy (MSW, University of Pittsburgh) is a consultant to schools, businesses and organizations interested in creating sustainable communities. Born in Ireland and living in the United States, he has extensive experience as a consultant and trainer in private and nonprofit sectors. He was ordained in 2005 by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh into the lay Order of Interbeing. He has practiced mindfulness for over 20 years.

Fiona Cheong (MFA, Cornell University) is a novelist and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as Director of the Writing Program from 2009 to 2010. Besides teaching a graduate course in pedagogy that is grounded in mindfulness, she has brought mindfulness exercises into staff meetings to help colleagues approach problems with maximum calm and clarity. A native of Singapore, her novels are frequently read in Asian American literature courses. She has practiced mindfulness for 10 years.


– Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013

– Time: 10am – 4pm

– Venue: Poh Ern Shih Temple

– Registration Period: Now until Thursday, April 25, 2013

– Suggested Contribution: $12


10:00 Welcome

10:15 Guided Sitting Meditation

10:45 Walking Meditation

11:30 Silent Meditation

12:00 Mindful Eating

01:00 Relaxation

01:30 Applying Mindfulness in Daily Life

– Embracing Challenge and Joy

– Everyday Mindfulness Tools

03:00 Sharing Experience, Q & A

04:00 Farewell

We look forward to welcoming you for a joyful day of learning.

Breathe and smile,

Joyful Garden Sangha


Joyful Garden Sangha is a lay community of practice in Singapore following Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition.

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