Awakening Joy

Awakening Joy – the 10 steps to happiness

“The purpose of life is to be happy”

Dalai Lama

 The Awakening Joy course is based on the book “Awakening Joy – 10 steps to happiness”.  The ten different themes incline the mind towards specific wholesome qualities.  It explores proven practices to learn new ways of thinking and strategies to change behaviour. 

Participant’s state “Awakening Joy is a very enjoyable course with tangible ways to practice well-being, happiness and compassion. These integrated easily into my daily life activities and have become second nature even when things are challenging.”

James Baraz, an insight teacher in California and co-creator of Awakening Joy (AWJ), comments related to this course.  “I believe our task these days is to develop consciousness, love and caring in ourselves and help remind others of all the good inside and around them. I believe this motivates and empowers people to make this a better world. That is my vision and motivation for teaching this course”.

Lois Cowan and Emma Brinded will be the facilitators for the Awakening Joy course in Christchurch in 2024.

Lois Cowan has completed the Awakening Joy Teacher training course. She is a mental health nurse, worked in education, and completed training and practice in mindfulness. Her involvement in the Awakening Joy has reinforced her orientation towards gratitude and deeper compassion for others and self

Emma Brinded is a Clinical Psychologist with 26 years of clinical experience. She trained with Chris Germer to teach the Mindful Self-Compassion Programme and helped teach the Sankalpa Meditation Based Wellness Program for Nurses, with Nicholas Yu.  She has a long-term personal meditation practice and uses the principles of Awakening Joy in her everyday life.

The Awakening Joy Course 2024 Christchurch

Dates:            7th May to 10th September / 10 Sessions

When:            Fortnightly meetings, Tuesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Where:          Manuka Cottage in Addington

Cost:              $250.  If cost is a barrier to attending, please email Lois to discuss.

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Participant feedback.

“I have noticed how much more joy is available to me, and how I am more connected with my own body and heart, as well as with other people and nature. This now happens in easeful and more tricky times, and notably and perhaps surprisingly in facing up to personal and societal challenges and crises” (previous course participants)

The trainers provided their own understanding, experience, and examples, that made key messages from each chapter of the book so much more relatable and lasting in practice than simply reading the book.  They were very inclusive and very safe in providing a supportive group container.

Information about the Awakening Joy Course with James Baraz follow link below