Mindful Sleep with Dr Elizabeth English

Mindful Sleep with Dr Elizabeth English

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20% off four-week courses

Dr Elizabeth English began meditating as a student in 1983. Three decades later, she was appointed as Cambridge University’s first ever Mindfulness Practitioner. Her courses are the subject of research published in The Lancet showing significant benefit to students, and are now also offered more widely online (www.elizabethenglish.life). Elizabeth draws on four decades of personal meditation practice and her ordination within a Western Buddhist tradition, as well as her doctoral research at Oxford, where she studied Buddhist meditation texts. She is also a certified teacher of Focusing, Somatic Experiencing and Nonviolent Communication. She spends much of her time singing and writing, both poetry and prose. Her second ‘gentle guide' to meditation was published last 2023: Into the Flow: A Gentle Guide to Mindfulness Meditation. 

Better Sleep with Mindfulness

Mindfulness has much to offer those who wish for more rest, and a better quality of sleep. This online course introduces mindful practices that support refreshing sleep at night, and give you more energy during the day. Attending a course is particularly effective for re-setting healthy sleep patterns. Focusing on sleep over time has a cumulative effect. As you practise sleep-related skills, your system re-learns what it already knows and wants. With the support of the group, you embed new conditions which encourage sound and restorative sleep.

Through the course, you are likely to make significant progress in tackling problems, such as: feeling ‘tired but wired’ at night; struggling to get to bed, or fall sleep, or stay asleep; waking up or getting up fresh. Specifically, Better Sleep with Mindfulness covers:

  • Getting to bed ‘procrastination’, tuning into natural body rhythms that tend to sleepiness and sleep
  • Getting to sleep, healthy pre-bed activities, daytime practices to aid nighttime sleep, sleep cycles
  • Staying asleep, going deeper with sleep practices, awareness of dreams, and 8-hour ‘rest opportunity window’
  • Waking up easily, with effective day-time naps and energy-boosters for fresh and wakeful days.

Four-week course

This four-week online course will run on Monday evenings in March:

March: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th:  (7:00-8:30pm)

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How to Power Nap – Free Sessions

February: Weds 14, Weds 21, Weds 28,  1:30pm - 2:00pm

March: Monday 11 March, 1:30pm - 2:00pm (in the sleepy slot!)

Napping is an art we all need, and a mindful nap gives you double benefit. Effective naps give a massive boost to your energy, wellbeing and health. It helps you through sticky times of day, so you can reset and return invigorated to your day. If you are under-slept, a nap is essential to living life to the full. Regular naps also build your sleep resilience, and so set you back on a pathway to healthy and refreshing sleep.

In these free sessions, I introduce you to approaches I use myself to move into power-nap zones, refuelling with positive life-energy for the tasks ahead.

What will you gain from this workshop?

  • Tips, techniques and practices for mindful naps;
  • Secrets to power napping;
  • Troubleshooting difficulties and overcoming blocks;
  • The best kind of nap for you;
  • The best timing for you.

In the run up to World Sleep Day (15th March 24), I’m offering free sessions on sleep-related topics. Join me for a very special programme of online events via the free MeetUp hub: HERE.

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Snuggle up to Sleep: Valentine’s Day Special

February: Thursday 14 Feb, 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Repeated in March: Wednesday 13, 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Fall in love with sleep! Half an hour of guided sleep meditations to leave you feeling snuggly, sleepy, calm and serene!

It's easy to get frustrated, anxious or upset when we have a bad night. Yet these all-too-understandable feelings can disrupt our sleep. My approach is to connect with our 'sleep-self'. With gentle practice over time, we build a good relationship, befriending – even falling in love with – our sleep-self. This is the absolute bedrock (excuse the pun) for restful, nourishing sleep.

Feburary 2024 - Book online

March 2024 - Book online

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Reclaim your Sleep – Free Webinars

February: Mon 26 Feb, 8:30pm - 9:00pm 

March: Tues 12, 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Our bodies know how to sleep – and want to sleep. This unique approach gives you a way to re-learn these innate skills, and to understand the body-systems that support and sustain healthy sleep. Drawing on decades of sleep exploration, mindfulness and scientific research, I support you to find your own way to refreshing naps and delicious sleep.

Benefits and discoveries:

  • refresh body systems that support sleep;
  • understand 'sleepy hygiene';
  • learn and release blocks healthy sleep;
  • build your body’s ability to sleep.

February 2024 - Book online

March 2024 - Book online

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Sleep & Meditation Webinar

March: Thursday 14 8:30pm - 9:00pm

A session for sleepy people and sleepy meditators … welcome to all! If you try to meditate and feel too sleepy, this webinar is for you. If you try to sleep, but feel too wide awake, this is also for you.


  • explore ways in which sleep and meditation support each other;
  • learn how to mediate effectively into sleepy states;
  • take-home tips to build your ability to sleep and meditate effectively

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On World Sleep Day (March 15th)

Wake up fresh!

March: Fri 15, 8:30am - 9:00am

A morning meditation to banish morning grogginess
An ideal way to start your international sleep day!

More details to come ... and for the same event across different timezones.

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Settle into sleep!

March: Fri 15, 8:30pm - 9:00pm

An evening meditation to help you calm and move into sleep-filled zones. An ideal way to end your world sleep day!

More details to come ... and for the same event across different timezones.

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Preparing for World Sleep Day (March 15th)

A month of free events! Programme here via MeetUp

February 13th - March 15th 2024