WORKSHOP: Breaking Cycles of Habitual Behavior

WORKSHOP: Breaking Cycles of Habitual Behavior

Join us at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, on Saturday 6th July for a workshop exploring the ways we can work with the mind to break habitual behaviour patterns. Followed by a launch for Vimalasara’s new Book: First Aid Kit for the Mind.

First Aid Kit for the Mind is an illustrated, accessible guide to choosing recovery over reactivity, addiction and unhelpful habits. Keep this small book close for those moments when you need inspiration, guidance, and the courage to deal with your impulses skillfully.

We welcome anyone, from individuals to professionals, who might benefit from this workshop.






About Vimalasara:
As Vimalasara is based in Canada, this is a rare opportunity to meet one of the leading voices in Mindfulness approaches for addiction. They are the author and editor of 11 books, including the award winning, Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction” and “Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Emotional Trauma”. They are one of the founding facilitators of Dr Gabor Mates Compassionate inquiry and trained in Internal Family Systems, Breathworks and Shamanism. They have also been ordained as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order for 19 years.

Vimalsara (Valerie Mason John) Website


The workshop will be Followed by a launch for Vimalasara’s new Book: First Aid Kit for the Mind
Here’s a short podcast from Windhorse Publications in conversation with Vimalasara about the book.

What people say about the book:

‘In this gem of a book Vimalasara distills eons of wisdom, many years of study and decades of deep personal experience. The result is an entertaining, succinct, and highly practical primer to help us get through the many challenging moments life has a way of throwing at us.’ – Gabor Mate, MD, author of The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture

‘Vimalasara’s First Aid Kit for the Mind is a user-friendly guide for meeting our minds with kindness and compassion even when we’re struggling the most. Their no-nonsense approach offers readers a chance for freedom from the myriad of habitual tendencies in which we often find ourselves stuck.’ – Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Life

‘Vimalasara Mason-John’s First Aid Kit for the Mind: Breaking the Cycle of Habitual Behaviors does a marvelous job of explaining how we all develop intricate habits that ultimately limit us, but from which we can break free with the right tools. The author draws from their own backstory to present a compassionate and practical approach to overcoming behaviors that keep us from living our best lives. But it’s not a collection of quick fixes; it delves deep into the roots of habits, exploring the underlying causes and providing insight and strategies for great change. Vimalasara’s approach is holistic and accessible, blending mindfulness practices, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and ancient wisdom traditions in a way that can be easily digested and applied. First Aid Kit for the Mind is a masterclass that will leave a lasting impact on any reader seeking to transform their relationship with themselves. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone ready to embark on a life-changing journey of self-discovery and self-improvement.’ – Stephen Berkley, filmmaker, TEDx speaker