• Day

    Thursday evenings

  • Time


  • Teacher

    Alana Notman

  • Where

    Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, 20 High Cross Avenue MELROSE TD6 9SU (The Hall next to the church)


Breathing meditation

Classes start with a 15-minute breathing meditation, which is guided by the teacher – designed to settle the mind and let go of distractions, in order to get the most out of the session.

Talk on the topic

The middle of the class consists of practical teachings that offer us a deep insight into the power of our mind. Understanding our mind empowers us to improve our experience of daily life. Each week is self-contained but the topics covered will vary each week exploring a variety of meditations that can be reproduced at home.

Concluding meditation

The final meditation will last around 10-15 minutes and vary depending on the focus for the week. This will help us to improve our practical experience of meditation and enable us to carry the insights we gain into our daily life.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Shake off the January Blues, 17-31 Jan

A course designed to change our outlook and help us begin the year with a new direction and motivation to become the person we want to be.
Subjects include:

1. Stopping negativity

2. Taking back control

3. Identify with our potential

Classes include easy to follow guided meditations and a talk based on the topic. Although taught as a series, each class is self-contained. Seating is on chairs.

Fee: £21/ 3-week course if you book online or £10/ drop-in class

*** Please note that online bookings are non-refundable.

NEXT COURSE, How to transform your life, 7-28 Feb

Discover inspiring and practical solutions to the problems of everyday life based on the book, How to transform your life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Increase your happiness by transforming your everyday interactions with others.

  • Learning how to meditate with guided meditations to calm the mind
  • Finding a correct method to reduce and cease our experience of problems
  • Making ourself happy all the time by developing and maintaining a peaceful mind

Fee: £28/ 4-week course if you book online or £10/ drop-in class

*** Please note that online bookings are non-refundable.


Alana has been practising meditation and studying Buddhism for many years. She brings to her teachings a wealth of practical ways to use Buddhist meditation, sharing her appreciation and experience of the many benefits for our relationships and happiness. Alana studies on the Foundation Programme and will be teaching a regular evening class in the Scottish Borders from June 2017. She is known for her practical, down-to-earth and light-hearted approach.

What people are saying about meditating at KMC Edinburgh?

“This meditation course was for me a new way to frame my thoughts about meditation… both content and organisation made it a thoroughly satisfying, thought provoking experience.” – Ruth

“Very interesting, inspirational, spiritual, and therapeutic!” – Katerina

“Very practical solutions to anxiety and stress. Core buddhist teachings. The teacher is very experienced, and the people are super friendly.” – Ron

What does the class entail?

Each class consists of a breathing meditation to settle the mind, a short talk exploring an aspect of training in mindfulness and a second meditation based on the ideas raised. The session concludes with some take away advice that can be practised beyond the sessions allowing the benefits to pervade our life.

Do I have to attend all 4 weeks?

No, each class is self-contained and can be attended on a drop-in basis. However, it is beneficial if possible to attend the entire series of classes.