You've arrived at the Mindsprings Online School and we're so glad to see you here! This is your space to dive directly into many of the therapeutic meditation courses I teach - without having to leave your home.
The courses have been lovingly created to offer you a deep-dive into subjects that can help you feel good, live well and suffer less.
Take a look below and see what might transform your life today!
Stilling the Mind with Shamata and Shinay
A human mind is a wandering mind and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Use the meditation techniques of shamata and shinay to bring some stillness and stability to your human mind and let self-existing wakefulness arise.
Enjoy your life. Discover a potent meditation practice that can change your day-to-day experience for good. Sort out the chaos in your head. Enrol in this friendly, step-by-step course accompanied by Alistair Appleton.
Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety
Welcome to an effective method to help you understand and combat anxiety. This course will get you out of the anxiety trap and nip physical symptoms in the bud because it uses simple body-based techniques that really work.(13) 4.9 average rating
Transforming the Trigger Thought
This is the second of Alistair's online anxiety courses. You will learn how to undo the mechanisms that generate anxiety in the first place and learn lasting ways to change your mind for good.(1) 5.0 average rating
Tapping into Freedom
Use energy psychology to purify your life and power your meditation practice. Alistair shares the simple tools that turbo charge his practice.(5) 4.8 average rating
Holy Island Autumn Retreat 2022
8-15 October 2022. Week's retreat for more experienced Mindsprings practitioners. Focus: Compassion.
There's quite an array of courses on offer here.
Beingfulness is the keystone meditation technique that will change the way you experience your life: brighter, clearer, more enjoyable.
Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety and Transforming the Trigger Thoughts can free your life from chronic worry. You can also try the free mini-course, Cutting through anxiety. Quickly.
And the meditation and tapping course, Tapping into Freedom, can clear very profound knots in your meditating mind.
The free Dharma Days sequence is there for people fascinated by Buddhist wisdom. These are available for self-study in the comfort of your own home.
We want our online courses to offer more than just dry lectures and recorded talks. So we've created interesting and varied experiences that help you get a living taste of embodied meditation. And make that change in your life!
- 40+ lessons: All the big courses have a wealth of material broken up into 8+ manageable chunks.
- once you sign up and the course is released you have access to the material for ever!
- There are video talks from Alistair, demonstrations of the practices and discussion of issues arising.
- Slide show presentations make the material easy to process. There are quizzes to check you've mastered everything as you go along.
- You can access Alistair by email but also through in-course discussions throughout your learning.
- Alongside each course is a community forum where you can share your experience with others, broach questions to Alistair and class mates, and remain connected long after you've worked through the material.
- Self-study students get additional bonus material in the form of guided meditations, recorded lectures and a constantly updated resource page.
- All Mindsprings courses are updated frequently and we'll let you know when new material is added to your courses, so you have a constantly expanding learning resource
We are aware that this is a financially uncertain time and Mindsprings never wants to turn away people who need these teachings. The people who pay, subsidise a number of supported places.
If you're struggling please don't hesitate to write to us.
“I’ve been on a fantastic course. Enjoyed every part of it. So informative and relaxing. Alistair who runs it is super. It’s amazing how your outlook changes bit by bit after each section. You suddenly realise your smiling more and your mind and body seem more settled. I wondered if I would understand it . Would it be relatable to me. Yes. Yes. To both. I’ve learnt more from this than any other anxiety method I’ve tried. And I’ve tried loads. THIS HAS HELPED. PLEASE TRY IT. Life is out there to be enjoyed. I’ve spent too much of it worrying about anxiety. Freedom !!!”Romayne
“This is a course for Everyone.... Alistair has taken mountains of research and teachings and translated them into an easy to understand form, which together with the many physical practices throughout the course, combine to offer an invaluable toolkit for navigating this modern world of ours. A truly wonderful experience, thank you. Máirín.”Máirín
“Alistair is obviously someone that has been there when it comes to Anxiety, and in his openness, he clearly explains tips, techniques, and the various theories around anxiety to help you gain an understanding of why and what happens. You can interact with other members, and also Alistair for support. so you are not alone in dealing with those monsters of anxiety. Most importantly you feel you are learning from someone that has experienced similar, and wishes to only share what he himself has learnt, and teach it in order to benefit others. ”Dameon
“What is special about the Mindsprings approach is that it gives you techniques that allow you to work with the way your body responds to anxiety. It's been a game-changer for me and has given me an optimism I haven't felt for a long time. It's allowed me to accept that I'm always going to feel anxiety, but that if I work with these practices the effects of that anxiety on my life will be significantly diminished.”Diane
“Beingfulness gave me an increased sense of true self, well-being, joy, awareness, resilience, self-reliance, acceptance of what is, less fear, more positivity.”Ann
“Beingfulness: I liked the clarity it brought to my experience of the different aspects of being and how calming it was to the mind and body. I also found it really easy to work with the BEST acronym in my everyday life as a kind of bridge to formal practice during the day.”Tracy
“Tapping into Freedom: The techniques of energy balancing and clearing Alistair teaches are aimed at 'stuck' places that distract meditation (in my case I saw that as anxious rumination), however, I have found regular use of energy tapping hugely beneficial in daily life when stresses and anxieties arise--not to avoid the discomfort but to soothe and bring myself back to a balanced, non-reactive centre using them so the work on seeing things more clearly can continue. Many thanks...”Kathy
“The Beingfulness practices presented me with the opportunity to clearly be present, with awareness in each practice. The ability to move from being with each phenomenon and then widen the lens of my experience to the fifth field was insightful transformative. Beingfulness practices enabled me to achieve a deeper ability to stop analysing my experience and immerse myself in my body, emotions, sensations and thoughts as they arose.”Helen
“Beingfulness is a practice I can use easily in day to day life. I found it useful to look at and building on the fields as the sessions developed. I also enjoyed the somatic practices. ”Sonya
“I found Beingfulness of very high interest and that the practice you do has benefitted me in my well being Although I suffer from anxiety I know that it will never go away and have good days and bad days. And find your practice very beneficial ”Terry
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. I encourage you to work through it as many times as useful and re-visit it often.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I don't want you to be unhappy at all! The last thing I want is the course to make you anxious. So, if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and Mindsprings will give you a full refund. But I'm confident that you'll be very happy indeed to have discovered our work.
Couldn't I just read some books and do this on my own?
Yes, of course, book-learning is great. And I have studied a great deal in the field of pyschotherapy, neuroscience, human physiology and Buddhist psychology. But as we'll explore, anxiety breeds in our thinking mind. And for me, getting some direct coaching on how to stay in the body and find non-thinky ways of dealing with it was a break-through... So let me save you time and dead-ends by sharing my experience direct...
I want to take the course but I don't know if I can afford it?
I know that money is an issue for many of us. And at Mindsprings our inspiration is to help everyone whether they're wealthy or not. We think that we have priced the courses fairly and ask those who can afford them to help those who can't by paying the full course-fee. And there's a payment schedule to help spread the load. However, we also have a number of bursaries available to those struggling financially, so please contact us to ask about financial aid. (The contact button is below).