Radical wellbeing: How can we best care for ourselves and the world?


Asad Rehman (War on Want) • Shamash Alidina (Museum of Happiness) • Alex Nunn (Action for Happiness) • Kara Moses (Rewild Everything) • Paula Haddock (Mindfulness for Social Change) • Network of Wellbeing • Advaya Initiative • Eco Soul Hostel


We are living in rapidly changing times. How can we take radical action to better care for the world, while also caring for ourselves?

Join the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Advaya Initiative for an evening with an inspiring panel of changemakers. Together we will explore what mindfulness, wellbeing and happiness have to do with changing the world.

Asad Rehman (War on Want) • Shamash Alidina (Museum of Happiness) • Alex Nunn (Action for Happiness) • Kara Moses (Rewild Everything) • Paula Haddock (Mindfulness for Social Change) • Network of Wellbeing • Advaya Initiative • Eco Soul Hostel

In today’s world, we are learning more about what can help us to create truly thriving lives and societies, and many people and projects are working towards more positive visions of the future. Yet alongside this, there are so many social, political and environmental challenges facing us that it can feel overwhelming. It can be hard not to become frustrated, demotivated and hopeless.

Through the evening we will ask:

  • How can we sustain our activism in the long term?

  • How can we maintain the strength to confront the problems of the world, and build new ways of doing things that are better for people and planet?

  • What role do practices and topics such as mindfulness, wellbeing and happiness have to do with activism and changing the world?

We will be joined by a panel of inspiring, active and engaged speakers including:

Radical wellbeing: How can we best care for ourselves and the world? is kindly supported by Eco Soul Hostel, a hub and hostel where people who share values of social change, sustainability and inner wellbeing can connect and inspire each other.


  • 7.00pm: Arrivals

  • 7.15pm: Introduction by NOW & Advaya

  • 7.20pm: Opening practice by Shamash Alidina

  • 7.25pm: Presentations by each panelist

  • 8.10pm: Discussion and Q&A, hosted by NOW & Advaya

  • 8.50pm: Closing practice by Shamash Alidina

  • 9pm: Drinks & Networking

About the Speakers & Facilitators:

Asad Rehman

Asad Rehman clip from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aicsnKF3vxs

Asad Rehman clip from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aicsnKF3vxs


Executive Director of War on Want

Asad Rehman is the executive director of War on Want, where he organises to put an end to poverty and injustice. Prior to that, he was the head of international climate at Friends of the Earth. Rehman has over 25 years of experience in the non-government and charity sector. He has served on boards of Amnesty International UK, Friends of the Earth International, Global Justice Now, and Newham Monitoring Project.

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Alex Nunn

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Head of Movement Building at Action for Happiness

Alex Nunn is a communicator, facilitator and movement builder who cares deeply about happiness and social change. He has worked with Action for Happiness, the worldwide movement for a happier and more caring society since 2014, and currently leads the flagship Exploring What Matters programme - bringing people together in communities to tune-in, connect and take action.

Growing up in precarious circumstances Alex had his social-change spark ignited at an early age, working in campaigning and political communications before an 'ah-ha' moment led him to investigate initiatives leveraging positive emotional states for good (i.e. let's contribute positively to solutions, not just struggle against problems).

Alex is also a practising Buddhist, student of Vietnamese Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and an active member of the connected international youth movement Wake Up.

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Shamash Alidina

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Author, speaker, mindfullness teacher and founder of The Museum of Happiness

Shamash Alidina is a bestselling author, speaker and mindfulness teacher. He is the author of the international bestselling Mindfulness for Dummiesseries and has just released a new book called The Mindful Way Through Stress.

Shamash runs courses and workshops on mindful living and speaks on mindfulness at conferences around the world. He has been teaching the benefits of mindfulness to both adults and children since 1998 and now is also a mindfulness teacher trainer.

Shamash trained under Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli PhD at the Centre of Mindfulness in Massachusetts. He has also received extensive training at the Centre of Mindfulness at Bangor University in Wales.

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Kara Moses

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Rewilding Facilitator, Writer and Activist

Kara Moses is a facilitator of all kinds of rewilding – landscapes, people, and society – offering experiential, educational courses in nature connection, spiritual ecology and skills for social change. She teaches and facilitates on short courses and Masters programs at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Schumacher College, the Ecodharma centre, Hawkwood College and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, where she is an Associate Fellow. She is Vice Chair of the Wales Wild Land Foundation, which is currently focused on rewilding land in mid Wales with the Cambrian Wildwood project. As a grassroots activist she has spent much of the last few years fighting the fossil fuel industry with Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid, and as a freelance writer she contributes regularly to Resurgence and Ecologist magazine among others. She lives in an off-grid housing co-op in a core wilderness area in mid Wales with three dogs and five humans.

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Paula Haddock


Co-organiser of the Mindfulness and Social Change Network, mindfulness trainer and Ulex Project/Ecodharma trainer and advisor.

Paula has been exploring how inner practices can help to support social change work through building personal awareness, resilience and insight. She is a co-founding member of the Mindfulness and Social Change Network, and a co-founding member of the Training Providers Forum, an informal network of non-profit training providers working across the development and humanitarian sector. The forum has been running for five years, sharing best practices in training provision, forming collaborations, and offering yearly workshops to sector on key themes such as M&E of training and building the capacity of local training providers. Paula was INTRAC‘s Training Manager for more than 5 years where she was responsible for managing INTRAC’s broad range of training programmes including tailor-made, open, and blended courses. She has continued her work with INTRAC as an associate and trains on training of trainers, facilitation skills, M&E of training and managing roll outs effectively.

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In Network Of Wellbing’s vision for the world, everyone’s wellbeing needs are met within the planet’s natural limits.

NOW is committed to a broad view of wellbeing. They believe that a person’s wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of the community in which they live and work, while the wellbeing of their community depends on the wellbeing of society as a whole, and the long-term health of the natural world on which we all depend.

In their work, NOW supports an active network of people and organisations who care about wellbeing. There work currently involves:

  • Building a wellbeing network, where people and organisations can connect, engage and find out more about wellbeing;

  • Community wellbeing activities, for example through projects, supporting others’ initiatives, running events and offering resources;

  • Furthering the wellbeing agenda, by helping raise awareness about wellbeing as a key societal issue.

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