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The Meditation Centre is a welcoming place for you to find calm and clarity.  It was founded in 1999 and established as a charity in 2002.  The charitable objective of the charity is:

To further education by teaching the understanding and experience of meditational practices.  To preserve and protect health by using meditation as a way of promoting healing and relieving stress.

As a charity The Centre has a Board of Trustees, a Director, Teachers and a Management Team.  There is also a group of Friends who support the charity’s aims and objectives.

The practices taught and experienced at the Meditation Centre are age-old and universal and suitable for those of any faith, belief or lifestyle.

We run courses, retreats, teacher training and special events. The Centre is also available for hire.

Every day we also welcome people of all faiths and beliefs who want to use the Centre for their own practice. We open from morning until early evening each day of the year for people to pop in and enjoy the facilities – unless a course is being run. If you would like to use the Centre for your own meditation practice, we would be grateful if you could help us to keep open by leaving a donation.

THE MEDITATION CENTRE PRIVACY NOTICE

We, The Meditation Centre (also referred to as “we”, “us”, or “our”) are a registered charity in England (Charity number 1076345). Our registered address is Flintergill, Dent, Cumbria, LA10 5QR.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE
This Notice is designed to help you understand what kind of information we collect in connection with our services and how we will process and use this information. In the course of providing you with services we will collect and process information that is commonly known as personal data.
This Notice describes how we collect, use, share, retain and safeguard personal data.
This Notice sets out your individual rights; we explain these later in the Notice but in summary these rights include your right to know what data is held about you, how this data is processed and how you can place restrictions on the use of your data.

WHAT IS PERSONAL DATA?
Personal data is information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Examples include an individual’s name, age, address, date of birth, gender and contact details.
Personal data may contain information which is known as special categories of personal data. This may be information relating to and not limited to, an individual’s health, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic and biometric data, or data relating to sexual orientation.

PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT
In order for us to provide a service for you, we will collect and store personal data about you.
You may provide us with personal data when you contact us via the telephone, when writing to us directly or where we provide you with paper based forms for completion or we complete a form in conjunction with you.
The data will never be shared to third parties other than if you opt-in to receiving our newsletter when we will share your name and email address with the organisation Mailchimp for the sending out of our quarterly newsletter.
Where we collect data directly from you, we are considered to be the controller of that data i.e. we are the data controller. Where we use third parties to process your data, these parties are known as processors of your personal data.
A data ‘controller’ means the individual or organisation which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR PERSONAL DATA?
If you have provided information to opt-in to our newsletter, we will use your personal data to keep you updated of our services via an email marketing newsletter. If you have completed a paper form when attending one of our courses, we will keep the data in line with our insurance requirements.

DATA RETENTION
We will retain your personal data for a period of 7 years at the end of any contractual agreement. The retaining of data is necessary for insurance purposes. Please contact our Data Privacy Representative at meditationcentreteam@gmail.com if you object to the use of, or you have any questions relating to the use of your data, the retention of your personal data or the use of profiling and automated decision making services/tools and techniques.
You can opt out of receiving marketing services by e-mailing meditationcentreteam@gmail.com

YOUR RIGHTS
Individuals are provided with legal rights governing the use of their personal data. These grant individuals the right to understand what personal data relating to them is held, for what purpose, how it is collected and used, with whom it is shared, where it is located, to object to its processing, to have the data corrected if inaccurate, to take copies of the data and to place restrictions on its processing. Individuals can also request the deletion of their personal data.
These rights are known as Individual Rights under the Data Protection Act 2018. The following list details these rights:
– The right to be informed about the personal data being processed;

– The right of access to your personal data;

– The right to object to the processing of your personal data;

– The right to restrict the processing of your personal data;

– The right to rectification of your personal data;

– The right to erasure of your personal data;

– The right to data portability (to receive an electronic copy of your personal data);

– Rights relating to automated decision making including profiling.

Individuals can exercise their Individual Rights at any time. As mandated by law we will not charge a fee to process these requests, however if your request is considered to be repetitive, wholly unfounded and/or excessive, we are entitled to charge a reasonable administration fee.
In exercising your Individual Rights, you should understand that in some situations we may be unable to fully meet your request, for example if you make a request for us to delete all your personal data, we may be required to retain some data for taxation and for regulatory and other statutory purposes.
You should understand that when exercising your rights, a substantial public or vital interest may take precedence over any request you make. In addition, where these interests apply, we are required by law to grant access to this data for law enforcement, legal and/or health related matters.
If you require further information on your Individual Rights or you wish to exercise your Individual Rights, please contact our Data Privacy Representative by e-mailing meditationcentreteam@gmail.com

PROTECTING YOUR DATA
We will take all appropriate technical and organisational steps to protect the confidentiality, integrity, availability and authenticity of your data.

DATA PRIVACY REPRESENTATIVE
To ensure data privacy and protection has appropriate focus within our organisation we have a Data Privacy Representative who reports to our Board of Trustees. The Data Privacy Representative is Catherine Morris

COMPLAINTS
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the way in which we process your personal data please contact our Data Privacy Representative. You also have the right to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO may be contacted via its website which is https://ico.org.uk/concerns/, by live chat or by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113.

HOW TO CONTACT US
If you have any questions regarding this Notice, the use of your data and your Individual Rights please contact our Data Privacy Representative at The Meditation Centre, Flintergill, Dent, Cumbria, LA10 5QR or by e-mailing meditationcentreteam@gmail.com or by telephoning 07582 017396.
Version: May 2018

FAQs

There is no need for any change in lifestyle, diet or belief. All the benefits come from setting aside 15-20 minutes a day and meditation is a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Meditation involves the use of simple techniques that allow a profound state of rest to be achieved and deep-rooted tension to be dissolved – it works whether you believe in it or not.

No. Meditation can be practised kneeling or sitting comfortably in a chair . . . or sitting cross-legged.

Some people experience benefits within days and for others they emerge more gradually. Often the benefits come where you least expect them.

Not at all – people from all sorts of different faiths and beliefs learn meditation at the Centre – it is a place of neutrality so there is no conflict.

We have delicious coffee, biscuits and herbal/fruit teas at the Meditation Centre and everyone has the refreshment they want. However it’s better to meditate before meals rather than after.

General outside noise need not affect meditation, however a sudden disturbance may shock you as the mind and body become very still. People meditate in all sorts of places – on buses, trains, in cars and waiting rooms . . . anywhere you can sit down. It is nice to have – but not absolutely necessary to create – a special place.

A relaxed, informal and interactive day or weekend spent with like-minded people.

Open your eyes and look at your watch. If it’s not time, close your eyes and continue with the practice. During meditation the mind is awake even though the body is in a deep state of rest.

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