Buddhist Meditation - 'The Six Perfections'
Jul
4
7:00 pm19:00

Buddhist Meditation - 'The Six Perfections'

The Six Perfections

This course will be led by long-term students of Lama Jampa Thaye, a scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism and founder of the Dechen Buddhist Community. For more information, visit lamajampa.org, kagyubuddhism.org and dechen.org

All beings want happiness and want to avoid suffering, but don’t know how to achieve this in a lasting way. The six perfections are fundamental and profound Buddhist teachings that are designed to transform our perspective, taking it from being inward-looking to being skillful and compassionate. This outward-looking perspective removes our fixation on self and paradoxically increases our happiness as we stop clinging to what seems good and rejecting what seems bad.

In this course, which will run over three sessions, we will look at each of the six perfections, considering what each one is, how it can be put into practice, and its benefits for us and for others. While the six paramitas are fundamental practices of Mahayana Buddhism whose cultivation strengthens practice and brings enlightenment, they are equally applicable to anyone interested in developing a different way of viewing and interacting with the world.

This course consists of three sessions.

Dates: July 4, 2017  //  September 5, 2017  //  October 3, 2017
Time: 7 - 9pm

Investment: £36 (£12 per session - includes tea and cake)

How to book your place: £18 non-refundable deposit payable at the café (cash only) or online (link available soon). Balance to be paid in full (cash only) at the first session


Live Music - Doug & Sam
Jun
16
7:30 pm19:30

Live Music - Doug & Sam

Join Doug & Sam for an evening of laid back, easy listening folk acoustic music inspired by the likes of James Taylor, Ray Lamontagne and Suzanne Vega.

Doors 7.30pm // Music 8pm // Free entry

Snacks & meals available to order on the evening

BYO wine (£3 corkage per person for the evening)

Photo credit Simon Brown www.travellingsimon.com
Macc Laughs Comedy Night - Edinburgh Previews
Jun
15
7:30 pm19:30

Macc Laughs Comedy Night - Edinburgh Previews

They say that good things come in threes, and after two sell-out comedy nights we're looking forward to the third Macc Laughs here at The Button Warehouse!

You're in for a treat! Along with MC Clay Nikiforuk there will be two comedians performing their shows before this year's Edinburgh Fringe (line up TBA)

Doors 19.30 // Show 20.00

Tickets £7.50 in advance or £8.50 on the door (if any remaining). 50p booking fee applies to online ticket sales.

18+ only  //  BYO wine or beer (£3 corkage fee per person for the night)  //  Please follow @MaccLaughs for more info

Unless a performance is cancelled, all tickets are non-refundable. Seats are unreserved so early arrival is recommended (doors open at 19.30)
Wake Up To Organic - free breakfasts!
Jun
14
8:00 am08:00

Wake Up To Organic - free breakfasts!

'The most important meal of the day' just got a little more interesting...

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but who said anything about breakfast?

As part of the Wake Up To Organic scheme we'll be giving away a free breakfast with the purchase of any drink (eat in or take away). We'll be open earlier than usual so pop in any time between 8am - 11am! There will be a range of healthy organic breakfast options to choose from (while stocks last)

See you there!

Buddhist Meditation Workshop
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

Buddhist Meditation Workshop

This is the last session of the current theme - the next session will be in July

The Four Thoughts That Turn The Mind to Dharma

At the heart of Buddha’s teaching are both a profound insight into the nature of things and a vital concern for the welfare of all beings. Buddha declared that the capacity for such insight and compassion exists within us all. He set out a path consisting of three main elements that we can follow to develop these:
• Meditation, which calms the turbulence of mind and develops real insight into how things truly are.
• Ethical behaviour, which transforms our way of relating to others, so that we put their needs first.
• Wisdom, which develops an understanding of the true nature of the world around us.

The Four Thoughts That Turn The Mind to Dharma is a fundamental yet profound Buddhist teaching, the foundation of all practice of the Buddhist path. Over four sessions, the four thoughts – precious human birth, impermanence, karma and the nature of suffering – will be described in detail. Interspersed with sessions of calm-abiding and insight meditation, these sessions will form a solid grounding in the three main elements of the Buddhist path.

This course will be led by long-term students of Lama Jampa Thaye, a scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism and founder of the Dechen Buddhist Community. 

For more information, visit lamajampa.org and dechen.org.

This course consists of four sessions over four months.

Dates: 
7th March
4th April
2nd May
6th June

Time: 7 - 9pm

Investment: £12 per session (includes tea and cake)

Macc Laughs Comedy Night
May
18
7:30 pm19:30

Macc Laughs Comedy Night

*** SOLD OUT *** Please note there will be no on-the-door tickets ***

Following the sell out debut night in April, we've got another cracking line up of comedians to make you laugh this month including Amy Vreeke ("Had the audience splitting with laughter"), Edy Hurst ("A manic ball of comedy energy") and Kate McCabe ("Just a g*ddam delight").

Doors 19.30 // Show 20.00

Tickets £7.50 in advance or £8.50 on the door (if any remaining). 50p booking fee applies to online ticket sales. 

18+ only  //  BYOB (corkage £3 for the night)  //  Please follow @MaccLaughs for more info

Live music - Matt Torr
May
5
7:30 pm19:30

Live music - Matt Torr

Join Matt for an evening of laid back, easy listening acoustic music inspired by the likes Nick Drake, Ray Lamontagne and Tom Waits

Doors 7.30pm // Music 8pm // Free entry

Snacks & meals available to order on the evening

BYO wine (£3 corkage per person for the evening)

Macc Laughs Comedy Night
Apr
20
7:30 pm19:30

Macc Laughs Comedy Night

  • The Button Warehouse

Hurrah! A monthly comedy night in Macclesfield!

We're chuffed to be hosting Macc Laughs on stage here at The Button Warehouse. You're in for a real treat with a superb opening night line up including Sian Davies, Lindsey Davies and self-confessed 'adopted Mancunian' Pete Phillipson.

Doors 19.30 // Show 20.00

Debut show tickets £5 in advance or £6 on the door (50p booking fee applies to online ticket sales)

18+ only  //  BYOB (corkage £3 for the night)  //  Please follow @MaccLaughs for more info

Advance tickets have sold out! Please be aware that if paying on the door it may be standing room only but we'll do our best to get you a pew

Live Music - Curry Night - BYO Wine
Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

Live Music - Curry Night - BYO Wine

Come and join us as we celebrate our six month birthday!

With live music from local singer-songwriter John Dhali you're in for a good time. Click here to see John's video of his single Only One filmed in Manchester Piccadilly.

Menu:

Starter: Aloo tikki (spiced potato fritters) with cucumber raita

Main: Korma (mild) or Jalfrezi (hot) with rice

BYO wine! (£2 per person corkage - bargain!)

Our last gig sold out quickly - please pop into the cafe or give us a ring on 01625 433093 to reserve your place (tables may be shared)

Tickets £20 (includes starter & main). See you there!

Somatics Workshop with Claire Waling
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Somatics Workshop with Claire Waling

Health and Wellbeing Investment: £20

Bookings are essential for workshops. Please pop in to The Button Warehouse to pay 50% deposit to secure your place (cash only and non-refundable)

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This workshop is about increasing our self-awareness, to learn to understand that bad postural and movement habits over many years have resulted in tight and inflexible muscles. These tight muscles diminish our ability to move freely and pain free. The workshop is practical and all about movement.

WHAT IS SOMATICS?
Thomas Hannah Somatics teaches us to regain our sense of awareness and control over our body. His simple movements can result in co-ordinated and pain free physical functioning.

THE BRAIN AND MUSCLE AMNESIA
Inappropriate movement over years, accident or trauma mislead the brain and confuse motor pathways of movement. The brain is the ‘hard drive’ that controls the entire muscular system. Somatics movements focus on disturbing the information train given by your brain to your muscles. This allows a new motor message to be sent to your muscles. It allows the muscles to fully lengthen and not over-lengthen
This is a technique which allows the brain to communicate with the tight muscle. The muscle is tightened – this confuses the brain – when the muscle is released it moves to its full and comfortable length. It is not over complicated.

Sensory Motor Amnesia occurs when muscles are chronically tight and they will not relax, the body becomes tight and can cause pain, restricting movement as the brain’s response to muscles become blocked. This amnesia is in the sub cortex of our brain. An internal process with new patterning, as well as movement can create new patterns that we then process and they become our new movement memory.

When doing the movements, your primary focus is to your internal sensation of movements. Concentrate an awareness of the movements in the body areas as a way to maintain control over your body.

Moving slowly gives your brain more chance to notice all that is happening with your body. Moving gently allows the brain to receive feedback on how your body moves. Your brain needs to learn how to move the muscles, no amount of effort will release the involuntary contracted muscles. If you force a muscle the reverse happens and the muscle will contract.

There are 3 Stress Reflexes which help support the movements to self correct. The Green Light where the back muscles are tight, contributing to lower back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, herniated discs and jaw pain. The Red Light where the muscles at the front of the body are tight, the back rounded, chin jutting forward, shallow breathing, hip, knee, neck and abdominal discomfort. The Trauma reflex such as an accident or injury or emotional upset occurs we manoeuvre our bodies into an avoidance when we twist or turn to escape an injury. Yet with this we push our bodies into tightening in certain areas and this tightened muscle may become or norm, hence SMA. This happens unconsciously and instantly and can result long term in shortening of the waist, the centre of the body twisting, rotation in shoulders, hips, pelvis, back and neck. Leading to postural imbalances.

PANDICULATION
This is a conscious deliberate contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, followed by a slow controlled lengthening of the muscle, followed by relaxation.

This is intentional sensory feedback “wakes up the brain”, which is the command centre of the muscular system. So the brain resets the muscle length. Relaxing the muscle past its previous point of relaxation.

You start to observe which muscles are involved in the movement. You start to understand your muscle control. You begin to understand which muscles are working together to involve a stretch. You learn how to reverse pain.

'Veganuary' Afternoon
Jan
22
12:00 pm12:00

'Veganuary' Afternoon

Want to find our more about a plant-based lifestyle? Trying to cut out dairy from your diet? Looking for some inspiration for a change in 2017? Pop in to The Button Warehouse on Sunday 22nd between 12 - 4pm for a friendly chat!

We've got some great folk on board to talk about organic farming, raw food, juices, macrobiotic foods, vegan chocolate, reflexology, fitness & more!

There's huge momentum behind the plant-based / vegan lifestyle movement at the moment. The numbers speak for themselves: in ten years the number of people in the UK choosing this way of life has increased by almost a factor of four. Almost 60,000 people have also signed up to 'Veganuary' to cut out all foods derived from animals for a month. Many who make the change feel a great difference in their lives and never look back!

No pressure, no commitments, no resolutions - just an open-minded, thought-provoking afternoon at Macclesfield's first wholefoods café. See you there!

'The Healing Power of Self' & Bach Flower Remedies with Jane Bowdenleigh
Dec
6
7:00 pm19:00

'The Healing Power of Self' & Bach Flower Remedies with Jane Bowdenleigh

A wonderful journey of self exploration starts here. Learn how to utilise the amazing power of Bach Flower Remedies to ease your stresses and create a healthier life...starting with Christmas!

These gentle and amazing Bach Flower Remedies bring greater self-awareness, increasing your potential to make changes. What an exciting gift to yourself this Christmas! I look forward to you joining me.

Optional - make up a personalised flower remedy to take away with you (£5 additional price)

Festive tea and cake will be available to purchase from the café

Health and wellbeing investment: £12

Booking essential - please pop in to pay a 50% deposit to secure your place (cash only and non-refundable)

Road to Peace - Film Screening + Director Q&A
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

Road to Peace - Film Screening + Director Q&A

  • The Button Warehouse

Join us for an exclusive pre-tour screening of Road to Peace, an award-winning film which embarks on a journey with the Dalai Lama of Tibet, one of the most celebrated humanitarians of all time.

Complete with rare behind the scenes access and a candid personal interview, this fly-on-the-wall documentary is as close to a flesh-and-blood encounter with the Dalai Lama as you can get.

Leon Stuparich, director and producer, will be joining us for a Q&A after the film before his Scotland tour.

Tickets £15 - please buy in advance at the cafe or on the phone. Early booking recommended.

Ticket includes mulled apple juice and popcorn. An organic bean burger and salad is available after the film for £6.

“It is my hope that Road to Peace shows The Dalai Lama as a living example of how we can all live more loving and compassionate lives and that it has clearly captured his spiritual and humanitarian message for this and future generations." Leon Stuparich.

*Fully Booked* Official Opening Night
Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

*Fully Booked* Official Opening Night

  • The Button Warehouse

Join us for tapas & live music at the Official Opening of The Button Warehouse, a unique organic & vegan wholefoods café in an old Macclesfield silk mill!

The incredibly talented percussive fingerstyle guitarist, Becky Langan, will be playing during the evening. Becky has toured the UK and has recorded at Abbey Road Studios with Tony Visconti having made it through to the semi-finals on Sky Arts Guitar Star.

£20 - includes ticket and tapas

£10 deposit required to book your candle-lit table (larger tables may be shared). Pop in for more info or give us a call on 01625 433093

Joe, Emma & team x

Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

*Fully Booked* Reflexology Workshop with Emma Hopkins

This workshop will empower you to explore self-care through reflexology - a forever growing ancient practice with incredible healing potential

Tea and cake will be available to purchase from the café

£12

Booking essential. Please pop in to pay a 50% deposit to secure your place (cash only and non-refundable)