meditate part 1 (50hrs)
2023 dates tbd
throw yourself into the practice and theory of meditation. studying both the modern science of meditation & the tradition of dhyāna (坐禪), learn to just be.
in a stressed-out world, being complex is encouraged... is even easier. this course is a balance. the meditating mind is not complex - it is the opposite. and therein lies its power, its potential.
this program is open to all.
10 weeks of step-by-step training
you will receive a total of 5hrs of instruction each week over a total of 10 weeks. these are in 2 parts: a lecture and a practice.
this training will be systematic, inspired by studying both contemporary research on the power of sitting and the thousand-year-old taoist philosophy of sitting... just sitting.
there is much in common.
- receive a full 50hrs of ya accreditation either as part of our 300/500hr program, or as a part of your continuing education credits.
you can go at your own pace, but we'll all be going through the program together. we will have our own private communication forum where we can support, share and learn together.
this adds a wonderful group dynamic that makes learning much more fun.
on demand now,
one year's access
remember; if you cannot join live one week or at all, don't stress. all lessons are on-demand and can be accessed at your own pace on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
once you have finished, the whole program can be taken again at any time. It will always be yours, whenever you need it. this is a wonderful boon of online study.
big benefit to online learning
big benefits - online learning
- take from anywhere in the world.
rome, moscow, hong kong, new york... we can get together!
- take live. then deepen your learning with recorded content. this course is super content rich! multiple passes makes a massive difference...
- or take recorded. if you can't make it live, take the program when you can,
as you can.
- one year access to curriculum. don't remember stuff? need clarification? it's right here, any time.
- increased personal teacher interaction & exchange. Aamax of 30 students per course. we're literally staring each other in the face. it is close, it is intimate, it is powerful.
- full ya accreditation
there is no better time to find space in our lives. meditation is often not done or it is mystified... but there is nothing to learn really past basic technique. you may not always enjoy it as meditation takes us out of our habitual patterns and habits. but that misses the point. meditation is not designed to be fun. neither is it supposed to be hell. instead, it is a life skill designed to give you mental space however that comes.
meditation is the foundation of many modern approaches to mental health; addiction recovery, depression, ocd/add, etc... it is fabulous to get to know it better, and I invite you in. someone you know or teach will benefit greatly from it - including you.
wondering exactly what is taught in our 10-week program? here's the curriculum*:
theory: introduction to the science of meditation
theory: the ox
theory: the default mind
theory: taming the ox
theory: riding the ox
practice: letting go
practice: no count
theory: no ox, no self
- the curriculum is subject to change before we begin. the above is a guideline only.
repeat. repeat. repeat
each week you will be given several 30-minute guided meditation practices, each with a different approach.
you must do your meditation five times a week. this grows habit, skill and builds awareness. at first, it will seem strange, difficult, foreign. but as time passes this will change.
if you are looking for a certificate for this course, you must complete all of the course hours. this includes both lectures and practices.
there are many ways of approaching meditation. they are all great. we will focus on the simplest...awareness.
progress and awareness arrive by simply noting what is happening in your mind. though at first glance, crude...when you shine your mind with the light of awareness, the implications of what you experience can be profound, view-altering, or just relaxing.
go deep. not broad.
each week's meditation will build on the experience of the last. what at first seems either impossible or boring (total opposites) will, as you ease into it, become familiar, even comfortable.
with deepening practice, your mind and your emotions settle, you find clarity, a blurring of complete subjectivity and a good dose of compassion.
weekly live lectures
feel as if you're in a live class with me! these sessions will make it easy to study on your own and set the tone and focus for each week.
get your questions answered live or in our group chat, watch later or again and again. join with your laptop, phone, or tablet.
with practice to do 5 times after each lecture, you have lots to do. play everything from your laptop, or load the practices to your phone or tablet and take them wherever you go.
a webcam is helpful for live sessions. it is nice to see each other.
course reading & journaling
along with the lectures and practice, you will be assigned two books to read: one on the science of meditation, and another on the traditional approach to meditation. reading is there to enrich the context in which we study and enhance your awareness of topics and ideas we practice and learn about.
lastly, you will be offered a journaling framework for each week in the course manual. journaling provides an opportunity to see progress, change and objectivity in an often emotional landscape. it can be powerful and insightful.
discover the benefits of online learning.
the full investment for the program varies. the earlier you join, the better a deal you get.
for your investment you receive:
- 50hrs of face-to-face lectures and guided meditation training plus homework and assignments.
- access to a community of classmates, myself and like-minded folk.
- one year of access to all the training material.
- journal manual.
- all presentation slides.
- course reading list.
what students say
Bob - UK
"I do like your teaching style. These are not just sweet words. You have a good combination of intensity in your delivery, interest in engaging all of your students... and a slightly self effacing humour."
Yves - Thailand
"I didn't think I would like online learning. But I have just finished our morning session and surprisingly I found out that I’ve missed some important points! So I am listening again...wonderful!"
Tessa - UK
" You make learning fun. You make it calm and collective. I never feel anxious or silly for asking questions and you invite a vulnerability to people that makes them more open to learning and seeing things from a different point of view by explaining them in ways we would understand."
Wendy - Australia
"What keeps me coming back is the quality of the class content. It is top quality and not airy fairy whimsical stuff."
what do I need for online training?
can I pay in installments?
what happens if i can't join live?
i don't like online learning, when are you doing it live?
have a question?
just let us know, we'll gladly help you.