Meditation Training Course
A 21-day Training Comprising Three 7-day Residential Ashram Retreats
The practice of meditation is a cornerstone of the science of yoga and, in fact, nearly all other mystical traditions. The focus of this training is towards direct personal experience and transformation. The development and deepening of your personal practice will be key.
October 12-19 2024 | £525
March 8-15 2025 | £525
June 21-28 2025 | £525
Or all three retreats for a reduced cost of £1,275
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A place of clarity and peace
Key to the practice of meditation is the process of the stilling of the mind. We will, no doubt, have experienced a stilling of the mind – this can also arise from time in nature and other such experiences however the very essence of practice is to engender this calming of the mind.
In our day to day lives this calming and settling of the mind is of such value – we are no longer so bound up in the activities of mind and we touch a place of clarity and peace.
We must remember that in meditation we do not attempt to fight the mind or control the mind through force. Like any movement of energy, the fluctuations of mind are completely natural however when we’re completely embroiled in this activity we are ‘blind’ to that which lies beyond the mind.
Fundamentally, the stilling of the mind opens us up to realisation of the most fundamental level of our Identity, the possibility of no longer identifying, completely, with the fluctuations of the mind. Whilst our sense of self, our identity, is completely defined by the fluctuations, and impermanence, of the personality – the body, thoughts, emotions etc. – we will continue to be buffeted by the ups and downs of life.
We realise that these fluctuations, this personality is an expression of a deeper Reality, what we are in essence.
The Range of Practices Covered
- • Practices to help Befriend the Mind
• Kaya Shtiryam (Bodily Stillness)
• Antar Mouna (Inner Silence)
• Ajapa Japa (Spontaneous repetition of Mantra)
• Various practices from the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra exploring the concept and experience of Spaciousness.
• Compassion practices for both self and others to include Metta (Loving Kindness), Tonglen (Receiving and Giving) and the Inner Smile
• Practices of Reflections and Enquiry – Gyana Yoga using passages from the ancient texts to catalyse change in our vision.
• The use of Mantra as a gateway to meditation.
The breakdown of the three weeks
Through participating on this course, you will deepen your practice and be opened to a profound process of transformation both in terms of the personality and your understanding of who and what you truly are. You will gain an invaluable resource to take forward into your life which will support the ongoing healing of your relationship with yourself and with the wider world.
Week 1 The Foundations
During this weeklong retreat we explore the foundational meditation practices of Yoga including Kaya Sthairyam, Antar Mouna (Inner Silence) and Ajapa Japa (Spontaneous repetition of Mantra). These profound practices are valid and effective in their own right yet at the same time they will create a sound foundation for us to then move onto explore further practices in the following 2 retreats.
Week 2 The Heart
During this week we explore practices from both the Yogic and Buddhist traditions that focus on the awakening and healing of the heart – the developing of compassion towards self and others. This is the landscape of our emotional wounds and blockages. Exploring this landscape is not easy yet it is an essential aspect of the spiritual path and also of incredible benefit in allowing us to live more creative, joyful lives.
Here practices will include Metta (Loving Kindness), Tonglen, the Inner Smile, Hridayakash Dharana, practices focussed on forgiveness and the use of mantra. All of these focus on our relationship to our own emotional story and the impact this relationship has on our experience of the ‘external’ world.
Week 3 Spaciousness and the Fundamental 'I'
The ultimate purpose of the practice of meditation is to render us receptive to insight into the fundamental level of our being, so that, even if only momentarily, we identify with our essential nature – Pure Consciousness.
Practices that cultivate the experience of (inner) spaciousness are key to developing that receptivity. Amongst other practices we will explore practices from the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra. We will use reflection on passages from ancient texts, both from the Yogic tradition and others, that challenge us to question our assumptions about who and what we are fundamentally.
Expand your understanding of core yogic teachings with our experienced teachers.
Learn authentic practices to help you deepen your direct experience of yogic teachings.
Journey with a likeminded group of serious spiritual seekers and ashram residents.
Applicants should have:
• At least 3 years experience of yoga practice.
• An aspiration to embrace and systematically develop the practice of meditation. The clarity of aspiration is far more important that previous meditation experience.
• An openness to transformative change on a personal level and an aspiration to deepen the understanding of their Innermost Nature.
Week 1: October 12-19 2024; Week 2: March 8-15 2025; Week 3: June 21-28 2025
Kindly choose whether you wish to:
1. Book for all three retreats, at a discounted price, see upper right.
2. Book for only one or two of the three at the standard price, see below.
All the options Include all teaching input, accommodation and food, and ongoing tutor support.
Price for all 3 retreats (discounted)
see below if you simply wish to book for one or two of the retreats.
£1275 | £275 deposit
Price for Retreat 1 individually
£525 | £175 deposit
Price for Retreat 2 individually
£525 | £175 deposit
Price for Retreat 3 individually
£575 | £175 deposit
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Join us on this 8-Month Journey to Deepen Your Personal Practice and Your Yoga Teaching
Go deeper into the mysteries of yoga in one of the few authentic ashrams outside of India, with experienced teachers and a supportive community, in an environment of great natural beauty and focused spiritual energy.Scheduled next training in 2025
" The course was excellent and the environment inspiring. I had a wonderful visit - powerful, joyful and profound." - Ciara
"A special place overflowing with peace and harmony. I appreciated the depth of the course and feel that with continued practice it will get even deeper." - Calum
"Exactly what my soul needed! It was all so nourishing and supporting. I feel back to life and in my power once again." - Nichole