Our beginners meditation course is tailored to busy professionals and creatives who are looking for a proven technique that will help them access deep states of relaxation any time they have 20 minutes to spare and a chair to sit in. The course is designed to fit around hectic work or parenting schedules with four 90-minute sessions over four consecutive days. The four-day format is designed to create a momentum to your practice and launch you into being a self-sufficient meditator.
The best way to find out more is to attend a no-obligation one-hour intro talk where you will learn all about the benefits, how the technique works, the science and the course structure. Session costs $12 and lasts an hour. We highly recommend attending an intro talk before signing up for a course. If you’ve already been to an intro talk or have all the information you need to book onto a course, scroll to the bottom to pick a date.
What is meditation?
Broadly speaking, meditation is a set of practices designed for relaxation, stress reduction and self development. There are many different techniques, but most involve sitting quietly and deliberately placing the attention on a specific object. These objects are known as “anchors” and give us somewhere to rest our awareness away from the flood of thoughts that deluge us everyday.
Popular anchors are the breath, body sensations, visualisations and mantras. Vedic Meditation is a mantra technique that uses a word with no meaning that we repeat silently in our heads that leads us to a state on inner stillness and rest.
The Vedic technique comes to us from a tradition dating back thousands of years ago in India. Countless scientific studies in recent decades have shown it to systematically reduce stress and anxiety. We sit with our eyes closed for 20 minutes once or twice a day and effortlessly repeat a mantra, gently returning to it whenever we find ourselves lost in thought.
Unlike other anchors, the mantra speaks the same language as our thoughts. “I’ve tried several other techniques,” says Rory, “including mindfulness-based breathing and body-scan techniques and have found mantra to be the easiest. For many of us, hearing is something we already associate with relaxation and the mantra uses the same vibrational language as music, which resonates with many of us.”
There’s no concentration, force or control, we just gently bring our awareness to the mantra when we remember to. There’s a misconception that meditation is about forcing the mind into a state of inactivity. As anyone who has ever tried to do this will know, it’s impossible! The mind is more like a wild horse that you need to befriend and gently guide rather than forcing. The technique teaches us to take an effortless approach of clear intention but non-attachment which brings benefits to us in the rest of our lives.
As well as making you feel relaxed and centred, countless scientific studies have shown meditation to give practitioners the following benefits:
- Reduced anxiety and stress
- Improved sleep
- Greater perspective
- Access to clearer and more creative thinking
- Improved productivity and focus
- Increased happiness
- Improved immunity
- Increased emotional resilience
The course is run across four days at times convenient for working professionals and is designed to give you an immersive experience with plenty of opportunity for questions and feedback. It sets up a momentum that will give you the best chance of establishing an on-going practice. The first of the four sessions is one-hour, one-on-one and done by appointment on a Saturday. The second session is Sunday 2.30-4pm and the third and fourth sessions are Monday and Tuesday evenings 6.30-8pm.
We aim to make Vedic Meditation affordable to as many people as possible, using a sliding scale system whereby those who can afford it most subsidise those who can’t. When I first learned I remember thinking the cost was high, but it was honestly the best investment I’ve ever made. This is an investment in yourself and part of the reason for the cost is to motivate you to stick with the practice. Whether it’s right or wrong, we generally value things at a similar level to their cost. This is also the best value approach to take if you plan on meditating long term when you consider the lifetime access to phone and email support as well as group meditations and refresher courses with any Vedic Meditation teacher worldwide.
Students self select their course fee. Please refer to the guide below which has been designed so that everyone can benefit from the technique. Guide is based on gross income – if you’re not the main breadwinner, use the salary of the household’s main earner. It’s an honour system and you won’t be asked to provide any documentation.
- $350 (yearly income of $25k or less)
- $500 (yearly income of 25-70k)
- $750 (yearly income of 70k – 100k)
- $950 (yearly income of 100k – 150k)
- $1250 (yearly income of 150k+)
- $2000 (private course)