Retreats, Weekly Meditation Group & Courses


Spring 2018 Retreat

Living Through Dying

March 16-18, 2018 at the Garrison Institute, Garrison NY
Registration is now open.  Click HERE to register

Friday evening 6pm- Sunday 12pm
Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, poet, author, mentor and teacher.
Fee: $225 plus accommodations – Garrison Institute combines the program fee and accommodations fees together for one total registration fee when you register.

Living Through Dying will take participants into the practices and teachings found at the deepest levels of the great spiritual traditions. You will learn meditative and spiritual practices that empower you to understand and move through the many forms that death takes in life – the death of relationships, loved ones, hopes and dreams, and ultimately oneself. Death opens the way for new life and expanded consciousness when we are prepared to journey through it.

Themes of birth and death, the nature of the eternal and the ephemeral, death and resurrection, dying to the ego, dying in the depths of meditation, and the transcendent way beyond suffering into pure rapture, appear in our spiritual traditions as ways of approaching the mystery of what lies beyond the ordinary mind and everyday life. We often intuit that there’s greater meaning and greater depth to life than what we’ve experienced. That intuition and the longing to go beyond what our culture and religions may have given us is part of awakening to the deeper truths of who and what we are and why we walk this earth. At the heart every human being is a mystic capable of directly knowing the profound meaning and deep truths of life, the link between womb and tomb, birth and death, and creativity and dissolution.

Through teachings and practices from the Tibetan book of the Dead, the Grail legend, the Heart Sutra, and non-dual teachings of Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta we will explore the Way beyond the way. We will also consider near-death and past life experiences and what they may reveal to us about living through dying. The program will include meditation, chanting, and mantras, in addition to teachings and discussions. Join us for this extraordinary opportunity to deepen your appreciation of your soul’s journey through life and death.

Kundalini awakening empowers us to directly know the undying nature of our of true nature, beyond the mind and body.  Diksha and practices for awakening and unfolding Kundalini are incorporated in this retreat.

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, LMHC, BCN has been teaching and practicing meditation for over 45 years and trained as a monk in India. He’s also trained in Tibetan Buddhist practices, Jungian psychology, and neurotherapy. He is a licensed psychotherapist in Armonk, NY. He is the founder and director of the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making meditation practices available to everyone. He has done meditation training with hospice staff as well as physicians, nurses and people from all walks of life. He has been on the faculty of New York Medical College since 1998. He is the author of The Soul’s Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within, Kali’s Bazaar – a collection of poetry, and other works on mystic visions and Kundalini.

This retreat has limited openings to facilitate optimum learning. Please register early.

Friday: Dinner at 6pm – Sunday lunch at noon
$225 Program Registration Fee

Accommodations and meals:  Commuter: $205; Dorm: $265; Double: $305; Single: $345

Click HERE to register.

Weekly Meditation Group:

Thursday evenings starting October 26 in our newly expanded meditation center, 7:15pm, at the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place, Armonk, NY 10504.   Visit Anam Cara Meditation Foundation for details.
All are welcome!

Swatantriya Meditation – The meditation of absolute freedom. Swatantriya Meditation is based on the inner power of Consciousness called Kundalini. It embraces and empowers all meditation techniques to take one beyond the ordinary confines of the mind. This is the primary form of meditation that Lawrence teaches. It includes mindfulness training, breath awareness, mantra and additional practices.

Meditation Courses

Fall 2017

The Art & Science of Meditation

A FREE Evening Seminar

September Date and time to be announced

Learn meditation practices you can do at home to gain the extraordinary health benefits of meditation. Meditation is the top stress reducing, health enhancing activity you can engage in. You’ll learn about the scientific reseach that has been done on meditation showing its positive effects on the brain, immune system, cardio-vascular health and more!

Meditation practices are a part of every spiritual tradition and include non-theistic, non-spiritual approaches as well. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, directed by Dr. Lawrence Edwards, teaches meditative practices from a variety of traditions. No matter what one’s interest or perspective there are meditative practices that will work for you and give you access to your power to transform your mind, brain, body, health and relationships.

October-November 2017

Buddhist Wisdom Treasures III
Living Dharma

4 week course – dates to be announced
Wed. evenings 7:15-8:45pm

Many people have been asking for a continuation of the Buddhist Wisdom Treasures for Non-Buddhists initial courses and here it is! You don’t have to have taken the first course, though it will be helpful, and of course you don’t have to become a Buddhist to enjoy and benefit from the insights and wisdom of this great tradition.

Pre-registration required.
Fee: $120

January 2018

Buddhist Wisdom Treasures I
For Non-Buddhists
4 week course
Wednesday Evenings 7:15-8:45pm
Dates To Be Announced
The Buddhist tradition offers great insights into the workings of the mind and how we can be free not only of the mind, but of all suffering. One doesn’t have to be a Buddhist to gain the tremendous benefits from the wisdom that this ancient tradition offers. Priests, nuns, rabbis, ministers, scientists, business leaders and people from all walks of life have found the teachings of the Buddha enhanced their everyday lives and their spiritual practices. During this course we will explore the foundational teachings and practices that the Buddha offered to anyone who was interested in gaining greater freedom from suffering and gaining access to unwavering joy.
Registration Fee: $120
Pre-registration Required

To register contact Lawrence Edwards, PhD at 914-219-8600

February 2018


Like a broken gong be still, be silent.
Know the stillness of freedom
Where there is no more striving.

Silent Meditation Retreat
Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD
April Dates To Be Announced
Sunday 9:00am-3:30pm
Fee: $90, includes light meal
To register call 914-219-8600

Dive into the depths of meditation by living in silence, even for this brief span of time the effects are powerful. Deepen and expand your meditation practice by nurturing it with the time and attention it deserves. The Buddha said, “Better than a hundred years of ignorance is one day spent in reflection. Better than a hundred years of idleness is one day spent in determination.”

All are welcome!

Anam Cara Meditation Foundation

Preregistration required

Refund Policy:
Full refund given if cancellation is received 8 weeks prior to the course or if the course has to be canceled for any reason. 50% refund given if canceled 4-8 weeks in advance. The balance will be received as a tax deductible gift to the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 educational organization. Last minute cancellations are nonrefundable.

For information on additional courses and programs please visit the Events listing at the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation website.