Retreats, Courses & Weekly Meditation Group


Fall 2019

Ecstatic Union: The Way of Poet Saints & Mystics

October 11-13, 2019  Friday dinner – Sunday lunch

Meditation retreat led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD at the Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY.

Every spiritual tradition has its poet saints and mystics who express the ecstatic, love-drenched state of unity consciousness in language and  that propels the mind back to its source, pure Being.  Dissolve the mind and its endless stream of chatter in the ocean of ecstatic Being through the inspired poetry of the great mystics of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.  Through guided meditations, contemplations and chants we’ll dive into the boundless One that is the source of the many sublime expressions of unity consciousness we find in the writings of sages and bodhisattvas.  Infinite love and unbridled joy suffuse the experience of union with the Infinite. This weekend retreat will be a celebration of the living presence of the Divine within everyone, right here, right now.  We’ll use the power of mantra and meditation, as well as the inspired words of great masters, to leave the ordinary mind behind and rest in the immeasurable joy, love, compassion and equanimity of your true nature!  You are invited to bring your own favorite spiritual poem to share. Give yourself this weekend retreat to joyfully deepen your meditation practice and immersion in the Divine.

The retreat runs from Friday at 7pm until Sunday at noon.

The program fee is $230.  Garrison Institute adds their room and board fees on top of that at registration. They offer commuter, dorm, double and single accommodations.  Please click below for more information.

Registration is limited to facilitate learning.  Please register early.

For registration and additional information click here.

Fall Courses

Mindfulness Meditation For Everyone!

A 6 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course

Tuesday evenings, Dates to be announced; 7-8:30pm
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Pl., Suite 2, Armonk, NY 10504

Registration fee: $180
Advance registration with 50% deposit or payment in full is required.
Registration closed.

Learn all you need to establish a meditation practice at home. There is amazing scientific research showing the numerous health benefits of mindfulness meditation. It is effective in a broad range of applications, from reducing stress, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to increasing peak performance, focus and improving relationships. Mindfulness meditation calms and eases the mind, transforming everyday life. This 6 week course will give you the foundation to continue practicing meditation and expanding the benefits you experience for years to come. Taught by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, who has trained over 15,000 meditators in the US, Canada and India. He has been practicing meditation for over 45 years and trained as a monk in India.

Weekly Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation:

  • Thursday evenings – except major holidays
  • 7:15-8:45pm
  • Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place, Armonk, NY 10504 (upper level)
  • No registration necessary.
  • Fee: by donation

Everyone is welcome!
Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, Founder & Director

Swatantriya Meditation – the meditation of absolute freedom. This is the form of meditation taught by Lawrence and includes practices from all traditions. Swatantriya Meditation is based on the inner power of Consciousness called Kundalini in the yogic tradition. It embraces and empowers all meditation techniques to take you beyond the confines of the ordinary mind.

We offer an ongoing nondenominational meditation class that meets every Thursday evening, except for holidays. People can come as frequently as they like. There’s no need to sign up for a series of sessions. We offer these meditation sessions to support people in their ongoing meditation practices. Enjoy!
Fee: All donations gratefully accepted ($20 suggested donation per session). Donations are tax deductible.

All donations go to support the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation. Beginners are welcome, along with experienced meditators. A wide variety of techniques and practices are taught, including chanting, mantra and mindfulness meditation.

If the group is going to be canceled on any evening due to bad weather or some other circumstance, then a message on 914-219-8600 will state that the group is canceled for that evening, otherwise we meet as scheduled.