Retreats, Courses & Weekly Meditation Group


Fall 2018

Living Meditation: Deepening & Integrating Practices
September 29 – 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

One day mini-retreat at the New York Open Center, 30th and Madison Ave., NY, NY
NY Open Center Members: $125; Non-members: $145

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Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, poet, author, mentor and teacher.

Living Meditation will take you into the rich meditative practices and teachings found at the most profound levels of the great spiritual traditions, where the ultimate state of non-dual awareness is all that exists.  In this one day retreat you will learn to deepen and integrate meditation into everyday life.  Meditation uplifts our work life, our home life, our health and all that we engage in. Meditation begins as a set of practices and then the transformative power of meditation processes becomes apparent as we shed old conditioned patterns of mind.  The transformative processes develop and ripen, opening the boundless domain of the state of Living Meditation, also known as sahaja samadhi, in which the waking, dream and deep sleep states are transformed.  In this retreat you will learn how to deepen your practices, further empower the transformative process of meditation and discover the state of radical freedom, the state of Living Meditation.  This is the state of the Living Presence that already exists within you as your true nature.  Some call this their Buddha nature, or their Christ nature, or their Divine Self, but whatever we call it, it is beyond words, beyond the mind, yet at the very heart of our Being.  Come to know your state of radical freedom, come to know the living presence of the One.

The retreat will include instruction for all levels of practitioners.  We will dive into meditation, chanting, mantra, contemplations and integrative practices for bringing it all home. Discussions and Q&A time will help to further integrate the practices.

Register now!  Click here for registration.

October 26-28, 2018

Calm Abiding – Living in the Presence

Silent meditation retreat at the Wisdom House, Litchfield, Connecticut
Friday evening 6pm- Sunday noon
Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD

Program Fee: $225; accommodations are extra.
Registration is now open.  Space is limited, please register early via the registration link below.

Profound meditation unfolds the direct experience of Living in the Presence, knowing the Infinite as your Self and keeping the company of the Divine through everyday life.  During this retreat, through meditations, empowered mantras, chanting and teachings, you can learn to access what lies beyond the mind – the boundless love, power, joy, compassion and creativity of the One – your true Self – and discover how to live each day in its wise, loving Presence. The traditional means for Shaktipat Diksha are part of the retreat and facilitate awakening Kundalini, your innate power of Consciousness to directly know the Divine within.

We will be in silence during meals and breaks from Friday night through Sunday morning to support the mind entering a state of Calm Abiding, resting in the profound stillness that eases the mind and heals the body.  The program will include time for Q&A and discussions about practices and experiences.

Whether you are a new or an experienced meditator this retreat can further empower your practice and bring you more fully into the living Presence, the direct experience of the Divine within. Regardless of what name we may like to use – Higher Power, God, Goddess, Buddha, Christ, Shiva, Kali, Friend, or Beloved – that Presence is within us and all we encounter. It is the inexhaustible source of wisdom, patience, kindness, strength and creativity. Living in the Presence, awake and aware, transforms the mind as it bathes in the light and power of the Infinite. By taking this retreat you give yourself the opportunity to move beyond the mind and all its constant doing, into the still depths of non-doing, into the heart of meditation, the state of pure Being.  “Be still and know that I am.”

The 8th century poet Li Bai wrote:

The birds vanish into the sky
The last cloud drifts away
We sit together, the mountain and I
Until only the mountain remains.

In this retreat we will enter the timeless domain deep meditation. Thoughts vanish into the boundless sky of Awareness. Veils of ignorance drift away, leaving you in the magnificent Presence of the One. There you rest in calm abiding until only the Presence remains. This is the ancient way of yogis, sages, saints and mystics, secluded in monasteries, caves and hermitages.  There they became absorbed in unspeakable states of ecstatic union.  Now the world needs knowers of the One living in the world, carrying the power of love, wisdom, creativity and compassion into every aspect of life. Live in the Presence knowing and serving the highest. The soul’s journey, guided by the living Presence within, leads to extraordinary freedom and the full embrace of life.

This retreat has limited openings to facilitate optimum learning.  Please register early. Retreats offered by Lawrence often fill up and registration is closed before the start of the retreat.

Wisdom House is nestled in the lovely hills of northwest Connecticut and near the picturesque town of Litchfield, CT.  You’ll enjoy a delightful fall weekend in New England!

Friday: 6pm (includes dinner) – Sunday: noon, followed by lunch
$225 Program Registration Fee

Accommodations and meals:
Shared room and shared bathroom: $201 for the weekend = total registration $426
Private room and shared bathroom: $241 for the weekend = total registration $466

Click on the down arrow to the right of the $466.00 to switch to the shared room and bath registration fee below.  Once you’ve selected whether you want the Private/Shared or Shared/Shared, click on the Buy Now button and you can pay with a credit card.

Total Registration Fee

Fall Courses

Mindfulness Meditation For Everyone!

A 6 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course

Tuesday evenings, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 2018; 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.
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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.