Retreats, Courses & Weekly Meditation Group


Spring 2020

Living Meditation: Deepening & Integrating Practices

Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD

March 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pmMarch 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

Living Meditation will take you into the rich meditative practices and teachings found at the most profound levels of the great spiritual traditions.  This is where the ultimate state of non-dual awareness unfolds in all its glory!  During this retreat you will learn to deepen and integrate meditation into everyday life, opening the mind and heart to non-dual awareness. Living Meditation uplifts our home life, work, health and all that we engage in. Meditation begins as a set of practices and then the transformative power of meditation becomes apparent. We shed old conditioned patterns of mind that have us stuck.  The transformative processes of meditation 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 illumined and 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. 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 divine within.

Radical freedom unfolds from knowing the truth of who you really are.  Suffering arises from the false self, from identification with the limitations of the conditioned mind and ordinary consciousness.  We have the innate capacity to know what mystics of every tradition have experienced firsthand and rapturously proclaim to be the highest truth – we are what we seek, our highest Self is the Divine within, ever-present in all we perceive, and we can know this directly for ourselves.  In the yogic tradition this innate power of consciousness to know the Infinite as your Self is called Kundalini.  It is also known as the power of grace and the power of revelation and transformation, which is the root power of all meditative and yogic practices.  Come to know the source of this within yourself and you will discover the innate state of radical freedom!

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.  All the classic forms of Shaktipat Diksha are incorporated in the retreat and pass the living flame of Kundalini Shakti to everyone present.

The program fee is $230.  Garrison Institute adds the cost of accommodations and meals to the program fee to give the final registration cost.  Their fees vary with the type of room one reserves.  Registration will open Nov. 7, 2019 at which time you will be able to see their fees.  Friday evening dinner at 6pm is included in the program, as is lunch at noon on Sunday.

For registration and additional information click here.

Fall Courses

The Science & Spirit of Meditation

With Lawrence Edwards, PhD, Rabbi Joshua Strom, and Cantor Lilah Sugarman

November 4th 7-8:30pm
Congregation B’nai Yisrael
2 Banksville Rd, Armonk, NY 10504

Meditation has been scientifically shown to be one of the most beneficial practices we can do for our health and wellbeing regardless of our age. It improves sleep, boosts the immune system, strengthens focus, lowers blood pressure and much more.

In this program Dr. Edwards will discuss the important scientific research on meditation’s extraordinary benefits. Dr. Edwards is a faculty member of New York Medical College and the Founder of the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation in Armonk. He will teach simple mindfulness and mantra practices that anyone can continue to use on their own at home.

Cantor Lilah Sugarman will teach a Jewish chant.

Rabbi Joshua Strom will join the discussion and Q&A to share his insights and wisdom.

Open to members and guests.
Walk-Ins welcome but Registration is Appreciated

Winter 2020 Courses

Mindfulness Meditation For Everyone!

A 6 Week Mindfulness & Mantra Meditation Course

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

Registration fee: $195
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 and the positive effects of mantra meditation. They are effective in a broad range of applications, from reducing stress, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to increasing peak performance, focus and improving relationships. 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.  You’ll learn mindfulness practices and mantra practices that can take you into the deepest states of meditation.  Taught by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, who has trained over 20,000 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 and 11/14/19
  • 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.