SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation
Sep
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation

THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS IN.

ARE YOU?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been trying to make it a habit, but found nothing really sticks? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations but feel there's a deeper experience to be had? Or maybe you've given up, convinced your mind is too crazy to meditate?

(Personal note: I tried lots of things and gave up after a year-and-a-half, convinced my mind was "too crazy" to meditate. And now I'm a meditation teacher!)

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report not sweating the small stuff quite as much and an increased tendency to be happy for no reason..

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because nobody is everybody's teacher. 

Happily yours, James

THE VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE - Oct. 1-4

For those inspired to learn Vedic Meditation there will be a short, flexible course offered Oct. 1-4. If you can make it to the intro but are interested in learning the about the practice, or if you just want a preview of what we'll be discussion you can watch this intro video.

 

The course consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes of personal instruction taken once a day for 4 days. After completing the course you will graduate knowing how to meditate, with the tools and knowledge you need to make it part of your day, and will access to a lifetime of free follow-up support. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course have to say.

NOTE: To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Sunday - one session at 5-6:30pm

Monday - Wednesday @ your choice of 11am-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your schedule on a given day.

LOCATIONS

The Sunday and 7pm sessions are held at 451 Pacific Avenue.

The 11am sessions are held in The Presidio at 1276 Ruckman Avenue, Unit B

 

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SF - Vedic Meditation Course
Oct
1
to Oct 4

SF - Vedic Meditation Course

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro session, or watched this intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome. The available session times are:

SCHEDULE

Sunday - one session at 5-6:30pm

Monday - Wednesday - your choice of sessions at 11-12:30pm and 7-8:30pm. You may take whichever session works best with your schedule on a day-to-day basis.

LOCATIONS

The Sunday and 7pm sessions are at 451 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. 

The 11am sessions are at 1276-B Ruckman Avenue in The Presidio.

If you're a current Vedic or TM meditator you're welcome to join this course on Days 2-4 for a free refresh. Advanced techniques are given on Day 1 to existing meditators who've been practicing for a year or more. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend using the form below.

For more information, or to RSVP, please fill out this form.

Name *
Name
Returning students, please let us know which sessions you wish to attend.
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Seattle - The Mechanics of Effortlessness - Vedic Meditation Tuneup
Oct
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Seattle - The Mechanics of Effortlessness - Vedic Meditation Tuneup

How to maximize the power of your personal practice.

This workshop is reserved for existing Vedic and Transcendental Meditators, whether you're active in practice, are seeking to be more regular, or have completely fallen off the wagon.

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If you're looking for a way to refresh or reboot your practice this 2-hour immersion workshop will be just the ticket. James will realign your meditation technique to enhance your experience, to give greater impact to the time you invest in your personal meditation sessions. There will be ample time for Q&A, and for a group meditation session led by James.

Light snacks and tea will be served. 

“James, the reboot was EXACTLY what I needed! Since that session I’ve only missed three meditations in the last month. I have a much better idea of what I'm supposed to be doing, and not doing, in my sessions. And helped me remember why I learned in the first place. I thank you. My kids thank you. So...thank you.”

— Beverly Munro, San Francisco

LOCATION: This event will be held at a private home at the top of Queen Anne. The address will be provided after you RSVP.

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Seattle - YOGA+MEDITATION "ROUNDING" WORKSHOP
Oct
14
1:30pm 1:30pm

Seattle - YOGA+MEDITATION "ROUNDING" WORKSHOP

STRETCH YOUR BODY AND EXPAND YOUR MIND with James Brown and Heather Fantin.

Did you know the practice of yoga was developed to get the mind ready to meditate? That the two work best when they work together? Newbies and experts alike are invited to join us to learn the practice of “Rounding," in which these two practices are combined to maximum effect. Rounding combines a special sequence of very light yoga asanas that was designed to allow the mind to dive deeply, a Vedic breathing technique and meditation. The result will be to enable a profoundly deep and energizing experience that will expand consciousness and allow for what's been described as "industrial strength" stress release.

Rounding is highly recommended for all Vedic Meditators, but it will work to enhance the effectiveness of all forms of silent meditation. If you don’t yet meditate, you will be instructed in a simple, effortless technique to use during the workshop.

Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle and an open mind.

Namaste, James and Heather

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Seattle - Intro to Vedic Meditation
Oct
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Seattle - Intro to Vedic Meditation

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THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS IN. ARE YOU?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations, but have the feeling you could be going deeper? Have you been trying to make meditation a habit, but found nothing really sticks?

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report enjoying their lives a lot more.

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because no one is everyone's teacher.

Peace and blessings, James

 

For those inspired to learn Vedic Meditation there will be a short, flexible course offered October 16-19. If you can't make it to the intro session but are interested in joining the course you may watch this intro video which should give you a good overview. If it clicks let me know.

THE VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE - October 16-19

The course consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes of personal instruction taken once a day for 4 days. After completing the course you will graduate knowing how to meditate, with the tools and knowledge you need to make it part of your day, and will access to a lifetime of free follow-up support. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course have to say.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Monday-Thursday @ your choice of 7-8:30am, 11:30-1pm or 6:30-8pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your schedule on a given day.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

LOCATION - The course sessions will be held at a private home in the Fremont/Queen Anne area. The address will be provided at the intro session and/or with your RSVP

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Seattle - Intro to Vedic Meditation
Oct
15
4:30pm 4:30pm

Seattle - Intro to Vedic Meditation

  • University Heights Center - Room 109 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS IN. ARE YOU?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations, but have the feeling you could be going deeper? Have you been trying to make meditation a habit, but found nothing really sticks?

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report enjoying their lives a lot more.

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because no one is everyone's teacher.

Peace and blessings, James

 

For those inspired to learn Vedic Meditation there will be a short, flexible course offered October 16-19. If you can't make it to the intro session but are interested in joining the course you may watch this intro video which should give you a good overview. If it clicks let me know.

THE VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE - October 16-19

The course consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes of personal instruction taken once a day for 4 days. After completing the course you will graduate knowing how to meditate, with the tools and knowledge you need to make it part of your day, and will access to a lifetime of free follow-up support. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course have to say.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Monday-Thursday @ your choice of 7-8:30am, 11:30-1pm or 6:30-8pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your schedule on a given day.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

LOCATION - The course sessions will be held at a private home in the Fremont/Queen Anne area. The address will be provided at the intro session and/or with your RSVP

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Seattle - Vedic Meditation Course
Oct
16
to Oct 19

Seattle - Vedic Meditation Course

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro session, or watched this intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course to see what they have to say.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Monday-Thursday @ your choice of 7-8:30am, 11:30-1pm or 6:30-8pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your schedule on a given day. And yes, this means you can flip flop between different session times on different days.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

LOCATION - The course sessions will be held at a private home at the top of Queen Anne. The address will be provided at the intro session and/or with your RSVP

If you're a current Vedic or TM meditator you're welcome to join this course on Days 2-4 for a free refresh. Advanced techniques are given on Day 1 to existing meditators who've been practicing for a year or more. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend using the form below.

For more information, or to RSVP, please fill out this form.

Name *
Name
Returning students, please let us know which sessions you wish to attend.
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Silicon Valley - Intro to Vedic Meditation
Oct
22
5:00pm 5:00pm

Silicon Valley - Intro to Vedic Meditation

THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS IN.

ARE YOU?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been trying to make it a habit, but found nothing really sticks? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations but feel there's a deeper experience to be had? Or maybe you've given up, convinced your mind is too crazy to meditate?

(Personal note: I tried lots of things and gave up after a year-and-a-half, convinced my mind was "too crazy" to meditate. And now I'm a meditation teacher!)

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report not sweating the small stuff quite as much and an increased tendency to be happy for no reason..

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because nobody is everybody's teacher. 

Happily yours, James

LOCATION: This event will be held at a private home in Redwood City. The address will be provided after you RSVP. 

 

THE VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE - October 24-27

For those inspired to learn Vedic Meditation there will be a short, flexible course offered in the coming week. If you can't make it to the intro but are interested in learning about the practice, or if you just want a preview of what we'll be discussion you can watch this video.

The course consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes of personal instruction taken once a day for 4 days. After completing the course you will graduate knowing how to meditate, with the tools and knowledge you need to make it part of your day, and will access to a lifetime of free follow-up support. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course have to say.

NOTE: To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Tuesday - Friday @ your choice of 11:30am-1pm or 7-8:30pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your schedule on a given day.

LOCATIONS - All course sessions will be held at a private home in Redwood City and the address will be provided with your registration.

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Silicon Valley - Vedic Meditation Course
Oct
24
to Oct 27

Silicon Valley - Vedic Meditation Course

  • private home - address with RSVP (map)
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The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Tuesday - Friday - your choice of sessions at 11:30-1Pm or 6:30-8pm. You may choose whichever session time works best for you on a given day. (You may also be able to schedule a private one-hour session on Tuesday, please inquire.)

New meditators must attend one session a day for four days to complete the training. Current VM/TM meditators receiving advanced techniques may come on Day 1, or you may attend on Days 2-4 for a free refresh.

LOCATIONS - All sessions will be held at a private home in Redwood City. The address will be provided with your RSVP.

To sign up for this course you must first have attended an intro session in the past, or come to the free intro James is giving on October 22 in Redwood City. Details for that event can be found here. If you wish to have a preview of what we'll cover at the intro you may watch this video.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT KARMA - Group Meditation and Vedic Knowledge Meeting
Sep
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

THE TRUTH ABOUT KARMA - Group Meditation and Vedic Knowledge Meeting

The Truth About Karma. How to stop overthinking everything and enjoy a life of purpose and meaning.

From the Vedic perspective there is no such thing as "good Karma." Huh? Come learn the surprising truth about Karma and it's meaning from legendary Vedic Master Maharishi Vyasanada Thom Knoles. 

This event is open to all existing Vedic Meditators, friends, and those interested in getting a taste of the Vedic approach to meditation. We will gather to socialize, sip some tea and share a deep, grounding group meditation before enjoying Thom's talk.

 

ABOUT THOM KNOLES

Thom Knoles is a maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation (an effortless mental technique that allows one to experience fully-awake restful consciousness and its many physiological benefits). He has tens of thousands of personally-taught students worldwide.

Thom is a thought-leader and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda (knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayur Veda are derived).

In India, he is called “Maharishi Vyasananda.” It means “the great seer who sequentially elaborates knowledge blissfully”. READ MORE

 

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SF - Vedic Meditation Course with James Brown & Thom Knoles
Sep
11
to Sep 14

SF - Vedic Meditation Course with James Brown & Thom Knoles

The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES - SEPTEMBER 11-14

Monday - Thursday - your choice of sessions at 7-8:30am, 11-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm. You may choose whichever session time works best for you on a given day. Alternate session times may be available on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

LOCATIONS - The 11am-12:30pm sessions will be held at a private home in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of Presidio (address provided upon enrollment).

The 7-8:30am and 7-8:30pm sessions will be held at 451 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. 

To sign up for this course you must first have attended an intro session in the past, or come to one of these three upcoming intros with Thom Knoles and James Brown:

Sept. 8 @ 6:30pm in SF - DETAILS

Sept. 9 @ 5:30pm in Marin - DETAILS

Sept. 10 @ 6:30pm in SF - DETAILS

If you're a current Vedic or TM meditator you're welcome to join this course on Days 2-4 for a free refresh. Advanced techniques are given on Day 1 to existing meditators who've been practicing for a year or more. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend using the form below.

For more information, or to RSVP, please fill out this form.

Name *
Name
Returning students, please let us know which sessions you wish to attend.
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How to Cultivate a Daily Meditation Practice with Thom Knoles
Sep
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

How to Cultivate a Daily Meditation Practice with Thom Knoles

Over the last 5 decades legendary Vedic Master Maharishi Vyasananda Thom Knoles has taught tens of thousands of busy people, from all walks of life, to meditate in a technique that is effortless, simple and accessible. This is his first trip back to the Bay Area in almost 5 years. Please join to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from the Master.

 

This Introductory Talk on the practice of Vedic Meditation will focus on how the technique can be easily implemented into even the busiest, over-scheduled lifestyle.  This will be a lecture and question/answer session perfect for those who've been dabbling with meditation but are looking for a way to make it stick as a daily practice. Topics include the technique’s origins, an overview of the mechanics of the practice itself and its numerous benefits, including reduction of stress and an increase in energy and peace of mind.

 

For those interested in going deeper there will be a short, flexible course offered Sept. 11-14. The course consists of 4 sessions of about 90 minutes of instruction taken once a day for 4 days. Full details for the course will be provided at the intro. 

ABOUT THOM KNOLES

Thom Knoles is a maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation (an effortless mental technique that allows one to experience fully-awake restful consciousness and its many physiological benefits). He has tens of thousands of personally-taught students worldwide.

Thom is a thought-leader and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda (knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayur Veda are derived).

In India, he is called “Maharishi Vyasananda.” It means “the great seer who sequentially elaborates knowledge blissfully”. READ MORE

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MARIN - Intro to Vedic Meditation with Thom Knoles
Sep
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

MARIN - Intro to Vedic Meditation with Thom Knoles

You're invited to take advantage of this rare opportunity as legendary Vedic Master Thom Knoles makes his return to the Bay Area after an absence of almost 5 years.  

The Introduction is a free lecture and question/answer session designed for anyone interested in learning more about Vedic Meditation — a simple, effortless and highly beneficial practice that absolutely anyone can learn. Topics will include the technique’s origins, an overview of the mechanics of the practice itself, its benefits (including reduction of stress and an increase in energy and peace of mind), and how to learn. This talk is required before taking the full four-day course in Vedic Meditation.

This event will be held at a spacious private estate in San Anselmo, and the address will be provided upon your RSVP.

Vedic Meditation is derived from the Veda, the 5,000 year old body of wisdom and source of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine.

During meditation, one experiences inner wakefulness beyond thought. Meditators describe this state as supreme inner contentment. The restfulness accompanying meditation is considerably deeper than that gained by sleeping. This profound rest allows deep-rooted stresses to dissolve naturally, bringing innumerable health benefits to the individual.

The integration of bliss consciousness and deeper levels of rest with one’s dynamic daily activity allows the meditator to become less stressed, more creative, more productive, and more adaptable to the demands of life.

For those interested in going deeper there will be a short, flexible course offered in San Francisco Sept. 11-14. The course consists of 4 sessions of about 90 minutes of instruction taken once a day for four days. Full details will be provided at the intro.

ABOUT THOM KNOLES

Thom Knoles is a maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation (an effortless mental technique that allows one to experience fully-awake restful consciousness and its many physiological benefits). He has tens of thousands of personally-taught students worldwide.

Thom is a thought-leader and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda (knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayur Veda are derived).

In India, he is called “Maharishi Vyasananda.” It means “the great seer who sequentially elaborates knowledge blissfully”. READ MORE

 

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Vedic Knowledge Retreat with Thom Knoles
Sep
9
9:30am 9:30am

Vedic Knowledge Retreat with Thom Knoles

COMMUNICATION - THE ART OF SHARED EXPERIENCE

In this thought-provoking, practical retreat legendary Vedic Master Maharishi Vyasananda Thom Knoles will elucidate the true meaning of “communication,” expanding your idea of what it is, its purpose, and how you can harness the power of shared experience to enhance cooperative enterprise in every aspect of life.

 $600 workshop fee includes vegetarian lunch. Vegan/Gluten-Free options are available.

There are only 20 spots available. Reserve yours using Venmo by clicking the button below.

 

If you don't wish to use Venmo you can email Katia Tallarico at info@thomknoles.com to settle up and reserve your spot. The retreat will be held at a spacious private estate in San Anselmo; address will be provided with your RSVP. 

ABOUT THOM KNOLES

Thom Knoles is a maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation (an effortless mental technique that allows one to experience fully-awake restful consciousness and its many physiological benefits). He has tens of thousands of personally-taught students worldwide.

Thom is a thought-leader and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda (knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayur Veda are derived).

In India, he is called “Maharishi Vyasananda.” It means “the great seer who sequentially elaborates knowledge blissfully”. READ MORE

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SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation with Thom Knoles
Sep
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation with Thom Knoles

You're invited to take advantage of this rare opportunity as legendary Vedic Master Thom Knoles makes his return to the Bay Area after an absence of almost 5 years.  

The Introduction is a free lecture and question/answer session designed for anyone interested in learning more about Vedic Meditation — a simple, effortless and highly beneficial practice that absolutely anyone can learn. Topics will include the technique’s origins, an overview of the mechanics of the practice itself, its benefits (including reduction of stress and an increase in energy and peace of mind), and how to learn. This talk is required before taking the full four-day course in Vedic Meditation.

Vedic Meditation is derived from the Veda, the 5,000 year old body of wisdom and source of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine.

During meditation, one experiences inner wakefulness beyond thought. Meditators describe this state as supreme inner contentment. The restfulness accompanying meditation is considerably deeper than that gained by sleeping. This profound rest allows deep-rooted stresses to dissolve naturally, bringing innumerable health benefits to the individual.

The integration of bliss consciousness and deeper levels of rest with one’s dynamic daily activity allows the meditator to become less stressed, more creative, more productive, and more adaptable to the demands of life.

For those interested in going deeper there will be a short, flexible course offered in San Francisco Sept. 11-14. The course consists of 4 sessions of about 90 minutes of instruction taken once a day for four days. Full details will be provided at the intro.

ABOUT THOM KNOLES

Thom Knoles is a maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation (an effortless mental technique that allows one to experience fully-awake restful consciousness and its many physiological benefits). He has tens of thousands of personally-taught students worldwide.

Thom is a thought-leader and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda (knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayur Veda are derived).

In India, he is called “Maharishi Vyasananda.” It means “the great seer who sequentially elaborates knowledge blissfully”. READ MORE

 

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THE MECHANICS OF EFFORTLESSNESS - Vedic Meditation Tune Up with Thom Knoles
Sep
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

THE MECHANICS OF EFFORTLESSNESS - Vedic Meditation Tune Up with Thom Knoles

How to maximize the power of your personal practice

• This workshop is for anyone who has learned Vedic Meditation, whether you're active in practice, are seeking to be more regular, or if you've fallen completely off the wagon.

You are encouraged to join us for the rare opportunity to refresh and retool your practice under the guidance of a true master. Thom Knoles will realign your meditation technique to enhance your experience, to give greater impact to the time you invest in your personal meditation sessions. There will be ample time for Q&A, and for a group meditation session led by Thom. 

This meeting and group practice will be very helpful, both for regular Vedic Meditators seeing improved effects as well as for those who wish to re-establish their practice. 

NOTE: This event is for existing Vedic Meditators only. If you are interested in learning about the practice, please attend one of Thom's intro sessions on Sept. 8, 9 or 10. Details here.

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SF - Vedic Meditation Course
Aug
14
to Aug 17

SF - Vedic Meditation Course

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro session, or watched this intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome. The available session times are:

SCHEDULE

Monday - Thursday - one session at 7-8:30pm

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

LOCATION - 451 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. 

If you're a current Vedic or TM meditator you're welcome to join this course on Days 2-4 for a free refresh. Advanced techniques are given on Day 1 to existing meditators who've been practicing for a year or more. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend using the form below.

For more information, or to RSVP, please fill out this form.

Name *
Name
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SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation
Aug
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation

THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS IN.

ARE YOU?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been trying to make it a habit, but found nothing really sticks? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations but feel there's a deeper experience to be had? Or maybe you've given up, convinced your mind is too crazy to meditate?

(Personal note: I tried lots of things and gave up after a year-and-a-half, convinced my mind was "too crazy" to meditate. And now I'm a meditation teacher!)

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report not sweating the small stuff quite as much and an increased tendency to be happy for no reason..

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because nobody is everybody's teacher. 

Happily yours, James

THE VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE - August 14-17

For those inspired to learn Vedic Meditation there will be a short, flexible course offered July August 14-17. If you can make it to the intro but are interested in learning the about the practice, or if you just want a preview of what we'll be discussion you can watch this intro video.

 

The course consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes of personal instruction taken once a day for 4 days. After completing the course you will graduate knowing how to meditate, with the tools and knowledge you need to make it part of your day, and will access to a lifetime of free follow-up support. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course have to say.

NOTE: To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Monday - Thursday @ your choice of 11am-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your schedule on a given day.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course - please inquire.

LOCATIONS

The 11am sessions are held in The Presidio at 1276 Ruckman Avenue, Unit B

The 7pm sessions are held at 451 Pacific Avenue.

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SF - Vedic Meditation Course
Jul
25
to Jul 28

SF - Vedic Meditation Course

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro session, or watched this intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome. The available session times are:

SCHEDULE

Tuesday - Friday - your choice of sessions at 11-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm

You may choose whichever session time works best for you on a given day.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

LOCATIONS - The 11am-12:30pm sessions will be held at 1276 Ruckman Avenue, Unit B, in The Presidio. 

The 7-8:30pm sessions will be held at 451 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. 

If you're a current Vedic or TM meditator you're welcome to join this course on Days 2-4 for a free refresh. Advanced techniques are given on Day 1 to existing meditators who've been practicing for a year or more. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend using the form below.

For more information, or to RSVP, please fill out this form.

Name *
Name
Returning students, please let us know which sessions you wish to attend.
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SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation
Jul
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

SF - Intro to Vedic Meditation

THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS IN.

ARE YOU?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been trying to make it a habit, but found nothing really sticks? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations but feel there's a deeper experience to be had? Or maybe you've given up, convinced your mind is too crazy to meditate?

(Personal note: I tried lots of things and gave up after a year-and-a-half, convinced my mind was "too crazy" to meditate. And now I'm a meditation teacher!)

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report not sweating the small stuff quite as much and an increased tendency to be happy for no reason..

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because nobody is everybody's teacher. 

Happily yours, James

THE VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE - July 25-28

For those inspired to learn Vedic Meditation there will be a short, flexible course offered July 25-28. If you can make it to the intro but are interested in learning the about the practice, or if you just want a preview of what we'll be discussion you can watch this intro video.

 

The course consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes of personal instruction taken once a day for 4 days. After completing the course you will graduate knowing how to meditate, with the tools and knowledge you need to make it part of your day, and will access to a lifetime of free follow-up support. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course have to say.

NOTE: To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Tuesday - Friday @ your choice of 11am-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your schedule on a given day.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course - please inquire.

LOCATIONS

The 11am sessions are held in The Presidio at 1276 Ruckman Avenue, Unit B

The 7pm sessions are held at 451 Pacific Avenue.

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Redwood City - Intro to Vedic Meditation
Jul
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Redwood City - Intro to Vedic Meditation

The Science of Meditation is in. Are you?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been trying to make it a habit, but found nothing really sticks? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations but feel there's a deeper experience to be had? Or maybe you've given up, convinced your mind is too crazy to meditate?

(Personal note: I tried lots of things and gave up after a year-and-a-half, convinced my mind was "too crazy" to meditate. And now I'm a meditation teacher!)

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report not sweating the small stuff quite as much and an increased tendency to be happy for no reason..

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because nobody is everybody's teacher. 

Happily yours, James

LOCATION: We will be gathering at a private home in Redwood City; the address will be provided with your RSVP. 

 

 

 

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SF - Vedic Meditation Course
Jul
5
to Jul 8

SF - Vedic Meditation Course

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro session, or watched this intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome. The available session times are:

SCHEDULE

Wednesday - your choice of sessions at 11-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm

Thursday - your choice of sessions at 7-8:30am, 11-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm

Friday - your choice of sessions at 11-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm

Saturday - There will be one session at 10-11:30am.

You may choose whichever session time works best for you on a given day.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

LOCATIONS - The 11am-12:30pm sessions will be held at 1276 Ruckman Avenue, Unit B, in The Presidio. 

The Thursday 7-8:30am session and all 7-8:30pm and Saturday morning sessions will be held at 451 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. 

If you're a current Vedic or TM meditator you're welcome to join this course on Days 2-4 for a free refresh. Advanced techniques are given on Day 1 to existing meditators who've been practicing for a year or more. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend using the form below.

For more information, or to RSVP, please fill out this form.

Name *
Name
Returning students, please let us know which sessions you wish to attend.
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SF - The Vedic Path, Open Group Meditation & Dharma Talk
Jun
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

SF - The Vedic Path, Open Group Meditation & Dharma Talk

It’s been said that we are what stands in the way of our own greatness. That we are limited not so much but the conditions of the outside world, but by our own inner conflicts. For us to evolve, to fulfill our dharma and live to the fullest we must find a way to overcome the feelings of guilt and shame that underwrite the stories that hold us back.

But how?

This is the topic we’ll be diving into on this month’s edition of The Vedic Path. Join us. And bring a friend or two.


This is a monthly community gathering open to all who wish to deepen their experience and understanding of life. All silent forms of meditation are welcome. If you don't yet mediate you will be given a simple, effortless technique to use during the session.

Love and Light, James

SCHEDULE

7 - 7:30 - Gather, share tea, socialize
7:30 – 9pm Wisdom sharing, meditation, discussion.

By Donation
Delicious teas for sale

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SF - Vedic Meditation Course
May
31
to Jun 3

SF - Vedic Meditation Course

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro session, or watched this intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

The course consists of four 90-minute sessions of personal instruction, taken once a day for four consecutive days. Upon completion of the course you will graduate as a self-sufficient meditator, with the tools and knowledge needed to make it a daily practice, and with a lifetime of free follow-up support. It's awesome. The available session times are:

SCHEDULE - Wednesday - Friday - your choice of sessions at either 11-12:30 pm or 7-8:30 pm. You may choose whichever session time works best for you on a given day.

Saturday - There will be one session at 10-11:30am.

Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course. Please inquire.

LOCATIONS - The 11am-12:30pm sessions will be held at 1276 Ruckman Avenue, Unit B, in The Presidio. 

The 7-8:30pm and Saturday morning sessions will be held at 451 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. It can be chilly in the evenings, so be sure to bring cozy socks and a nice jacket or wrap to stay warm. 

If you're a current Vedic or TM meditator you're welcome to join this course on Days 2-4 for a free refresh. Advanced techniques are given on Day 1 to existing meditators who've been practicing for a year or more. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend using the form below.

For more information, or to RSVP, please fill out this form.

Name *
Name
Returning students, please let us know which sessions you wish to attend.
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YOGA + MEDITATION "ROUNDING" WORKSHOP
May
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

YOGA + MEDITATION "ROUNDING" WORKSHOP

STRETCH YOUR BODY AND EXPAND YOUR MIND with James Brown and Heather Fantin

Did you know the practice of yoga was developed to get the mind ready to meditate? That the two work best when they work together? Newbies and experts alike are invited to join us to learn the practice of “Rounding," in which these two practices are combined to maximum effect. Rounding combines a special sequence of very light yoga asanas that was designed to allow the mind to dive deeply, a Vedic breathing technique and meditation. The result will be to enable a profoundly deep and energizing experience that will expand consciousness and allow for what's been described as "industrial strength" stress release. 

Rounding is highly recommended for all Vedic Meditators, but it will work to enhance the effectiveness of all forms of silent meditation. If you don’t yet meditate, you will be instructed in a simple, effortless technique to use during the workshop.

Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle and an open mind.

Namaste, James and Heather

$45 early-bird until through Oct. 7

$55 from Oct. 7-14

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Pop-up Group Meditation and Vedic Dharma Talk
May
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Pop-up Group Meditation and Vedic Dharma Talk

A very gracious couple of SF meditators have opened their beautiful home once again to support our Vedic Meditation community by hosting a private group meditation and dharma talk.

THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC EVENT, but open only to existing Vedic Meditators who may bring a friend or two. We will gather to sip some tea, socialize and enjoy a deep, grounding group meditation before settling in a for a discussion at the intersection of meditation and life.  Love and Jai Guru Deva, James

Address will be provided with your RSVP.

Name *
Name
Let us know if you're solo or bringing a friend or two.
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SF - Mothers' Day Meditation
May
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

SF - Mothers' Day Meditation

Calling all moms and moms-to-be. Join us for this life changing practice, even for just one evening. An hour of focus, mindfulness and quiet. Take home tools. Wow.

IN THIS ONE-HOUR WORKSHOP YOU WILL

• Learn how to simply and easily get back in flow with the present moment, especially when you feel like you're losing your center.

• Learn a how to use the breath to quickly calm your nervous system without yelling at yourself to calm down.

• Learn about a different approach to meditation that was meant for people who are in the world, with noise, jobs, relationship and kids...meaning it's not for monks, it's for you!

Teacher James Brown is one of the world's foremost teachers of the ancient practice of Vedic Meditation. This session will introduce you to the Vedic approach of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to settle and flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing. You will leave with some practical tools you can use in daily life to become more centered and less stressed so that you can be happier, healthier and more present for the stuff that really matters

We love babies - but please this session is for adults only

James meditating with Joshua in 2011. He loved it!

James meditating with Joshua in 2011. He loved it!

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SF - Intro To Vedic Meditation
May
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

SF - Intro To Vedic Meditation

THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS IN.

ARE YOU?

Have you been seeing all the scientific research on the benefits of daily meditation? Have you been trying to make it a habit, but found nothing really sticks? Have you been dabbling with apps and guided meditations but feel there's a deeper experience to be had? Or maybe you've given up, convinced your mind is too crazy to meditate?

(Personal note: I tried lots of things and gave up after a year-and-a-half, convinced my mind was "too crazy" to meditate. And now I'm a meditation teacher!)

This workshop will introduce you to the radical practice of allowing yourself to meditate, of allowing your mind to flow with the present, without concentrating or focusing, without having to flip open an app, or put on headphones, or be guided by someone else's voice.

You'll discover where Vedic Meditation comes from, why it's easier to learn and different than Buddhism, Mindfulness and other practices you may have heard of our tried, and you'll learn what make it such a powerful stress-relieving tool.

You’ll also find out why meditators report a huge reduction in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and migraines. They also report not sweating the small stuff quite as much and an increased tendency to be happy for no reason..

We won't be doing any yoga or chanting so you don't need to wear anything special. This is simply a chance for you to learn how this style of meditation affects the brain and body and see if it’s a good fit for you. You'll also get to meet me and see if I'm the kind of teacher you could learn from...because nobody is everybody's teacher. 

Happily yours, James

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THE VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE - May 9-12

For those inspired to learn Vedic Meditation there will be a short, flexible course offered May 9-12. If you can make it to the intro but are interested in learning the about the practice, or if you just want a preview of what we'll be discussion you can watch this intro video.

The course consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes of personal instruction taken once a day for 4 days. After completing the course you will graduate knowing how to meditate, with the tools and knowledge you need to make it part of your day, and will access to a lifetime of free follow-up support. You can read some unedited Yelp reviews from people who've completed the course have to say.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Tuesday - Friday @ your choice of 11am-12:30pm or 7-8:30pm, and you may pick whichever session works best with your scehdule on a given day. Alternate session times may be available, especially on the first day of the course - please inquire.

To sign up for this course you must have attended an intro class, or watched the intro video and spoken to James beforehand.

LOCATIONS

The 11am sessions are held in The Presidio at 1276 Ruckman Avenue, Unit B

The 7pm sessions are held at 451 Pacific Avenue.

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SF - MODERN JEDI TRAINING WORKSHOP
Apr
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

SF - MODERN JEDI TRAINING WORKSHOP

Come sharpen your senses, expand your mind and connect with your deepest Jedi self in this immersive workshop led Vedic Meditation Master James Brown.

IN THIS 2 HOUR WORKSHOP YOU WILL

☆ Learn some practical meditation techniques to tap into The Force whenever and wherever you need.

☆ Do some fun group exercises to refine your Jedi Skills, including physical balance, sensory perception, and mental awareness.

☆ Do a paired partner exercise to test how tuned into the Force you truly are... (is the Force strong with this one?)

☆ Learn more about the ways that Vedic Meditation influenced George Lucas in his creation of Starwars (Fun fact #1: Did you know Lucas trained in the Vedic approach to meditation and Yoda was based on his teacher?)

 

THE WAY OF THE FORCE

Jedis have it all in balance. And all the Jedis meditate. Why? Because being grounded in their personal connection to the force is the basis of all effective, purposeful action.

Why do we meditate? A lot of people think it’s to take the edge off. To soothe our jangled, stressed-out nervous systems and get some relief from our chattering minds. And that’s part of it. But the real reason we meditate is that it sharpens us. It allows us to be more present and perceptive, to hone our sensory acuity, to make better, faster decisions, and to be grounded in a field of consciousness that’s deeper than our To Do list.

This will be an immersive, interactive workshop that will challenge your ideas about meditation and send you home having learned a few practical techniques you can use whenever life feels like it’s spinning out of control. Comfortable clothing suggested.

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