One of the core challenges many of us face in the digital age is the fragmentation of our attentions. Digital distractions and habitual self-interruption team up to leave us unable to bring our full focus to bear on what’s most important to us.
In this month-long training program we’ll be reclaiming the power of a well trained attention. We'll do this through exploring the theory behind concentration meditation, including the different objects that can be used to train concentration. By finding a practice that works for you and getting the support of a temporary learning community, this program is designed to help you re-collect the fragments of your attention to make your focus whole again.
"I loved the small group and intimacy we were able to generate."
- Andrea Grzesina
The foundation of this program are the live, weekly circle meetings. Each group is capped at 12 participants and go for an hour long. All meetings move through these three phases:
It is useful to be able to share what’s happening in your mediation practice. The check-ins serve to help us learn from each other’s training. Each circle includes time for a practice checkin, where you can share what you’re noticing & learning.
In these sessions we will be practicing mindfulness meditation, both in guided and social formats. Teachers guide the meditation periods and answer any technique related questions as they arise.
Circle discussions provide a space for honest and sincere dialogue about how meditation impacts all aspects of our lives. Often, themes emerge in a circle discussions and the conversation takes a unique form.
"I think the design of the course was great. It allowed me to focus on what's most important for me in this particular moment in life, as well as experiencing other kinds of meditations."
- Jeanne V.
"I enjoyed the variety of meditations for concentration and the explanation of concentration as a cycle of states. It made it seem less mysterious, more attainable."
- Francesca B.
Mindfulness begins the week of February 5th.
All circles will meet for an hour each week for 4 weeks.
Los Angeles, USA Mondays at 12:00 noon PST Denver, USA Mondays at 1:00 pm MST Nashville, USA Mondays at 2:00 pm CST New York, USA Mondays at 3:00 pm EST London, United Kingdom Mondays at 8:00 pm GMT Paris, France Mondays at 9:00 pm CET Sydney, Australia Tuesdays at 7:00 am AEDT
Los Angeles, USA Tuesdays at 1:00 pm PST Denver, USA Tuesdays at 2:00 pm MST Nashville, USA Tuesdays at 3:00 pm CST New York, USA Tuesdays at 4:00 pm EST London, United Kingdom Tuesdays at 9:00 pm GMT Paris, France Tuesdays at 10:00 pm CET Sydney, Australia Wednesdays at 8:00 am AEDT
Los Angeles, USA Tuesdays at 5:00 pm PST Denver, USA Tuesdays at 6:00 pm MST Nashville, USA Tuesdays at 7:00 pm CST New York, USA Tuesdays at 8:00 pm EST Sydney, Australia Wednesdays at 12:00 noon AEDT
Los Angeles, USA Wednesdays at 9:00 am PST Denver, USA Wednesdays at 10:00 am MST Nashville, USA Wednesdays at 11:00 am CST New York, USA Wednesdays at 12:00 noon EST London, United Kingdom Wednesdays at 5:00 pm GMT Paris, France Wednesdays at 6:00 pm CET
"They have managed to strike a balance in their meditative teachings between the pragmatic and profound, between heartfulness and emptiness, between the masculine and the feminine, and between the traditional and innovative."
- Will Hamilton
Vince Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks project while doing a full year of silent meditation practice on retreat. Vince began teaching in 2010 and has been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and by Trudy Goodman Kornfield, whose contemplative training is in the Insight Meditation and Zen traditions. Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” Vince is one of the co-founders of Meditate.io, which is dedicated to offering deep practice opportunities for independent learners. He lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.
Emily Horn develops programs and support structures for people dedicated to living a whole-hearted life in the modern world. Emily is an authorized meditation teacher by some of the largest meditation centers in the West: Spirit Rock, InsightLA and Insight Meditation Society. She has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine. Emily has worked in various contemplative education environments including Naropa, Sounds True, and Buddhist Geeks and is now the Co-Founder of Meditate.io. For her, the contemplative journey is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband Vincent and son Zander.