Retreats, Open Meditation Sessions & Courses

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Spring 2017

Living Through Dying

April 28-30, 2017
Friday evening 7pm- Sunday 12pm
Garrison Institute – Garrison, NY
Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, poet, author, mentor and teacher.

Living Through Dying will take participants into the practices and teachings found at the deepest levels of the great spiritual traditions. You will learn meditative and spiritual practices that empower you to understand and move through the many forms that death takes in life – the death of relationships, loved ones, hopes and dreams, and ultimately oneself. Death opens the way for new life and expanded consciousness when we are prepared to journey through it.

Themes of birth and death, the nature of the eternal and the ephemeral, death and resurrection, dying to the ego, dying in the depths of meditation, and the transcendent way beyond suffering into pure rapture, appear in our spiritual traditions as ways of approaching the mystery of what lies beyond the ordinary mind and everyday life. We often intuit that there’s greater meaning and greater depth to life than what we’ve experienced. That intuition and the longing to go beyond what our culture and religions may have given us is part of awakening to the deeper truths of who and what we are and why we walk this earth. At the heart every human being is a mystic capable of directly knowing the profound meaning and deep truths of life, the link between womb and tomb, birth and death, and creativity and dissolution.

Through teachings and practices from the Tibetan book of the Dead, the Grail legend, the Heart Sutra, and non-dual teachings of Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta we will explore the Way beyond the way. We will also consider near-death and past life experiences and what they may reveal to us about living through dying. The program will include meditation, chanting, and mantras, in addition to teachings and discussions. Join us for this extraordinary opportunity to deepen your appreciation of your soul’s journey through life and death.

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, LMHC, BCN has been teaching and practicing meditation for over 45 years and trained as a monk in India. He’s also trained in Tibetan Buddhist practices, Jungian psychology, and neurotherapy. He is a licensed psychotherapist in Armonk, NY. He is the founder and director of the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making meditation practices available to everyone. He has done meditation training with hospice staff as well as physicians, nurses and people from all walks of life. He has been on the faculty of New York Medical College since 1998. He is the author of The Soul’s Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within, Kali’s Bazaar – a collection of poetry, and other works on mystic visions and Kundalini.

This retreat has limited openings to facilitate optimum learning. Please register early.

Friday: 7pm – Sunday: 2pm
$225 Program Registration Fee

Accommodations are not included in the program fee. The Garrison Institute adds the program fee and accommodations together when you register. Accommodations include delicious vegetarian meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch and use of the beautiful grounds and hiking trails right on the Hudson River.

To register and reserve accommodations please call 845-424-4800 or visit: Garrison Institute
Payment of program fees and accommodation fees or commuter fees must be paid in full to register. The Garrison Institute charges a fee for people who are attending the program but staying off-site. This is their commuter fee.
For more information please contact the Garrison Institute.

March 12th – New York Open Center – 10am-5pm, NYOC Members: $125 / Nonmembers: $145
Awakening Kundalini: The Path To Radical Freedom

In this one day workshop, Lawrence Edwards, a renowned Kundalini expert with more that 40 years’ experience, will share ancient teachings and lead us in meditations, mantra practices and chanting, to take us into the heart of Kundalini, showing us how to sustain the power of meditation throughout our lives.

Kundalini is our innate power of consciousness to know the highest as our very own Self and to see the Divine present at all times, in all places. Awakening and unfolding this innate capacity is our birthright. Kundalini is known as the power of grace, the power of revelation and transformation. It takes meditation beyond what the mind can do into the state of pure knowing, of living in the Presence of the One, the Divine within. For more information visit the New York Open Center.

Meditation Sessions – twice per month

Open Meditation:

  • Second and fourth Thursdays of each month – Not Thanksgiving and in November – December we will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays
  • 7:15-8:30pm
  • 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 second and fourth Thursday of the month, 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.

Meditation Courses

Awakening In Everyday Life – 4 Week Course

Wednesday evenings 7:15-8:30pm; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30

This 4 week course focuses on using the practices of meditation, mantra, chanting and yoga to deepen the unfolding of one’s innate transformative power of universal Consciousness known as Kundalini in the yogic tradition. Topics include mind/body health, relationships and work. Everyone is welcome and this is especially beneficial for those who have taken our Kundalini retreats.

Location: 2 Byram Brook Place, Armonk, NY 10504.
Phone: 914-219-8600

Fee: $100, advance registration is required. Please call to register. Space is limited, please register early.

The Art & Science of Meditation

A FREE Evening Seminar

January date to be announced, 20177
7:15-8:45pm, Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Pl., Suite 2, Armonk, NY 10504
Advance registration required since space is limited. Please call 914-219-8600 to register.

Learn meditation practices you can do at home to gain the extraordinary health benefits of meditation. Meditation is the top stress reducing, health enhancing activity you can engage in. You’ll learn about the scientific research that shows its positive effects on the brain, immune system, cardio-vascular health and more!

Meditation practices are a part of every spiritual tradition and include non-theistic, non-spiritual approaches as well. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, directed by Dr. Lawrence Edwards, teaches meditative practices from a variety of traditions. No matter what one’s interest or perspective there are meditative practices that will work for you and give you access to your power to transform your mind, brain, body, health and relationships.

January 2016

Meditation: The Practice Of Freeing The Mind

A Four Week Meditation Course

Wednesdays evenings, March-April dates to be announced. Registration fee: $120
7:15-8:45pm, Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Pl., Suite 2, Armonk, NY 10504
Advance registration with 50% deposit is required since space is limited.

Learn all you need to establish a meditation practice at home. There is amazing scientific research showing the numerous health benefits of meditation. It is effective in a broad range of applications, from reducing stress, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to increasing peak performance and focus. Meditation brings a calm and ease to the mind that transforms everyday life. Learn to access all these for yourself. This four week course will give you the foundation to continue practicing meditation and deepening the benefits you experience for years to come. Taught by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, who has trained over 10,000 meditators in the US, Canada and India. He has been practicing meditation for over 45 years and trained as a monk in India.
Fee: $120

February 2016

Buddhist Wisdom Treasures III
Living Dharma

4 week course
Wed. evenings 7:15-8:45pm

Many people have been asking for a continuation of the Buddhist Wisdom Treasures for Non-Buddhists initial courses and here it is! You don’t have to have taken the first course, though it will be helpful, and of course you don’t have to become a Buddhist to enjoy and benefit from the insights and wisdom of this great tradition.

Pre-registration required.
Fee: $120

April 2016

Buddhist Wisdom Treasures I
For Non-Buddhists
4 week course
Wednesday Evenings 7:15-8:45pm
Dates To Be Announced

The Buddhist tradition offers great insights into the workings of the mind and how we can be free not only of the mind, but of all suffering. One doesn’t have to be a Buddhist to gain the tremendous benefits from the wisdom that this ancient tradition offers. Priests, nuns, rabbis, ministers, scientists, business leaders and people from all walks of life have found the teachings of the Buddha enhanced their everyday lives and their spiritual practices.

During this course we will explore the foundational teachings and practices that the Buddha offered to anyone who was interested in gaining greater freedom from suffering and gaining access to unwavering joy.

Registration Fee: $120
Pre-registration Required

To register contact Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D. at 914-219-8600

April 2016


Like a broken gong be still, be silent.
Know the stillness of freedom
Where there is no more striving.

Silent Meditation Retreat
Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD
Dates To Be Announced
Sunday 9:00am-3:30pm
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation
Fee: $90, includes light meal
To register call 914-219-8600

Dive into the depths of meditation by living in silence, even for this brief span of time the effects are powerful. Deepen and expand your meditation practice by nurturing it with the time and attention it deserves. The Buddha said, “Better than a hundred years of ignorance is one day spent in reflection. Better than a hundred years of idleness is one day spent in determination.”

All are welcome!

Anam Cara Meditation Foundation

Preregistration required
Call 914-219-8600
Register early.

Refund Policy:
Full refund of program fees are given if cancellation is received 8 weeks prior to the program or if the program has to be canceled for any reason. 50% refund given if canceled 4-8 weeks in advance. If you cancel within 2-4 weeks of the program no refund is given and 50% may be applied to a future program. The balance will be received as a tax deductible gift to Anam Cara. Last minute cancellations are non-refundable. If we have to cancel a program your paid registration fees will be refunded in full.

Refunds for accommodations and meals are not determined by Anam Cara for programs held at retreat sites or centers. Anam Cara is not responsible for such refunds or changes.