Seven Step Approach to Mastering Meditation
with Michael Hess
January 24 - 26, 2020
Happy Cali Yoga
Linking Body, Breath, Energy & Mind
A Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Michael Hess & Laura Flanagan
March 29 - April 4, 2020
Our 100 Hour Meditation Teacher Training Program (Level I & II) will be offered at Ruah Yoga Studio in Annapolis, MD. The class will meet one weekend per month for ten months, beginning August 31, 2019 and running through April 2020.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Aug. 31 – Introduction to Meditation; Subtle Body Theory
Sept. 7 – Lesson One (Basic Sitting Meditation); Pranayama & Meditation Research
Oct. 12 – Lesson Two (Calm Abiding Meditation)
Nov. 2 – Lesson Three (Arriving at Clarity), History & Philosophy
Nov. 23 – Lesson Four (Insight Meditation) & Ethics
Dec. 7 – Lesson Five (Open Heart-Mind Meditation) & Children/Teens
Dec. 21 – Advanced Pranayama
Jan. 4 – Lesson Six (Pure Mind Meditation) & Trauma, Differently Abled & Prisons)
Jan. 18 – Lesson Seven (Non-Conceptual Meditation), Corporate & Business of Meditation
Feb., March & April 2020 – Dates TBD based on how our schedule is progressing
Regular Price: $1,700. $500 deposit to reserve space and six monthly payments of $200 each; or
Early Bird Special price: $1,500. Payment in full must be received 30 days before class begins.
Teaching meditation and pranayama to private clients throughout the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area. Clients range from complete beginners through experienced practitioners (ongoing).
Working with individual clients and weekly group meditation classes at North Star Therapy's office (ongoing).
Leading weekly classes focused on meditation in the workplace for the employees of Hannon Armstrong at their corporate headquarters location (ongoing).
- Leading weekly drop-in meditation classes at Ruah Yoga's studio in Annapolis, MD (ongoing).
- Teaching pranayama and meditation "open teacher training" workshops for 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs (Summer and Fall 2019)
Led a 90 minute workshop for the staff of Micah Ecumenical Ministries called "Meditation for Stress Management" focused on reducing job-related stress and tension and preventing burnout (June 2019).
Led a half-day workshop entitled "Relax, Release, Rest: An Introduction to Meditation" for the clients of Sarathi Wellness and the Abhibindu Wellness Foundation (May 2019).
Led workshops and classes and provided private instruction for clients of this Tibetan healing center during a week-long teaching tour in Vienna, Austria. The half-day workshops and classes covered the Seven-Step Approach (2018).
Led a corporate workshop for employees at the county government's headquarters location. The workshop was entitled "The Heart of the Matter: Deepening our Relationship to Mindfulness Practice" and covered general meditation techniques from a corporate wellness perspective (2018).
Led four different pranayama and meditation workshops for yoga practitioners including a series of three 90 minute workshops that covered the first four lessons of the Seven Step Approach.
Led a full day workshop for North Star Therapy's clients and friends in Stafford, VA. The workshop was entitled "Discovering the Relaxed Mind: A Day Long Immersion into Deepening Meditation Practice" and covered the first four lessons of the Seven-Step Approach (2018).
Taught general Tibetan Buddhism and Mahamudra meditation classes during the four to six months each year that Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche travels overseas. For several years, I led a weekly Monday evening meditation class on a year-round basis. I also taught a smaller group of more experienced meditation students for several years (2008 through 2016).
Taught meditation and pranayama to private clients and small groups in the greater Washington, DC metro area. Clients have ranged from complete beginners through experienced practitioners, from both Tibetan Buddhist as well as secular perspectives. Clients have ranged in age from children (around age 10) through teenagers, college students, adults and senior citizens (2014 to present).