Upcoming Events

Upcoming Retreats (Winter 2020)


Cali, Colombia

Seven Step Approach to Mastering Meditation

with Michael Hess

January 24 - 26, 2020

Happy Cali Yoga

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

 Linking Body, Breath, Energy & Mind

A Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Michael Hess & Laura Flanagan

March 29 - April 4, 2020

Socrates Center 

100 Hour (Level I & II) Meditation Teacher Training (Annapolis, MD)

Ten Month Program Begins August 31, 2019

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. 

Ruah Yoga Studio Address:

Clock Tower Place

1410 Forest Drive

Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 216-7838

Current Clients & Recent Events


Private Clients (Baltimore/Washington DC area)

Teaching meditation and pranayama to private clients throughout the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area.  Clients range from complete beginners through experienced practitioners (ongoing). 

North Star Therapy (Fredericksburg, VA)

Working with individual clients and weekly group meditation classes at North Star Therapy's office (ongoing).

Hannon Armstrong (Annapolis, MD)

Leading weekly classes focused on meditation in the workplace for the employees of Hannon Armstrong at their corporate headquarters location (ongoing).

Ruah Yoga (Annapolis, MD)

- 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)

Micah Ecumenical Ministries (Fredericksburg, VA)

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).  

Abhibindu Wellness Foundation (Delhi, India)

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).  

Prior Clients & Events


Pema Karpo Centre (Vienna, Austria)

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).

Arlington County Government (Arlington, VA)

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).

Ruah Yoga (Annapolis, MD)

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. 

North Star Therapy (Fredericksburg, VA)

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).

Gampopa Center (Annapolis, MD)

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).

Private Clients (Baltimore/Washington region)

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).

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