Learn to Meditate

New York

The next four-day Introduction to Vedic Meditation course will be held in May, 2018. Request a referral.

San Franciso

There are not scheduled courses in SF at this time.  Request a referral.

Los Angeles

There are not scheduled courses in LA at this time.  Request a referral.


There are not scheduled courses in Toronto at this time.  Request a referral.


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The Introduction

The Introduction is a free one hour 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.

To RSVP for an introductory talk or for inquiries please email info@thomknoles.com

The Course

The course in Vedic Meditation consists of four consecutive days, for 90 minutes each day. These sessions are often offered at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm.  Students must attend all four days to complete the course as a sequential amount of knowledge is offered each day.

The Course Fee

Students choose their own course fee from the options below and base this personal decision on their income. This type of equitable exchange is a practice from India dating back thousands of years and is an effort on our part to maintain the purity and consistency of the teaching tradition.

Because students of higher means subsidize students of lesser means, the honor system is in effect (don’t worry — we won’t be asking for proof of income or checking tax returns). Choosing one’s own course fee allows everyone who wants to learn the ability to take the course.

The yearly income breakdown below is an equitable guideline (only) and the decision is completely up to you based on your highest integrity. It’s traditional that the course fee is commensurate with one week’s earnings. We have a minimum of $600 in place to cover expenses and as it’s often the least one needs on a weekly basis in order to earn a living in the cities in which we teach.

If you’re unemployed, a student, or don’t have a regular income, payment plans are also available to make it easier to meet the minimum. You may also substitute weekly earnings or the yearly income guidelines below with what you spend in a week/year versus what you earn in a week/year.

If your weekly/yearly earnings model is greater than the minimum, you’ll choose one of the higher course fees.

Private four-day courses can be tailored to the student’s individual schedule and can either be in the city where we’re currently teaching or in the student’s home city (if different). Please inquire about pricing and availability.

Course Fee and Yearly Income Breakdown

$600 course fee (yearly income of 25k or less)
$850 course fee (yearly income of 25k – 50k)
$1200 course fee (yearly income of 50k – 100k
$2500 course fee (yearly income of 100k +)

Please select your course fee from the above options and arrange payment by contacting us. Students can pay for a course after the introductory talk and before the course itself, however course fees processed in advance are greatly appreciated. Thoughts or questions? Please feel free to contact us. Looking forward to seeing you.

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