Learn to Meditate

Los Angeles


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Thom returns to NYC in October 2019.


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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 or click here.

The Course

The course in Vedic Meditation consists of four consecutive days, for 90 minutes each day. These sessions usually take place in the evenings at 7pm.  Students must attend all four days to complete the course as a sequential amount of knowledge is offered each day.

Course Fee

Students choose their own course fee from the options below and base this personal decision on their household 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 household 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 $800 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, a payment plan (two installments) is 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 Annual Household Income Breakdown

$800 (annual household income of $75,000 or less)
$1,250 (annual household income between $75,000-$125,000)
$1,750 (annual household income between $125,000-$250,000)
$2,500 (annual household income > $250,000)

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, when they register for the course.

Thoughts or questions? Please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you!