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A New Way of Being:
Intro to Meditation 2022

Live Online Course

January 24th, 2022 - February 20th, 2022

Access the power of meditation through a month of daily practice.

“I’ve tried to meditate before, but my mind is too noisy and restless.”

“I know it would be healthy to meditate on a regular basis, but I struggle to commit.”

“I would like a respected meditation teacher to teach me foundational skills, and to help me build my personal practice.”

If you can relate to any of the above, then this course is for you.

This month-long course of daily sitting will be led by world-renowned meditation teacher, and founding teacher of Sangha Live, Martin Aylward. Using his 30+ years of practice and extensive teaching experience, he will guide you through the meditation basics with clarity, insight, and passion.

Regular meditation practice can transform your life.

We’ve learned this through both modern neuroscience research and centuries of traditional Buddhist inquiry. Meditation can help us to feel less stress, and more peace; to engage more mindfully in our work and personal relationships; and to live our lives more freely, and more fully.

This 4-week course will include 10-15 minute video lessons each day (M-F) and live, group Q&A sessions each Sunday, all led by Martin. Throughout the week, we’ll encourage you to discuss your learning and practice experiences with your coursemates. During the interactive sessions, Martin will provide individualized support and feedback.

Course materials are available indefinitely, so you’ll have the opportunity to revisit them as often as you’d like in the future.

There’s no better time than now to start on the path of awakening — and by the end of this experiential course, you’ll be well on your way.

Week 1: Take Your Seat

Introduction To Meditation

Oftentimes, the biggest obstacle to meditation is simply taking our seat to begin. We often think of meditation as an exercise of the mind, but it’s also a visceral experience in our breathing body.

In our first week together, we’ll focus on grounding our attention, the naturalness of awareness, and using breath and body to arrive in the present moment. We learn that a relaxed body is an awakened body.

Martin will provide basic instruction around meditative awareness, supportive posture, the world of the breath, the natural immediacy of experience, and how to begin to relax uninhibited mental activity.

Week 2: Free Your Mind

Introduction To Meditation

In week 2 we’ll explore how our attention inevitably gets hijacked and fixated. We’ll learn the skills we need in order to unhook from anxiety and fantasy and reconnect to presence, again and again.

Martin will lead us through investigating desires, defenses and distractions; the meditative process of recognizing, releasing and returning; and the importance of maintaining attention that is kind and gentle.

We don’t have to like what’s happening, but we can welcome and accept whatever arises, just as it is.

Week 3: Open to Experience

Introduction To Meditation

As we deepen our practice this week, we’ll attune to the changing nature of experience, by opening up our senses and relaxing into presence. 

Martin will help us to explore how consciousness meets experience, and how we can relate to the world around and within us, without judgment.

We’ll investigate the fluidity of our awareness, abiding as the witnessing presence, the impermanence and constant changing of the world around us, making home in your awareness, welcoming whatever arises, and more.

Week 4: Integrate Your Practice

Buddha In Meditation Practice

As we wrap up our course, Martin will help us to integrate our newfound meditative awareness and ease of presence into our day-to-day lives.

Through our practice, we come to understand that meditation is an infinite trajectory in training ourselves to be here, with what’s available in this moment, and in the next. 

In our final week, Martin will introduce us to more advanced techniques including practicing edgeless, all-inclusive awareness, and cultivating the three crucial qualities of Contact, Curiosity and Care. 

Praise for A New Way of Being Course in 2021

“After this course I feel deeply inspired, nourished and grateful for the support offered. I’ll be back for more!!!”

“Wonderful teacher and wonderfully creative delivery of this course.”

“It’s a rich body of teachings and will offer a lifetime of realisations.”

“The teachings [are] very clear and understandable, the format is brilliant and it makes meditation very accessible.”

Live Online Course Details

Martin Aylward Day Of Practice

4 Live Q&A Sessions

Each Sunday, join your coursemates to discuss personal experience and growth, ask questions about the teachings, and receive insightful feedback and guidance from Martin.

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20 Video Lessons

A new pre-recorded, 10-15 minute video lesson from Martin will be released each day (M-F). These daily recordings will guide you through progressive mindfulness exercises.

Community Connections

Within our course portal, reflect on Martin's teachings and discuss practice experiences with your coursemates. Enrichment option: pair with a course buddy for the month!

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30 Day Refund Guarantee

If you're unsatisfied with the course for any reason, please contact us within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

Schedule

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Dates & Times

Course Launch: January 24 (no meeting)

LIVE Interactive 1: January 30 – (60 minutes) @ 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET

LIVE Interactive 2: February 6 – (60 minutes) @ 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET

LIVE Interactive 3: February 13 – (60 minutes) @ 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET

LIVE Interactive 4: February 20 – (60 minutes) @ 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET

*Note: Interactives will be recorded and posted for those who cannot attend

About Martin Aylward

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Martin Aylward is the founding teacher of Sangha Live. After spending his early adult years in Asian monasteries and with Himalayan hermits, Martin settled in Southern France with his wife Gail and their 2 children, co-founding the Moulin de Chaves retreat centre where he lives and teaches.

Martin teaches meditation, guides students and leads retreats internationally, emphasising the integration of the deepest wisdom teachings into the midst of the lives we live. He is also a director of the MindfulnessTrainingInstitute.com. Martin’s book Awake Where You Are: The Art of Embodied Awareness (2021) is now available via Wisdom Publications.