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Wide Open and Free: Exploring the Breadth and Depth of Liberation

On-Demand Course

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Life is profound, mysterious, wide open and free

While meditative practices are designed to point us into this infinite depth, we often get bogged down along the way, caught in our psychological history, our emotional drama and our habitual knots of self-referentiality.

This course with Martin Aylward points beyond the confines of habitual experience to the heart of transformational practice. Looking beyond our conditioned views we free ourselves of long established beliefs and patterns, opening into an ever deepening and freeing understanding of reality. Through the weeks, Martin’s teachings, reflections, practices and dialog exercises will show you how to contemplate some of the classical concerns of spiritual life. Without relying on any beliefs about the way life is, Buddhist or otherwise, you will instead learn how to look at the nature of time and space, self and world, life and death by looking deeply into your own experience.

This course is open to anyone. It will be especially useful for those more interested in questions than answers, and who want to harness their meditation practice to look as deeply as possible into this extraordinary adventure of being alive and human.

Module 1 – Entering the Stream: Establishing Ever Present Awareness

Martin takes us into the essence of meditation practice: establishing awareness.

We’ll recognise that most fundamentally, being aware is not something we do.

We’ll discover that the very nature of Mind is to be awake and aware.

Module 2 – Beyond Right and Wrong

This module explores our conditioned views, and the cultural, familial and personal influences that created and reinforced them.

Martin looks beyond convention to a more inclusive and whole view, providing an ongoing commentary on Rumi’s famous invitation to meet us out in that open field beyond ideas of right and wrong.

Module 3 – Freedom Goes in All Directions

Wide Open and Free with Martin Aylward

Freedom and Awakening are the central concerns of transformational practice, but we easily inherit and develop all kinds of unhelpful and inaccurate ideas about true freeness of being.

This module deconstructs these views, pointing us towards a living, vibrant freeness of being.

Module 4 – Duality and Non-duality

‘Normal’, everyday mind is caught in the dualistic thinking of here and there, inner and outer, me and you.

Some spiritual teachings, on the the other hand, get caught in ideas of non-duality, denying difference and insisting that all is one.

This module explores the wisdom of the middle way, avoiding getting caught in one or the other, able to abide anywhere by taking a position nowhere.

Module 5 – No space, no time, no self, no problem

Wide Open and Free with Martin Aylward

We conceive of ourselves as a self, with problems, living in space and moving through time.

These are the primary reference points for experience, yet they keep us bound to a very limited view of reality.

Martin leads us through and beyond such ideas, pointing to a great ease and intimacy with all that is.

Module 6 – Loving Life

This module looks at the heart’s relationship to life.

If ‘mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it’, we here explore that crossing, and the way that love heals our souls, dissolves our defenses and opens the door to a liberated life.


This course, and your teaching in general have made a profound change occur in me, with massive benefits. I whole-heartedly feel more wide open and free. The effect is genuine and beautiful. I am more grateful than I can express in words!

- Previous Course Participant

Martin, the way you teach is so accessible. Your presence, wisdom and intelligence have been so inviting to help me show up and go deep. Yes, the truth you’ve shared resonates so deeply.

- Previous Course Participant

Your course really reinforces the association of meditation with everyday life. I believe that a big part of it is the quality of you as a teacher; the "embodied communication" that comes from walking the walk.

- Previous Course Participant

On-Demand Course Details

Martin's Daily Meditation Teachings

7 Hours of video teachings

Filmed in high definition with only you in mind, having an intimate and personal feel that will keep you engaged as your body, mind and heart tune in.

Experiential Exercises

Deepen your understanding and experience of the teachings with inquiries and exercises that Martin provides for each module.

Recorded Q&A Sessions

Videos of 3 recorded interactive sessions from a previous live release of the course are included.

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.

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 Mindfulness Training Institute. Martin’s book Awake Where You Are: The Art of Embodied Awareness (2021) is now available via Wisdom Publications. Click here to learn more about Martin Aylward.