Who is this training for?
The Vedic Meditation an easy training is for beginners with busy minds who are interested in learning how to meditate with ease (without having to rely on apps, guidance, or drop-in studios).
How do I start?
You start by attending the complementary Intro to Meditation orientation, where you meet the teacher (Light Watkins or one of his colleagues) in person, and hear more about the process of learning the technique. You will get your questions answered, and decide whether you want to move forward and take the training. At the end of the session, you will be invited to apply for the sliding-scale comprehensive training.
After the Intro Session, when does the training start?
If you are accepted into the training, it usually starts on the following day, and continues over four days for 90 minutes each day. In order to complete the training, you will be required to attend one 90-minute session a day on each of the four days. The sessions are usually scheduled before or after standard work hours.
Where can I find exact times and dates for the trainings?
You can find the schedule for upcoming trainings at the bottom of their respective event pages on the calendar.
What benefit will I get from this training versus using my meditation app?
Step-by-step, you will learn with a live teacher, who will show you the key principles for meditating in the easiest, most effortless way. You will learn that there is nothing arbitrary about meditation—from the way you sit, to the time of day you practice, to the way you treat your thoughts. You will also have plenty of home practice, group practice, and Q&A. By the end of your training, you will be an expert meditator, able to meditate successfully almost anywhere, even if you have a busy mind. At the conclusion of the course, you will receive the contact information for the teacher so you can continue to receive support if you have future meditation-related questions. You will also receive an open invitation to return and audit the course whenever it takes place again.
If I can't make it to an Intro to Meditation, can I still take the training?
Although there are rare exceptions (mostly in the case of referrals), it's not likely that you can take the training without some sort of prior contact. For best results, it's good for you to experience the Intro Session, which is essentially an orientation to the training. If you can't make the Intro Session, you can arrange a phone conversation with the teacher, or schedule a private Intro Session for a fee.
What if I can't attend all of the training sessions?
If you have to miss one or two of the training sessions, you may be able to schedule an alternative time to meet, or we can supply you with a recording of your missed session so you stay caught up with everyone else. Then, the next time Light is teaching, you'll be invited to come and sit in on the session you missed.
This sounds a lot like TM. What's the difference?
Light Watkins is an independent teacher of Vedic Meditation, which means he's not affiliated with the Transcendental Meditation organization, or any organization for that matter. However, people who've learned TM note that the format of learning Vedic Meditation is comparable to what Transcendental Meditation offers, in that your receive a mantra along with 3 days of follow-up, plus a lifetime of ongoing support.
How much does the training cost?
- You receive live, personal instruction, at a value of $1000.
- Plus a lifetime of access to the trainings, at a value of $5000+.
- Plus you receive ongoing phone and email support directly with the teacher, at a value of $250/hr.
The course is offered on a sliding scale ranging from $800 to $1800 (based on your annual income). The student rate is $800, and if you earn or receive more than $100k per year, you will qualify for the top tier. If you earn less, your tuition will drop accordingly. By registering for a training on the same night of your free intro session, you will receive a one-time $300 credit. Each participant determines his or her own tuition on the honor system. There are also couples discounts, and payment plans, and occasional trades available to meet most budgets and get you meditating in the quickest amount of time. This is an all-inclusive, one-time tuition. Once you pay it, you will have unlimited access to future trainings and support. Private courses start at $3500.
Are there any hidden costs?
No. You make one payment, and that covers you for life. After your initial training, you are encouraged to return as much as you'd like, and get as much support as you need in order to remain a self-sufficient meditator. As you'll quickly see, the most essential component for success in meditation is learning properly the first time, and having access to the teacher months and even years down the line whenever you have questions.
What if I'm not going to need a lifetime of support, can I just pay for the course?
Lifetime support is a necessary component for your success. Anyone who thinks they won't ever need ongoing support has unrealistic expectations around meditation. In our experience of teaching thousands of people to meditate, just about everyone requires at least a minimal level of support and/or inspiration after their initial course ends.
Having access to the teacher whenever you have questions about your practice is the time-tested path to mastery, and by far the most valuable aspect of this training (think of it like having a "Genius Bar" for meditation). Not having ongoing support with meditation can become extremely confusing and expensive—especially if you have to pay someone or subscribe to a paid service to get your questions answered by people other than your teacher, who aren't familiar with your meditation history.
How do you have time to support everyone you teach?
We make sure to do a very thorough job in the beginning, and provide lots of resources throughout your first few years of meditating, so we're not inundated with meditation questions down the line. You may also repeat the training, which helps to refine your understanding of the technique and commitment to practicing it.
Are there scholarships or payment plans?
Yes, there are payment plans, which mainly consists of bringing post-dated checks to your first day of instruction. Although there is no formal scholarship program, every now and again a generous student will contribute more to help someone who can't afford to learn. You can always ask.
Where do you mostly teach?
Light primarily teaches in Santa Monica, New York City, and Chicago. He also offers international meditation retreats, where you can learn to meditate in a tropical environment for a fraction of the cost (not including your accommodations).
How big are your classes?
Light's class sizes range from a few people to a dozen. He purposefully caps the number of participants to insure that he can give a generous amount of personal attention to each participant.
Is the meditation on your retreats the same as the ones you teach in your trainings?
Yes. But when you take the meditation training on one of my retreats, you usually end up paying less than what it would cost to learn in Los Angeles, New York or Chicago. However, it doesn't include the cost of the actual retreat.
Why do I have to pay extra for the meditation training on your retreat?
The retreat is geared towards the study and practice of Vedic Meditation. To get the most out of the retreat, you will have to learn the technique if you haven't done so already. There is a cost associated with learning the technique in your city, but if you take the course on the retreat, the cost is significantly reduced.
Have you ever worked with someone who couldn't learn the technique?
No. By the end, everyone gets it. Usually, people who think they are going to be tough cases are pleasantly surprised by how easy meditation feels when they learn and practice the counterintuitive mechanics for moving beyond their busy mind. It's much easier than you think. However, it's up to you to stick with it. And if you fall of the wagon, it's also reassuring to know that you can come back at any time for a free reboot, either with Light or with any of his colleagues... even years later.
Do you offer private or corporate courses?
Yes. It's strongly recommended that the decision-maker attend the Intro to Meditation orientation before discussing private or corporate training options. Tuition for private and corporate courses varies on the number of people. Email us for details.
Do I have to take the training right away?
No. Once you have attended the Intro to Meditation orientation you may register for any future training. You do receive a generous discount if you register for a future course on the same night of your Intro. Either way, you don't have to repeat the orientation.
How long before I feel the benefits?
The fastest benefit we've seen in the overwhelming majority of the course participants is better sleep, which happens almost immediately (this includes insomniacs and people who take sleep medication). The other benefits, such as less anxiety, more happiness, and better health, occur more gradually.
It's best not to wait until you're in a crisis to begin meditating. If you start meditating daily when everything's fine, then when a life emergency occurs, you'll deal with it far better than someone with no history of consistent meditation. Furthermore, you won't have to worry about trying to learn a new skill in the midst of all the drama.
How does this compare to meditation apps and drop-in meditation studios?
Meditation apps are generally devoid of personalized instruction, which is a pre-requisite for mastery, and drop-in studios are the most expensive way to meditate where you're paying by the hour, with virtually no free support. Most apps and meditation classes offer guided meditation, which is a starter technique. What we teach you is how to meditate successfully on your own (without needing guidance).