... sample as an observer:
Tune into one of our free video webinars or audio classes to sample the teaching of the heart and Heart Rhythm Meditation.
... online with a teacher:
It's easy to learn Heart Rhythm Meditation from your home. But you don't do it alone -- you will be supported in the process by those who are studying and practicing with you. A community of meditators, results from the shared practice, and daily communications all help to keep you in the practice.
... through Mentoring:
1-on-1 sessions are available with an experienced iamHeart Mentor who can help you learn Heart Rhythm Meditation and apply it in your life. The mentor has the responsibility to help you take your next step in the path. Their role is an active one, initiating contact with you and encouraging you onward, toward your fulfillment.
... at group retreats:
Heart Rhythm Meditators come together for a retreat to discover the Living Heart within each of us, and to create together the Living Heart that includes all of us. Everyone longs to discover the heart within that is full of compassion, understanding, forgiveness, kindness and patience, a flexible heart that is also steadfast and persistent, and a heart with vision, optimism, creativity and courage.
We may need to heal our hearts to bring them to life. We definitely need to uncover and empower our hearts to make them a force in our lives, a living heart able to support and heal others and ultimately transform our lives.
Each of our hearts can be healed and strengthened -- by building together an enormous Living Heart, enfolding us all, in which we live and move and have our being. That is the aim of our retreat.
What will you get out of a retreat? Healing, rejuvenation, insight, the ability to speak for your heart and act to accomplish your heart's wish. This retreat will feature daily periods of guided, group meditation, accessing deep, inner spiritual realms to create a collective spiritual attainment. There will be time for individual meditations as well as walks, for swimming (weather permitting) and sharing with teachers, mentors and fellow travelers on the path of the heart.
Group retreats are led by master meditation teachers Puran and Susanna Bair, and no previous experience in meditation is required.
See our Schedule of upcoming Group Retreats.
... in private, individual retreats:
The most intensive form of the iamHeart training is the private retreat. Here we can dedicate ourselves to the spiritual practice of opening and developing the heart through Heart Rhythm Meditation.
How is a retreat conducted? We are drawing upon an ancient spiritual tradition of retreats, following the example of those masters, saints and prophets who have pioneered the method of spiritual retreats, and utilizing the deep and long experience of the iamHeart retreat guides. The retreat is conducted in solitude, in a specially dedicated environment. The retreat guide spends two hours a day with you, first to plan a personalized schedule of meditations and later to review the day and plan the evening program. This is not a "canned" program of meditation; it is an individually designed process according to your emotional state and spiritual stage.
Daily breath work, Heart Rhythm Meditation, sounds, prayers, songs, Heart Rhythm Movement, music, walks in nature, journaling, and talks with the guide are all tools in the process. You will be "in-process" continually; even the breaks for meals and sleeping are part of the retreat. It is an unspeakable delight to be in your heart, immersed in love, for days without end.
How should you prepare for the retreat? First, you should know why you are taking the retreat. Second, you should build up your daily practice so that you can sit in meditation for at least an hour. What do you need to bring? Bring comfortable clothes for sitting, walking and exercising. Bring a washing kit, journal, sketch pad. Don't bring a laptop, cell phone, music player, or favorite book.
With the maturity of your soul,
you desire to probe the depths of life,
to discover the power latent within yourself;
You long to know the source and goal of your life;
You yearn to understand the aim and meaning of life;
You wish to understand the inner significance of things,
And to uncover all that is covered
by form and name.
You seek for insight into cause and effect;
You want to touch the mystery of time and space,
And you wish to find the missing link
between God and yourself --
where you end, where God begins.
--- Hazrat Inayat Khan, a 20th century musician and mystic.
... by enrolling in the University of the Heart:
For the complete training in heart meditation, see The University of the Heart, our most in-depth program. The University of the Heart is a two-year, part-time comprehensive training program. The curriculum includes all of the above — eight online courses, two group retreats, two years of mentoring, a private retreat of 7 days — and also two 12-day residencies.