Date & Time
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This new and unique training explores a variety of contemplative practices and forms of meditation from seven major religious and spiritual traditions, guided by highly regarded and authentic teachers from each tradition. Participants will gain direct, firsthand experience of many meditative disciplines providing a deep grounding within the framework of a cross cultural interreligious approach to meditative practice.
The essential wisdom teachings of these major traditions will be explored, while highlighting and honoring the sacredness and uniqueness of each tradition and its approach. The program’s masterful teachers will guide participants through a deep exploration of each tradition and its main meditative practices.
Participants will explore five major components of meditative practice:
- Essential theoretical and historical foundations
- Firsthand experiential practice of different forms of meditation
- Study of current science and research into meditative practices and its role in contemporary society
- Ethical and moral guidelines and precepts for the practice, development, and facilitation of meditation
- Hands-on clinics in facilitation and presentation skills, guided and taught by authentic practitioners from the major traditions
- Introduction to Meditation and Contemplative Studies—Andrew Vidich, January 19
- ISHTA Meditation Training—Yogirajas Alan Finger and Sarah Finger, January 20
- Sound, Mantra and Yogic Meditation Training—Thomas Amelio, January 21
- Timeless Stillness: Theosophy and the Cultivation of the Mind—Tim Boyd, February 17 & 18
- Program Clinic— March 16
- The Journey of the Seeker in Sufism: From Presence to Heartfulness to Intimacy— Kabir Helminski, March 17
- Reaching the One Who Dwells in the Hearts— Sheikha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi, March 18
- Program Clinic—Thomas Amelio, April 20
- Awakening Your Mystical Heart: Making Direct Contact with the Spirit Within— Father Thomas Ryan, April 21
- Still and Know: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Christian Contemplation and Meditation— Carl McColman, April 22
- Program Clinic—April 22
- Awakening the Natural Buddha Within: Awakening the Mind, Opening the Heart & Teaching Young People How to Discover Wisdom and Compassion in Action Through Uncovering Love, Acceptance, and Serenity within Themselves—Lama Surya Das, April 28 & 29
- The Way of Illumination: The Method of Self-Transformation and Self-Inquiry of the Sant Mat Tradition, the Path of the Spiritual Masters—Andrew Vidich, May 18
- Interspirituality: The Future of Spiritual Practice as our World Goes Inevitably Global and Multicultural— Swami Shraddhananda,
Dr. Nitin Ron, Loch Kelly and Rev. JoAnn Barrett, Moderator- Kurt Johnson, May 19
- Program Clinic— Mikaela Bradbury, June 8
- To Listen and to Love: The Theory and Practice of Jewish Meditation—Rabbi Rami Shapiro, June 9 & 10
- Program Graduation—August 4
Who Should Enroll?
This certificate program for anyone seeking to deepen and strengthen their personal meditation practice, as well as those seeking to integrate meditation or contemplative practice in a variety of professional settings, such as healthcare professionals, psychologists, clinicians, educators, clergy, yoga instructors, and bodyworkers.
Registration and Fees
An 8-Month Certification Program
January 19 — August 4, 2018
7 weekends, Saturdays & Sundays, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
6 Friday evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Plus monthly meetings and mentoring sessions.
January 19–21, February 16–18, March 16–18, April 20–22, April 27–29, May 18–19, June 8–10, August 4
$2,995 (No Member Discount)
$2,595 Early bird rate by December 1, 2017
$3495 Payment Plan
To register for payment plan, call 212-219-2527, Ext. 2.
New York Open Center
Thomas Amelio intensely studied yogic disciplines and philosophy in India, where he edited Rajarshi Muni’s classic, Yoga–The Ultimate Spiritual Path. He is a founding member of, and has been a senior teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for over 35 years, and is President Emeritus of the NY Open Center in New York City. His latest CD is Mantra Darshan–Vedic and Tantric invocations for meditative absorption.
Reverend JoAnn Barrett is the founder of Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship. She is the current co-chair of Interfaith Anti Bias Task Force of Suffolk County, a member of the Huntington Clergy Association, a past Member of Peace Island Institutes Center of Interfaith Studies advisory board, collaborator for Religions For Peace Long Island (a local branch of a world-wide NGO at the United Nations) and a prior Member of the “Dignity for All Students Act” Committee which helped this bill pass in New York. Rev JoAnn is also a published author and poet. Recently she is one of the collaborating authors of the book Mature Interspirituality.
Shaykha Fariha is the spiritual guide of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order, a lineage that guides the seeker of knowledge and of God in the teachings of Islam. The sacred practices of zikr, prayer, charitable living, fasting, and retreat are all embraced.
Kabir Helminski was recognized as a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order of Sufism in 1990, by the late Celalettin Celebi, head of the Mevlevi Order. He was the director of Threshold Books, a foremost publishers of Sufi literature, and is author of The Book of Language: Exploring the Spiritual Vocabulary of Islam and The Book of Revelations: A Sourcebook of Selections from the Qur’an.
Kurt Johnson, PhD, a scientist, comparative religionist, social activist, and former monastic in three spiritual traditions, is widely regarded as the closest associate of Brother Wayne Teasdale, founder of the modern “interspiritual movement,” and works with the Contemplative Alliance and Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer Movement.Kurt Johnson, PhD, a scientist, comparative religionist, social activist, and former monastic in three spiritual traditions, is widely regarded as the closest associate of Brother Wayne Teasdale, founder of the modern “interspiritual movement,” and works with the Contemplative Alliance and Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer Movement.
Carl McColman is a Christian contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader and spiritual director. He is a life-professed Lay Cistercian, a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Trappist monks. His books include Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism.
Thomas Ryan is a Catholic priest, author, and member of the Paulist Fathers, the founder and director of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and co-founder of Unitas, an ecumenical center for spirituality and Christian meditation in Montreal.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD, an award–winning author of over 30 books on religion and spirituality, directs the One River Foundation (oneriverfoundation.org), writes a column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the podcast Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami.
Andrew Vidich, PhD, is an award-winning author, educator, and international speaker. His books include Love Is a Secret, Light Upon Light: 5 Master Paths to Awakening the Mindful Self and Let There Be Light: Experiencing Light Across the World’s Sacred Traditions. Andrew has been an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College and Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He is a founding member of The Interfaith Council of New York and a member of the council of trustees of The Temple of Understanding. He is the public relations director and board member for the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Amityville New York.