Meditation Workshops

“I have been on weekend retreats with Padma for the past two years, and every year, I am blown away.  My practice is renewed, I’ve gained clarity and insight and I’m always glad I made the time to learn from her.”  Tracy, Yoga Teacher.

“It’s necessary to study with a good teacher to gain maximum results. I’ve been studying for several years on my own, but I’m always amazed at how studying with Padma feels 10 to 20 times as powerful as studying on my own.”  Wendy, Yoga Teacher

“The workshop positively affected how I relate to myself, others and the world to help me get through the day. It gave me new hope and an overall healthier feeling, spiritually, mentally and physically. My stress level has decreased and I am starting to stop and smell the roses.” TJ

MEDITATION TRAINING WORKSHOPS: Workshops #1, #2. #3, and #4 are open to everyone!  Join us for a weekend. 

FULL 108-HOUR MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM: Complete all six training workshops. Everyone welcome to register in the first 4 weekends: #1, #2, #3, and #4.  Join a transformational weekend.

#1. ELEMENTAL FOUNDATIONS : Learn essential meditation. A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. See details below.

#2. RELAX AND RENEW: Relieve stress and refresh your soul. A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. See details below.

#3. FOCUS & EFFICIENCY: Maximize efficiency; Minimize effort. A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. See details below.

#4. END STRUGGLES: Understand your mind and ego. Have a clear mind.A 12-hours weekend workshop. Open to all. This fall this workshop will be a weekend retreat on GALIANO ISLAND. See details below.

#5. LIVING WISDOM: A 5-day retreat. Classical meditation philosophy and practice. Explore classical meditation philosophy. (42 hours) For Students in the 108-hour program, Yoga Teachers, and by written application. See details below.

#6. HOW TO TEACH MEDITATION: A 3-day retreat. For students completing the 108-hour Teacher Training program. See details below.

Go here for more details on the  TEACHER TRAINING Program
Check the Calendar page for  UPCOMING Workshops
REGISTER HERE for upcoming workshops.

DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL SIX WORKSHOPS:
#1. ELEMENTAL FOUNDATIONS: Learn Classical Meditation Skills and Philosophy
Open to all. A 12-hour weekend workshop. Learn all the foundational essentials of a full personal meditation practice, including: classical yoga, meditation, breath exercises and philosophy. Practice easy, useful and delightful meditation skills. Develop a solid personal practice of both yoga and meditation and bring balance, concentration, strength and calm into your body and your life. Learn to sit in ease and get in touch with the natural elements. Learn how meditation relates to your regular life.
Date: TBA
Times: Sat 2 to 5 and 6 to 9; Sun 10 to 1 and 2 to 5   
Location: TBA
This workshop includes:
  • Gentle stretches, exercises and postures that supports your meditation practice, Hatha Yoga
  • Hand postures, Mudras
  • Ethics of a yoga lifestyle, Yaama
  • Breath work, Praanayaam
  • Yoga Psychology, The Four States of Mind
  • Foundational yoga philosophy, Gyaan Yoga
  • Simple Overview of various meditation schools
  • Simple chanting, Mantra
  • An Overview of the Elements of Practice:
      • EARTH- Padma will expertly lead your practice through the balancing nature of earth within and help you find your inner stability.  You’ll learn about the physical body.
      • WATER- Then we go on to the element of water and discover and experience the healing flow of the life force inside. You’ll learn about the breath/energy body.
      • FIRE- Next we build and concentrate your inner fire power and help you to work with your energy and creativity in the most positive way possible.
      • AIR- You’ll study the mind body. The air element topic takes your practice subtler and to the more powerful realm of yoga of the mind. Learn classical yoga psychology and the time-tested tradition of guiding the mind to clarity and enlightened awareness.
      • SPACE- You’ll learn about the intellectual body. The space element concludes the weekend with a look at the deepest, most expansive and subtlest elements of yoga and meditation.  You’ll also learn about the bliss body.

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

#2. RELAX AND RENEW: Be Calm and Cool! Relieve Stress and Refresh Your Soul

Open to all. A 12-hour weekend workshop. This is a weekend of experiential learning as well as philosophical examination of what creates stress in us and how we can be free from it once and for all! Learn profound physical and mental renewal practices of yoga and meditation. Train your body to let go of tension and release all  the stress you carry. Find true balance and regain your full state of health. Relax and refresh your inner energy and your emotions.

Through breath exercises and subtle energy purification, become established in calmness, rebuild your strength and stay happy. Learn ways to take your mind to a free space and refresh your consciousness. Re-connect with your purest inner power. Touch the depths of peace in yourself.

Date: TBA
Times: 9am to 5pm   
Location: TBA

This workshop includes:

  • 4 Yoga Classes
  • 4 Meditation & Breath Work, Pranayama, Sessions
  • ‘Subtle Bodies,’ Koshas  Workshop
  • Philosophy of Energy Forces, Gunas and Doshas, Workshop
  • Traditional Heath, Ayurveda, Workshop
  • Stress Management Workshop
  • Plenty of time for Discussion/Questions

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

#3. FOCUS & EFFICIENCY: Maximize efficiency, Minimize effort.  Focus with Energy, Master your Mind

Open to all.  A 12-hour weekend workshop. Increase your powers. This workshop emphasizes understanding the power we have, both energetic and mental. A yogic saying is “Maximum results with minimum effort” and this workshop reveals how we can access this inner dynamism and learn to manifest perfectly in the world. The workshop also includes an exploration of your creative and artistic expression and how to allow and direct the free flow of your divine power of imagination.

This workshop is aimed at executives, athletes and anyone desiring to be efficient, gain easier results, and achieve the highest goals in whatever you want to put your attention on. Master your mind!

It is also designed for artists and naturally creative people who want to unfold more freedom, creative inspiration and delight in whatever mode of expression of choice. Unveil your passions.

 

Date: TBA
Times: 9am to 5pm   
Location: TBA

This workshop includes:

  • Ways to manifest with freedom, ‘Karm Yog’
  • Self-discovery through meditation
  • Types of Concentration, ‘Samaadhi’
  • The essential messages of the Bhagavad Gita
  • 4  yoga classes, ‘Hatha’ Yog
  • Guided meditations
  • Silent meditation, ‘Dhyaan Yog’
  • Guided breath work
  • Dialogue and discourse, ‘Gyaan Yog
  • Small group exercises
  • Yogic relaxation, ‘Yog Nidra’
  • Sanskrit terms and chanting verses from the Gita, ‘Mantra’

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

#4. END STRUGGLES:  Meditation for a Clear Mind.  Be Happy. Understand Mind Management

Open to all. A 12-hour weekend workshop. Know the map of the mind. This workshop will reveal the core functioning of the mind and let you become free from all habitual negative thinking patterns. You’ll learn incredibly effective yogic psychology, and practice to become a master of your mind rather than being overwhelmed by it. We’ll explore the classic nature of mind, plus address some general topics and also focus on specific, real life situations that we encounter. You’ll practice time-tested yogic methods that block your life energy and your experience of life’s natural joy and freedom.

Date: TBA
Times: Weekend retreat

Location:
BODEGA RIDGE RETREAT CENTER, GALIANO ISLAND, BC

Recommended DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

This workshop includes:

Topics

  • Living with Awareness
  • How to Not Feel Overwhelmed
  • Facing Changes in Life
  • Stopping Negative Self-Talk
  • Allowing Yourself to Fully Enjoy and Feel Satisfied.

Yoga Psychology

  • The Inner Instrument of the Mind, ‘Antahakaran’
  • Qualities of Concentration
  • Five Kinds of Perception, ‘Vrittis
  • Structure of the Ego, ‘Ahankar’
  • The Main Emotional Obstacles, ‘Klaysh
  • Skills of Discernment and Detachment, ‘Vivek & Vairagya’

Yogic Methods

  • Watchfulness Meditation, ‘Dhyaan Yog
  • 4 Breath Work Classes: ‘Praanaayaam’
  • 4 Yoga Classes with exercises specific to assisting meditation, ‘Hatha Yog’
  • Dialogue and Discourse, ‘Gyaan Yog’
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Yogic Relaxation, ‘Yog Nidra’
  • Sanskrit Terms and Chanting, ‘Mantra Yog’

#5. LIVING WISDOM: Deepen Your Practice and Explore Advanced Meditation, Philosophy and Practices 

Exclusive to participants in the Teacher Training Program, for students who have completed the first four workshops, or who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification. (42 hour Intensive)

This workshop is presented as a 5-Day-long intensive retreat, concentrating on more in-depth philosophy and longer hours of meditation practice. This workshop is a unique chance to learn esoteric Tantric knowledge directly transmitted to Padma from her guru in the Himalayas of India.

This 5-day retreat will not be offered in 2014.

Every day is structured as an intensive study and practice workshop. There will be hours of discussion, study, dialogue, silent meditation, Sanskrit studies and chanting. There will be overviews of the studies covered in the four signature workshops, synthesizing the information and delving deeper into the ideas. Further topics will also be introduced, such as more Sanskrit, chanting, and deeper insights will be explored and discussed. The philosophy studies will focus on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita. There will be Sanskrit studies, chanting, and hatha yoga classes. There will possibly be time for a private interview with Padma during this week.
As well as diving into deeper studies, there will be an exploration of how all of this information and practice is relevant to our daily living as well. You’ll discover how meditation can be apart of daily living and the effects it will have on you and your future students over time.This is an intensive meditation and study retreat for those with an established meditation practice. There will be several hours per day of silent meditation, plus guided meditations, breath work, in depth philosophy classes and group discussions.

This workshop includes:

  • Overview of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
  • Introduction to Sanskrit Studies

Recommended Padma DVDs to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

  1. Elemental Series #5 Space
  2. Modern Meditations #5 Living Wisdom

 

#6. LEARN TO TEACH: Learn the art of teaching  Meditation

Exclusive to the Training Program and only for students who have completed the first five Workshop. (18 hours)

This 3-day intensive workshop will not be offered in 2013.
This workshop focuses on the art , wisdom and skills of being a great teacher. Not only will we go over several pedagogical methods, you’ll come to see how specifically to teach the fine art of meditation to others. You’ll become confident to deliver a short course on Padma Meditation and be supplied with a manual to help structure your courses.
You’ll also learn how to produce a meditation class and market it to new students.
You will earn the chance to deliver Introductory Padma Meditation Workshops. 

This Workshop Includes:

  • Coaching
  • Listening skills
  • Meditation guiding
  • Class preparations
  • Precautions
  • Materials to teach

Recommended Padma Products to accompany this workshop available on the Store page:

  1. Meditation Shawl
  2. Meditation Mala

Email for information.


CORPORATE & SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

PRIVATE MEDITATION STUDIES

STUDENTS’ WORDS

“The workshops increased my understanding and awareness of my personal practice and allowed me to go to a deeper place within myself.”

“I value the effects of the benefits of yoga meditation. It helps me with dealing with a chronic neurological illness & it has made it go into remission.”

“The variation of activities kept things fresh & gave time to absorb what was learned.”

“Practising your meditation skills, I have immediately noticed profound changes in myself that are wonderful.”

“The conscious living theme really emphasized for me that I am on the right path.  I am learning how a positive feeling can be felt as a type of meditation. I.e. Gratitude, love, peace.”

“The conscious living theme really emphasized for me that I am on the right path.  I am learning how a positive feeling can be felt as a type of meditation. I.e. Gratitude, love, peace.” E.G. Ontario

“It was such a pleasure to meet Padma in person, to realize how down to earth and very humane she is.  Learning about the deeper aspects of how yoga  is a gateway to conscious living was the beginning of path I really want to travel.” R.M.  Ontario

“I liked the idea that you can and should pause. You can be the observer o f you’re thought and mental functions rather than being those functions.” S.M.  Ontario

“This week with Padma was for me a pure delight of peace, friendship, meditation and yoga. I was inspired by the mediation, the capacity of going inside yourself and trying to go deeper in what I call : your tomb.”

F.M.  Quebec

“The chanting vibrated through our bodies in perfect harmony and maybe this is a way of confirming that with positive thinking and of loving good thoughts we can make a difference soul by soul”

J.SW Ontario

“PADMA IS “the real thing”. She has a lovely energy and way of being with the students.”

”Padma offers great depth and richness AND is still very accessible.”

“Padma has a wealth of knowledge to share. We can learn about freedom from suffering.”

“Padma is a competent and engaging instructor. She is an amazing and inspirational teacher.

“An inspirational weekend!!”

 

“Re-access your inner space of awareness”, Padma

Email to inquire about hosting a Workshop near you.