The 21 Stages of Meditation: A Journey to the Self
With Mahan Rishi Singh & Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa
and Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa & Siri Sat Kaur
And musical guest Gurunam Singh
November 3 - 9, 2017 at the Menla Mountain House in Phoenicia, NY
Join us for a powerful Journey: 6 days of deep, transformational practice in the beautiful Menla Mountain Retreat.
The 21 Stages of Meditation clarifies the process and outlines the steps of your progress in meditation, and your profound understanding of your Self. Each part of this meditative journey takes you into a deeper level of awakening and realization.
In this course we engage in a 3-part meditative journey through The Crystallized Self, where we recognize and experience our true Self; The Expressive Self, in which we learn how to express our true Self in both action and stillness; and lastly, The Transcendent Self, where we experience our Self as a fully realized human being. We will move through the basic skills of meditation to the deeper levels of awareness and integration and finally into identity and merger with the Naam.
This work is key to deepening your understanding and experience of the stages of meditation - from Irritation and Boredom, to Humility, to Graceful Enlightenment and the Sage. Our journey culminates in the Infinite Pulse, the great immersion of self in Self.
Students and teachers from all contemplative traditions are invited to participate. All are welcome.
This course will:
- Introduce the nature of meditation.
- Provide an overview of the stages of meditation.
- Provide specific tools that access different parts of your mind and heart.
- Give the experience of personal insight and realization.
- Help you be who you are, and act authentically, naturally and meaningfully. We will meet the challenge of our own emotions, beliefs and habits.
F. A. Q.
Q: Have you just started taking Kundalini Yoga?
A: This course is a great foundation for deepening your understanding of meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Q: Are you a Kundalini Yoga Teacher?
A: This course will deepen your practice and provide the skills you need to help you identify where your students are at and how to take them further.
Q: Do you practice a different style of meditation?
A: This course will broaden the scope of what you understand meditation to be and open new doors of perception in your life and in your practice.
Q: Have you been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga for years?
A: The 21 Stages will reawaken your passion for the practice and provide the groundwork for a new understanding of how far you have come and where you want to go.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: We start the course at 4pm. The earlier you can arrive, the more time you have to settle in. You should arrive between 1 and 3 PM to settle in. We will start the course at 4:30 PM. Our first meal will be dinner together, lunch will not be provided.
Q: When should I plan to return?
A: We officially end before lunch at approximately 12:30 PM on November 9th and lunch will be the last meal provided.
Q: Can I arrive early or stay later at Menla?
A: You would have to ask Menla, lodging and meals is based on availability .
The course is open to anyone from any meditative tradition. No experience is required though some meditation experience is an asset.
The 21 Stages of Meditation also contributes to KRI Level Three Certification within The Aquarian Teacher™ Training Program and qualifies for RYT hours with Yoga Alliance and IKYTA continuing Education Credits.
The course format is planned as 3 integrated journeys through The Crystallized Self, The Expressive Self, and The Transcendent Self. There are 48 hours of classroom time over six days.
The beautiful location of Menla is the Dalai Lamas destination of choice when in the U.S. It holds a high frequency energetic vibration that is the perfect complement to our contemplative endeavor.
Located in Phoenicia, NY, Menla Mountain is in 320-acres of forest reserve in the Catskills. Surrounded by thousands of acres of state forest, Menla offers a serene and inspiring experience. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy the fresh mountain air, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty of our valley’s exquisite landscape. Designed to meet the highest standards of comfort and convenience, their modern eco-friendly facilities are an ideal setting for contemplation.
Find more information on how to get to the retreat site here.
- 6-day meditation course
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner - all gourmet vegetarian meals from Menla's organic garden
Tuition DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Transportation to and from Menla.
- Massages and healing treatments. All can easily be arranged through the Spa.
- Extra Beverages and alcoholic beverages. (You are requested to refrain from drinking alcohol during this retreat.)
* Take advantage of our pre-Solstice SALE! Pre-reg prices in effect again until June 21st! *
These are rates for the course alone, (accommodation prices below), includes the 21 Stages manual:
Early Bird (until July 5th) $850 *
Regular Registration (until October 1st) $950 *
Late Registration (after October 1st) $1099 *
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All rooms will be booked through Menla. You will receive a link upon registration for the course.
Room with 2 twin beds, private bath, double occupancy $1,066
Room with queen-sized bed, private bath, couple occupancy $1,066
Room with queen-sized bed, private bath, single occupancy $1,537
Suite with 3 twin beds, 1 trundle bed, private bath, quadruple occupancy $908
* All rates are per person. Prices are subject to Menla's terms and conditions, and booking fees.
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Cancellation policy: $350 USD of your deposit is non-refundable. No refunds provided after October 1st, 2017.
* All accommodations must be booked through Menla directly. You will receive a link to do so upon registration.
Our Training Team
Mahan Rishi Singh co-founded the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center in Yardley, PA. USA in 1989. He began studying yoga and meditation in 1973-4 and entered the Guru Ram Das Ashram in 1975 as a student and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Having taught nationally and internationally, along with traveling numerous times to India, he seeks to bring the ancient wisdom and authentic devotional practices of yoga and meditation into everyday life. He has been leading retreats and yatras (spiritual pilgrimages) to India, Nepal and Tibet over the past 25 years. His experiences of the Kundalini and subtle energy currents of the etheric body have led him to guide his students toward Self-realization and illumination through Universal love and understanding. His vision is for each student to have an experience of vital energy, great joy, and liberating peace.
Mahan Rishi is also a doctor of Chiropractic and Herbal nutritionist. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1988. Through natural healing practices and holistic health care he guides his client toward optimum health and well-being. Dr. Khalsa seeks to awaken the vital spirit and heart of each individual on their journey of wholeness and liberation. Also trained in Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Yogic subtle body, crystal and aromatherapy healing practices he releases deep emotional and vibrational blocks, unleashing your profound potential and vital energy.
Guru Dharam has taught Kundalini Yoga since 1979. He founded the Lotus Healing Centre, a multidisciplinary holistic facility, in London in 1989 and served as the Vice Principal of the London Academy of Oriental Medicine until 1997. His formal qualifications have been complemented by his intensive, interdisciplinary, postgraduate study of the esoteric - the Kabbalah, Mesoamerican Shamanic Dreaming, West African healing practices, and many years study of the Mastery Path, White Lotus healing, Black Hat Feng Shui, and the Red Thread empowerments.
Since 1980, Guru Dharam has developed a practical system of Yogic Therapy, applying the science of Kundalini, mantra, and visualization, to help empower many thousands of people toward healthier and happier lives. As Director of the Kundalini Medicine Initiative, Guru Dharam has developed International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Training as a safe, effective and therapeutic complement to the mechanics of western medical practice. Guru Dharam is recognized as a highly experienced teacher, taught directly by Yogi Bhajan. He is registered as a KRI Mentoring Lead Teacher Trainer in Levels 1 and 2.
Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa began practicing and studying Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan in l972 in Michigan. Upon finding something that truly spoke to her soul she soon moved into an ashram in New Jersey where she married and helped direct the ashram there. Studying under the direct guidance of Yogi Bhajan with every opportunity possible she knew her life had found its path and focus serving others on their path to self-awareness. In 1974 she became a minister of Sikh Dharma and finds performing marriages to be among her favorite things to do.
In 1989 Nirbhe Kaur co-founded The Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center in Yardley, PA. Nirbhe Kaur's massage therapy complements her husband's Chiropractic practice, and together they teach both Level I and Level II Aquarian Teacher’s Training at their center and other parts of the country. She also hosts spiritual yatras to Jamaica, India, Nepal, and Tibet, and offers Vegan cooking classes.
Nirbhe Kaur is a soft-spoken woman with a gentle and warm heart who feels her greatest joy is in teaching, sharing and inspiring others to find their wholeness, radiance, and bliss.
Siri Sat embodies an elegant and precise approach to the teachings of Kundalini Yoga. She is a Lead Teacher Trainer with a specialty in Posture and Alignment, enhanced by earlier training as a professional dancer and choreographer, and atha practice. She is a coordinator of the Kundalini Medicine Yoga Therapy Training worldwide and a Kundalini Yoga therapist, well grounded in energetic healing. She has an international profile and extensive experience of teaching in a wide variety of arenas. Siri Sat is the Founder/Director of Kundalini Yatras Inc., leading meditative journeys to sacred lands such as India and Mexico. She is known for teaching with clarity and impact as well as warmth and a sense of humor.
OUR Musical Guest
When Gurunam Singh graduated high school he was given a guitar and began composing simple songs. At 22 he found Yogi Bhajan and Sikh Dharma. He sang and played along with others and over time began leading chants in the early morning hours, before the rising of the sun. He spent lots of time in the solitude of his own home, and in the Sikh temple late at night, chanting to God and writing devotional songs. Gurunam's influences range from gospel, folk and country to classical Indian raag and traditional Sikh hymns to many of the current artists who sing devotional Hindu chants. He occasionally studied with some great ragi's such as Bhai Avtar Singh, from India, and Dya Singh from Australia. But his music is very simple. Anyone can chant along.
Find out more about Gurunam at his website, here.