"When you can hold your attention of perfect rest without the intrusion of thought and sensations, that is conscious silence! Our attention is like a searchlight. Scattered over a vast area, it becomes weak, but focused on one thing at a time, it becomes powerful. Meditation means that form of attention which you detach from the senses and place on God only. This is the positive side of concentration."   
Paramhansa Yogananda

Today's world offers endless distractions. Yet success in anything, from school, to business, to relationships demands an ability to be present in the moment, to be fully engaged with what you are doing.

Some of us feel we are hopeless at concentration. But concentration is a skill that can be learned. In just one weekend, you can gain:

  • An effective and ancient, yet easy-to-practice, technique of meditation
  • Specific tools to help you weed out distractions
  • Aids to develop the skill of concentration in everything you do

Your instructor, Sanjan Thelen, has been teaching meditation and helping people gain the skills of success for the past 15 years.

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Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Ananda Meditation Teacher

A long-time meditation teacher, Sanjan is thrilled to help others enter into this ancient yogic practice and offer support along the way.

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Learn How to Meditate for Concentration and Clarity starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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