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Meditation Specialist™ Teacher Training: Take Your Practice to the Next Level

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM (EDT)

Meditation Specialist™ Teacher Training: Take Your...

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SEPTEMBER 18-22, 2013


Healthcare Professionals!
Bolster your resume and join an elite group of entrepreneurial healthcare pioneers who have already become board certified meditation specialists™.
Take your practice to the next level and become eligible to complete your certification, gain competency, and put the skills and tools acquired from the online and webinar program into practice! This clinic is open to those who have completed the online and webinar portion of this program or its equivalent.

Travel to a retreat center nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains and attend this five-day professional continuing education seminar to acquire the teaching tools of evidence based meditation. Participants are provided with additional skills to teach the core competencies (breathing, yoga postures, and systematic relaxation) to specific client populations. Integrate the principles of teaching meditation and its practices into multiple settings – long-term care facilities, hospitals, veterans’ administration facilities, outpatient clinics, community health, or private practice.

Fact: more than one-third of U.S. adults use some form of complementary/alternative medicine.1


Fact: meditation has been recognized as one of the most powerful techniques available to restore mental, emotional and physical balance and vitality.2

As a professional, you can use meditation and it's practices to help your patients, clients and students. This immersion retreat will also focus and strengthen your existing skills—while you earn continuing education credits. You’ll gain a thorough grounding in the principles of healing and evidence-based meditation, and learn how to integrate this transformative practice into your own life.

Topics included in this cutting-edge CE seminar are:

  • The fundamentals of teaching
  • Meditation as medicine: the five steps to bringing mindfulness into focus and healing
    • Anatomy and physiology review of the meditation posture and technique
    • The yoga-meditation synergy (including yoga practicum)
    • Practical teaching application: how to prescribe how to sit; when, where and how long to practice in order to enjoy benefits; skills for meditation in action

More than just a theoretical study, Meditation Specialist™ Teacher Training gives you practical pointers for bringing meditation and it's tools into your professional activities; keys to furthering your personal meditation training; and the fundamental principles of healing through traditional yoga meditation. Under Dr. Taylor’s expert guidance, you’ll practice the meditation sequence and master the five steps of bringing mindfulness into focus.

This retreat is the teacher methodology course of Dr. Susan Taylor’s acclaimed Meditation Specialist™ Training Program: a complete course in the theory, science and practice of meditation therapy, with a focus on healing meditation in a wide range of personal and professional environments. Students are immersed in the powerful learning, restorative and health building techniques unique to the authentic practice of meditation. Youwill have opportunities to explore questions and impressions arising out of your experience —and, if so inspired, to discuss the steps to becoming a board certified meditation teacher.

This program fulfills one of the requirements of the Meditation Specialist™ Competency Training (MSCT) conducted by the Center for Meditation Science, but does not guarantee board certification. For more information on becoming a board certified meditation specialist teacher, visit http://www.nmscb.org.

Participants who attend this continuing education class in its entirety and complete the evaluation form will earn:

* Registered Nurses: 36.0 contact hours

* Occupational Therapists: 3.6 AOTA CEUs

* Occupational Therapy Assistants: 3.6 AOTA CEUs

* Physical Therapists (NY): 36.0 contact hours

Target Audience: Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists


Occupational Therapy Level and Content Focus

Content Level: Intermediate

Content Focus
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes

Learning Goal: Provide participants with teaching tools of meditation and its practices,the principles of healing and the keys to teaching in different populations.

Summary of Objectives:

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

1. Explain the principles of teaching and evidenced based meditation

2. Discuss bringing meditation into healthcare.

3. Describe the science of breath.

4. Discuss the role of relaxation in evidence - based meditation.

5. Describe a practical approach to teaching a meditation practice.

6. Review anatomy and physiology of the seated pose.

7. Review anatomy and physiology of the brain, and nervous system.

8. Review anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and nasal function.

9. Review anatomy and physiology of muscular relaxation.

10. Review anatomy and physiology of the process of meditation.

11. Demonstrate foundation principles for healing through systematic meditation

12. Use posture and movement to support meditation

13. Review the steps to build a foundation for meditation

*Attendance does not guarantee passing of National Meditation Specialist™ Certification Board online and practical exams. Must complete entire course (online readings, webinars and on-site clinic or equivalent) to sit for Certification exam. For information on becoming board certified as a meditation specialist, visit nmscb.org.

 **Must register for the online/webinar portion of this program in order to attend the live 5-day clinic.

1National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). See http://nccam.nih.gov/health/providers

2Cancer, AIDS, autoimmune dysfunction, addictions, anxiety, hypertension and stress management are some of the areas in which meditation techniques have been found effective. See http://www.depression-guide.com/meditation-benefits.htm


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Susan Taylor


susan@drsusantaylor.com | (978)-255-1379

Susan Taylor, PhD, is director of educational programs and founder of the Center for Meditation Science, Inc. An accomplished nutritional biochemist and meditation specialist with more than 25 years of experience, and a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine, Taylor continues to transform our understanding of health.

By understanding the link between psychological function and physical reality and how the mind-body matrix plays a role in our health and healing mechanisms, her approach integrates the best of western medicine with natural healing traditions.

Dr. Taylor is the author and producer of the Healing Power of Meditation and The Vital Energy audio programs, and the author of The Healing Power of Meditation national seminar and the Meditation Specialist™ Competency Training for health care professionals.

She holds a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve Medical School and a MS in Human Nutrition with Columbia Medical School. Dr. Taylor's research has appeared in the scientific journals Analytical Biochemistry and The American Journal of Physiology. She has also been profiled in many national magazines, including Nursing Spectrum, Healthy Living, Fit Magazine, New Age Journal, Mademoiselle, Country Living, and Cosmopolitan.


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Schedule Summary
Day 1                4:00 PM – 9:00   PM
Day 2                6:30 AM – 9:00   PM
Day 3                6:30 AM – 9:00   PM
Day 4                6:30 AM – 9:00   PM
Day 5                7:00 AM – 12:30 PM


4:00 PM-7:00 PM       Check-in and Registration at Main Lobby

6:00 PM                    Dinner**

7:00 PM-8:00 PM       Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle - Welcome and Introductions

8:00 PM-9:30 PM       Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle - Foundation for Teaching


6:30 AM-8:00 AM       Practicum - Asana, Meditation

8:00 AM                    Breakfast**

10:00 AM-12:00 PM    Practicum - Core Competencies for Teaching

12:00 PM-12:30 PM    Practicum - Guided Relaxation and Meditation

12:30 PM                   Lunch**

2:00 PM-3:00 PM        Practicum - Elective Skill Building Activity

3:00 PM-6:00 PM       Teaching Method - Breathing and Relaxation Techniques 1: 
                                 Diaphragmatic Breathing

6:00 PM                     Dinner**

7:30 PM-8:30 PM        Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle - Behavior Change Activity: Homework From 
                                 Online Practice

8:30 PM-9:00 PM        Practicum - Asana, Meditation


6:30 AM-8:00 AM        Practicum - Asana, Meditation

8:00 AM                     Breakfast**

10:00 AM-12:00 PM  Practicum - Core Competencies for Teaching 2

12:00 PM-12:30 PM  Practicum - Meditation

12:30 PM                 Lunch**

2:00 PM-3:00 PM     Practicum - Elective Skill Building Activity

3:00 PM-6:00 PM     Teaching Method - Breathing and Relaxation Techniques 2: 
                               Systematic Relaxation and 31 Point Practice; Alternate Nostril 
2:1 Breath and 61 Point Practice

6:15 PM                   Dinner**

7:30 PM-8:30 PM      Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle - Bringing Meditation Into Healthcare to 
                                Different Populations

8:30 PM-9:00 PM      Practicum - Asana, Meditation


6:30 AM-8:00 AM       Practicum - Asana, Meditation

8:00 AM                    Breakfast**

10:00 AM-12:00 PM   Practicum - Core Competencies

12:00 PM-12:30 PM   Practicum - Meditation

12:30 PM                  Lunch**

2:00 PM-3:00 PM      Teaching Method - Skills Review

3:00 PM-6:00 PM      Teaching Method - Individual Skill Building and Assessment

6:15 PM                   Dinner

7:30 PM-8:30 PM      Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle - Review and Discussion

8:30 PM-9:00 PM      Practicum - Asana, Meditation


6:30 AM-8:00 AM      Practicum - Asana, Meditation

8:00 AM                   Breakfast**

9:00 AM-10:00 AM    Practicum - Staying Connected

10:00 AM-12:30 AM  Practicum - Asana, Meditation

**Meals are included in the retreat center reservation fee. Retreat center fee is additional and separate from the seminar registration fee. Meals are held in the Commons Dining Room at the Main Dining Room at the Himilayan Institute in Pennsylvania.

Hotel Information

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Himalayan Institute Headquarters
952 Bethany Turnpike
Honesdale, PA 18431-9706
(800) 822-4547




Accommodations include vegetarian meals, hatha yoga classes, and full use of guest facilities. Please make your reservations at least two weeks in advance.

Regular accommodations
(per person/per night)





  Standard Double

  Standard Single   







Deluxe accommodations
(per room/per night for 1 person; add $65 per additional person)




Deluxe with
semi-private bath

Deluxe with
private bath

Deluxe suite with private bath







Guest House
(per night; up to 3 adults*)




  Guest House   



Room Descriptions

Dormitory: Separate dorms for men and women accommodate up to 18 guests; bunk beds only; shared hall bath. (We cannot guarantee lower bunks. If you are unable to use an upper bunk, please select another type of accommodation.)

Standard Double:
Double occupancy room with two twin beds; sink in room; shared hall bath. There are a limited number of rooms with a full bed; please make reservations in advance.

Standard Single:
Private room with twin bed(s); sink in room; shared hall bath.

Deluxe with semi-private bath: Double occupancy; sink in room; shared bath.

Deluxe with private bath:
Full bed; private bath.

Deluxe Suite:
Full bed; private bath; sitting area with sleep sofa.

Guest House:
Chalet-style two-bedroom apartment with private bath; small living room/sitting area with sleep sofa; kitchenette with refrigerator (no cooking facilities).

Solo travelers:
If you are traveling alone and have reserved a shared room (double), we will assign a roommate of the same gender.


The Institute’s nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals are always freshly prepared by our kitchen staff and served with homemade bread. When possible, we serve food grown in our organic garden. Breakfast consists mainly of hot cereals (cooked grains), yogurt, and fresh fruit. Lunch is the main meal of the day; it typically includes rice, legumes (dahl), vegetables (subzi), and salad. Supper is light, consisting of soup, a side dish, and fresh fruit.


Full payment is required at time of registration and can be made with VISA or MasterCard. 

All monies will be refunded in full, less a $75 processing fee, if you cancel 24 hours or more prior to your arrival date. If you cancel within 24 hours of your arrival date, all monies will be refunded, less a $250 processing fee. A refund is not available if you cancel on the workshop’s arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason. The Himalayan Institute reserves the right to substitute faculty for any event and to cancel any program at any time. Upon cancellation, you will be given a complete refund. 

In addition to the 10% membership discount, we offer an optional student and senior (65+) discount of 10% on most programs and accommodations. Discounted group rates are also available. Please call 800-822-4547 for more information. 


Check-in time is after 2:00 p.m. on day of arrival. If arriving after the front desk closes, check-in instructions will be left for you at the reception area. Supper is served from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m; if you are unable to arrive by 6:40 p.m., please plan to have supper before arriving at the Institute.

Check-out time is 2:00 p.m. on day of departure.

What to Bring: The Institute provides bed linens and towels. Please bring your own toiletries, including soap, toothpaste, bathrobe, slippers, hair dryer, etc. You may also wish to bring a flashlight, hatha yoga mat, and umbrella.

Dress: Modest, casual, and comfortable clothing is recommended.


With the exception of the Guest House, rooms are located in the main building, a former Catholic seminary. In the tradition of retreat-style housing, our accommodations are modest, without the interruptions of television, telephone, or radio.

Wireless Internet:
Access is available in many public areas of the Institute.

Himalayan Institute Total Health Center:
A range of wellness treatments and health services—including therapeutic massage, ayurvedic consultations, biofeedback, and yoga therapy—are available by appointment. Call ahead to book your treatment: 570-647-1500.

Our well-stocked campus bookstore carries an extensive collection of books, DVDs, CDs, yoga attire and accessories, products from our Total Health line, and much more.

Humanitarian trAID Bazaar:
At our gallery-style bazaar, you can learn more about our global humanitarian projects and purchase gift items crafted by artisans from around the world, including Sacred Link Jewelry, wood carvings, and original paintings.

Wellspring Homeopathic Pharmacy
specializes in natural health care products—homeopathic remedies, herbal extracts, nutritional supplements, flower essences, and personalized services—to help heal the whole person.

Hiking Trails: Our peaceful campus is surrounded by 400 acres of woods and meadows. We recommend that you bring sturdy footwear to explore the natural beauty of our trails.

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Dress very casually and bring exercise clothes, an exercise or yoga mat, cushion to sit on, small cushion for under head, blanket or shawl and any other items that you will need for comfort in a retreat setting. You must bring your own mat to the Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Seminar sites are handicapped accessible and barrier-free.

Seminar room temperatures are difficult to control. For your comfort, please plan accordingly.

ALL programs must be attended in their entirety in order to receive a certificate of completion.

To request a receipt or confirmation, call (800) 866-0919 or e-mail ce@gannetthg.com.


Directions to The Himalayan Institute Headquarters

Driving Times:

– New York City: 3 hrs.
– Philadelphia: 4 hrs.
– Scranton/Wilkes-Barre airport: 11/2 hrs.
– Washington, DC: 5 hrs.

Himalayan Institute Headquarters
952 Bethany Turnpike
Honesdale, PA, 18431
Phone: 570-253-5551, 800-822-4547
Email: info@HimalayanInstitute.org  

The Himalayan Institute is located in northeastern Pennsylvania, 6 miles north of the town of Honesdale on Route 670. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is the nearest commercial airport. New York City and Philadelphia are, respectively, approximately 3 and 4 hours drive by car. (Add an extra hour driving time during rush hour). The total air/ground trip may be faster and less expensive to the New York airports than to the Scranton airport. A taxi from the Scranton airport is approximately $72 one-way for one person. Call Airport Limo & Taxi Toll Free from anywhere in the country: 888-859-9204 or locally: 570-457-8109. A direct bus (Shortline) from New York City to downtown Honesdale is available from the Port Authority in Manhattan. Taxi from Honesdale to the Institute needs to be arranged in advance with Maple City Transit, 570-253-3944. (No credit cards)

From Scranton:

Take I-81 North to JCT I-84/I-380/US 6 (Exit 187). Take I-84 East (Milford) to Exit 17 for Rt. 191 North (Honesdale). Follow Rt. 191 North for 19 miles to Honesdale. Turn left at stoplight on Main Street (or go to next street and turn left at Rt. 191 North/Rt. 6 West via Church Street) and go straight to the bridge at the far end of town. Follow Rt. 191 North (Main Street) out of town for approximately 1/2 mile to Rt. 670 North (Bethany). Bear left to Rt. 670 North and go approximately 5 miles to the Institute on the right (Caution: sharp turn).


Take I-81 North to JCT I-84/I-380/US 6 (Exit 187). Follow I-380 South to I-84 East (Milford), to Rt. 6 East (Carbondale). Follow Rt. 6 East into Honesdale. Turn left at Rt. 191 North (Main Street) and go approximately 1/2 miles to Rt. 670 North (Bethany). Bear left to Rt. 670 North and go approximately 5 miles to the Institute on the right (Caution: sharp turn).

From Philadelphia:

Take I-476 North (northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike), to Exit 115 (Sranton/I-81 North). Take I-81 North to JCT I-84/I-380/US 6 (Exit 187), to Rt. 6 East into Honesdale. Turn left at Rt. 191 North (Main Street) and go approximately 1/2 mile to Rt. 670 North (Bethany). Bear left to Rt. 670 North and go approximately 5 miles to the Institute on the right. (Caution: sharp turn.) 

From New York City:

Via Lincoln Tunnel – Exit tunnel and bear left to 495/Highway 3. Take NJ 46W to I-80 West to New Jersey Exit 34B to Rt. 15 North which becomes Rt. 206 then Rt. 6 West at Milford, Pa. Follow Rt. 6 West into Honesdale and turn right on Church Street (Rt. 191 North/Rt. 6 West to the bridge at the far end of town and follow Rt. 191 North (Main Street) out of town for approximately 1/2 mile to Rt. 670 North (Bethany). Bear left to Rt. 670 North and go approximately 5 miles to the Institute on the right (Caution: sharp turn).

Via George Washington Bridge – Follow I-95 to I-80 West and follow directions from Lincoln Tunnel as above.

From Binghamton, N.Y.:

Take I-81 South to Exit 211 for Rt. 92 (Lenox). Follow Rt. 92 South for approximately 1/2 mile to Rt. 106 East. Follow Rt. 106 East to Rt. 6 East (at Carbondale). Follow Rt. 6 East into Honesdale. Turn left at Rt. 191 North (Main Street) and go approximately 1/2 mile to Rt. 670 North (Bethany). Bear left to Rt. 670 North and go approximately 5 miles to the Institute on the right (Caution: sharp turn).

From Newark, N.J. Airport:

Take New Jersey Turnpike North to I-280 West. Follow I-280 West to I-80 West and follow directions from New York City as above.

From Washington, D.C.:

Take I-495 to I-270 (Gaithersburg/Germantown), to Frederick, Md. Take Rt. 15 North to Gettysburg, Pa. Follow Rt. 15/11 through Camp Hill (business/residential route) to the Susquehanna River; turn left following Rt. 15/11 North to I-81 North (Harrisburg). Take I-81 North to Scranton and follow directions from Scranton. 


Take I-495 to I-95 (Baltimore) to I-695 (Towson) to I-83 (York). Follow I-83 to I-81 North (at Harrisburg). Take I-81 North to Scranton and follow directions from Scranton.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Seminars:

Phone cancellations must be confirmed in writing. Cancellations received four weeks prior to the seminar receive a full refund of the registration fee. Cancellations received after four weeks and up to seven days prior to the seminar are assessed a $50 processing fee. Cancellations received seven days prior to the seminar or “no shows” are nonrefundable. Registration fees are transferable to an upcoming seminar within the same calendar year (expires December 31 each year) or to another participant. In the event that a seminar is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.  

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Himalayan Institute Headquarters
952 Bethany Turnpike
(800) 822-4547
Honesdale, PA 18431-9706

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM (EDT)

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