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Gideon Putnam Hotel

24 Putnam Road

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Rest As Action

November 8th at 6:30pm to 8pm (Gideon Putnam Hotel)

We need to talk about rest. Rest that has been relegated and overridden by the intense pace and the ever-increasing demands that keep us occupied in our full lives. Either full On or Off.

There is another way and our health, our vitality, our very humanity, depends on it.

Come to this Soft Road talk with Neil and Melanie Kirkbride to discover how rest as action – a choice to do something – not abstaining, not passive, not zoning out -- opens us up to richer possibilities for enjoyment and replenishment, and a richer experience of life.

Meditation Introduction Talk

November 9th at 5pm to 6pm (Gideon Putnam Hotel)

Meditation – with so many benefits, why isn’t everyone doing it?

Much is known about the benefits of meditation, yet relatively few people meditate and even fewer have a daily practice. For all the information and publicity, meditation remains in the “too hard” basket. Come and join us for an evening with Neil Kirkbride and Melanie Kirkbride, master meditation teachers and co-founders of The Soft Road. They will demystify all things meditation and share their knowledge of how to get started and reap the benefits in everyday life.

Melanie and Neil teach Vedic meditation in New York, Sydney and their home base of Yorkshire in the North of England. With their business careers and extensive experience of life, they make learning meditation accessible and relatable within the demands and challenges of their clients’ lives. Many of their clients previously considered themselves too busy – or too stressed out – to meditate and now can’t imagine life without it.

The Myth Of Making It Happen

November 11th at 6:30pm to 8pm (Gideon Putnam Hotel)

The mistaken belief that we “make things happen” costs us dearly. All that strain and frustration is exhausting, when all the while there’s another way. Come to this Soft Road Talk with Neil and Melanie Kirkbride – it’s time to debunk this myth and embrace an easier, frictionless, experience of life. Expect an evening that is thought provoking and entertaining, with plenty of opportunities for interaction!


Melanie Kirkbride and Neil Kirkbride co-founded The Soft Road to inspire, educate, and guide people towards an experience of life infused with internal stability, self-trust, intuitive guidance, and greater happiness, sourced from within. Based in the North of England, Melanie and Neil frequently travel to New York to deliver knowledge talks, consult and mentor, lead Retreats, and teach courses in Vedic meditation.

Neil Kirkbride

Neil Kirkbride is a master teacher who instructs in & lectures on Vedic meditation in the UK, USA, & Australia. After a successful 30-year career in finance & technology, he left corporate culture to focus on teaching meditation, & making ancient Vedic wisdom accessible & relatable in everyday life and living.

Melanie Kirkbride

Melanie Kirkbride is an expert in personal transformation & development. For two decades as an advisor & coach, she has brought wisdom & guidance to individuals around the world. As a master teacher of Vedic meditation, Melanie’s students benefit from her warmth, insight & direction.


Neil and Melanie will also be offering a Group Course in Vedic Meditation while in Saratoga Springs. The course runs over 4 consecutive days (November 10th to November 13th; a 90 minute session each day). If you are interested in learning Vedic Meditation from qualified teachers, please email Neil and Melanie privately at

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SPECIAL THANKS TO our location sponsor THE GIDEON PUTNAM HOTEL for providing a location for these talks.

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24 Putnam Road

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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