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Natural Meditation: The Way of Effortlessness with Dean Sluyter

Just as water flows naturally downhill, just as leaves float naturally to the ground, anyone can settle naturally into the silence at our own core. Not trying, but allowing—not doing, but being. With just a little guidance, it’s easy to get into the groove of natural, effortless meditation and establish a regular daily practice that’s a pleasure rather than a chore. The result is greater peace, clarity, balance, and well-documented improvements in health, relationships, and well-being.

 In this workshop, veteran teacher and award-winning author Dean Sluyter will show why working at meditation—trying to concentrate, push out thoughts, control the mind, or create a “spiritual” mood—is not only unnecessary but counterproductive. He will guide you step by step into the simple, straightforward practice of resting as awareness and show how to approach it through various meditative “on-ramps,” such as the breath, a sound, or the open sky.

 Chairs will be provided, with no cross-legged poses required. All meditation sessions will be of short or medium duration, alternating with discussions of your experiences, practical tips for integrating meditation into your daily routine (including inconspicuous mini-meditation breaks at work), and a big-picture vision of how meditation can transform our lives.

 Dean Sluyter has taught natural meditation throughout the U.S. and beyond for over 40 years, from the Guatemalan rainforest to New Jersey prisons. His latestbook, Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice, won the 2015 Nautilus Gold Prize for best book on mind, body, and spirit practices, and was an Amazon #1 stress-management bestseller. Known for the clarity, warmth, and humor of his presentations, he has appeared frequently in national media including The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Dr. Oz Show, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Dean has studied and practiced deeply in several traditions, including Vajrayana Buddhism, Bhakti Yoga, and Advaita Vedanta, and has completed numerous retreats and pilgrimages in India, Tibet, and the West. More information is at

 Cost: $55.00 if register before 8/26 and $65.00 if register after 8/26

To register call 201-527-8668 or email