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Contemplative Practice Support


Have you ever meditated?

  • If the answer is Yes than you may feel comfortable with ESI’s contemplative practices. If No, we encourage you to take one of our beginners meditation courses offered throughout the year. These courses as well as some practice will help you feel more comfortable with some of the contemplative practices often at our events and in our coursework. Even if you have no experience we are here to help and you will never be excluded.

Is meditation a requirement at ESI?

  • No. We do not require you to meditate. We do believe that many forms of meditation (sitting, walking etc.) or traditions of meditation are an important part of human development, however we also believe that everyone learns in their own way and meditation may not be yours.

How do I connect with someone to help with meditation?

  • ESI offers short meditation courses all year long completely online for learners of all stages.  If you would like to try a class in person there are many offered at New Age and Metaphysical stores. Buddhist temples are also a great place to sit in on a meditation and feel welcomed by a community.

Who are the meditation instructors?

  • Currently Rev. Lisa Evert-Raeyne, MATP teaches our meditation courses for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students. She has had 5 years of training at the Berkeley Psychic Institute and is a Reiki Master trained in long distance healing. Lisa’s courses are a taught using a combination of those techniques and those she learned while earning her degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) in Palo Alto, CA. You can read more about Lisa on our Faculty page.

Best places to meditate:

  • Sitting in a comfortable chair
  • Sitting on the ground in your backyard or a quiet park
  • Walking while in the woods

It is best not to lie down especially when you first begin to meditate. Many people have a tendency to fall asleep when they start to relax, so sitting or walking are the best ways to meditate. The outdoors is lovely to meditate in and we highly recommend it!

Featured Video Instruction on Basic Contemplative Practices:


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