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The next Meditation Teacher Training begins in
May 2017. It is a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Meditation Teacher Training, plus certification with the Pranava Meditation School.

Please see below for some exciting new changes this year.

For questions about the training or registration process,
contact us here now.

200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Meditation Teacher Training

Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training

You are invited to take part in the upcoming 200-hour Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training. This course is a combination of online study, in-person retreats at beautiful locations, one-to-one coaching, and a series of guided meditations that you can practice on your own at home. You can take the course for your own development and to learn and practice meditations that suit your individual nature, and you can take it to develop skills as a teacher of meditation.

Lorin Roche has been practicing, teaching, and researching this approach to meditation since 1968, and has a PhD from the University of California for his work on the language of meditative experience. With his wife, Camille Maurine, he is the author of Meditation Secrets for Women (Harper 2001) and Meditation 24/7 (Syzygy Creations 2004). Lorin is also the author of Meditation Made Easy (Harper 1998) and The Radiance Sutras (Sounds True 2014). Lorin first began training meditation teachers in 1972. Camille joins Lorin in facilitating this dynamic training, sharing her four decades of teaching experience.

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There are a set of skills you can learn and teach that let meditation be utterly natural, restful, and profoundly rejuvenating. The skills of meditation are similar to that of loving anyone or anything – ways of paying attention that open the doorways to intimacy and excitement. After using, practicing, and researching these skills for the past half a century, Dr. Lorin Roche is opening the door wide to train teachers in this system. Come as you are, and learn at your own pace. You can go rapidly or you can take your time and savor everything in a leisurely way.

The training is for anyone who desires to learn more about this natural, life-affirming approach to meditation. This is a very human, tender, and loving practice for yourself or to share with others. You do not need to be a yoga teacher to apply.

The Radiance Sutras Seminar Series is beginning in May 2017. You can take it for your own development, and, if you like, it is also part of the core curriculum of Meditation Teacher Training. The MTT Seminar Series is an 10-month course during which you will be listening to a series of talks and guided meditations. You will be reading The Radiance Sutras attentively, or listening to recordings of Lorin reading the text. Much of the learning is on special audio meditations, so you can integrate the learning into your daily meditation time.

The first teleseminar is in May 16th, 2017 (dates TBA). We highly recommend that you sign up by March 31st to begin preliminary study. If you complete all of the hours and demonstrate all of the core competencies you will be a certified 200-hour Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher.

New this year! Live Video Discussion groups ~ face-to-face interaction and exploration, facilitated by authorized teachers of this approach and offered at different times to accommodate members' time zones. Included in tuition.

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You will learn meditations with breathing, sound, motion, balance, touch, smell, and taste, and learn to modify these practices to suit your individual nature and that of your students. The Radiance Sutras approach is based in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a classic yoga meditation text from around 800 AD, which presents 112 different "doorways" into meditative states. In this tradition, meditation is not an alien technique of suppression that you impose on yourself; it is a natural talent everyone has that can be cultivated. Meditation is a built-in human instinct for self-healing. We all have the ability and we each access this in our own individual way.

There is a set of skills you can learn that allows meditation to be a natural part of daily life. The skills of meditation are similar to that of loving anyone or anything – ways of paying attention that open the doorways to intimacy and excitement. In the United States today, about 9% of the adult population is experimenting with meditation – government statistics indicate that around 18 million adults and over 900,000 children practice meditation. Meditation is now an integrated part of life in the United States, and an acceptable go-to practice for improving mental, emotional, and physical health. In Canada, Australia, South America, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, meditation is also growing in acceptance and usage. There is a shortage of trained meditation instructors who can help these millions of meditators to find their way.

This training gives you a strong foundation in those essential skills.

You can modify the training to fit your learning style and situation.

  1. The Standard track involves some Sanskrit vocabulary to go with the yoga model. There are 57 Sanskrit words you need to have a working relationship with. The primary focus is on the skills of meditation and teaching meditation, so the vocabulary is learned in context, one or two words at a time.
  2. The Almost-no Sanskrit track involves emphasizing the senses, emotions, and instincts to a greater extent. Instead of learning Sanskrit vocabulary, you will be learning the language of emotion, bodily sensation, desire and instinct.
  3. The Kirtan track is for Kirtan artists and integrates meditation into chanting. You will learn to guide group meditations and do individual sessions, where you help people develop a daily practice in the feeling tone of the Bhakti tradition. You will learn about the levels of sound in yoga, from the spoken word, to mental repetition, to subtle internal feeling, and the vibrant pulsating silence that is the origin of sound. You will learn about the difference between spoken mantra and following the sound through the four levels.
  4. The Dancer's path is oriented to leading people into meditation through movement.
  5. The Wild Serenity path involves being outside in nature as much as possible. You may wish to combine hiking and meditation, or nature walks and meditation, in your own meditation and in teaching.

There are other paths as well – therapists and physicians, for example. You will be encouraged to take the basic skill set of meditation and modify it to work with your daily life and what you love.


If you wish to become certified, the
200-hour Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training is a two-year program, and you may take up to five years to fulfill. On an accelerated basis, it is possible to graduate in one year, if the retreat dates work out for you.

For the Certificate Program, the hours are made up of:

70 contact hours, which you can obtain in workshops at 1440 Multiversity (Santa Cruz, California), Kripalu (Lenox, Massachusetts), Esalen Institute (Big Sur, California), Costa Rica, Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast), and other beautiful locations.

130 non-contact hours (assignments listed below)

10 Conference call seminars with Dr. Lorin Roche
5 Small Group Video Discussions
3 private telephone or Skype sessions with Lorin Roche
Homework assignments
Reading assignments
30 Practice sessions
Contributing to Facebook group discussion
Small group work
5 years to complete (we recommend you complete in 2 years)

Year One:

10 conference call seminars (first class May 16, 2017)
Participation in video discussion groups
All reading assignments
At least 15 practice sessions with “practice clients”
At least one private phone or Skype session with Lorin Roche (must complete a minimum of 3 private sessions with Lorin Roche throughout the training)

Year Two:

All practice sessions complete (30 total)
All homework and reading assignments complete
Complete private sessions with Lorin Roche (must complete a total of 3 sessions throughout the training)
Final exam


Your training begins as soon as you register. To get started now, go here to sign up.

You will be asked to fill out and email the contact information and questionnaire, and to send in your initial tuition payment.

The 10-month seminar course is
$2950, which you can take as a stand-alone course and add other elements, such as retreats, as fits into your schedule.

There are 4 different expenses for the entire 200-hour training:

Meditation Teacher Training Year One – Seminar Series Tuition $2950—Non-refundable. $2700 if paid in full by March 31st (save $250).
There is also the option to pay in monthly installments. Payment details here.

70 Contact hours (you will pay directly to wherever the retreat is being hosted)
3 Private Sessions with Dr. Lorin Roche (separate cost)
Final exam $108

Contact hours can be fulfilled with
three five-day retreats, or the equivalent.

The retreats vary in cost depending on the facility and your choice of room (sleeping bag, shared room, private room). For example, Kripalu, with meals, for housing plus food for a 5 day retreat and teacher training, costs $435 for a dormitory room on up to $575 for a standard room or $875 for a Standard Plus room. Kripalu has excellent food, by the way. The tuition for Kripalu is $310 for the 5-day, about $60 per day. The housing cost for 1440 Multiversity and Esalen Institute, both in beautiful locations in California, may be a bit more.

If you just want the training in meditation for your own evolution, but do not want to get certified yet, you may join the 10 conference call seminar series, but you must still complete the application. You will not be a certified Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher, but you will walk away with the key teachings and have an opportunity to dive deep into the human heart, the rhythm of life, and what it means to savor the sweetness of being alive.

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