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The Art & Science of Meditation at Seminarhaus Shanti, Bad Meinberg, Germany

Rod Stryker | June 4 - June 9

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Rod Stryker Teacher

Against the beautiful backdrop of Seminarhaus Shanti,
we explore the practice and potential of meditation. 

June 4-June 9, 2024


Meditation––perhaps more than any other human endeavor––has the potential to positively impact us at every level. When done consistently meditation practice has been proven to enhance cognition, strengthen the immune system and build resilience. It balances the emotions, awakens creativity, and can help address a wide range of mental health conditions. Meditation offers the possibility of accessing the summit of spiritual experience, where one can know a lasting source of peace, wholeness, joy and freedom. Indeed, the state of meditation is the culmination of yoga.

The Art and Science of Meditation course has been developed for seekers, as well as facilitators including, but not limited to, yoga and meditation teachers, psychotherapists, care-providers, counselors and performance coaches. Whether you are an experienced meditator or wanting to develop or deepen your practice, anyone interested in benefiting personally or wanting to share these practices, its theory and various applications can take this course.

As one of the leading proponents of meditation in the west, drawing from his mastery of the ancient wisdoms of Yoga, Tantra, and Vedanta approaches to meditation, Rod has developed a comprehensive––experiential and engaging––curriculum, to enhance the life of each participant.

Throughout the centuries, many approaches to meditation evolved, informed by different perspectives and goals. As a result, all practices do not lead to the same outcomes. The rich diversity of practices means that there are literally hundreds of techniques, from a variety of philosophical orientations, that one can practice. Thus, knowing how to practice is as essential as learning what to practice and how to identify the most effective technique to fulfill specific needs––whether for yourself or for the purpose of guiding others.

This 40-hour immersive training elucidates both the key principles of practice as well as the scope and application of meditation techniques and their application. It spans the most relevant techniques for today’s practitioners and the theories––from neuroscience to metaphysics––that help us understand how to apply this timeless practice and its various approaches. By the time you have completed this enriching immersion you will have unparalleled understanding about the scope of meditation practice.

As part of our study and experiential focus––and for the purpose of creating a completely holistic immersion––the course also includes the practice and study of accessible asana and pranayama practices. Participants will directly experience and learn how these practices elevate and accelerate the benefits of meditation.

Some of the lecture content will include:

  • How and why meditation works (from neuroscience to ancient wisdom)
  • The processes of meditation and its stages
  • Theories on how specific breath and asana sequences elevate meditation
  • The four intentions of meditation (how to categorize any and all approaches)
  • Selecting the right practice for yourself or others
  • Meditation and mental health: addressing anxiety, depression and trauma
  • Strategies to heighten the effectiveness of practice
  • The structure of mind according to Vedanta
  • Techniques that build resilience and self-reliance
  • A systematic approach for developing/deepening a practice
  • How to guide practice (voice, pace, the use of silence, etc.…)

Some of the meditation techniques we will practice include:

  • Meditation on Breath: 3 Variations
  • Mantra
  • Kriya Meditation
  • Heart-Centered
  • Witness (Mindfulness)
  • Contemplations on: resolving anger and judgement
  • Self-compassion
  • Meditation for self-esteem
  • Cultivation of unconditioned joy

This 40-hour course is one of the eight immersive/training modules that comprise the 300- hour Tantra Yoga Alchemy certification for Yoga Alliance registry. Finally, this course also serves as the foundation module for the meditation teacher training certification offered by Tantra Yoga Alchemy.



About the Seminarhaus Shanti

Seminarhaus Shanti in Bad Meinberg is a hidden treasure with powerful spiritual vibrations, located on the Yoga Vidya Ashram campus in the Teutoburger Forest of northern Germany. It is Europe’s largest seminar house, perfect for learning and practicing yoga in a natural setting with like-minded people while enjoying 100% organic and almost completely vegan meals.



Recommended Reading

REQUIRED READING: Moving Inward by Rolf Sovik


Program Cost: $795 | Early-Bird: $695 (before March 15).  This price covers the cost of tuition only. It does not cover your room and board at Seminarhaus Shanti. 

**A 20% discount off of the full price is available to students and retirees. Please send us an email at info@parayoga.com to inquire.**

Cancellation Policy: PLEASE READ!

Any cancellations done 30 days or more prior to event start: The deposit of $200.00 is non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance (total cost minus the deposit) is not refundable, but it is transferable to future ParaYoga sponsored events as well as the ParaYoga online trainings. Early bird balances due: March 15, 2024

Any cancellations done 30 days or less prior to event start: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Seminarhaus Shanti
Campus Yoga Vidya e.V., Yogaweg 1
Horn-Bad Meinberg, 32805 Germany
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Important: Once you register, we’ll notify Seminarhaus Shanti of your reservation. Your room is booked directly through Seminarhaus Shanti, independent of the tuition for the course. You can then pay for your room/board when they email you a confirmation.

Here’s how it works, PLEASE READ: When you register and pay the tuition, please let us know in the “Notes” section of your order which room category you prefer, the name of your roommate if you have one, and your arrival and departure dates.

If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, please let us know that as well. We will communicate this information to Seminarhaus Shanti and they will send you a booking confirmation email with details about your stay and payment options (wire transfer in advance or cash upon arrival, they do not accept credit cards).

This page on their website has a video in English which shows the room categories:

Rates include dinner on dinner on June 4th, brunch on June 9th, and all meals (fruit, brunch and dinners) in between:

Single Room (with private bathroom) Sunday-Friday per day: €68,00 | Friday-Sunday per day: €74,00

Double Occupancy Twin Beds (with private bathroom) Sunday-Friday per day: €48,00 | Friday-Sunday per day: €54,00

Dorm (4 person dorm with private bathroom) Sunday-Friday per day: €37,25 | Friday-Sunday per day: €43,25

Camper/Tent Sunday-Friday per day: €30,50 | Friday-Sunday per day: €36,75

*Bed linens and towels can be rented for a small fee or you can bring your own.


Daily Schedule

June 4:

Session  3:00-6:00pm
Dinner 6:00-7:00pm

June 5-8:

Session  7:00-8:00am
Fruit & Coffee 8:00-8:45am
Session  9:00-11:00am

Lunch & Break 11:00am-2:45pm (brunch served until 12:00)
Session  3:00-6:00pm
Dinner 6:00-7:00pm
Session  7:30-9:00pm

June 9:

Fruit & Coffee 8:00-8:45am
Session 9:00-11:00am