Lectures and Seminars

July 

Foundations of Vishoka Mediation (In-Person) with Donna

Tuesdays, July 16-August 6, 10-11am
4 week seminar
The practice of meditation helps us cultivate a relaxed nervous system and peaceful mind. In this course, you will learn the essential elements of Vishoka Meditation, the system of meditation taught by the Himalayan Institute, that directs you to an experience of inner radiance and tranquility. Topics include healthy breathing, relaxation techniques, and seated meditation for greater focus and clarity. Whether you are an experienced meditator interested in refining your practice or just beginning, this course will support your inward journey.
This is the In-Person option
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass. If you have a July - August OAP and would like to register for this course, please email the office.

Fee: $65 (ID#: S52-P) —

Foundations of Vishoka Mediation (Zoom) with Donna

Tuesdays, July 16-August 6, 10-11am

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass. If you have a July - August OAP and would like to register for this course, please email the office.

Fee: $65 (ID#: S52-V) —

Journaling for the Heart (In-Person Only) with Tosca

Thursdays, July 18-August 15, 11am-noon
5 week workshop
Journaling is a fun and creative way to explore issues in our lives, and at the same time open the door to personal insight. This six-week workshop will provide you with the space and time to reflect, write, and share. The workshop will include various writing exercises to help you better access and improve your writing experience. We will also explore what it means to open ourselves to telling our stories with authenticity. No special writing skills are required, just bring a journal and pen and get ready to write!
Fee: $55 (ID#: S53) —

Summer Book Discussion: The 5 Invitations (In-Person)

Thursdays, July 18 & 25, August 15 & 22, 6-7:30pm (4 weeks)

Book: The 5 Invitations— Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski

The process of continual awakening into ‘being’ is beautifully inviting. “To be human is an invitation to feel everything, to come into direct contact with the strange, beautiful, horrible, and often perfectly ordinary thing we call life.” The Five Invitations (available in our bookstore) is an extraordinary collection of practices and concepts that allow every individual to be themselves, to serve with an open heart and mind, and to have access to a fortifying life path. Join Julia for this four-part exploration and group discussion.

Please note: Available in-person & live-stream—Classes will not be recorded.
Donation Based. Registration Required (donations appreciated).
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $0 (ID#: S55-P) --


Summer Book Discussion: The 5 Invitations (Zoom)

Thursdays, July 18 & 25, August 15 & 22, 6-7:30pm (4 weeks)

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $0 (ID#: S55-V) --


Yoga, Art & Ecology at Silo City with HIB with Julia

Saturday, July 20, 10am-1:30pm
Share a beautiful space with your friends from HIB. It is a short walk from the parking area to the Meadow where we will enjoy an all-level yoga and mindfulness practice beneath the mighty poplar, reflecting on the elements of nature that enrich our lives. Light snacks and refreshments (and a bathroom break!) will be provided before we embark on a 90-minute tour of the grounds with Josh Smith, Director of Ecology at Silo City. Our tour includes a ground-level visit inside the Marine A grain elevator and over four acres of urban greenspace that helps tell the story of Silo Cities’ post-industrial landscape, ecological restoration work, and how art and ecology come together. If you’ve never heard Josh speak about this passion project, you are in for a treat! Flat terrain; please wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops).
Consider stopping by DUENDE after our event for food, drinks, and a spectacular view. Check their website: duendesilo.city.

Cost: $45: Yoga + Art and Ecology Tour - Full event (10-1:30)
Cost: $30 Yoga only w/o tour (10-noon) register below

Points of interest include Marine A, The Meadow, The Trellis willow dome, River Hill labyrinth and pollinator garden by Dara Friedman, and Again, an earthwork sculpture by Marlene McCarty.

Fee: $45 (ID#: S54-A) —

Yoga, Art & Ecology at Silo City with HIB with Julia

Saturday, July 20, 10am-1:30pm
Yoga + Art and Ecology Tour - Yoga only w/o tour (10-noon)

Fee: $30 (ID#: S54-B) —

Summer Havan and Community Gathering with Staff

Friday, July 26, 6:30-8:30pm
Friends and family of HIB, please join us for a summer celebration honoring our Community and the Himalayan Tradition. Enjoy a Vedic fire ceremony amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Boston hills. The fire ceremony, or havan, is an ancient meditative ritual that supports the environment and evokes peace among participants - tea and desserts to follow. If you are inclined, please bring a light snack to share (there will be plenty, so there is no pressure). Pre-registration is required; directions are provided via email and will be available in the front office.
FREE event
Fee: $0 (ID#: S57) —

August 

CEU: Cool and Calm: Pitta Pacifying Yoga for the Summer Season (In-Person) with Sarah

Wednesdays, August 7-14, 6:30-8pm
Attention Yoga Teachers: CEUs qualify for continuing education units with Yoga Alliance.
. Ayurveda, the wisdom of self-healing, offers a wealth of tools for seasonal balance. During the summer months, it’s common to feel overheated and irritable. Modifying your yoga sequences to cool the body and mind can bring relief and balance.

This is the In-Person option
Join Ayurveda Yoga Therapist Sarah Guglielmi for two weeks of discussion and practice. Learn the fundamentals of Ayurvedic asana and how to sequence to cool and calm the pitta dosha. Then, experience a pitta balancing practice that you can use at home.
You don’t have to be a yoga instructor to take this course, but if you are, you can weave these sequences into your yoga classes to bring the benefits of Ayurveda to your students!
Fee: $55 (ID#: E90-P) —

CEU: Cool and Calm: Pitta Pacifying Yoga for the Summer Season (Zoom) with Sarah

Wednesdays, August 7-14, 6:30-8pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $55 (ID#: E90-V) —

Meditation Satsang Second Fridays (In-Person Only) with Cassie

Friday, August 9, 7-8pm
Join with others in silent, seated, meditative awareness. There will be a 15-minute introduction led by the teacher for relaxing into your practice, 30 minutes of silence, and again, the teacher will guide students for the last portion of the class, offering reflection and a space for questions and the sharing of experience. Registration is requested.
Donation Based: $10 suggested donation.

Satsang is a Sanskrit term that means truth (sat) community (sangha), recognizing the importance of coming together with other like-minded spiritual seekers for education, practice, and support.
Fee: $0 (ID#: S58) —

Nourishing the Sacred Summer Retreat: Reconnecting with Mother Earth

Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18, 2024

The earth is our home and our source. Join Sarah and Julia for a weekend of renewed connection to Mother Earth and her abundant restorative energy. Explore this energy through root chakra-themed yoga practices, Vishoka Meditation, mindful nature walks, and a fire ceremony celebrating our unity and connection.

Visit our Retreat Page for more information and to register.


October 

Vishoka Meditation Course: Support and Structure to Transform Your Personal Meditation Practice (In-Person) with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Wednesdays, October 23 – December 18; 6:30-8:30pm

Imagine a life free from pain and sorrow and infused with joy and tranquility. The ancient yogis called this state Vishoka, and they insisted that we all can reach it, even in the midst of a highly chaotic world.

How do we do it? We train our mind to stay focused on what we can control. We design our meditation practice, our yoga lifestyle, and our worldview to support our evolution towards Vishoka.

The Vishoka Meditation® Course is the official companion to Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s Vishoka Meditation book and is designed to help you comprehensively experience the wisdom and practices described therein.

In this intensive program, we’ll go through Vishoka Meditation step-by-step, and break down all the preparatory practices as well as the complete practice of Vishoka Meditation. Learn each step systematically, while you build your practice at home in between sessions. The Vishoka Meditation system expands on the 5-Step meditation process you know from the Himalayan Tradition. It will help you take your practice to the next level, and is designed for students of all proficiencies, from those just beginning, to experienced meditators and yoga teachers.

Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 20 CEU credits with Yoga Alliance. This course is a prerequisite for the Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training Course offered through the Himalayan Institute headquarters in Honesdale, PA.

Cost: $349
$299 early bird pricing until September 30th
Payment Plan Offered - please contact the office for details
Check out our HIB Vishoka Meditation Course page!

This is the IN-PERSON option
Fee: $299 (ID#: VMT-P) --


Vishoka Meditation Course: Support and Structure to Transform Your Personal Meditation Practice (Zoom) with Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

Wednesdays, October 23-December 18, 6:30-8:30pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $299 (ID#: VMT-V) —

November 

HIBuffalo’s Fall Getaway Weekend

Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3

Join your friends from HI Buffalo for an unforgettable weekend at the Institute's main campus and retreat center in Honesdale, PA. De-stress and rejuvenate in this picturesque setting in the heart of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Enjoy lectures, yoga classes, and meditation in the Sri Vidya shrine. Hike the trails at the Institute's beautiful 400-acre campus or enjoy ayurvedic treatments, massage, or integrative health consultations at our PureRejuv Wellness Center. Nourishing vegetarian meals and a community supportive of your health and wellness await you during this three-day/two-night getaway.

Visit our Retreat Page for more information and to register.