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Meditation Immersion & Guide Program


A one-of-a-kind, 10-month intensive for those who are looking for a comprehensive and inspiring meditation training, and, for current practitioners intending to share meditation with others. This immersion can be enrolled in separately or as a segment of Live Well’s 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Live Well Studio’s 2016-2017 meditation immersion and guide program is unlike any other and is for serious seekers, yogis, meditators and curious philosophers alike. Our ten months of study together will follow a comprehensive spiritual curriculum and include deepening meditative practice, inquiry, community, and dialogue. The weekend-based, 10-module program is designed to investigate contemplative and meditative practice sequentially, beginning with foundations and building gradually to the deeper, more esoteric and rare spiritual teachings. The immersion will culminate in an off-site, guided weekend silent retreat. Most practices are inspired by or derived from the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and classical Patanjali Yoga, yet the practices will be held in a greater context of modern, Western, integral spirituality. Clear pathways will be carved by our time together, but each practitioner will weave his or her own journey. Participants will become steeped in practice and methodology, understanding not just the “how” but also the “why.” Experienced practitioners and yoga instructors may also apply this program toward a mentored practicum and meditation teaching certificate. Entry by application.

Led by Katelin Gallagher, Winston McCullough, PhD, Kimberly Lafferty, and Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT. Dates: September 16,17,18; October 14,15,16; November 18,19,20; December 2,3,4; January 13,14,15; February 10,11,12; March 31, April 1,2; April 28,29,30; May 26, 27, 28; June 23,24,25.

Times vary each month. Generally Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. Please click here to see the full schedule with times.

Price: early bird $1999 ends 8/16/2016, $2399 after. Payment plan available $2200 before 8/16/2016 $500 non-refundable down payment, 10 auto pays of $170. Must set up at the studio.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 1 week or more before the event, we will happily give you a 100% refund, less $10 per workshop day (for administrative costs).
If you cancel 1 week or less from the date of the event, we will give you a 50% refund if we are able to fill your spot.
If you cancel 1 week or less from the date of the event and we are not able to fill your spot, we are sad to say we cannot offer you a refund for your payment and will need to charge you the full price.
Additionally, if you cancel on the day-of or you don't show up on the day of the event, we are sad to say that we cannot offer you a refund for your payment and will need to charge you the full price.
I’ve been engaged with contemplative practice (yoga and meditation) for well over a decade, and have taught for the last seven years…each passing day, month, and year brings me into deeper relationship with the practice, myself, and others. Yoga teaches me to unravel the intricacies of my heart… and when I think I’ve reached some end point… it guides me to a new corner that requires some work. My hatha yoga practice teaches me to pay attention to my body… that there is much to be learned from this body, and that the body is a gateway to presence, wisdom and love. I am grateful to have studied Hatha Yoga with the most masterful Kira Ryder, Lisa Wells, Darren Rhodes, and Christina Sell, and I study meditation, yoga philosophy, and Tibetan Buddhism with my Holy Guides: Kimberley Theresa, Mira Shani, Jarret Levine, and Douglas Veenhoff. My meditation practice teaches me of the profundity of the mind, attention, dreams -- William James says it concisely, "For the moment, what we attend to is reality." I am a Master's student at Oregon State University, where I study meditation/contemplative practices, Eastern philosophy, and psychology. View Kate's Website
Kimberley is a teacher, writer, mother and wife. She has spent twenty five years studying and teaching Tibetan Buddhism, Himalayan yoga tantra and western integral theory. She founded and directed a non-profit adult education company that certified hundreds of yoga teachers around the world. Kimberley spent over three cumulative years in solitary retreat, graduated from a twelve year advanced degree study program with the Asian Classics Institute, and eventually became one of the first American female lineage Lamas to teach Vajrayana Buddhism. She completed western doctoral work in Human Development to bring western balance to her education, and now follows a call that includes a child, a book, and a country island in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Winston McCullough has two masters degrees and a PhD in psychology from NYU and has worked in industry for 25 years as an industrial/organizational psychologist and director of communications and employee benefit programs. He taught for several years at Columbia University and teaches currently at Oregon State University, including courses such as Positive Psychology, Psychology of Meditation, World Religions, and Great Figures: Jesus and Buddha. Dr. McCullough has designed and currently leads the adult education program, “Paths to Happiness,” which explores the intersections of 21st century psychology and spiritual paths such as Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga, and progressive Christian life, with the goal of personal and social transformation.

Winston has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism and yoga for 20 years, is well educated in ancient Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and has studied deeply with prominent Tibetan Buddhist Lamas at Sera Mey Monastery in India. Dr. McCullough also completed an in-depth course of personal study reflecting a Christian seminary curriculum under the guidance of Marcus Borg. He currently leads musical Sunday worship at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis, Oregon where he also developed and taught a six-year adult education program, “Seeing Jesus through Eastern Eyes,” connecting the ancient Wisdom and Compassion teachings of Jesus and Tibetan Buddhism. Winston has led hundreds of Buddhist courses and meditation retreats in the U.S. and internationally for the past 15 years, and he preaches an occasional Sunday sermon. He also leads the Gratitude jazz band and founded the UpBeat Café, a Saturday night dining and musical celebration based on principles of positive psychology and spiritual well being. First and foremost, Winston is a loving husband and father to three amazing children, and he is a grateful and happy man.

Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT, has worked in the field of mind body wellness for almost two decades and has taught Mindfulness since 2000. She received her initial training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and her professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2003. She has taught and lectured on the subject of mindfulness internationally and was founder and co-director of the Montreal Center for Mindfulness. For seven years Catherine was a senior faculty member at the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching MBSR, Catherine was involved in research on Mindfulness and cancer, program development for Mindfulness programs and an instructor in the college of Health Professions. In 2009, Catherine began teaching Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting and in 2013 joined the faculty at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine where she taught MBCP as well as developed programs in Mindful Parenting. Catherine is currently involved in research on Mindful and Compassionate Parenting in connection with the University of Oregon, as well as involved in research on mindfulness in woman’s health at OHSU. For the last year, Catherine was a staff counselor at OSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center. This summer she was trained to be a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher through UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness. Catherine currently lives in Corvallis where she is a marriage and family therapist in private practice specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy focusing on individuals, couples and families.
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