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April 27, 2018—April 29, 2018

Loch Kelly: Effortless Mindfulness: Level 2 Retreat

“In my many years of knowing and working with Loch Kelly I feel that he is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know.” – Adyashanti, author of True Meditation

Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, said: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” Deliberate mindfulness includes one-pointed focus and nonjudgmentally observing the changing contents of our mind and body. The second approach is called effortless mindfulness, not because no initial effort is made, but because of the discovery of an awareness that is already awake and able to focus effortlessly. Rather than concentrating to calm and focus your mind, we will learn to intentionally shift into awake awareness, which is already calm, intelligent, and able to effortlessly focus. This is an important method to learn for your journey of awakening.

In this weekend retreat, we will first learn how to unhook awareness from thinking and have it turn around to be aware from awake awareness. Then, we will begin to welcome and liberate our inner shadow parts from effortless heart mindfulness. Effortless mindfulness helps us shift from a self-centered identity to an empty, yet open-hearted, way of seeing and being. By practicing effortless mindfulness, you discover a deep sense of well-being, creativity, and unconditional love. 

This LEVEL 2 Retreat is for those who have taken Loch’s Tricycle Magazine Online Video Course or attended a daylong workshop or are familiar with the practices in Shift Into Freedom or Effortless Mindfulness Now: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness before the weekend. This is not to exclude anyone, but so we all have the initial practices and vocabulary to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.

CE credits are available for New York State LMSW, LCSW, LFMT, or LMHC and need to be registered for separately and ahead of time. Click here for more information.

“Practicing under Loch Kelly’s guidance is mind-blowing. You shift out of your chattering mind, and awareness emerges—clear, fearless, unconditionally accepting.”
–Amy Gross, meditation teacher and former editor in chief O, The Oprah Magazine

“Loch Kelly is a remarkable teacher… he guided me to have my own experience of awareness and my real “selfless” self, which I had always hungered for.”
  –Kevin Barry Heaney, Former Director of Smithers Treatment Center


Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is a meditation teacher, licensed psychotherapist and author of the award-winning book, Shift Into Freedom. He is the founder of the non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11. Loch has served on the New York Insight Meditation Teacher’s Council, studied with contemplative masters from many traditions and is a teacher affiliated with Adyashanti. Loch has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. For more information, www.effortlessmindfulness.org

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