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April 16, 2020—April 19, 2020

The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: Level Two Residential Retreat with Loch Kelly

“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.

LEVEL TWO is for those who have taken an online course, attended a daylong workshop or will have read one of Loch’s books 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.

Please click here to complete your Program Registration with Loch Kelly / The Open-Hearted Awareness Institute before making your Housing Registration with the Garrison Institute on this page below.


Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is author of the best-seller, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness. He is a licensed psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of non-dual meditation. 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 graduated from Columbia University and received a fellowship to study in Sri Lanka and India. Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. www.effortlessmindfulness.org


Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
These costs include room and board only. Please be in touch with the group regarding any additional program fees.