Shifting From Head To Heart-Mind

Loading Events
This event has passed.

Shifting From Head To Heart-Mind
with Loch Kelly
Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Having experienced some of the initial benefits of mindfulness, is it now possible to awaken to the deep sense of well-being, creativity, and unconditional love that is our true nature? In this daylong retreat, you will learn contemporary versions of effortless mindfulness that help you live from your heart-mind.

Effortless Mindfulness comes from the Sutra Mahamudra tradition, which began in North India and links the three main traditions of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Tibetan. Sutra Mahamudra was primarily a movement of lay practitioners who developed a style of practice to support each other’s awakening in the midst of everyday life. Effortless mindfulness is ideal for our contemporary times in that it makes awakening possible for all of us, without having to join a monastery or be an Olympic athlete of meditation. Awakening can become the next, natural stage of our human development.

Loch will draw from the ancient wisdom traditions, psychology, and current neuroscientific research to point us beyond our small, separate sense of self to our already awake heart-mind.

The main practice you will learn is called small glimpses, many times. It is a series of micro- meditations, shifts of awareness and nondual pointers that help us move out of our chattering mind and into our heart-mind. From heart-mind, we discover that ignorance and confusion begin to liberate and all experiences and emotions are welcome. This leads to natural compassion as our primary motivation for life.

This event is co-sponsored by

Loch Kelly is giving a separate dharma talk on “The Way of Effortless Mindfulness” on Friday, September 27th, 2019 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Click here for more info and registration for Friday evening.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.

Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.

If you have questions about your registration (cancellation policy, membership discount, email confirmation, etc.), please read our FAQs. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs, please email

If you are unable to pay the Subsidized Base Fee, you can learn about volunteering to offer work exchange and letting us know how much you are able to pay for this program by emailing



Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly, MDiv, LCSW, is the author of the award winning book, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness. Loch is a psychotherapist, and leader in the field of mindfulness and embodied awakening. Loch studied in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal and has worked in community mental health, and was a first responder meditation teacher for 9/11 and Covid-19. Founder of the nonprofit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and well-being.


Go to Top