The Way of Effortless Mindfulness Daylong Retreat

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The Way of Effortless Mindfulness Daylong Retreat
with Loch Kelly
Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

This daylong retreat and book signing is based on Loch Kelly’s new book, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness. In the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, meditation is taught in two stages. The first is deliberate mindfulness, which includes one-pointed focus and insight meditation. The second practice is called effortless mindfulness, not because no initial effort is made, but because of the discovery of an awareness that is already awake and has natural compassion.

We can begin with deliberate mindfulness as a good foundation or start with effortless mindfulness. In this daylong retreat, we will learn how to unhook awareness from thinking and have it turn around to be aware from awake awareness.

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 practice to learn for your journey of awakening. Effortless mindfulness helps us shift from a self-centered identity to an empty, yet open-hearted, way of seeing and being.

Loch Kelly is also leading an evening book signing and talk on Friday, June 28th, 2019. Click here for more information and registration.


“Loch Kelly’s guidance is clear, precise, and arises from a wise, caring heart. There are very few who can guide with such mastery. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is truly a gift.”
-Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of True Refuge

“In this groundbreaking guidebook, Loch Kelly offers contemporary versions of ancient practices . . . that can liberate our lives with meaning, connection, and clarity. What a beautiful book!” -Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Aware


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.

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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.


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