Meditation Courses and Retreats
LEARN VEDIC MEDITATION WITH SUSAN CHEN
Reclaim the bliss you've always known you deserve.
I teach Vedic Meditation to show others how to live more blissfully. I spent the past decade feeling over-worked, over-traveled and over-stimulated due to a high demand Wall Street job and living in New York City. The years of accumulated stress slowly began to overshadow feelings of innate bliss and inter-contentedness. Within a short time of learning Vedic Meditation, things started to shift naturally and I began to feel relaxed and happy in my everyday life again. And, in the years that I continued to meditate, every aspect of my life simply got better. Having experienced profound changes in myself, I am now doing my part in helping others realize this highest value in theirs.
I'm here to show you an easy, effortless and enjoyable way to release yourself of legacy stress and become the best version of yourself. If you've tried other types of meditation without success, or want to find relief but don't think you would be any "good" at meditation, come join me and let me show you how!
WHAT IS VEDIC MEDITATION?
Simple, Easy, Natural
Vedic Meditation is an effortless mental process. We sit comfortably in a chair, close our eyes, and use a mantra to trigger deep rest in the mind and body. Through this process, we awaken of the full potential of the mind and a fully restored physiology.
The key to Vedic Meditation is learning how to embrace, celebrate and surrender to the body's natural processes during meditation. Learning this process of letting go and surrender allows our body to enter a state of rest and repair. Without trying, stress naturally falls away, and what remains is a baseline of bliss and happiness that you know you've always deserved.
The power of Vedic Meditation lies in its simplicity. Unlike other forms of meditation, which require focus, concentration, yogi-like flexibility, and lots of time, Vedic Meditation is natural, quick and effective. It was crafted specifically for busy people with busy lives.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VEDIC MEDITATION?
A HEALTHIER YOU
Bringing balance within body
As we begin to de-excite the mind, the body also de-excites, and is given some long-needed rest to repair, restore and heal. Within a short time of learning Vedic Meditation, I experienced dramatic health improvements - my migraines disappeared, recurring aches and pains went by the wayside, and I slept more soundly through the night.
Scientific research shows this form of meditation yields a variety of health benefits, including: reduced stress, anxiety and insomnia, increased longevity, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and decreased free radicals.*
A SUPERCHARGED BRAIN
Increased mental focus and flow
From the beginning days of meditating, I could feel a big change shift in my mental state - I began to experience more clear-headed thinking, increased focus and unstrained concentration. I didn’t have to try to make it through the afternoon at work anymore; with my heightened levels of rest and increased energy, I was able to perform at the top of my game, making quick decisions and analyzing situations clearly, with a sharp mind leading the way.
Research also shows that practicing this technique of meditation will improve intelligence, creativity, and learning ability. It also aids in improved academics, and higher levels of brain functioning.*
GREATER HAPPINESS AND BLISS
Increased adaptation energy and awareness
What happens to our state of awareness when we have a clean physiology and an uncluttered, high performing mind? We begin operating from a higher baseline of happiness, fulfillment and bliss. Having been released from the stress of the past, Vedic meditators overwhelmingly report their new foundation of bliss allows them to successfully adapt to change effortlessly and experience life with ease and grace.
We become happy for no good reason, and that's a good thing!
*Susan teaches Vedic Meditation and was trained to teach this form of meditation by Thom Knoles, who continues to teach Vedic Meditation. Thom was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (“Maharishi”), and taught it for over 25 years with organizations affiliated with Maharishi. Since 1997, Thom has continued to teach meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, and has done so independently and separately from the TM organizations. Vedic Meditation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. The form of meditation that Thom Knoles taught for over 25 years with the TM organizations as “Transcendental Meditation,” has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of benefits from regular practice. These studies, which refer to this form of meditation using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”, support the benefits obtainable from regular practice of Vedic Meditation, which are referenced above.
HOW DO I LEARN?
Let go and Take it as it Comes
Learning Vedic Meditation is fun, enjoyable and interactive. We'll dig into the science and operating mechanics of this ancient Vedic practice and master the art of effortlessness and letting go. We'll have plenty of time to address any and all questions to ensure you are an expert, self-sufficient meditator at the end of the 4 days!
STEP 1: ATTEND AN INTRO TALK
Want to learn more about Vedic Meditation and get to know me better? Come to this free introductory talk where I'll give an overview and benefits of this practice, and tell you more about myself.
STEP 2: ATTEND 4-DAY COURSE
Vedic Meditation is taught over 4 consecutive days, each session lasting about 90 minutes. You will receive a mantra, and I will show you how to meditate in an effortless and natural way to yield maximum results. We will also discuss the mechanics of meditation, why we do what we do, and how to structure your home practice to fit meditation into your daily routine. Attendance for each of the days is mandatory, as the knowledge builds upon itself as the course progresses.
STEP 3: FOLLOW-UP AND COMMUNITY
Advance Your Knowledge
To ensure your meditation career is successful for years to come, you enjoy a life-time of support and guidance from me through in-person/telephonic follow ups, access to group meditations and other community events. You will also have access to all group meditations and courses offered by the network of 130+ Vedic Meditation teachers across the world.
THE COURSE FEE
Law of Reciprocity & Personal Commitment
Each student pays a one-time flat fee of $790-$990 per student, per course.
This fee elevates the level of commitment to the practice, and fees vary depending on the course location.
To make this course available to everyone regardless of financial status, equivalent hours of community service performed are welcome in lieu of financial contribution. Student, senior and veteran rates are also available.
What you get with the course fee:
✓ 4 days of in-person training with me, your formally initiated Vedic Meditation teacher.
✓ Weekly group meditations with me (virtual and in-person, when possible)
✓ Regular check-in calls with me, and a lifetime of follow-up and support
✓ Access to 150+ Vedic Meditation instructors worldwide
✓ Weekly check-in emails, and regular Vedic Wisdom newsletters
✓ Retaking the course as many times as you wish
If you prefer to learn in a more private setting, I offer one-on-one instruction. Private courses start at $3,000 per person and include two additional one-hour follow-up sessions.
Guru Dev, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati
"You deserve the best.
Never feel unworthy or
not justified in having the best.
I tell you this is your heritage;
but you have to accept it,
you have to expect it.
You have to claim it.
To do so is not demanding too much."
MORE ABOUT SUSAN
From Wall Street to Wellness
I am a former Wall Street research analyst and worked at Morgan Stanley and Macquarie Capital as Senior Managing Director and Head of Credit Research. After a successful 14-year career, I transitioned out of the financial world to pursue my passion for meditation and Vedic studies.
I have and continue to study under Maharishi Vyasananda Saraswati (Thom Knoles), the pre-eminent authority of Vedic knowledge. My studies culminated in a 12-week immersion program with Thom in India, where I was inducted into the Shankaracharya tradition by Shri Shri 1008 Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kailashanand Brahamchari, Supreme Authority of Vedic knowledge in India.
In addition to teaching Vedic Meditation, I am also the co-founder of Soozy's Grain-Free. I graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University in 2002.