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Chamonix Awareness Meditation Weekend Course

Friday, October 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Chamonix is just 45 minutes from Geneva.

Beginners & experienced meditators welcome.

The course is limited to 16 places. We can also offer optional 2 night accommodation Friday & Saturday nights (check in after 4pm on Friday) Please note that all rooms are shared between 2-3 people. For more info please contact us.

Food options will be available at an additional cost which is payable on the first day. Self-catering facilities also available.

Course Outline

Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Buddhist systems. Referred to by Patanjali as Prana Samyama, its purpose is to bring balance and harmony to the mind. In the long term it has the power to transform mental habit patterns leading to profound happiness and peace.

Weekend courses offer the opportunity to learn and practice the technique in a focused and sustained way with the support of experienced teachers to guide you and answer any questions that may come up.

During the course you will gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice.

The course involves a sequential series of meditation sessions that introduce the technique. Between each session there will be an opportunity to ask questions, have a short break and stretch. We will have a morning and afternoon tea break, serving herbal tea and an hour lunch break. There will be a ‘yoga nidra’ relaxation session after lunch. Theory will be covered through introductory talks and group discussions about the meditation practice will take place throughout the weekend.

The course teaches the progressive steps of the technique that can be continued as a daily practice or used as a basis for working with the mind more deeply on a residential retreat.

Suitable for beginners and as a refresher for those who have already learned 

Regular practice of this technique will cultivate

  • The release of deep stress
  • Mindfulness in the present moment
  • Greater concentration and focus
  • An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
  • Increased will power, independence and compassion
  • Transformation of unhelpful tendencies of the mind (e.g. negative rumination, anxiety and anger)
  • Subtler awareness of self and others

 Feedback from previous weekend courses

“My practice has made a big difference in my life and relationships with others.  I’m calmer, have better concentration and my perception is greater”

“I find the weekend courses invaluable. The content of the course and explanations, life changing.”

“Through practicing this meditation on a regular basis I feel that my anxiety is becoming less and less an issue and that I deal with my anxiety in a more positive way.”  

Course led by Mary Lindsay White and Norma Potter 

Mary Lindsay-White   

Mary Lindsay-White has practiced meditation for over 20 years. She has studied with Dr Kumar since 2008 and has experienced profound changes, becoming much more effective in everyday life with greater vitality, concentration and creativity together with a sense of deep peace and contentment. Mary, who has been teaching since 2011, enjoys sharing the benefits of meditation and loves to keep in touch with students and hear how their regular meditation practice is bringing tangible changes. She lives in Bayswater, London and Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire and teaches meditation in both locations as well as at weekend courses throughout the UK including London, North Wales, Cookham and Liverpool. She is a volunteer for The Yoga Healing Foundation.During her 25 years in International Banking and ten years as a trustee for a micro-lending charity, Mary travelled extensively and has worked with people all over the World. She lived in Germany for several years and is fluent in German. Mary is a qualified personal development coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation.


Norma Potter    

Norma is based between Geneva and Chamonix and has been practising meditation and yoga with Dr. Kumar since 2013. Norma works for the United Nations and teaches yoga. Her aim now is to share all the profound benefits that she has received from her practice with as many people as possible. Norma teaches weekly meditation classes in Geneva and weekend courses in Chamonix and in the Jura. New and old meditators are welcome.

All Traditional Yoga weekend courses are led by experienced teachers who have undergone extensive training and choose to teach on a voluntary basis. Seva, translated as selfless service is an important principle in the yoga tradition. It is based on the value of working for others without expectation of personal reward. Their support enables the charity to offer courses at a low cost and to bring the benefits of meditation to as many people as possible. 

What to Bring

  • A meditation cushion if you have one. Otherwise, two ordinary cushions or pillows. Alternatively, specially designed Meditation cushions can be ordered in advance though our website, please click here.
  • A Yoga mat or rug or blanket to lie down on for the ‘Yoga nidra’ relaxation session.
  • A blanket to cover yourself during the Yoga nidra session, as the body temperature tends to cool down.
  • A bottle of water.

Chairs will be available for those who wish to use them.


The closest airport is Geneva.

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There are also plenty of private shuttle buses:
If you need any travel advice, please email us through the contact page.

 How to Book

We divide payments into a compulsory Course Fee and a voluntary Suggested Minimum Donation, this is a two step process using Paypal. Please see the payment buttons below.
The Course Fee covers the basic costs of running the courses. All Traditional Yoga teachers are volunteers. The Donation recognises the value of the teaching and supports our charitable work in the UK and India. For more information about the charity please click here.

If you are unable to book online please email us through the contact page and we can offer alternative payment methods.

Course Fee Non-Residential: £80 for both days

Course Fee Residential: £160 for both days including two nights accomodation

Suggested Minimum Donation: £50

The Course Fee button gives the option for either a non-residential or a residential payment. It is also possible to book two places or three places at once if you are planning to come with friends or family.

STEP 1.  Course Fee
Please click below to make a payment of the course fee.

STEP 2. Suggested Minimum Donation £50

Please make a donation in recognition of the teaching and to support our charitable projects in India and the UK.


Friday, October 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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Gare des Glaciers
Route des Pélerins, 1207 74400 Chamonix, Mont-Blanc
Chamonix, France
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