Charles Tart

"This was an amazing learning modality! I cannot express my joy and appreciation enough. The videos, forums, MP3's and community have been life-altering." Hathi, USA

"Its just fantastic! I love the accessibility of the teachings, the teacher and the very real presence of other practitioners. It feels like an amazing way to use the internet and the course has helped me to be a happier person. So many deep and heartfelt thanks". Lucinda, UK

"What a wonderful workshop! This video workshop was perfect for me. And it is so nice that we can repeat watching the segment without bothering you. This workshop gave more tangible feeling than just reading a book. And I think we were given more info than just attending physical ~1 week workshop. Thank you very much for a great workshop!"
Grace, USA

I have done a number of online workshops, and I can honestly say that this site is the best organized and user friendly I have found! It was wonderful to have the forums to discuss our experiences while listening, reading, and working through the exercises to get feedback from the teacher and other like minded people". Laura, USA

"I never expected the forum would be such an important tool. I was completely engrossed in the conversations, and the teacher feedback was very helpful. Finally, interacting with people that share a common interest made me feel at home". Konstantinos, Greece

"What an incredible experience this workshop was. Not only was the site intuitive to navigate, and the instructions and materials top notch, but the teacher's hands-on personalized attention took the workshop to the next level. Thank you, highly recommended". Sophia, UK

"This platform was marvelous. I have participated in online learning systems, but to me this was the most user-friendly and robust. Kudos to GlideWing!" Clara, USA

"To receive so powerful teachings in the context of a home retreat has been for me a unique experience. And to have the opportunity to integrate them in my everyday life at the same time... I have no words to express the gratitude I feel for this gift!" Martine, France




Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness Meditation Training

Next workshop dates: May 30 - June 21, 2015

  • Three-week Online Workshop 
  • Daily personal support and guidance from Dr. Tart
  • Practical Instruction presented with streaming video - no set class times
  • All from the comfort of your own home
Itís a busy world. You fold the laundry while keeping one eye on the kids and another on the television. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work, and then plan your weekend. But in the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing your connection with the present momentómissing out on what youíre doing and how youíre feeling. Did you notice whether you felt well-rested this morning or that forsythia is in bloom along your route to work?

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present momentóand accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness.

The cultivation of mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, but most religions include some type of prayer or meditation technique that helps shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life.

Mindfulness improves well being

Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life.
Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.

Mindfulness improves physical health

If greater well-being isnít enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered the benefits of mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can:

- help relieve stress
- treat heart disease
- lower blood pressure
- reduce chronic pain
- improve sleep
- alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties

Mindfulness improves mental health

In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including:

- depression
- substance abuse
- eating disorders
- couplesí conflicts
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder

Some experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people to accept their experiencesóincluding painful emotionsórather than react to them with aversion and avoidance.

Itís become increasingly common for mindfulness meditation to be combined with psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy. This development makes good sense, since both meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy share the common goal of helping people gain perspective on irrational, maladaptive, and self-defeating thoughts.

The practices of Concentrative Meditation and Vipassana are two classic meditation techniques that have been used by sages through centuries for achieving deeper wisdom and peace of mind, and for attaining enlightenment.

In this  three-week online course, Dr. Charles Tart will guide you in learning and engaging in the ancient meditative practices of Concentrative Meditation and Vipassana (also known as Insight Meditation):

  • In the first week of the workshop the participants will learn and practice Concentrative Meditation.
  • The second week will focus on Vipassana, (also known as Insight Meditation). 
  • In the third week the participants will learn to apply these ancient meditative practices to becoming mindful and awake in their everyday life.
  • Among the methods taught in this course is self-remembering practice by the legendary spiritual teacher, G.I. Gurdjieff.

The workshop is in the form of an easy-to-use website, with step-by-step video instructions and guided meditative practices led by Dr. Tart. For the entire three weeks of the workshop, Dr. Tart will answer your questions and provide individual advice through private workshop forums and messaging system. Through the forums, participants can also interact with other students, sharing their experiences and learning from the experiences of others.

Online Workshop Features:

  • Three weeks of personal guidance and support provided by Dr. Charles Tart, as you work with the practices
  • Instruction is via Internet-based video 
  • No set class times; instructional videos remain available throughout the course
  • Practice in the comfort of your home, on your own schedule 
  • Easy to use and navigate course site  
  • All you need is a broadband Internet connection (such as DSL or cable)

Who is this course for?


- if you are curious about understanding your own mind better and using it better

- if you are thinking of starting some spiritual practice like meditation or mindful living, or already are such a practitioner

- if you are suspecting that some of your suffering in life comes from the way your mind operates, but it doesn't have to operate that way....

- if you are looking for more meaning to life than contemporary, materialistic culture presents you.

We are fortunate to live in a time when all of the world's deeper spiritual paths, systems and disciplines of practice that claim to lead us to our deeper spiritual nature, are much more available than ever before. 

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