Free meditation classes in Auckland

Learn to experience the beauty and joy within. We offer classes every 1-2 months, as well as concerts and workshops by international speakers.

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About our meditation classes

In our fast-paced modern lives, meditation is now recognized as a powerful life skill, bringing a renewed sense of clarity, purpose, simplicity and calm. Meditation reconnects us with our inner strength, unburdens the mind, and takes us to an inner space of stillness. More on the benefits of meditation »

Our class givers have spent many years studying meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy (pictured), and are very happy to answer any questions you might have about meditation.

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What does a typical course involve?

  • Two guided meditations per session.
  • Breathing and concentration techniques to still the mind.
  • Covering the ABC’s of home practice.
  • Creative visualisations, mantras, and the four pillars of yoga.
  • Music and meditation.

Current Class Schedules

Welcome to our 2019 ‘Learn Meditation’ free course options. Our current series of free meditation programs run throughout the year in our CBD venues and in multiple surburban locations around Auckland. Look through the upcoming introductory courses below and choose a suitable time to attend. To register, simply leave your details on our contact page, or text your name, course option and numbers attending to our contact phone: 022 1887432.

We look forward very much to meeting you and sharing our love of meditation with you!

To learn more about the 10 Compelling Reasons to meditate…<click here>.

Free Lunchtime Meditation Class Series – Auckland CBD

‘Inner Journeys’: four talks on meditation and the spiritual life

When: December 9, 10, 11, 13: from 12:00 noon till 1:00pm

Where:Ellen Melville Centre (Pioneer Women’s Memorial Hall),  2 Freyberg Place (off Lower High Street, Auckland CBD).Meeting in the Betty Wark Room, street level, left entrance.

  • Monday Dec. 9th: ‘Seven Secrets of Meditation’
  • Tuesday Dec. 10th: ‘Reincarnation – Have we been here before?’
  • Wednesday Dec. 11th: ‘Music, mantras, sacred chants’
  • Friday Dec. 13th: Bhakti Yoga – The power of the heart’

These informal free-admission classes introduce meditation techniques along with inspirational topics offering an overview of the spiritual life and the ABC’s of establishing your own home practice. With author, meditation teacher and marathoner Jogyata Dallas.

You’re welcome to attend one or all of the four sessions.

Please register by texting to: 0221887432 or by using our contact page here.

The Paths of Yoga – Auckland CBD

Our last free meditation evenings of 2019.

Three talks, 7:30 – 9:00pm. Come to any or all – free admission.

 *Monday, Dec. 16: Meditation introductory –how to still the mind / three introductory exercises / the four key steps in establishing your personal program / the benefits of regular practice.

*Tuesday, Dec. 17 The four main paths of yoga – ‘Yoga’ means self-discovery / union with God. Hatha, bhakti, karma, jnana – how to find your own path.

*Thursday, Dec. 19: An introduction to mantras, music, sacred chants – plus lifestyle guidelines to support meditation.

There will be an opportunity for further weekly group meditation following the conclusion of these talks.

Venue: 93 Dominion Road, Mt Eden (look for the big Target Furniture building towards the city end of Dominion Rd)

Admission is free, however please pre-register using our contact page or texting your registration/further inquiries to 022 1887432.



New Year Free Meditation Programs, 2020

‘Each time you enter a new year,
Be determined not to bring
Your old self with you’.
Four evenings, consecutive Mondays / Thursdays Jan. 6, 9, 13, 16. 6:00 – 8:00pm 
Four evenings, consecutive Tuesdays / Thursdays Feb. 18, 20, 25, 27. 7:30 – 9:00pm 
Four evenings, consecutive Mondays / Thursdays March 2, 5, 9, 12. 6:00 – 7:30pm 
Venue: 93 Dominion Road, Mt Eden (adjacent to the Target Furniture and Print Shop building towards the city end
of Dominion Rd).
Admission is free, however please pre-register using our contact page or texting your registration/further inquiries to 022 1887432.
The spiritual writings and wisdom-teachings of the meditation Masters attribute a very special significance to the incoming energies of each New Year – a selection of these insights by Sri Chinmoy can be found here. Learning meditation at the year’s start offers a powerful launching pad for positive change, newness and spiritual growth.


Workplace ‘Learn Meditation’ workshop.

Meditation – an effective and simple answer to workplace stress – is fast becoming a mainstream workplace tool. Auckland’s Sri Chinmoy Centre is sponsoring an initiative to introduce meditation and stress reduction skills through free workplace introductory sessions to ten or more people. An Hour Of Peace involves an instructor teaching the ABC’s of simple and proven meditation techniques and practical tips on getting started to your staff and employees. The offer is entirely free of charge.

Click here to find out more about Workplace Meditation.

Meditation: An Overview

Down through the ages, the wisdom-teachings of the great Masters have reminded us of our fundamentally spiritual nature, the nobility and beauty of the soul, the paths and practices that help us to find happiness. Like a map of a journey that we have now embarked upon, their insights and teachings help us to navigate our own way to enlightenment, freedom, Self-discovery. Beyond mind and mindfulness, beyond thought and thinking, what self-discoveries await us?

These meditation courses invite you on a journey, cover a wide canvas of meditation practices; the main branches and paths of yoga; a look at reincarnation; the finding of a spiritual path; how to bring the benefits of meditation into daily life; and a look at the wisdom-teachings of several Masters.

The four sessions of each course form a structured program and you’re encouraged to attend each of the four evenings – admission is free, but registration is required to accommodate numbers attending. Course instructors are from the Sri Chinmoy Centre, with decades of teaching experience and a genuine love of sharing their own insights with others. The w/shops are informal, informative and helpful and a lot of material and exercises are drawn from the teachings of the late spiritual master Sri Chinmoy.

Free admission, but due to limited seating please register by using our contact page, or text to 0221887432. You can also phone this number for further course inquiries.

Meditation Resources

For those people interested in deepening their meditation experience and their understanding of the techniques and secrets to help achieve this, a new edition of Sri Chinmoy’s timeless guidebook on the subject has just been published. Behind the deceptively simple title, “Meditation’, the 300 pages that follow offer a wealth of insights and guidance that takes the reader from the initial start-up steps through to the deepest meditations attainable, the high points or samadhi’s. 
The book spans many different approaches and a wide canvas of techniques – breath work, visualization, mantra, heart centre meditation, the various branches of yoga (jnana, bhakti, karma etc), along with question and answer sections and chapter topics discussing the lesser known secrets of successful meditation. 
 ‘Meditation’ is a beautifully presented hardback edition, and possesses the simplicity, clarity, depth and inspiration that will make it a lifelong companion for its readers. It offers and shares a map of the inner journey, and a wonderful resource for all of those interested in the path of self-discovery, enlightenment and awakening.
Copies can be requested by leaving your details here on our contact page


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How to book a place in our classes »

Call 022 188 7432 or visit our contact form to leave a message