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Thank you for this and the other brief offerings on meditation. They are more helpful than just about anything I’ve encountered in helping me to meditate. Holding space, observing from a yet intimate distance my situation, lifting the agenda and the judgment. Please keep going with these.

—Priscilla Auchincloss, NY

Reading and practicing fall rituals from Tea With Demons. Taking care of my home today. Jean-Claude writes, “Home is the sole guiding agency of the person.... Sensual details, such as those we cultivate in our surroundings at home, are seeds that carry within themselves the whole world.”

Thank you, Jean-Claude.

—Barbara Gelfand, NJ

Thank you to all the other participants in the group for your presence. Thanks also to Jean-Claude, Marissa, Michael, and Josh for the daily words of inspiration. I always check for those emails first thing in the morning and will feel their absence when we are ending the 21-day session.

—Martha, MA

I am so appreciative of the Meditation Challenge, it is helping me to rekindle my practice.

Katharine, MA

I am very pleased with the Meditation Challenge. I really found out I have to put it in my morning routine, not to feel 'guilty' the rest of the day. I enjoyed getting your inspiring and practical e-mails every day.

—Olga, The Netherlands

Jean-Claude, thanks for the 21-day Meditation Challenge. Last summer you posted a video of the Vertical Gesture—your practice of standing in place with a hand above your head and gradually bringing it down to the belly, a way of grounding yourself and becoming aware of you in the present moment. 
That very day, I was gearing up for a dress rehearsal of a play. A long monologue just wasn't where I wanted it to be. I felt those typical actor feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. 
Well, I glommed right on to using your Vertical Gesture, and continued using it before each of the 32 performances. 
I entered the present moment, accepting who and where I was with no judgment, then invited the character I was playing to enter in.

         Voila—once I was out of the way, things went so much better. The Vertical Gesture reminds me of the usefulness of having a practice.

—Don Paul, NY

Many thanks for the collective energy.

—Connie, NY

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21-Day Fall

Meditation Challenge

Starts Monday, September 21, 2020  


Challenge yourself to meditate daily on your own. 


Gain support for your practice from:

  • Daily inspirational emails.

  • Clearing the Path FB Group.

  • Meditation Coaches: Jean-Claude van Itallie, 
    Marisa Viola, Michael Schreiber and Josh Adler.

Three in-depth community conference calls with meditation games

  • first call is Monday, Sept 21 at 8:00 PM ET

  • second call is Thursday, Oct 1 at 8:00 PM ET

  • third call is Sunday, Oct 11 at 8:00 PM ET


Practicing meditator or beginner, enjoy the pleasure and power of community.  


Register now

with a $36.00 donation to Shantigar:


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