A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

Integrated Meditation

Our mission is to help people make progressive ongoing change for the better in their lives. We believe in meditation that actually works, gets results and that people can fit into their modern lives. With the correct training, any person, with any kind of lifestyle can practice Integrated Meditation with success to become less stressed, anxious and fatigued and more engaged, dynamic and resilient.

Request a Call or Join a Free Introductory Talk to Find Out More

Want to know more about learning Integrated Meditation? You can go to our CALENDAR and RSVP for a FREE Online Introductory Talk or REQUEST A CALL below and one of our teachers will call you for a complimentary 15minute phone call where you can find out more about Integrated Meditation and have all your questions answered.

Technique

Although all meditation is good, it has not been created equal, or with the same benefits.

The technique of meditation taught and practiced at The Broad Place is called INTEGRATED MEDITATION (I.M). This involves a foundational Vedic Meditation practice and an ongoing education program that integrates modern neuroscience, spiritual philosophies and tools.

Vedic Meditation comes from an ancient body of knowledge called the Veda. It is a technique of mantra based meditation that can be done anywhere, anytime, for 10-20 minutes twice a day. Once learned by students, it can be practiced for life without the need for anything else.

At The Broad Place, we refer to this Integrated Meditation course as the IaM Session. As we sit for our IaM Sessions daily, we find ourselves more creative and gaining more clarity, our consciousness and awareness expands, and our brains and nervous system move out of fight-or-flight and start repairing. We begin to gain insights and understand ourselves better.

How to Learn

Group Integrated Meditation Course 

Consists of three IaM Classes run over three consecutive days.

Part One – 1-1.5 hrs

Part Two – 2.5 hrs

Part Three – 2.5 hrs

Check our Calendar for all upcoming courses and times.


Private Integrated Meditation Courses

This is the ultimate in personalised education, the Integrated Meditation course customised to your needs, at times that suit you, and a personal location or ours. Offered to individuals or a private group. Contact us directly to book these and arrange your custom times.

 

 

 

IM Benefits

We surveyed our students and this is what they had to say about The Broad Place!

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RECOMMENDED

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EASY AND SIMPLE

The technique taught at The Broad Place is easy and simple to learn

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HIGH QUALITY

Learning meditation with The Broad Place was a high-quality experience

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ONGOING SUPPORT

The course, as well as the ongoing support offered by The Broad Place, is good value for money

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IMPROVED WELLBEING

This technique improve general health and wellbeing, increasing relaxation and decreasing stress

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CREATIVITY AND CLARITY

This meditation practice has provided more creativity and clarity

Once you enroll in an I.M. course, you will have:

Immediate, lifetime access to all of our digital modules in The Classroom. These are immersive, self-paced programs that you may explore on your own time and revisit as needed.

Ability to re-sit the meditation course at anytime.

Weekly Recharge Sessions to refine practice, touch on the basics of meditation, answer student questions, and meditate as a group. These are online so you can join us from anywhere.

Monthly Sunday Gatherings where we dive into different topics, interview inspiring people, meditate together and share sweets and teas. Tickets to these events are valued at $75.

 

CONSCIOUS CONTRIBUTION

“I shut my eyes in order to see” Paul Gaugain

For us this epitomises meditation; shutting the eyes to gain clarity, and know oneself deeper, to self realise. For every student that learns meditation with The Broad Place, we donate to the Fred Hollows Foundation who assists in restoring the eyesight of blind peoples in Australia’s indigenous community. You close your eyes, so someone else can see.

Learn More

Our FREE Introductory Talk is a  casual 30-40 minute conversation on Integrated Meditation and its many benefits, how our courses are taught and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re unable to make it in person for one of our FREE Introductory Talks, you can listen to a previous talk here:

The Investment

Meditation has an uneasy history with money that isn’t all that surprising: why would a practice that concerns itself with higher spiritual experience dirty its hands with money? The answer is three-fold. The first reason is the most fundamental. We’ve all got mouths to feed and it’s a simple reality that you can’t dedicate your life to something without drawing an income from somewhere. Secondly, especially in western capitalist societies, money exists as a proxy for effort. Our experience at The Broad Place is that when students make a financial commitment, they are far more inclined to follow that effort and stick with the teachings, thereby experiencing the rewards. Perhaps it is a simple human trait: we tend to recognise value when we pay for it.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, The Broad Place charges for meditation courses, and our other offerings, because they have real value. Our teachings are not self-indulgence. They make life tangibly better for our students and those around them. There is a reason I established The Broad Place as a community and an organisation rather than operating under my name. My intention was to create an education platform where people can learn creativity, consciousness and clarity as a practical curriculum; practices and teachings to inspire and bring joy, existing independently from personal influence. I am resolutely opposed to ‘followers’ and cults of personality. At The Broad Place you pay for an outcome-based education in ancient techniques for modern living.

THE VALUE

We have packed so much education into our Integrated Meditation Program so that you are equipped with a tool box of knowledge and practical techniques to decreased stress and increase clarity, positivity, fulfilment and happiness.

We host Weekly Recharge Sessions, Monthly Gatherings, and have so much bonus material so that you are equiped with practical tools to decrease stress and increase clarity, positivity and fulfilment. 

For $1200 (Single Adult price) you receive:

– In-person Integrated Meditation Course (four 90-minute sessions)

– Full Access to all digital modules including Rounding Tuition in The Classroom (Valued at $800+)

– Ability to re-sit the Integrated Meditation course any time (Valued at $550)

– Free access to our Monthly Sunday Gatherings (Valued at $75/month)

– Full access to digital lectures, talks and personal ongoing support from instructors (PRICELESS)

That’s a $2990+ value in the very first year for only $1200!

INVESTMENT OPTIONS

I.M. GROUP COURSE IN FULL PAYMENT: $1200 AUD incl GST

I.M. GROUP COURSE MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN: $110/month for 12 months AUD incl GST. No interest, no additional fees.

I.M. PRIVATE COURSE: $3950 AUD incl GST

     Each additional person within a Private Course: $1080 AUD incl GST

I.M. BRIDGING COURSE (for students who have already learned Vedic Meditation with another teacher in person, or technique from this same lineage within 7 years): $600

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS

STUDENT REFERRAL: Mention the name of one of our current students to receive 10% off
FULL TIME STUDENTS/TEENS: Inquire for discount
FULL TIME SINGLE PARENT: 40% off I.M. Group Course
CHILDREN 5-12 – if you have a child and you learnt with The Broad Place, this course is our gift to you. If you learnt with another teacher, the Children’s Fee is $330AUD incl GST.

Contact us directly to receive any of the above discounts

(Standard bank fees apply for all transactions, you can read our full Terms and Conditions HERE).

There are many types of meditation, so we know it can get confusing. Guided meditations (like Headspace and Mindfulness Meditations) are wonderful, they turn on the parasympathetic nervous system and get the body out of fight flight and into rest and digest. Integrated Meditation is a foundation of Vedic Meditation which is a mantra based practice designed for the mind to transcend naturally past thought. In this way, it’s very different. We’re activating the parasympathetic nervous system, AND down the deep restore and repair on the body needed for lasting change. Guided meditations are like tidying the house, and moving things around so they look neat. It feels good after. Integrated Meditation is like a huge house clean, and you really notice the difference.

Like nearly all our students, none have meditated with ease before, and some have never even closed their eyes unless it was to go to bed! All of our student graduate our course meditating with success.  Even the ones who have come to us and said they have tried everything for 20+ years and still feel they’re not getting it. So we can confidently say you will be able to do this. 100% say they would recommend the course to a friend. You can see what some of our students have said about the course and their practice ongoing HERE too.

Absolutely! This practice is about being comfortable, it’s very simple and elegant. We sit with our back supported and sit however feels good for each student. Most sit in a chair, on the lounge, or parked in their own car. There’s no pretzel positions and aching backs with Integrated Meditation.

Likewise with the concept of banishing thoughts. Think of your mind as a choppy sea, and the mantra like an anchor that helps you settle down amongst that. The concept of trying to banish thoughts is futile. What we do with Integrated Meditation is allow the mind to gently move beyond thought with the assistance of the mantra. It’s easy and with the correct tuition, anyone can learn with us with ease.

We love this question as we get it all the time. It’s a meditation technique, not a religion, you can do whatever you please with your life!

Meditation has an uneasy history with money that isn’t all that surprising: why would a practice that concerns itself with higher spiritual experience dirty its hands with money? The answer is three-fold. The first reason is the most fundamental. We’ve all got mouths to feed and it’s a simple reality that you can’t dedicate your life to something without drawing an income from somewhere. Secondly, especially in western capitalist societies, money exists as a proxy for effort. Our experience at The Broad Place is that when students make a financial commitment, they are far more inclined to follow that effort and stick with the teachings, thereby experiencing the rewards. Perhaps it is a simple human trait: we tend to recognise value when we pay for it.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, The Broad Place charges for meditation courses, and our other offerings, because they have real value. Our teachings are not self-indulgence. They make life tangibly better for our students and those around them. There is a reason I established The Broad Place as a community and an organisation rather than operating under my name. My intention was to create an education platform where people can learn creativity, consciousness and clarity as a practical curriculum; practices and teachings to inspire and bring joy, existing independently from personal influence. I am resolutely opposed to ‘followers’ and cults of personality. At The Broad Place you pay for an outcome-based education in ancient techniques for modern living.

The Veda is a body of knowledge that comes from India, and our meditation technique stems from this. Vedic meditation is a mantra based technique, very effortless and gentle, and really easy to do once learnt correctly.

It wasn’t designed  for ashrams and monasteries, and was meant to be integrated into our daily lives. The integration part is what we specialise in.

The Vedic meditation technique can stand alone absolutely. However, when combined with a little extra knowledge, inspiration, tools and techniques, we have witnessed over the years just how much more enhanced a students life can be. And we live ourselves as founders of The Broad Place and meditation teachers, highly engaged, modern lives. And there’s limited time in which to sift through all the information out there and put it to use. So we created Integrated Meditation to do just that – to teach meditation and complement this with life enhancing practical wisdom.

Put simply, nothing beats an in person learning experience. For thousands of years meditation has been taught in person and we follow this tradition. We have seen first hand over so many years the benefit of in person education and we continue to teach in this way. The meditation course is taught in 4 simple sessions of 90 minutes each consecutively over 4 days. Then be layer in our Enhanced Education Modules, and these are taught online, so our students can engage with them at their leisure, and re-sit them at any time.

That’s ok, and we offer Private Courses in a one on one setting also, you can email us info@thebroadplace.com.au and we can chat to you about organising this.

We would like to mention though that you’re not sharing the inner workings of your soul in our meditation course! You’re listening, putting it in to practice and asking questions as you need to ensure you have all that you need. We take care of everything, and there’s no need to contribute anything within the course if you don’t wish.

Good, so are we! From the very first session you will begin to see results and shifts and changes. Everyone tracks differently, but everyone notices within the course changes and these continue with your daily practice.

The course fee includes the in person tuition in meditation, the ability to re-sit the group course at anytime. Additionally it includes all our Enhanced Education Modules, you will learn Rounding through video tuition, and have access to our IaM Vault with recordings, lectures and more! As an Integrated Meditation student you will also be able to join our Weekly Online Recharge Sessions, and will have free access to our monthly Gatherings, an interview series on creativity, clarity and consciousness, group meditation and social gathering.

Why People Love It

We have taught students from age 5 through to their 90’s and 100% of our students say they would recommend learning meditation with The Broad Place. This is some of the lovely things they have to say… Also did you know that we make a Conscious Contribution for every student that learns meditation with us?

“I shut my eyes in order to see” Paul Gaugain

For us this epitomises meditation; shutting the eyes to gain clarity, and know oneself deeper, to self realise. And for every student that learns meditation with The Broad Place, we donate to the Fred Hollows Foundation and restore the eyesight a blind person  in Australia’s indigenous community. You close your eyes, so someone else can see…


Tom McCoy

Co-Founder of Stolen Recipe

As business owners, it can be extremely stressful when dealing with outside influences, whilst trying to make the right decisions.  We felt that at times things were completely out of control, which would send us into a whirlwind. For us finding Jacqui  at The Broad Place has been a blessing, an investment that gave us the tools to think with more clarity, and the ability to distinguish the things that were really important, from those things that were not so important.  Prior to learning Vedic meditation and the Vedic principals, everything had to be done by yesterday, late nights were just the norm, and spending time exercising and looking after our health, slid down the priority list by virtue that we just didn’t have the time. All this has now changed.  We highly recommend Jacqui  from The Broad Place to anyone looking to invest in their personal journey, to find that inner beingthat we didn’t know existed, that allows you to grow, and tap into something that is truly life changing. We can’t thank Jacqui enough and look forward to our continued learnings and personal growth.


Jacqueline Alwill

Founder of Brown Paper Nutrition

“Jacqui’s teaching in vedic meditation has fundamentally impacted the way I approach my life. Having meditated for years, but not been as diligent as I had hoped most recently, I undertook Jacqui’s vedic meditation course at The Broad Place. Honestly, it has been the most incredible thing I have done for myself, business and life overall in recent years. Through Jacqui’s teaching and my daily practice, I have become far better equipped to approach everything in my life with greater focus and clarity. I cannot speak highly enough for Jacqui’s teaching, guidance and ongoing support”


Rebecca Anthony 

Student of The Broad Place 

“I feel compelled to recommend ‘The Broad Place’ due to the profound affect the learnt daily practice, has had on my lifestyle and wellbeing. I discovered ‘The Broad Place’ during an incredibly stressful time in my life. I had just become a solo parent.  My world was one of panic and despair. Stricken with grief, my family and friends were there with open arms to help. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much they could do for the severe state of panic I was in. 

When I attended the introductory talk, I was both bemused and intrigued by Jacqui’s audacity to sell nothing. There were no books, no app and no educational materials. Nothing tangible was being offered in the transaction. I went away in a state of refusal to hand over money for nothing. 

Nearly a year later, I was still in the same frame of mind.  I felt like I’d tried everything available, except sedating myself with the stream of prescriptions so freely handed out. I had continued with interest to read Jacqui’s online posts, and decided to take the course. It’s been a year now, I practise daily and I’m still very much a beginner. I still have anxiety and I’m still slightly traumatised. But now I have the tools to escape. I have the tools within me to release this pressure daily. 

I don’t need an app, my phone doesn’t need charging. There’s no voice telling me what to do, feel or think. There’s no book to reference or a need for silence. It’s a space I create within myself to feel better, calmer and more focused daily. 

Jacqui has simplified the practice of meditation, adapting an ancient technique to the chaotic lifestyle we live today.  She educates with humour and realness. The course is a nourishing delightful experience, highly recommended.”


Sarah Hogan

Melbourne Vedic Meditation Student

I wanted to drop you a note to sincerely thank you for the Vedic meditation weekend course.  I have been practicing twice daily and have already felt significant difference in my life.  I had hesitated for a while because of the cost involved but am now wishing I had done it earlier.  Your presentation style is very approachable and I particularly valued how you taught us to use this ancient wisdom in the real world.  The stories you used to illustrate your point were great, making it easy to apply the knowledge to my own life. I’m also grateful for the ability to stay in touch and look forward to attending another course next time you are in Melbourne!


Phil Gartland

Student of The Broad Place

“I was certainly a sceptic of the art of meditation, not to mention my likely resilience to persist with a meditation practice on an ongoing basis. And as a typical self conscious  “bloke”, I was concerned about telling people I meditated or worse still the thought of meditating in public and someone seeing me!

I overcome these initial reservations, starting with a meditation app. It quickly dawned on me that using my iPhone, the chief culprit for some if not all of my anxiety, was totally counter-intuitive to a sustainable form of mental relaxation. I was recommended to Jacqui at The Broad Place by a client. From the moment I walked into her tranquil Paddington studio, I felt very relaxed . I also immediately warmed to Jacqui as a person. 

Within 15 mins of my course I was meditating and I vividly remembering how nice that first meditation was. The course was set at the perfect tone by Jacqui, with simple explanations of the mind body connection, the process of what is happening during the practice and pragmatic tips on how to adapt this age-old art into hectic modern day life. 

The calmness and clarity I felt walking out of the studio over the courses evenings was profound. I remember the vividness of the colours, the sharpness of the smell of summer foliage and of wet Tarmac. I felt present for the first time in a long time and from that moment on was hooked. 

Two years later and I still meditate religiously, despite a more than hectic work and home life. I have found it has helped me in so many ways, from being far more decisive, more patient, far less anxious and more calm/less angry.”


Julie Haslam
Marketing & Events Consultant

Earlier this year I became very unwell due to an autoimmune disease. As part of my recovery, I decided to learn Vedic Meditation under the guidance of Jacqui Lewis. Through her progressive, thought-provoking and passionate approach to teaching I was provided the skills to live a more stress-free, mindful life. As a former believer of “meditation is for hippies”, I now practise meditation regularly and truly believe I am calmer, more tolerant and more efficient. Although I take 40 minutes out of my day to meditate, I get this back in productivity, ideas and clarity. I am incredibly grateful to Jacqui for helping me to see things differently and for encouraging me to stick with it. I would highly recommend anyone who wishes to adopt conscious living to at the very least meet Jacqui – her passion and enthusiasm for what she does will captivate you.


Liana Cornell 

Student of The Broad Place

“The Broad Place has changed my life in a deeply profound way. I am endlessly grateful for all that this modality has offered to me so far and am looking forward to continuing along this ever-deepening journey.  Jacqui is a brilliant teacher and I cannot recommend this course highly enough. If you are looking to change your life in a magical way, then I highly recommend this course.”


Emily L’Ami
Founder of Bodha

“Thank-you so much for sharing Vedic meditation with me. The course was such a lovely experience and just like when I found ‘my yoga’ after years of dabbling in different styles I feel like i’ve finally found a meditation style that clicks for me. It’s part of my life now and I’m so grateful”


Ashley Neese

“I had been a student and teacher of meditation for years before I signed up for the course with The Broad Place. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure Vedic meditation was going to be that powerful as I already had many tools and studied with masters like Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield. All I knew was that I was called to The Broad Place training and at the encouragement of my friends that took the course, I decided to show up with an open mind.

Jacqui is a phenomenal teacher and has an engaging way of sharing the practice, she was warm and welcoming but also full of vitality. I’ve been to many meditation trainings over the course of the last fourteen years and this was by far one of the most interesting and useful. I left feeling like I had a very practical tool to incorporate right away and have been devoted to practicing twice a day ever since. What I love about The Broad Place is that they are creating an authentic community that I now have access to any time. What I love about the Vedic meditation they taught me is I now have a practice I enjoy doing and on the days when it’s challenging I know it will shift. I am very grateful to Jacqui and The Broad Place for taking these ancient teachings and making them accessible tools for modern living.”


Jo Stone

“I came to the meditation course with no real idea of what it entailed. I found your approach to be very authentic and sincere. What I loved is that you know that we are all flawed humans and that sometimes life gets in the way of the practice. But you gave us techniques to cope with that. It really was a lifetime gift that you bestowed upon me, an extra tool in the toolkit to navigate the frantic pace of the life we live. Personally I really admire your resolve to follow the life path that you have chosen and your ability to experience so much and share it with others.”