Acem in the future


By Elisabeth Heimdal Wærsted 

What will Acem look like in 50 years, on its 100-year anniversary? The year will be 2066. Just saying that number feels abstract, futuristic, and far far away. It raises another question: what will the world look like in 2066? Read more…

New book: Psychology of Silence


The classic introduction – available for the first time in English

This book presents the classic introduction to Acem’s theory and practice of meditation, written by the founder. Psychology of Silence provides an easy-to-read account of the technique and its effects on health and personality. The book also includes chapters on meditative silence and the cultural background of Acem Meditation. Read more…

An intensive experience of communication – with several language options


Acem’s Training in Interpersonal Communication helps you improve your empathetic capacity and understanding of yourself and others. This year’s course will have English, German, Spanish, and Scandinavian groups, provided a sufficient number of people sign up for each language. The registration deadline is 15 April, with 15 March for early-bird registration. The course takes place 29 April – 7 May 2017 at Acem International Retreat Centre Halvorsbøle, Norway. Read more…

Meditation and Culture: the Interplay of Practice and Context – new book


Editor: Halvor Eifring

Bloomsbury Press, London, Delhi, New York and Sydney, 2015. 280 pages. ISBN: 9781472579911

What is the relation between meditation and culture?

Over the last decade Halvor Eifring has been undertaking an inter-disciplinary research project to explore the nature of ‘meditation’ and the cultures in which it is practiced and undertaken. A conference was held near Oslo in 2011, bringing together internationally-renowned scholars who sought to answer the question: What is the relationship between meditation and culture? This book is the fourth product of their contributions – with discussions of practices that travel from one culture to another, or are surrounded by competing cultures; and exploration of cultures that bring together competing practices, or that are themselves mosaics of elements of different origins. Read more…

Acem Meditation improved my life


Mercedes Ozuna: “I sought meditation originally for very practical reasons. I really did not know what to expect or what I was getting myself into. That is why I was so pleasantly surprised when I started to see the results of my daily Acem Meditation practice. They were not what I expected, they were better. First of all, I was sleeping, after years of suffering insomnia. Read more…

“I was deeply touched”


In Benjamin Kartal’s job as an air traffic controller, challenging moments are part of his daily work. At the age of 27 he has ten years of meditation experience. When he was 17 years old and practiced Judo, he started to use mental training in addition to his normal training sessions. Over several years he tried different techniques. Read more…

More than 400 participants from around the world

Register for the World Retreat now

taullEnthusiasm for the Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016 in the fantastic surroundings of the Spanish Pyrenees has exceeded all expectations. Two months before the retreat starts, the number of participants enrolled is well above four hundred, including people from a large number of countries in Europe, America and Asia. Read more…

Where the Pyrenees touch the sky

World Retreat approaching

touching the skyHundreds of meditators from around the world have already registered for the second world retreat in Acem’s 50-year long history. They will travel to the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees for a week of intensive meditation, personal reflection, playful interaction, and scenic walks in spectacular surroundings. You may still join them. Read more…

New study reveals the core meditation areas in the brain

By Svend Davanger

brainsThere are three main meditation-related areas in the brain, according to a new meta-analysis study: Insula, the prefrontal cortex, and the anterior cingulate cortex. All of these are located in the front half of the brain, and they seem to be involved irrespective of the type of meditation used.
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Choose your workshop

at the Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016

workshopOn three afternoons during the World Retreat, you can choose between five different exciting and entertaining workshops. The workshops come in three different versions: talks, games and body practices. While most of the talks focus on scientific, cultural or psychological aspects of meditation, two of them are concerned with the history and art of the country we are in: Spain. The games encourage a playful attitude towards the exploration of the self, while the body practices use breath and movements as channels of self-expression. Read more…