Gandhi Peace Honor awarded to Dr Are Holen

On Gandhi’s birthday, 2nd October 2018, Dr. Are Holen received the Gandhi Peace Honor for spreading World peace and harmony. The award was given for his lifelong contributions to society and mankind, for his scientific work related to post-traumatic stress, and his research on and efforts in teaching Acem Meditation since 1966, an elaborate approach to meditation based on psychology and science.

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International Regular Retreat 2019 with Dr Are Holen

13-20 July, Acem International Retreat Centre, Norway

Acem Meditation is more than relaxation. This weeklong retreat in beautiful surroundings is a unique opportunity to practice long meditations and get into deeper meditative processes. The evening seminars will be with Dr Are Holen, Acem’s founder. Guidance groups and social interaction further stimulate processes of change.

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Learn Acem Meditation at the International Regular Retreat 2019 

13-20 July, Acem International Retreat Centre

You will get a good start when you learn meditation at this retreat. There is plenty of time to thoroughly learn how to meditate – with a free, open attitude. And there are ample opportunities to discuss all your questions about the method and use your curiosity to explore the potential of Acem Meditation.

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From Taiwan to the deepening retreat in Norway: a unique experience

Interview with Hana Han

As a retired high school teacher in Taiwan, Hana Han enjoys her life: She interprets her dreams, writes poems, and meditates. She is less stressed, with plenty of energy for all she wants to do.

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Break-through in Science

The Center for Quantum Spintronics (QuSpin) explores new ways of controlling electric signals in nanotechnology. Professor Arne Brataas explains the milestone of the new research – and shares his experience with Acem Meditation.  QuSpin has recently published a break-through in the scientific journal Nature¹.

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Life and meditation – deceptive perspectives

What do you see?

The woman in the street, Thomas and the boss, your meditation

As Karen walks along a busy, crowded street on a Saturday morning, she notices a little girl who refuses to be seated in her pram, garbage being dropped on the pavement and a broken window pane. Louis is also strolling in a street. It is late in the summer and he enjoys the soft breeze, notices a smile from a stranger – and the happy faces of those who enjoy their ice cream. He thinks it would be nice if people stopped dropping waste paper in the street.

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Yes to your most wonderful holiday

International Young Summer Retreat 2019

You want to dedicate the summer to your own inner growth? You want to meet other wonderful people (aged 17-35) from all over the world?

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Five International Retreats 2019

Give yourself a rejuvenating break in 2019 with silence, reflection and interaction. Be inspired and bring home new insights into yourself and your meditation.

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Are Holen appointed honorary doctor of The Open University

Are Holen at The Open University

International recognition for Acem Meditation and stress research

“His rigorous research and compassionate practice [have] transformed the lives of people across the world.” These words were pronounced when the founder of the Acem School of Meditation Professor Are Holen (pictured at the ceremony above) was appointed honorary doctor of The Open University (OU) outside London on 22 September 2018. Read more…

A rare opportunity to explore your personality and the way you interact with others


The next Acem communication course takes place 25 May – 2 June 2019, at Halvorsbøle, Norway. This intensive course has been an annual event for nearly fifty years and is open to those who have learned Acem Meditation.

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