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Project manager at a young age: “Meditation gives me an anchor”

2021-10-06T22:36:36+02:00October 6th, 2021|

Elisabeth Heimdal Wærsted is a project manager in the Saint-Gobain international industrial group. She is the mother of two small children, and something is constantly going on. How does she manage?

Elisabeth began practicing Acem meditation when she was 17. Her parents had meditated in Acem for many years, and she was curious about what […]

Webinar: Meditative Silence and the Good Life

2021-09-20T00:23:31+02:00September 20th, 2021|

What makes a life worth living?

Most of us pursue happiness. The American constitution even considers it an unalienable right. But what is happiness? A feeling of joy running through your body? A life filled with happy moments? Recognition, stable relationships or the absence of suffering? Paradoxically, the pursuit of happiness can lead us away […]

International summer retreats 2022

2021-09-20T00:23:15+02:00September 20th, 2021|

After two years of digital alternatives, the first physical retreat of the regular type (with daily meditations above the 3-hour level) will take place on 16-23 July 2022 at Halvorsbøle, Norway. This will be Acem’s main international meeting point during the summer.

At this retreat, all seminars will be by Are Holen. Guidance groups in English, […]

International winter retreats 2021-2022

2021-09-20T00:22:46+02:00September 20th, 2021|

The darker and more silent period of the year could be a really good time to take a break that matters!

International Intensive Advanced Deepening Retreat, 16 days

Lundsholm, Värmland, Sweden

Friday 19 November 2021 16:00

Advanced International Three-week Deepening Retreat January 2 to January 23, 2022

Lundsholm, Värmland, Sweden

Sunday 02 January 2022 15:00

A rare opportunity to learn about yourself

2021-09-16T23:47:19+02:00September 16th, 2021|

Acem Training in Interpersonal Communication 21 -29 May 2022

Learn from new experiences in interaction with others! This is a unique course; it doesn’t resemble any other training with a similar name. It builds on experience-based, exploratory, and deepening group processes.

We are happy to be able to invite Acem meditators from all countries to this very […]

Webinar: New visions of meditation

2021-09-09T13:07:44+02:00September 9th, 2021|

This webinar on October 2 will provide knowledge about the background of Acem and discuss some of the most important issues in Acem’s history from the beginnings in 1966 until today.

When Acem was founded as a student organization in Norway in 1966, the meditating students were curious about the long-term effects of meditation. They soon […]

New book: A first on the history of Acem

2021-09-09T12:55:48+02:00September 9th, 2021|

This book follows the development of Acem School of Meditation through its first 50 years, from a small group of students in Oslo in 1966 to an international non-profit organization teaching Acem Meditation on every continent.

Founded by Are Holen, Acem has developed an understanding of meditation based on modern psychology and neuroscience. This approach includes […]

“As a scientist, I need to combine objectivity and subjectivity to generate new ideas.”

2021-08-18T18:49:28+02:00August 18th, 2021|

Elsa Roussel, 29, an immunologist-in-training based in Zurich, joined an Acem Meditation course in 2017 and has since been exploring various levels of self-awareness in her personal relationships and interactions.

More daring

“I have learned how to set boundaries, be more balanced between what I feel and how to […]

How to deal with restlessness in meditation

2021-06-02T17:10:20+02:00June 2nd, 2021|

By Jonas Meyer

Everyone who meditates will from time to time encounter restlessness in meditation. Here are nine suggestions on how to handle it. Restlessness in meditation is a sign that there is something in you that you are not quite managing to embrace. Restlessness is therefore an important and interesting phenomenon in meditation. It represents […]

IT entrepreneur with success: – Without meditation, I would not be able to cope with the pressure

2021-06-02T17:11:19+02:00June 2nd, 2021|

Father of three and business manager Håvard Bell built a software company from scratch. Today, it has 25 employees and its app is used worldwide.

Håvard talks about a steep learning curve and many challenges: “We were five technology-focused engineers. We thought that if we had a product that was good enough, customers would automatically flock […]

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