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 courses for beginners and experienced meditators, as well as advanced retreats with long meditations for people with normal obligations to family and work.

Through periodicals, seminars, radio and TV stations, and blogs, Acem has sought to act as a countercurrent to dominant trends in culture and society.

Author: Tor Hersoug.

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The psychology of meditation
Various levels
Acem School of Yoga
Forging new paths
“Books and buildings”

Year by year 1966-2016

The psychology of meditation

Deepening retreats

The financial basis

The beginning
Volunteer efforts to raise money
Acem’s first property
Acem’s first retreat center
Acute financial need
Renting out venues
Further expansion
Idealistic work
Personal contributions


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