The Way of Effortless Mindfulness Daylong Retreat with Loch Kelly


The Way of Effortless Mindfulness
Daylong Retreat with Loch Kelly

A Benefit Event for ClearLight Meditation Institute

Saturday October 12  |  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

We have moved this event to a larger venue. Please note the new location:
The Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S Valley Forge Rd, Devon, PA 19333

ClearLight is delighted to be hosting Loch Kelly for this daylong retreat and book signing based on his best-selling book, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness.

“In this groundbreaking guidebook, Loch Kelly offers contemporary versions of ancient practices . . . that can liberate our lives with meaning, connection, and clarity. What a beautiful book!” – Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Aware

“Loch Kelly’s guidance is clear, precise, and arises from a wise, caring heart. There are very few who can guide with such mastery. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is truly a gift.” – Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of True Refuge

Loch, Scott and Nancy’s Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche said: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” Deliberate mindfulness includes one-pointed focus and nonjudgmentally observing the changing contents of our mind and body. The second approach, effortless mindfulness, shifts from focusing on the contents to discovering the context, an awareness that is already awake and free of suffering.

We can begin with deliberate mindfulness as a good foundation, or we can start with effortless mindfulness. Effortless mindfulness is an advanced yet simple, next, natural stage of mindfulness. Rather than concentrating to calm and focus your mind, we will learn to intentionally shift into awake awareness, which is already calm, intelligent, and able to effortlessly focus. The primary practice is small glimpses, many times in the midst of your day. In this daylong retreat, we will learn how awake awareness is energetically embodied and open-hearted, so that we can experience wellbeing and live a compassionate life.

Loch will be available to sign his new book after the daylong.

Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is the author of the best-seller The Way of Effortless Mindfulness. Loch has been a leading meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and seminar leader for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11. Loch studied with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche. He collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, Brown and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. For more information,

Registration Options

  • Standard Registration: $95

    Early-bird price of $85 when you sign up by September 28.

  • College Student Price: $50

    If you sign up for this option, you must bring valid student ID to the first class.

All proceeds from this event go to ClearLight Meditation Institute for the brand new Center. Thanks to Loch for his tremendous support and effortless generosity!

To ensure no one is turned away for lack of funds, ClearLight offers partial scholarships. To inquire, please contact us.



You guys are serious and laid back at the same time which I really like. I feel that you have acquired real wisdom and experience in the areas that you teach, but I love how you really do “meet people where they are”.Past Course Participant
Walking the path under the guidance of Scott and Nancy has transformed my life. I now live it from a place of love, joy, compassion, and peace. When inevitable turmoil happens, it’s transient and I can move through it. I’m no longer whip-sawed around. Each day feels enveloped in gratitude and I feel held by a loving presence.N. C., Physical Therapist
The talks on loving kindness were a beautiful blend of wisdom, love, science addressing the challenge of our common reality.D. L., Past course participant
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