Meditation With A Monk In Armenia

On March 23-25, 2017,  WPI Foundation representatives visited Armenia and organised meditation workshops there for the second time.

In 2015, we have held meditation workshops in Armenia taught by our meditation and mindfulness trainer Anna Oleshkevych, and in 2017 we were lucky enough to bring a real Thai Buddhist monk to Armenia to further talk about meditation and practice it.

During the workshops, WPI team visited three cities – Vanadzor, Gyumri and Yerevan – bringing together 250 people in total.

How did it all start?

We were coming to Georgia for Bridge Peace Fellowship 2017, and had some free time afterwards. This is how our meditation friends from Armenia invited us to their country.

Meditation workshops were conducted by monk John from Thailand. He also answered the questions of all curious participants after the workshops.

When driving to Yerevan on the evening of March 24th, Monk John said he felt like visiting three Armenian cities was similar to visiting 3 different countries. Indeed, Vanadzor impressed us with its natural beautiy and Switzerland-like mountains, Gyumri city centre looked like a small town in Western Europe, and Yerevan welcomed us as a big modern city.

Meditation in Yoga and Pilates studio in Vanadzor

Monk John enjoyed meditating with Armenian participants, was impressed by their interest in meditation and numerous questions that he received during the five meditation sessions in three Armenian cities.

Join us for more meditation

If you too are interested in your meditation question to be answered, please register for our free online self development program at Peace Revolution website, and your Peace Coach will be happy to answer all the questions. You will be able to learn meditation from scratch or learn something new about it if you already have an experience. You are also welcome to join Peace Revolution Armenia Facebook page to receive updates about Peace Revolution events in Armenia. There you will find a group of people interested in meditation who will support your practice.

We are grateful to our hosts – Nona from Yoga and Pilates Centre in Vanadzor, Tamara Khlghatyan from Gyumri, Anna Poghosian and Armenak Minasyants from Yerevan.

Thank you Karine from Lotus center in Yerevan for hosting our workshop, and thank you Grigor Yeritsyan for interpreting it into Armenian.

Check out more photos here.

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