LIVE TEACHER + GROUP SUPPORT
IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME
What is Telesangha?
We make deepening your meditation practice easier by offering 30 minute, teacher-led meditation sessions, every weekday.
Meditation is not easy. Starting a regular practice is not easy, and keeping focused on deepening your practice when there are so many things competing for our time is not easy. With simple technology, a pool of live personal teachers, flexible times, lessons to deepen your understanding and all the benefits of being part of a small intimate group we make it easier and more fun.
Telesangha was created with the intention to help you deepen your meditation practice with the help of a community.
Science has shown that the major benefits of meditation come with some form of a regular practice. We believe that regular practice is more fun and more successful with community. We believe that the easier and more fun it is for you to establish a regular practice, the more likely you will.
There is an incredible interest in mindfulness and meditation. So many have come to know the benefits of meditation yet struggle to do it. Telesangha is like having a live meditation teacher come to your house, knock on your door, at the time you pick, with a group of meditators who have committed to joining you on path to deepened awareness. It's like having a mindfulness personal trainer and being part of a cross-fit group for meditation without having to leave your home.
YOU KNOW MEDITATION IS GOOD FOR YOUR...
SO WHY IS IT SO HARD?!
Like exercising, eating right, starting good habits and breaking bad ones - it's not easy to start new habits, even if we know they're good for us. That's what we are here for. The Telesangha team is a dedicated group of people whose purpose is to help you deepen your meditation practice
What makes us different?
We believe that the deepening of a meditation practice is personal. We believe that technology cannot replace the benefits of a live teacher and human to human connection. Our model is centered around bringing people together on a shared path to learning and practice.
MAKE EVERY DAY A LITTLE BETTER
What do you get from Telesangha?
Make every day a little better with short, 30 minute sessions. We make it easier to have a regular mediation practice. Imagine the difference in your life if every day you set aside some time to take care of your peace of mind.
We make it simple and easy to get into a regular practice. We call you. You just need to lift your finger to answer the phone to start a session. We call you and automatically connect you to your teacher and group. Our technology is simple and has been carefully setup to enable your pursuit of deepened practice.
Currently, we are only able to call phone numbers within the US and Canada. International participants can connect over the internet or by calling a local access number.
You don’t have to change your religion. Our meditation teaching are secular, evidence based and for atheists, agnostics, and people of all faiths.
Deepen your understanding and the effectiveness of practice. With personalized instruction and guidance from an experienced, certified meditation teacher push your practice into new depths. Explore new techniques and master fundamentals.
You have personal teacher who cares about you and your progress. You will have many opportunities to ask your teacher questions and get the one on one support you need.
Create a regular meditation practice with the peer support of a small intimate group of like-minded meditators. We track your commitments and provide motivation and accountability to keep on track.
Make new friends and don’t meditate alone. You’ll be called by name and get to know your small intimate groups.
- Flexibility to meditate when you want. Never miss a session, with over 40+ live teacher led meditation sessions weekly you’ll have multiple options to drop in.
IMAGINE... WHAT WOULD YOUR LIFE BE LIKE IF YOU
HAD A REGULAR MEDITATION PRACTICE?
“Telesangha has been instrumental to my development of a regular meditation practice, when compared to my handful of failed attempts in the past. The group support is invaluable. I would recommend Telesangha to anyone who inspires to deepen their practice – it really works!”
“What an ingeniously simple way to get social support to meditate more frequently! Heartily recommend to anyone looking to improve the consistency and community around their meditation efforts.”
Vikram Surya Chiruvolu
“This is a great way to develop a routine and discipline for your meditation practice. If you want a new habit to stick, you need support to do it – and Telesangha provides that community and that support.”
“This is the first time I’ve effectively/consistently meditated, kept my promise to myself about this area of my life, and had FUN doing so.”
Cost & Comparison
Pick What You Pay - Monthly Subscription
Telesangha is a small organization of folks who share a common goal of helping people like you deepen their meditation practice. Our goal is to make having a regular meditation practice a little bit easier for you. We are not trying to make a billion dollars and get acquired by some giant public company.
Another central aspect of Telesangha is financially supporting our meditation teachers. Our teachers underwent extensive training and devoted themselves to hosting your meditation group day in and day out. We would like to provide our hard-working teachers a fair wage.
Lastly, we want this service to be accessible to people at all income levels.
Because of our highly human approach our costs are not easily comparable to the traditional meditation apps that rely heavily on technology.
YOUR MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION HAS TWO PARTS:
Base contribution: $14.95
This goes towards supporting Telesangha’s core functions and systems. Every subscriber pays at least $14.95
Teacher contribution: variable
You choose how much you contribute to your teacher. To make Telesangha sustainable for our teachers and to make it comparable to other services (see below) we recommend $49.95 monthly. If that is beyond your means, we offer a $29.95 tier. We also have a $79.95 tier if you are able to support your teacher more substantially.
In line with our goal of making Telesangha accessible, we also offer a scholarship tier of just $14.95 per month. If you begin at this tier, we hope you will consider supporting your teacher once your financial circumstances change.
Don’t let money be a deterrent, sign up at the level you feel good about and that will allow you to start the program without money related stress. We don’t want you to stress out about paying for a program where one of the benefits is reducing stress!
The breakdown for your monthly contribution:
- Scholarship*: $14.95
- *This a financial aid tier. Your teacher is donating their time.
- Minimum: $14.95 (base) + $15 (for teacher) = $29.95
- Your teacher would make approximately $.50 per session
- Standard: $14.95 (base) + $35 (for teacher) = $49.95
- Your teacher would make approximately $1.75 per session
- Supporter: $14.95 (base) + $65 (for teacher) = $79.95
- Your teacher would make approximately $3.25 per session
- Two hours of therapy ($129 / hour): $258
- A monthly gym membership ($80) with 2 trainer sessions ($120): $200
- One month daily Coffee Shop Latte ($4.25 a day): $127.50
The contribution to a typical yoga or meditation class is $10 - $15 for a 90 minute session, or $3.33 - $5 for a half hour.
- $30 per month to Telesangha comes to $1.50 per 1/2 hour session.
- $50 per month to Telesangha comes to $2.50 per 1/2 hour session.
- $80 per month to Telesangha, you are paying $4 per 1/2 hour session.
At any of these levels, your contribution is less than or in line with other yoga or meditation offerings.
A certified meditation teacher leads a daily, guided meditation course helping you cultivate compassion, peace awareness, and focus.
You are connected to your teacher and a small group of other meditators via a conference call. No apps, no struggle - and we call you to meditation daily.
Your live meditation teacher will guide you through meditation, and lead group check ins. You're known by your name - not a user id.
You don't have to go anywhere to have a live group meditation experience. Your teacher and fellow meditators come to you daily.
Our Teachers and Current Sessions
Telesangha currently offers daily meditation sessions at the below times. We are always looking to add new teachers and invested in finding the right times to offer our sessions. If you don't see a session at a time that works for you, check back! You can also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and tell us what times would be best for you.
Our Teachers & Sessions:
See below (and scroll side to side) to learn more about our teachers.
- At 6:30 am Eastern Time: Jayne Sutton
- At 7:30 am Eastern Time: Stan Eisenstein
- At 9:00 am Eastern Time: Bill Brooks
- At 10:00 am Eastern Time: Cynthia Wilcox
And in the Evenings:
- At 9:30 pm Eastern Time: Anna Johns
Some sessions might be full and waitlisted. This will be noted on the order form.
“Cynthia has trained to teach meditation in various wisdom traditions and her guided meditations are an integration of this study with her personal experience in meditation and in life. She teaches meditation with an emphasis on inhabiting the body to access a felt sense of stability, a felt sense of the tenderness of the heart, and to process emotion through the body.”
Cynthia Wilcox, PhD
“Bill Brooks is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Fredericksburg. He has been teaching mindfulness for over a decade. While receiving training through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, Bill has found the very real experiences of life to be his greatest teachers.”
“Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group and co-teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Baltimore. Stan is an affiliate teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness for Teens, and Meeting Chronic Pain and Illness courses. Stan has a Master’s Degree in Social Work.”
“Jayne Sutton, CMT-P, has practiced meditation for 20 years and is committed to bringing the benefits of mindfulness to as wide a population as possible. Beyond the well-documented neurological and physiological effects of the practice, she aims to aid in the discovery and nurturing of the natural connections between humans in community, and to help individuals uncover their natural, innate wisdom and compassion through the practice of mindfulness and reflection. Jayne is certified as a Mindfulness Teacher (500 hour) by the Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI) and by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA).”
EMI Graduate, Member of IMTA
“Growing up in India — the birthplace of yoga — Anna would watch her father meditate and do sun salutations barefoot before she eventually began her formal training in yoga and meditation with Master Kamal Srinivas. She went on to pursue extensive training in India and the US. Anna is the co-founder of Asian Sangha at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and is a mentor for IMCW and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) teen retreats. She is a graduate of the 2-year Meditation Teacher Certification program (with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach), lives in Northern Virginia with 5 earthlings: her husband, two human and two non-human children and shares her love of learning at asaya.org.”
MTTI’s teacher training is an extensive 2-year program led by Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. It includes explorations of basic Eastern wisdom and practices, the interface of meditation with western psychology and cutting-edge science, and the development of teaching skills and guidance in establishing classes and workshops. The curriculum was drawn largely from Eastern wisdom traditions but was steeped in practices applicable in most secular and religious domains.
The training includes 8 retreats, 24 monthly sessions, intensive study, group support and senior teacher mentoring. Every graduate has at least 5 years meditation experience.
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