About the Director

By the Pool in Sedona

Featured in the New York Times and recognized as the face of mainstream meditation, Hay House author Sarah McLean, directs the Sedona Meditation Training Company and inspires seekers worldwide to “take time out for time in” through meditation.

Phoenix Woman magazine calls Sarah, “an inspirational and dynamic teacher.” Her students describe her as passionate and say her enthusiasm for her work is contagious.

Sarah’s experience is vast – along with her 22-year personal meditation practice, she was the founding education director of Deepak Chopra’s Center for Wellbeing, directed Byron Katie’s School for the Work, and was the assistant to Seat of the Soul author, Gary Zukav. She was even a medic in the US Army who treated soldiers dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sarah has also explored world spiritual traditions: she’s been a 2-year resident in a Zen Buddhist monastery, lived in an ashram in India, taught English to Tibetan Buddhist nuns, bicycled along the silk route through Pakistan and trekked the golden triangle in Asia.

“In my 20’s I sensed that there had to be a greater reason for being, I had already traveled around the world, gone to college, been in the army, and had successful real estate career, but I didn’t know what else to do. I asked the questions – to no one in particular – ‘What is my purpose in this life? Why am I really here?’ I listened to my intuition and paid attention to what attracted me. That led me to taking a look inside, at who I was beyond the roles I played and my relationships. I found mind body health and meditation.”

In 1989 Sarah began her personal daily meditation practice and her work with Deepak Chopra. She worked with him for more than eight years – first as a mind-body educator at his center in Massachusetts, and later as the educational director for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Southern California.

“By expanding my awareness and cultivating silence through meditation, I began to trust my inner voice and the cues I saw around me. Synchronicities became more frequent and I developed great faith in the creator that I was being led to the perfect path,” she said.

Sarah’s path led her to India, where she spent four months meditating in a South Indian ashram before traveling north to teach English to the Tibetan nuns living next to the Dalai Lama’s residence. When she returned to the states, she became a resident at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, just outside of Idyllwild, California.

“At the monastery I experienced the deep stillness and spaciousness of the now. We spent many days – sometimes weeks at a time – in silence. I became the witness to my actions and thoughts and eventually heard my real voice, the soft voice of my soul – my intuition. Perhaps this voice is the ‘whisper of the gods’ that Emerson describes.”

Since 1991 Sarah has lived in Sedona and Scottsdale where she is the director of the Sedona Meditation Training Company which offers meditation workshops and retreats.

“I want to take the mystery out of meditation, and make it available to as many people as possible,” she says. “It’s the best tool I know to experience who you really are . . . beyond the roles you play and your positions and possessions. Teaching meditation is what I am committed to doing to help bring peace to this life.”

Sarah distills her diverse experiences and perspectives and is invited to speak and offer her meditation, stress-reduction and self awareness programs throughout Arizona. She can be reached at 928.204.0067 or visit http://www.sedonameditation.com.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karina Mayer
    Feb 28, 2009 @ 07:47:32

    Please send coming events in The UK

  2. Sarah McLean
    Feb 28, 2009 @ 10:35:18

    Unfortunately we are not coming to the UK anytime soon. Most of our events take place in the southwest US. Sedona, AZ is a beautiful place for a meditation retreat. However if you want to phone us, we can always talk. Phone is 928-204-0067. Thanks for your comment. Namaste, Sarah McLean

  3. Vivek
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 11:55:58

    Your experience and work is very interesting. I have been practicing meditation for about 20 years, initially off and on and lately every day and it has helped me a lot. Your work helping other professionals in their daily lives is very interesting and I would guess satisfying too. I would like to meet you if you are in the Washington DC area. I will leave my email id below.

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