Answers to the most common questions.
Is Acem Meditation taught outside of NYC?
Acem has many training sites around the world. However, in the US, Acem courses are currently only offered in NYC. Please contact us and sign up for to be on our mailing list if you would like to be notified when other US regions become available.
Is Acem Meditation taught via DVD/Internet/Skype?
The short answer is no. Only personal instruction and systematic guidance ensure that you learn the technique properly. You can't learn Acem Meditation from the Internet, a CD, or a book, but need to attend a course. It has been our experience that the most effective method of learning this technique is in person and therefore we only offer, at the present moment, in this format.
Could we have an Acem instructor come to our school, place of business etc., to train a group of students? What if our group is outside of NYC?
If the group is large 15+ students and the host is willing to expense travel and lodging for the instructor, this offer will be considered on a case by case basis taking into consideration factors such as availability of an instructor on dates needed and distance to travel.
I cannot attend on the dates the course is offered and would like to learn the technique by myself, is one-on-one training offered?
Yes, depending on availability of instructor on the requested dates. There is a higher fee for this service than your normal training course. Please contact us for the most current rate.
Can anyone learn meditation?
Yes, Acem Meditation is easy to learn. It is a technique for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Does it take long to learn?
A beginner’s course is usually over two days or two evenings. The number of hours varies from 6-9 altogether. See Beginner's Courses for more details.
How often and for how long should I meditate?
For full effect, we advise you to meditate 30 min twice a day or 45 min once a day, but even sporadic meditation gives good relaxation. If you are pressed for time, it is better to meditate for 10 min than not at all.
Do I have to sit cross-legged?
No. When you meditate you sit comfortably in a chair. The sitting position shouldn’t take too much attention. To an outside observer you appear to be simply resting.
How do I know that this technique is non-religious?
Acem Meditation is taught and understood according to modern western psychology. Results come from practice, not from belief. The meditation sounds are neutral and have no meaning, unlike Eastern mantras.
How long will it take until I feel benefits?
Most people feel relaxation from the very first time they meditate. Many report increased energy, more calm and better sleep the first weeks.
How can Acem Meditation help me perform better in my studies?
It becomes easier to focus. Meditation helps you let go of distracting thoughts.
What are the most common effects of Acem Meditation?
Bodily and mental relaxation, increased stress-tolerance, better sleep and improved concentration. Regular meditation over time helps you break vicious circles and understand yourself better.
Can I listen to music whilst meditating?
No, like other external stimuli, music will disturb the meditation process. In Acem Meditation, you don’t try to achieve a certain mood or state of mind.
Do I need additional courses after having learnt Acem Meditation?
You can meditate on your own after a beginner´s course. Acem also offers a variety of follow-up activities for those who are interested in further enhancing their meditation practice. Some find that meeting with fellow meditators help them keep up the habit.
What does scientific research say about meditation?
Research confirms that Acem Meditation provides thorough relaxation, reduces the level of stress hormones, improves the immune system and lowers the blood pressure. Oxygen uptake and heart rate are reduced, alpha and theta waves increase. See Fighting Stress for more details.
How does Acem Meditation differ from other forms of meditation?
While many meditation techniques involve concentration, Acem Meditation is performed without effort and allows thoughts to come and go. This facilitates deeper psychological processes of change.
Where is Acem located?
In the US courses are currently run in New York City.
How much does it cost to learn?
The course fee is $95, for full time students and spouses the fee is $45. When courses are held in collaboration with adult colleges, prices may vary.