Free meditation class in Woodstock, NY

About the Woodstock Sri Chinmoy Meditation Group 

We have been offering meditation classes, workshops, music festivals and fun runs for 15 years in the scenic Woodstock area. Musicians frequently visit us from the New York area to perform Sri Chinmoy's meditative music.

Since Sri Chinmoy's passing in 2007, we have been hosting an annual ‘Joy Day’ each June combining meditation and music with food, fun and games.

Our classes

Centre members give free meditation classes as a community service in  Woodstock throughout the year. 

We also sponsor free concerts with world class performers from the New York area and hold periodic public races. To learn more about our meditation classes or the Woodstock Sri Chinmoy Group, you can contact us using our contact form.

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Meditation Workshop FAQ

Q. What type of meditation do you teach?

A. We offer  “heart center” meditation. This a method wherein we calm the mind using proven meditation techniques  in order to enter the spiritual heart. It is one of the fastest ways of making spiritual progress. More …

Members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre Who Give Meditation Classes


Palash Bosgang has been studying meditation with Sri Chinmoy for almost 30 years. An avid runner and meditation teacher, Palash resides in the Woodstock area, working as a librarian at Bard College.


Sri Chinmoy in Woodstock

Sri Chinmoy had a particular fondness for the Woodstock area, visiting friends numerous times in the 1960s to meditate in the surrounding mountains.

I had many, many spiritual experiences in Woodstock. I used to meditate on the top of a particular hill. I had a special spot — a dry, arid piece of woods. I was very fond of that place and I used to go there early in the morning to meditate. I felt such joy meditating there on the top of the hill.

Here in America I saw the Supreme once as a Golden Purusha. Do you know where? In Woodstock. Near the end of 1964 I was meditating at Yerry Hill. There, with my naked human eyes, I saw my Supreme as the Golden Purusha. In the Vedas it is described. How beautiful and tall my Supreme was. He was running with me and holding a golden wand — like a magic wand. I was overwhelmed with light and delight. This kind of experience can never, never be forgotten.

Sri Chinmoy 1

He also gave formal concerts over the years, a few of which are listed below.

April 29, 1978 
Concert - Artists’ Association in  Woodstock, N.Y
August 26, 1978 
Meditation and Esraj performance - open field on land owned by the non-profit Creative Music Foundation, Woodstock, NY
July 5, 1980  
Outdoor concert, Woodstock
July 12, 1980
Outdoor concert, Woodstock
July 26, 1980
Indoor concert, Woodstock
August 5, 1982  
Concert, One-Mile race, Woodstock
June 3, 1988   

Concert, Community Center, Woodstock
Inaugurated Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile at Woodstock’s Kenneth L. Wilson Public Campground (below)


The heart and soul of Woodstock

A talk by Sri Chinmoy given at the Inauguration of the Woodstock Peace Mile
3 June 1988 1

Sri Chinmoy inaugurates the Peace Mile

A long twenty-four years ago, I came to Woodstock for the first time. Since then I have come to Woodstock many, many times. I loved the soul of Woodstock, I still love the soul of Woodstock and I shall forever and forever love the soul of Woodstock. Now I am extremely grateful to the heart and soul of Woodstock for having given me the golden opportunity to be of dedicated service to the soul, heart, mind, vital and body of Woodstock.

Peace is the only thing that we need, that the world needs desperately. Here, our devoted, dedicated and soulful service to this great community will be our act of self-offering. Fruitful is Woodstock. And we are trying to add our soulful qualities with our devoted service to this great and good community.

I have had here teeming experiences, soulful experiences, spiritual experiences, illumining experiences, fulfilling experiences. I still have very, very good friends here in Woodstock. They have been extremely kind over the years and my heart of gratitude I am offering to them.

I cannot express adequately my inner feelings. I can only say this much: O heart of Woodstock, I was extremely fond of you, I am still fond of you, and I shall always and always remain fond of you. It is here that I had the dream, the golden dream, to do something in our way of manifestation here on earth. It has taken us twenty-four years to sow the seeds of my dream-beauty. Now we shall be offering our oneness-dream, oneness-home, oneness-family, not only in Woodstock but all over the world.