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Ilkley Master Class For Meditators - "Recognize And Realize The Benefits Of Continued Practice"

2 hrs - Free Of Charge - Ilkley

The benefits of Vedic meditation are cumulative and compounding, evolving over time. Yet, it’s not uncommon to experience a sense of reaching a plateau and question if anything new is happening!

Join this class and learn what to look for, what to expect, as you continue to practice, and be guided how to realize the benefits of your practice in all aspects of daily life.

Register now to reserve your spot!

This event is for Vedic meditators – address supplied on RSVP.

The Soft Road Vedic Meditation Retreat - Memorial Day Long Weekend - May 22 - 25 2020

Menla Mountain Reteat Centre, Upstate New York

Intuition And You – Nature’s Guide To Greater Happiness

Choice and decision-making are central to the human experience – a powerful expression of our individuality, at the heart of all progress, and our evolution towards greater happiness.

Yet, for almost everyone, decision-making provokes a level of anxiety, self-doubt, or procrastination, depleting our energies and wasting precious time!

Life’s not meant to be this hard. It’s of huge benefit for you to become expert with Nature’s guide and direction finder – your intuition.

Intuition is present in every choice. In learning how to reliably recognize and cultivate your intuition, a different experience of life unfolds infused with intuitive guidance, self-trust, internal stability, and greater happiness sourced from within. We call this The Soft Road.

The practice of Vedic meditation creates the optimum conditions for perceiving – and following – intuitive guidance. This effortless technique unwinds stress and fatigue from the physiology, expands our awareness, and refines sensory perception.

Come and enjoy this opportunity for Retreat with master Vedic teachers and founders of The Soft Road, Neil and Melanie Kirkbride. Surrender to the simple structure of the days, be nurtured and supported, immerse in the peaceful setting, and experience the insights and profound benefits that come as we let go of do, do, do.

Daily knowledge sessions explore the vast potential of our intuition and address important questions including, how to recognize intuitive guidance, how to build self-trust, and how to overcome the fear to take action. Learn how to combine intuition and intellect to create the ultimate dynamic duo!

On this Retreat meditators can deepen their practice with “industrial-strength meditation”, also known as Rounding. No prior experience of Rounding is necessary; expert teaching and supervision is included.

The 4-day course to learn Vedic meditation is a requirement for this Retreat.



We will be offering the 4-day course during the retreat for an additional $800

For further details


Pricing – Per Person

US$1855 – Standard Double – twin beds, bathroom shared with other rooms
US$1960 – Deluxe Double – twin beds, bathroom shared with one other room
US$1986 – Deluxe Queen – queen bed, double occupancy, private bath**
US$2350 – Deluxe Queen – queen bed, single occupancy, private bath

** Select “2 Guests” in room when registering for Deluxe Queen

Pricing includes Knowledge meetings, Rounding instruction, accommodation and three vegetarian meals daily. Transportation is not included.


Retreat participants who wish to use this opportunity to meet the Rounding pre-requisite for Vedic Meditation Initiator Training should contact us on Registration.


“I have asked Neil and Melanie Kirkbride to take over our annual New York retreat because of their extraordinary life experiences and accomplishments even prior to being trained as Initiators….You will leave the retreat with not only a more profound understanding of the Vedic world view, but most importantly, how to use it as a practical outlet in your everyday life and living.”



For any questions about the Retreat, please contact us here or

Past Events

Master Class For Meditators - "The Many Faces of Stress Release"

2 hrs, Free Of Charge - Chelsea, NYC - location confirmed on registration

Take your knowledge to another level about one of the most important aspects of our practice – stress release and the unwinding of stress.

Recognise the presence of stress release, inside and outside of meditation. Develop personal strategies for stability. What happens as your practice deepens, and how to avoid “re-cycling”.

There are only 10 places available for this class – register now to reserve your spot!

"Becoming Enlightened in New York"

Hoffman Creative, 315 W39th Street, NYC

Is this a contradiction in terms? What does it mean to live and work in a higher state of consciousness in 21st century New York – and how to cultivate this in yourself?

Stepping beyond the mystical, independent of occupation and individual circumstances, this relatable talk helps us recognise the qualities, behaviours and experiences of an “enlightened” individual – the steps to get there and keep going!

The evening includes a Group Meditation.

The Myth of "Making It Happen"

Hoffman Creative, 315 W39th Street, NYC

The mistaken belief that we “make things happen” costs us dearly. All that strain and frustration is exhausting, when all the while there’s another way.

Come to this Soft Road Talk – it’s time to debunk this myth and embrace an easier, frictionless, experience of life.

Vitality - The Holy Grail of 21st Century Living

Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue, NYC

The bar for personal energy is now set so low that somewhere above coping is becoming an achievement! Time to rethink and recharge our approach.

Come to this Soft Road Talk – the sparks of vitality are alive within us all – be guided where to look, how to kindle the flame, and keep it alight.

First Anniversary Group Meditation meeting

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK

In December we held a group meditation evening to celebrate one year of teaching in Ilkley, and to recognise those students who have completed their first year of meditating. Everyone shared the benefits they experience as regular meditators.

Hubris & Leadership International Conference

Ashridge Business School, UK

Melanie participated in the “Working with Hubris in the Coaching Relationship” conference that explored the topic of leadership hubris in all its guises.

Held at one of the world’s leading business schools, the keynote speaker, Lord David Owen, a distinguished politician and doctor, is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of hubris in public and business life.

The Soft Road in New York, USA

Hoffman Creative

In May 2016, The Soft Road gave a knowledge talk on “Trusting Your Intuition”, hosted at the studio of branding and design firm Hoffman Creative.

We also participated in a seminar on “The Art of Leadership”, taught by Thom Knoles, pre-eminent master teacher and thought leader in the integration of the cognitive sciences, human consciousness, and the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda.

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