AMI Summer Retreat 2018-02-23T15:56:36+00:00


Self-Care for Healthy Living
Integrating Spirituality and Science

Meditation • Stress and Pain Management • Breathing • Easy-Gentle Yoga • Yoga Psychology • Ayurveda • Nutrition • Spirituality • Personal Self-Care Plan

For first-time or experienced meditators, physicians, nurses and therapists.


July 19 – 22, 2018


Spend a peaceful and instructive weekend with The American Meditation Institute founders Leonard and Jenness Perlmutter. Nestled East of Albany in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, AMI offers an intimate country setting where you can leave behind all the duties and responsibilities of everyday life to explore opportunities for personal spiritual growth, health and self-transformation. Join us to discover the power of this sage and practical tradition.

This retreat presents the AMI MEDITATION curriculum in a concentrated four-day format. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re guaranteed to gain practical skills for transformation through experiential lectures, practices and discussions. Leonard’s experience, clear teaching style and sense of humor will advance your understanding, provide you a complete meditation practice and teach you how to express your life’s true purpose creatively and confidently. This special weekend will provide you all the tools you’ll need to ease stress, reduce pain, boost your immune system, heal relationships, enhance your problem solving ability and find inner peace, happiness and security.


In 2007, AMI conducted a retrospective case study of participants who recently completed Leonard Perlmutter’s AMI MEDITATION course.

The findings were impressive. Tools and practices learned led to positive, reproducible, long-term health-promoting changes:

  • Lowered blood pressure

  • Lowered heart rate

  • Reduced cholesterol levels

  • Diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain

  • Weight loss

  • Increased breathing capacity

  • Increased exercise capacity

  • Improved restorative sleep

  • Improved energy levels

  • Increased creative capacity

  • Diminishment of migraine headaches

  • Significant reductions in stress and fear

  • Elimination of irritable bowel syndrome

  • Enhanced happiness and optimism


  • An educational body of knowledge for health & healing
  • History, philosophy and benefits of meditation
  • How to use the mind to make the best choices
  • How to access the “super-conscious” mind
  • Understanding pain as an agent for healing
  • The transformative power of sacrifice
  • Increasing energy, will power and creativity
  • The power of desire and attention
  • Creative actions rather than reactionary responses
  • Antidotes for worry, stress and depression
  • Systematic procedure for AMI MEDITATION
  • How to diminish distractions
  • Training one-pointed attention for creativity
  • The one-minute meditation
  • Using AMI MEDITATION skills throughout the day
  • Mantra Science: World’s greatest mantras and how to use thoughts and mantra in the healing process
  • How mantra vibrations promote health
  • Three sets of Easy-Gentle Yoga stretches & exercises
  • Understanding the physiology/anatomy of Easy-Gentle Yoga
  • The meaning of prana (life force)
  • How breathing irregularities foster dis-ease
  • Diaphragmatic breathing for pulmonary health
  • Complete (three-part) yogic breath
  • Yogic postures for healthy breathing
  • Alternate nostril breathing for energy & psychological balance
  • How the mind functions for optimal health
  • Managing thoughts, desires and emotions
  • How to experience freedom from fear
  • The power of the present moment
  • Channeling the four primitive urges
  • Anatomy of your real being
  • Building and healing relationships
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • The practical benefit of contemplation
  • Creating a personal therapeutic care plan
  • Learning to budget your time
  • Integrating spiritual beliefs
  • The healing power of prayer
  • How to keep a meditation practice going and working for you


Leonard Perlmutter

Founder and director of The American Meditation Institute, Leonard is the author of “Transformation,”  The Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine and the award-winning book “The Heart and Science of Yoga®: Self-Care Program for a Happy, Healthy, Joyful Life.”  His AMI MEDITATION entry-level course has been accredited by the Albany Medical College, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and American Nurses Association to receive medical education credit. Leonard has been a student of Yoga Science since 1975 and a direct disciple of mind/body medicine pioneer Swami Rama of the Himalayas.


 Time Activity
2:00pm – 4:00pm Registration/Check-in
4:00pm – 5:00pm Walk grounds; relaxation
5:00pm – 6:00pm  DINNER
6:30pm – 8:30pm   Class:Yoga Science
 Time Activity
8:00am – 9:00am BREAKFAST
9:30am – 10:30am Class: Introduction to AMI MEDITATION
10:30am – 11:00am Yoga Exercises/Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Class: AMI MEDITATION Practice
12:30pm – 1:30pm LUNCH
2:00pm – 3:00pm Class: Breath as Medicine
3:00pm – 3:30pm Yoga Exercises/Break
3:30pm – 4:30pm Class: Breathing Practices
4:30pm – 5:30pm Free Time
5:30pm – 6:30pm DINNER
7:30pm – 9:00pm Class: Yoga Nidra
 Time Activity
8:00am – 9:00am BREAKFAST
9:00am – 9:30am Guided AMI MEDITATION
9:30am – 11:00am Class: Yoga Psychology
11:00am – 11:30am Yoga Exercises/Break
11:30am – 12:30pm Class: Introduction to Ayurveda
12:30pm – 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm – 2:30pm Free Time
2:30pm – 3:00pm Breath Awareness AMI MEDITATION
3:00pm – 5:00pm Easy Gentle Yoga I and II
5:30pm – 6:30pm DINNER
7:00pm – 9:30pm Movie: “Peaceful Warrior”
 Time Activity
7:30am – 8:30am Class: Review Easy-Gentle Yoga I and II
8:30am – 9:30am BREAKFAST
10:00am – 10:30am Guided Meditation
10:30am – 12:30pm Class: Creating a Comprehensive, Therapeutic Mind/Body Care Plan
12:30pm – 1:30pm LUNCH


  • Comprehensive overview of how the mind/body medicine of Yoga Science can heal disease, alleviate stress and manage addictions
  • A systematic procedure for AMI MEDITATION that develops equanimity, discrimination, will power and creativity
  • How Yoga Psychology can produce long-term strategies for healthy lifestyle changes
  • The value of incorporating the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and alkaline therapy into healthy eating choices
  • Easy-Gentle Yoga exercises for lymph system detox, joints, glands and internal organs
  • Learn the physical, mental and emotional healing power of mantra science medicine


Herbert Benson, MD of the Harvard Medical School claims that maintaining good health is analogous to building a three-legged stool.

The first leg is Self-Care.
The second leg is Surgery & Medical Procedures.
The third leg is Pharmaceuticals.

“Health and well-being is balanced and optimal only when all three legs of the stool are in place.”

Harvard Medical School

Registration Info

The registration fees below are per person.  A non-refundable $75 deposit per person is required. The balance is due upon arrival. Room accommodations are additional. Payment may be made by check or credit card.  If paying by check, please make check payable to American Meditation Institute and mail to: American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Road, Averill Park, NY 12018 with a copy of the completed registration form. If paying with credit card, you can register online by clicking below or by calling the Institute (518) 674-8714. A confirmation letter will be mailed to the address listed on the registration form upon receipt. Retreats fill quickly.  Please register at least two weeks in advance to secure your place.


Every day you’ll enjoy a complete menu of delicious gourmet vegetarian food. Breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, fresh orange juice and assorted fruits, toasted whole-grain breads and warm muffins. Other meals offer organic salads, eggplant parmesan, pasta primavera, vegetable lasagna, fresh soups and exquisite Indian foods.  (Please call in advance for special dietary requests.)


A limited number of private and semi-private overnight rooms are available. Every room at AMI provides all the amenities and country comfort of your favorite Bed & Breakfast. Rooms are fully furnished and decorated with original Cortez paintings.

Registration Cost

General Public – $1,175
Physicians – $1,475
Residents, Fellows, PAs & NPs – $1,375
RNs – $1,275

SAVE $100 – Register by 5/31/18

All registration fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the retreat, a FREE copy of “The Heart and Science of Yoga®” book, a detailed analysis of “The Physiology of Easy-Gentle Yoga” and a guided AMI MEDITATION CD.

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SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have any disabilities, dietary restrictions or other special requests, please contact AMI at (518) 674-8714 by July 8th to discuss your needs.

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