Meditation in the UK

Mother Meera - UK and Ireland, August 2024

 

We are delighted to announce that, for the first time since the pandemic, Mother Meera will return to the UK and Ireland to give in-person meditations in London, Birmingham and Dublin.

Note that these are not Darshan sessions where each person goes in front of Mother individually. Instead the whole group is seated and meditates in silence together, with Mother. At the beginning and end Mother scans around the room to look at everyone seated there. Here is Mother's answer to a question which may help to explain further:

Question: What is the difference between meditation online and meditation in person with you? Should I sit at home to watch meditation or come and sit in person with you?

Mother Meera: There is a lot of difference between sitting at home watching meditation and coming to group meditation with me. They feel different—we cannot compare them. When you are thinking about coming here, your concentration is already preparing for meditation. By the time you arrive, you are focused on the Divine. When you come into the meditation hall, you will notice a difference. The silence is alive. When meditation begins, I look directly at each person in the hall. When you sit in the hall with me, you can merge with the Divine, with your Guru. You can sink deeply into the silence, into the light, into the love.

Please read all of the sections below that are relevant to you. However, if you have used the booking system before and know what you are doing then you can CLICK HERE to go straight to the login / booking page on mothermeera.com.

London
  • On Tuesday 27th August there will be 4 meditations; at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.
  • The venue will be Kenton Hall, John Billam Sports Ground, Woodcock Hill, Kenton, Harrow, HA3 0PQ.
  • The hall has a large car park with a capacity of up to 108 cars. There are also 6 disabled parking spaces at the front of the hall. For those taking public transport the hall is an 8 minute (0.4 mile) walk from Preston Road underground station which is on the Metropolitan line.
  • Click here to go to the Kenton Hall web site where you will find further information, including directions to a public car park should the hall’s car park be full. The website also shows the walking route from Preston Road station. If you intend to walk we recommend you take note of this otherwise it is easy to end up taking the long way round.
Important:
  • The doors open, and check-in begins, 1 hour before the above meditation start times.
  • Please arrive in plenty of time, especially if you have mobility issues.
  • As the meditation takes place in silence, please only bring a child if they are able to remain quiet.
  • If you arrive more than an hour before the start time you may have to wait outside until the doors open.
  • Each meditation lasts approximately 1 to 1½ hours. We encourage everyone to stay until the end however, if you have to leave early, you may do so quietly.
  • If, on the day, you have a fever, a cold or any other respiratory illness, then please stay at home and do not come.
Birmingham (Solihull)
  • On Wednesday 28th August there will be 2 meditations; at 4pm and 7pm.
  • The venue is located in Solihull, a town just south of the city of Birmingham. It is the Crowne Plaza Solihull, 61 Homer Rd, Solihull, B91 3QD. The meditations will be held in the De Limesi suite on the ground floor.
  • Click here to go to the Crowne Plaza Solihull web site where you will find further information, including directions.
  • The hotel has limited parking for those staying there but opposite, on the other side of Homer Road, is the entrance to the car park of the Touchwood Shopping Centre. The car park has 740 spaces and is open 24 hours. Click here to go to the ‘Visit’ page of the shopping centre’s web site where you will find further information. Should this car park be full the John Lewis car park is a short distance away along Homer Road and has 1050 spaces, click here to view on Google Maps.
  • For those taking public transport the hotel is a 12 minute (0.5 mile) walk from Solihull Rail Station. Click here for directions on Google Maps. There are usually 4 trains per hour between Solihull and Birmingham New Street rail stations.
Important:
  • The doors to the De Limesi suite open, and check-in begins, 1 hour before the above meditation start times.
  • Please arrive in plenty of time, especially if you have mobility issues, but try not to arrive too long before the De Limesi suite doors open.
  • Please be mindful that the venue is a hotel. There may be other events going on and hotel guests who are not attending the meditations will be around.
  • As the meditation takes place in silence, please only bring a child if they are able to remain quiet.
  • Each meditation lasts approximately 1 to 1½ hours. We encourage everyone to stay until the end however, if you have to leave early, you may do so quietly.
  • If, on the day, you have a fever, a cold or any other respiratory illness, then please stay at home and do not come.
Dublin (Maynooth)
  • On Friday 30th August there will be 4 meditations; at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.
Important:
  • Please arrive in plenty of time, especially if you have mobility issues.
  • Please be mindful that the venue is a hotel. There may be other events going on and hotel guests who are not attending the meditations will be around.
  • As the meditation takes place in silence, please only bring a child if they are able to remain quiet.
  • Each meditation lasts approximately 1 to 1½ hours. We encourage everyone to stay until the end however, if you have to leave early, you may do so quietly.
  • If, on the day, you have a fever, a cold or any other respiratory illness, then please stay at home and do not come.
Reservations
CLICK HERE to open/close the SPECIAL NEEDS section
  • All attendees will be seated on chairs in the venue. There is no need to kneel or climb steps.
  • If you use a wheelchair please contact us now to let us know so that we can allocate sufficient spaces. When you contact us please give your name, and those of anyone else with whom you wish to be seated alongside, as they appear on your reservation.
  • When you arrive there will be spaces for wheelchairs at the ends of the rows of seats. If you wish to be seated alongside others who have come with you then please speak to a volunteer in the hall.
CLICK HERE to open/close the CHILDREN section
  • We have special arrangements for children under 16, so please contact us now, to let us know that you will be bringing a child / children. When you contact us please give your name and your child’s / children’s name(s) as they appear on your reservation.
  • In addition, when you make your reservation and add your child/children as attendees (nb: each child must have his/her own reservation) please be sure to click the “Child” tick box and enter their date of birth (where it says “birthday”). This allows us to check the number of children attending each session and their ages.
  • When you arrive at the venue please speak to a volunteer who will guide you to the children’s volunteer who will look after you.
  • Note that all parents with children assemble, together with their children, near the stage at the front of the hall, before Mother enters the hall (nb: only one parent is allowed to accompany their children). A carpeted area is provided and they can either kneel or sit on it. Once the meditation has started they and their parents will be guided out of the hall by a children’s volunteer, a few minutes after Mother has closed her eyes. As we cannot look after your children you may not leave them to go back into the hall. There is however a children’s room where you can go. The children’s volunteer will explain everything to you when you arrive.
  • If you are a parent with a disability and will be bringing children please contact us in advance to let us know.
Notes
  • Each person may only attend ONE meditation on any given day. If you wish and are able to travel between venues you may attend more than one meditation.
  • Mother will not be visiting other cities in the UK or Ireland during this visit and currently there are no plans for her to do so in 2024. If you want her to visit your city then the advice we always give is to write to her and ask. There are no guarantees but if there is sufficient interest then she may decide to come.