Founder of the McLean Meditation Institute

“I am dedicated to doing what I can to create more peace on this planet, for every living being. And, I believe that when people learn how to meditate and practice every day, they are able to expand their awareness and cultivate their own personal peace. And when each one of us is peaceful, it creates a more peaceful planet for everyone.”

“I have taught thousands of people to meditate over the last 20 years including Olympic and professional athletes, rock stars, and presidents of Fortune 500 companies, along with moms and dads and even young children. I love to teach people how to meditate. It is one of the most joyous experiences of my life.”

“I founded the Meditation Teacher Academy at the McLean Meditation Institute in order to train my students and others how to become effective meditation and mindfulness teachers themselves. The training is a 200 hour program that incorporates a variety of meditation and mindfulness techniques and practices  from a variety of traditions and lineages. We teach our teachers to become clear communicators who can bring meditation to any population or setting. I am personally involved with each and every teacher in order to help them uncover their greatest skills and confidence so they can go on to effectively teach their students to meditate.”

About Sarah McLean

Sarah McLean is a contemporary meditation and mindfulness teacher who has been inspiring people to meditate for over 20 years. With kindness and humor, Sarah shares her secrets to creating a successful meditation practice and how the it can lead to increased self-compassion, clear communication, and a more peaceful life.

Sarah first learned about meditation while training in the U.S. Army as a Behavioral Specialist to help soldiers address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. After the Army and college, Sarah took a nine-month mountain bike journey from Europe to Asia seeking secrets to peace and fulfillment. When she returned, she began her daily meditation practice and studied mind/body health with Dr. Deepak Chopra. She worked with him as the Program Director for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California.

After eight years, Sarah took a sabbatical to seek the origins of meditation. She lived in a traditional ashram in South India for six months, and was a two-year resident at a remote Zen Buddhist monastery for two years. In 2001, she settled in Sedona, Arizona and founded the McLean Meditation Institute, a center which offers meditation and mindfulness classes, weekend meditation retreats, and a 200-hour teacher training program.  The Meditation Teacher Academy® is a licensed, post-secondary educational facility that trains meditation and mindfulness teachers worldwide.

Sarah is a popular facilitator at retreats for the Chopra Center, Esalen Institute, and many world-class destinations. She has been interviewed on national television, featured in a variety of award-winning movies, and her work has been touted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Her best-seller, Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation (Hay House), has inspired study groups worldwide. Her upcoming book, The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and it’s Unlimited Potential with Meditation  (Hay House) is due out in February 2017.

  • From the first opportunity I met her I knew that Sarah could help me to learn to do what she does—help others realize their full potential. Sarah helped me to translate my thoughts and ideas into action. By working with her I discovered exactly what I was longing to do—help women discover God's purpose for their lives!

    Kelly Cook Rimrock, Arizona
  • My intention was to give myself a meaningful weekend to honor myself. Not only did I honor myself, I had the most incredible, transformational experience of my life.

    Julie Burillo Retreat Participant
  • Your meditation class was an amazing experience that I will not forget. After meditating with you, I haven’t ever felt like that in my whole life. Thank you.

    Lois Scottsdale, Arizona
  • After taking the meditation program, I am more clear of what I need and want, and more trusting of my inner voice. I no longer take anti-depressants which I have been on for years. I feel more secure in my self and my life.

    Judy F. Counselor

Inspirational Speaking Engagements with Sarah McLean

Need an inspirational speaker?

Sarah McLean offers inspiring presentations and leading-edge workshops on the most important areas of stress management and stress reduction. A dynamic teacher and Hay House author, she has reached thousands of people around the United States and worldwide. She is often sought after as an expert on meditation and its benefits, and has been featured on numerous television shows and in articles for nationwide publications, including the New York Times, Fox News, and Prevention magazine.

Her highly-interactive programs have captivated audiences of healthcare professionals, judges, educators, architects, accountants, counselors, and physicians, to name a few. She has been an invited speaker at colleges, professional association gatherings, hospitals, chambers of commerce, corporations, new-thought churches, community groups, and service organizations.

Sarah shares the latest scientific findings about stress reduction, meditation, and mind/body health, along with practical tools and inspirational stories. She can also appear virtually through teleclasses or webinars. Email or call 928-204-0067 us to schedule an event with Sarah McLean.

Presentations: Healthy Living Through Meditation

Sarah’s primary presentation message is how two live a stress-free, healthy life through meditation. She can speak for as little as 20 minutes, or can offer a full day or weekend program. Her programs have been used successfully by thousands of people looking for more satisfaction in their lives. Some popular presentation themes are listed below.

Meditation for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

Discover the keys to becoming more self-aware, more intuitive, and more compassionate through meditation. Sarah’s unique style and expansive background leads participants on a path to a confident meditation practice and discovering their authentic selves. In this experiential workshop, Sarah shares time-tested meditative practices, and the latest scientific findings surrounding meditation. In this presentation you will:

  • Find out why a daily meditation practice is effective for changing the neuronal pathways of the brain, resulting in a lasting transformation.
  • Learn the three requirements to establish a successful meditation practice.
  • Integrate the five essentials to create an enjoyable meditation practice.
  • Discover how to manage the ever-busy mind and to focus your attention, anytime, to make lasting changes in your outlook and self awareness.
  • Find out how you can become more soul-centered and experience ease and joy, regardless of circumstances.
The Power of Attention

What if the quality of your attention equaled the quality of your personal power? Discover the source of your attention, and find out how training your attention can be essential to living a soul-centered life. Sarah will show you how to take charge of your own attention, and help you to glimpse its source. What you pay attention to is what you will find in your life, so this practice focuses on three concepts:

  • Being more aware of how you focus your attention: through experiential exercises, including meditation and mindfulness practices, you’ll learn how and why meditation enhances your ability to focus, and how to choose what to focus on.
  • Keeping your attention in the present moment: learn ways to change your default thinking patterns and bring your awareness back to the here and now.
  • Becoming more self-aware: enhance your intuition, listening skills, honesty, and sincerity and live with soul-centered integrity.
Deepening Your Intuition

Do you listen to your intuition? There is so much noise and distraction around us that can cover the soft inner voice. Find out the way your inner wisdom speaks to you, and how to put this wisdom into action. More and more people are finding that when they meditate, they learn to trust themselves and make better decisions using their intuition. During this presentation, you will find out how meditation helps you to deeply listen to yourself and make choices in your life to support your goals. No experience is necessary. There will be a guided group exercises.

Setting Intentions and Reaching Your Goals

Who are you and what do you want? Some people never even ask these questions of themselves. Desires are whispers of your soul, and this presentation encourages you to acknowledge your heart’s desires. During this presentation, you’ll find out how meditation helps you to deeply listen to yourself and make choices to honor and support your goals. There will be a guided meditation. No experience is necessary.

The Attitude of Gratitude

Are you a grateful person? You can be with a little practice. Discover easy, practical ways to shift your perception. Learn why when you’re feeling grateful, the world is a friendlier place. Recent research shows grateful people:

  • Have higher levels of positive emotions and more vitality
  • Are more satisfied with life
  • Are more likely to share what they have with others
  • Have lower levels of stress and depression
  • Are seen as more generous and more helpful than others
  • See the interconnectedness of all life
  • Feel a responsibility and commitment to others
  • Place less importance on material goods, both theirs and others

This presentation includes a discussion and guided gratitude practice.

Workplace Wellness

Improve the well-being of your workforce. Leaders and teams alike will learn how to eliminate the stress caused by the body’s response to change, pressure, or threats to well‐being. Attendees learn to recognize and relieve the causes and symptoms of stress through practical mind/body relaxation techniques, including meditation and breathing practices, to improve their overall health and job satisfaction. This presentation will serve to increase your organization’s productivity.

Discovering Ayurveda: Natural Mind/Body Healing

The Ayurvedic approach to health and wellness dates back over 5000 years with its roots in ancient India. It suggests that health is not just the absence of disease, but a vibrant balance and integration of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives. The natural approaches of Ayurveda can be easily integrated into your active lifestyle, and will help you to achieve balance and mind/body health. In this presentation (based on a course developed by Deepak Chopra), you’ll learn to:

Identify your Ayurvedic constitutional mind/body type—your dosha—and imbalances which might be present.

Use specific aromas, tastes, sounds, color therapy, and touch therapies to bring about balance.

Maximize nourishment and digestion.

Understand the rhythms of nature and create an optimal daily and seasonal routine.

Choose foods and herbs to use as medicine restoring even more balance.

Speaking Arrangements 

Sarah McLean will often speak for a minimal fee (plus travel, meals and lodging expenses) to the following groups:

  • New Thought Churches
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Local Professional Associations
  • Lifestyle Conferences (where no one is paid)
  • TeleClasses and Webinars
  • Educational Institutions
  • Television & Radio shows (where no one is paid)

Sarah also speaks for a fee (call 928-204-0067 to discuss rates) for:

  • Annual Meetings
  • Conferences (where speakers are paid)
  • Professional Associations (out of the area)
  • In-house programs for larger service businesses

 Schedule Your Event

Email or call 928-204-0067 us to schedule a speaking engagement with Sarah McLean.

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