The Modern Meditation School

Enrollment is now open for our  Spring class series

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You know there is something more to life.

You just need some guidance to get there.

  • Do you struggle with anxiety or depression?
  • Are you searching for a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment?
  • Are you ready to remember what bliss feels like?
  • Do you want to live your most meaningful and authentic life?
  • Want to learn to calm your nervous system and shift your mindset whenever you choose?

Our Modern Meditation School combines our 40 years of experience blending meditation and energy healing practices to

profoundly transform your life. 

Whether you are completely new to meditation, or you want to learn how to deepen your practice, The Modern Meditation School can help you find the key to self-liberation!

It’s more than mindfulness.
It’s goes beyond transcendental meditation


You will learn to expand your consciousness while staying grounded in your body – thus giving you the unique ability to live your most expansive, empowered, fulfilled life as you are, where you are

FROM Noon – 2 pm EST ON:

Monday April 26, 2021

Monday May 10, 2021

Monday May 24, 2021


Profound transformation through our unique Awareness Meditation.

Our goal is to provide you with a safe space to rediscover the you that has always been there – perfect, whole, and vital.  To fully embody the life force that flows through you and awareness of how this connects you with all of life.  You will find peace, confidence, and joy accompanied by the tools you need to implement the practice in your daily life – the key to living well.

Join our community of like-minded people on this journey
and take a deep dive into the essence of life! 



  • experiential learning
  • interactive guidance
  • Q&A


  • connect with like-minded seekers
  • share your journey in private group
  • collaborate and deepen your experience


The Foundation Series: Part One of Three Modules 


LESSON 1    (April 26, 2021 from noon – 2 pm EST)


Introduction to transformative Awareness Meditation. Discover the difference between living in awareness, versus being driven by your mind alone. Learn about the “field” of energy, how to enter in to it, and how to explore energy and consciousness through our first guided meditation. Q&A to follow! 

LESSON 2 (May 10, 2021 from noon – 2 pm EST)


Further practice of Awareness Meditation, entering and sustaining the field of awareness. Discover and begin to experience the characteristics of the awareness field: shakti (or qi, energy), light, compassion, spaciousness, bliss. Find out how to open the innermost heart essence called the Heart Drops. Bring your questions for Q&A, share your experiences.

LESSON 3 (May 24, 2021 from noon – 2 pm EST)


Discussion of the development of the body of light, with practice aligning the internal column of light. Learn how to open the lower energy centers of the body to get grounded and generate personal strength. Then discover how to open the higher centers above the head which help with intuition and spiritual connectedness. Practical tips are given for bringing awareness into your everyday life. Time for Q & A and sharing.


COMMUNITY:  When you enroll you will receive an invitation to join our private group.  There you’ll have access to the other members of your group to share with each other and celebrate your journey.  There is power in being part of a community where like-minded individuals are focused on similar goals.  Everyone will be there to help you move forward.


Enrollment is now open.  Join Now …

NOTE:  Pandemic Special

We know this is a difficult time and that what we’re offering has the potential to help you feel better, so we would really like to make our course affordable for those in financial straits. Therefore the price you pay for this course will be by donation

When you click “I’d like to enroll now” you’ll be taken to our checkout page.  There you will have an opportunity to name your price.  Pay as little as $0 if that helps you be able to attend. If you want to pay, please pay under $150.


Dr. Jan Nicholson and Mariel Booth, a mother-daughter team and co-founders of The Modern Meditation School, are coaches, wellness providers, and experienced meditation mentors who have seen first hand the incredible transformations and spiritual breakthroughs that are possible with Awareness Meditation.   

With their combined 40 years of meditation experience, Dr. Jan and Mariel have created a convenient and nurturing online learning environment that can meet their students where they are, as they are. 

Anyone desiring one-on-one coaching with either Dr. Jan or Mariel at any point during the course can arrange to do so for an additional fee.

Mariel Booth

Meditation Mentor, Certified Integrative Health + Wellness Coach, Children’s Nutrition Specialist, Writer, Mom. 

For a long time, I had a successful career and lived a life that looked great on paper. In reality, I knew I was on the wrong path and found myself increasingly sidelined by major clinical depression and chronic anxiety. When I finally hit a wall and my life fell apart, I was determined to find healing and to lead a more authentic life. I started asking myself the hard questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose?   Is existing really all there is to living?

Through what now seems like divine providence, I found Awareness Meditation and a spiritual mentor, Dr.Rudy Bauer, the director of the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies. Through this practice I was finally able to clear my emotional baggage and learned how to tap into joy, profound peace, and access perspective whenever I need or want to. It is not an overstatement to say this completely and fundamentally changed my life.

Now that I have this knowledge, I can’t wait to pass it on to others and help mentor them on their own journey to healing, empowerment, and connection! More joy, please! 

Dr. Jan Nicholson

Clinical Psychologist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor,
Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider

Thanks to my father’s chronic pain, illness and depression that began with a massive heart attack when I was 8 years old, I developed a life-long passion to learn everything I could about psychology and mind-body healing therapies.  

I also became a spiritual seeker, inspired by a near-drowning experience at an early age. I found the answers I sought when I began studying with Dr. Rudy Bauer at the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies in 1990. He showed me how to purposefully enter into infinite, timeless awareness and how to live from that place.

Today, it is my passion to share this knowledge and Awareness Meditation with you, showing you how to access your essential nature, awaken spiritually, and open to your  most meaningful and liberated life. I am excited to go on this journey with you! 

What Our Students Say

The online meditation school is phenomenal! Dr. Jan and Mariel have a lot of useful information and practices to share, and it really works. I’m amazed by how quickly these classes have helped to expand my meditation practice. It has shifted my family dynamic. It’s changed how I’m moving through the world. It’s subtle but it’s noticeable. It really has beautifully complemented the many meditation practices I already knew.  I’m amazed and appreciative and grateful to have had this experience not only to work with them as teachers but with this wonderful group of other meditation practitioners as well. I’m hooked so I will be a regular!


I enjoyed the group video classes very much—Jan and Mariel make a great presentation team! Even though I couldn’t fully participate because my physical health is really poor right now, class was a helpful and healing experience for me. I’m looking forward to the next series.


The “skillful means” Dr. Jan and Mariel teach have opened, widened, and deepened my meditation practice in unexpected ways. A whole new world is opening up for me, allowing me to stay present and aware even when I find myself in challenging circumstances. Before this, my experience over seven years of meditation practice was occasional moments of progress sandwiched between long stretches of stagnation. Participating in the Modern Meditation School has changed this. It’s so wonderful and tangible. It’s not in la la land, it’s real. It’s experiential and it changes life in subtle but profound ways. I would strongly recommend the Modern Meditation School for anybody who aspires to an embodied experience of the spiritual dimension in everyday life.


Thanks for spreading your wisdom! Jan and Mariel complement each other beautifully. Who doesn’t love a mom-daughter team that shares so much light!


To further your learning, join us this Spring for Part 2.

Discover how to incorporate Awareness Meditation and energy practices into your relationships through extending to another and being in oneness.

Discover how to move the lower energies up and encourage the kundalini energy to rise.

Through Skillful Means techniques, learn how to activate healing channels for yourself and others.

Explore radiant and blissful states through Tibetan gazing practices. 

Practical uses will be part of each session, as will Q&A.