8th Meditation Marathon

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Dear Friends,

I am always surprised at how much power a collective 24-hour meditation retreat can unfold between us. Seeing so many of you on the screen in our Zoom Rooms during this day and night, aligned in the collective field of consciousness, mindfulness, and emptiness, sand deep into my soul. In the course of these 24 hours, we were really in ONE room.

 As a small remembrance of this 24-hour retreat, here is the recording of the guided meditation that we shared at 2 am (CET) in the morning. Perhaps you might want to download and listen to it again some day.

Click here to access the link.

Thank you for your participation.


Thomas Steininger

For your information, next year on December 2-3, 2017, we will have a 24-hour meditation event which we are calling One World Bearing Witness, instead of the Meditation Marathon. To find out more about this event, go to: One World Bearing Witness.

Until then, we wish you all the best in 2017.

Thank you for your participation,

in deep gratitude and appreciation,

your Meditation Marathon Team 2016

(Dr. Elizabeth Debold, Maria Zacherl, Manon Desjardins, Marlene Potthoff)


The Meditation Marathon is a global event designed to catalyze a deeper awareness of the liberating power of meditation and the development of human consciousness. During the Marathon, participants are invited to meditate from their homes or in groups together for any or all of a 24-hour period.



The Meditation Marathon is the shortest deep meditation retreat that you can find. Over the 24-hour period—which includes breaks, meal times, and hourly leg-stretching pauses—you drop deeper and deeper into pure awareness, beyond the chatter of the mind. Letting go and meditating for this long awakens a subtle new perception of life, freed from division, and grounded in Unity.

Everyone is welcome—no matter if you have never meditated before or have spent years on silent retreats in a monastery. Let’s come together and let everything go.



  • During the Meditation Marathon, you will have the opportunity to surrender and do nothing, letting yourself enter into stillness through the support of the collective field of the meditation marathon. You may find your experience of meditation going deeper than ever before as you engage in this spiritual practice with hundreds of others from all over the globe. This year’s marathon will provide you with:
    • Meditation instructions and readings by accomplished teachers and spiritual leaders
    • A guide to having a profound and successful Meditation Marathon on your own or with others
    • A Zoom-link (explanation see below) and dial-in number for the collective meditation living room (select English or German)
    • A schedule for the Meditation Marathon that consists of a sequence of 45-minute meditation periods, breaks, and meal/refreshment time.
    • Readings for inspiration and guidance throughout the Marathon.


The Meditation Marathon is a global virtual event, connected via Zoom videoconferencing or conference call, so that anyone can participate from anywhere in the world. Whether you are alone in the comfort of your home or with a sangha, all you will need is a computer device with camera or telephone, a quiet space, your meditation cushion or chair and, finally, plenty of curiosity and care for the whole.

With Zoom Videoconferencing, you can participate via any PC, tablet, or smartphone that has a camera, which allows us to see each other during the event. If you don‘t want to be connected in this way, we will also provide a dial-in number that will connect you with the event, just without a camera.

Zoom is free for you if you use your PC/tablet. If you use a phone, you just have to pay your local telephone fee.

The first time you use Zoom, you will have to download a small program in order to access the Zoom Room. We recommend that you do this before the Marathon.

You will receive the link to the Zoom Room after registration, together with the readings and the dial-in number.

To participate click on the link to register and we will send you further instructions.


The Meditation Marathon will begin at 9:00 AM EST on December 10 and end at 9:00 AM EST on December 11, 2016.

If you struggle with the time conversion, check the World Time Buddy. You can find it here: www.worldtimebuddy.com

Join for a full 24 hours, 12 hours, or even 1 or 2. Many new meditators are surprised to discover how much easier and more profound it is to meditate with others—even when we are spread out across the globe! Concerned that 24 hours is too much? Or are you new to meditation? Don’t worry. You’re in good hands. You decide how long you want to meditate. And we will give you clear and simple meditation instructions.