The NeuroMeditation Institute
NeuroMeditation was developed by Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., through the exploration of meditation practices in a variety of educational, research, and clinical settings. He discovered that various meditation approaches were associated with specific brain regions, brainwave patterns, and states of consciousness. The NeuroMeditation Institute (NMI) was established in 2016 to advance this work and share this knowledge. The Mission of NMI is to further education, research, and service based on the practice of meditation from a scientific perspective. We provide classes, training, mentoring, and clinical service in the theory, process and methods of NeuroMeditation. We conduct research projects with partners across the United States, including StoryUp XR and the Center for Pranic Healing.
The NeuroMeditation Institute examines meditation in a very practical way. How can we use meditation to help us function more effectively? To address mental health issues? To achieve our goals? Since various meditation practices effect the brain and nervous system quite differently, we can now identify which practices are better suited for specific needs or mental health concerns. We believe that matching meditation styles in this way makes the practices more accessible and easier to learn.
At the NMI in Eugene, Oregon we offer both drop-in and 6-week classes in each of the four NeuroMeditation styles. We plan to make this material available in on-line offerings so that anyone can participate in these structured explorations.
Education & Training
NMI provides a variety of didactic courses on the NeuroMeditation process. The basic 1-day workshop, titled “Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain” is taught throughout the United States. This workshop provides 6.25 CEU’s and is essentially a broad overview of the NeuroMeditation process.
We also offer two different 3-day, hands-on workshops. One of these workshops is geared toward persons wanting to incorporate EEG Biofeedback into their NeuroMeditation practice. The other workshop is designed to explore the same concepts, science, and background, but with a focus on interventions that do not require neurofeedback.
Individual and group mentoring is available by any of the NMI trainers (NMI-T). Mentoring can be designed to meet the specific needs of an individual or group such as developing a NeuroMeditation application for a specific population or treatment environment. Mentoring can take place in person, by phone or through a computer interface such as GoTo Meeting. Ten hours of mentoring is required for those seeking certification.
NMI is engaged in the exploration of the effects of NeuroMeditation practices on participants. By exploring the psychological, emotional, cognitive and brain-based changes occurring in the meditation process, we can further refine our understanding of the benefits and applications for meditation. Studies in progress include: “Can breathwork lead to
altered states of consciousness? An exploration of EEG changes and self-reports using the SOMA program” and “The subjective and physiological impact of an Augmented Reality meditation.”
Instructors at NMI offer individual and group sessions for clients that are interested in practicing NeuroMeditation. Some Instructors are trained in EEG NeuroMeditation which provides the ability to monitor brainwave activity in real time. Using this technology, we can provide audio signals to a meditator, letting them know if they are in the desired state
of consciousness. This is a powerful tool to learn and advance any meditation practice, but can also be helpful with clients attempting to manage mental health concerns. In addition, we also use audio visual entrainment (AVE), photobiomodulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, and vibroacoustics to facilitate specific states of consciousness.
Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN
Director, NeuroMeditation Institute
As an author, educator, researcher, and Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Tarrant has devoted much of his career to exploring and teaching about mind/body/spirit interaction. Dr. Tarrant received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1997 and since that time has trained extensively in both ancient and modern healing practices. A lifelong spiritual seeker, Dr. Tarrant has studied and practiced Zen & Vipassana Buddhism, Kabbalah, Yoga, Qigong/Taiji Chuan/Taoism, Native American and Earth-based spiritual practices and Arhatic Yoga. He is currently a Minister at the Looking Glass Peyote Church of Oregon. His private practice work is largely focused on spiritual psychology; helping clients uncover and live from their Highest Selves and live from a place of greater authenticity.
Dr. Tarrant’s is board certified in neurofeedback and has devoted much of his professional career to working with technology-based interventions such as Quantitative EEG, neurofeedback, biofeedback, low power repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), audio visual entrainment (AVE) and others; essentially utilizing various tools to measure the brain/body and then using that information to help the nervous system become more flexible and adaptive . Dr. Tarrant is the founder and CEO of the NeuroMeditation Institute (NMI), LLC and author of the book, “Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain". His research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of contemplative practices, technological interventions, and altered states of consciousness. He is the Chief Science Officer for StoryUp XR, creating biometrically controlled virtual reality experiences. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has a private practice in Eugene, OR, USA where he specializes in the use of EEG NeuroMeditation.