Frequently Asked Questions

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General

What is MERU?

MERU was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a university promoting research into consciousness as a field of all possibilities. Today, MERU is the headquarters of Maharishi’s international organisation and offers courses, retreats, and events to the global Transcendental Meditation community. You can read more about our story here.

How can I visit MERU?

MERU is open to the public on most Sundays at 3 pm for guided tours in Dutch, German, and English. Visit our Dutch site meru-vlodrop.nl for more information.
If you’ve learned Transcendental Meditation, we have many events year-round you’re invited to attend – view all our programmes here.

Can I learn Transcendental Meditation at MERU?

At the moment we don’t offer courses to learn Transcendental Meditation at MERU, but there are many TM Centres in the Netherlands and around the world where you can learn from a certified teacher. Please visit this page to find a TM Teacher near you.

What is the status of the MERU Health Centre?

The MERU Health Centre is temporarily closed as we transition to a new facility near the Vlodrop campus. We expect to have it up and running again by spring 2020.

Where is the overnight housing for courses?

Most of our events are held on MERU Vlodrop campus, with accommodation arranged in nearby bungalow parks or hotels. If you have booked housing through MERU, we will make sure you have daily transportation to your meetings, or that your accommodation is a short walk to campus. Please note that we’re no longer using the St. Odilienberg facility.

Application

How do I attend a course?

All courses and events require you to go through a brief online application and approval process before you are confirmed for the course. Please fill out the application form to apply – if it submits successfully you will receive an automatic email. Please also allow a few business days for us to process your application, as we must communicate with your TM Teacher or national TM office to be able to admit you to the course.

As soon as we receive your approval, we’ll send you a confirmation email and payment request. You can then finalise your reservation by paying for your course and booking your travel so everything is ready for your arrival.

How early should I apply and pay for a course?

For most courses, the sooner you can apply, the better – especially if you need a visa invitation letter. But in general, it’s ideal to apply at least a month before the course starts, and one week in advance at the very latest. Payment deadlines vary based on the course and the accommodation arrangement – we’ll let you know everything in our email correspondence with you.

Do I need to apply for the special celebration days?

We encourage you to apply online for the special celebration days. If you apply and pay online more than five days before the special celebration day, you’ll receive a five-euro discount compared to paying on arrival.

I need the information to make my payment. Can you send it to me?

Once you’re confirmed for the course, we will send you a confirmation email with the necessary information to make your payment.

I haven’t received my confirmation yet – is everything okay?

Most applications are confirmed within a few business days, but if for some reason it takes longer than one week, you’re welcome to ask us about your application status by writing to courses@maharishi.net. You’re also welcome to reach out to your TM Teacher and let them know you’ve applied to a course and need approval, which can speed up the process.

What are the payment options?

Our payment options are credit card, PayPal, or bank transfer. We’ll send you this information with the confirmation email that you are accepted for the course. We ask that you complete your payment at least two weeks before the start of the course (some courses may have earlier deadlines).

Planning

What is the arrival and departure time?

For most events, the recommended arrival time is the afternoon on the first date listed, and departure is after lunch on the last day. So for example, if a course is 13-20 September, you’re recommended to arrive on the afternoon of 13 September, and leave after lunch on 20 September.

The exception is single-day celebrations – for these you’re invited to arrive in the morning and leave after the final evening meeting, and enjoy meals and group programme for the whole day.

What should I expect for the schedule?

Each type of course is a bit different, but in general, you’ll have a full but relaxed and enjoyable schedule. Retreats, courses and Advanced Techniques have full days of knowledge meetings and programme, and are usually scheduled until about 21:30 in the evening. Assemblies and celebrations are also structured, but you have more freedom to attend meetings or go to bed as early as you like.

In general, we recommend leaving behind any office work, so that you can be present on your event and enjoy the full benefits.

Is there wi-fi on campus?

With the exception of the summer assembly, we don’t have publicly accessible wi-fi or phone reception on campus. If you do need to book a taxi or make some other emergency call, you’re always welcome to ask the security guards at reception to make a call for you. You will have access to wi-fi in your accommodation.

When and how can I book my travel?

We encourage you to book your travel as soon as you receive your confirmation and payment request email from the MERU Course Office. Visit our travel information page for all details about getting to MERU.

I need a visa invitation letter. What should I do?

If you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa, please apply and inform us of this at courses@maharishi.net as soon as possible – ideally a few months before you’ll be attending the course. We’ll need additional information from you before we can issue your letter, so please respond to all follow-up questions from our visa office as quickly as possible to avoid any delays.

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