About Us

A Welcoming Place for you to find Calm and Clarity

The Meditation Centre was founded in 1999 and established as a charity in 2002. Our charitable objective is:

To further education by teaching the understanding and experience of meditational and other wellbeing practices. To preserve and protect mental and physical health by using meditation and other wellbeing practices as a way of promoting healing and relieving stress.

As a charity The Centre has a Board of Trustees, a Director, Teachers and a Management Team. There is also a group of Friends who support the charity’s aims and objectives.
The practices taught and experienced at the Meditation Centre are age-old and universal and suitable for those of any faith, belief or lifestyle.  We run courses, retreats, teacher training and special events. The Centre is also available for hire.

Our History:

The Meditation Centre began in 1998 with the renovation of a Sunday schoolroom in the village of Dent by our founder and local meditation teacher, Eliza Harrison.

With the encouragement of the United Reformed Church who then owned the building, funds were raised to refurbish the Sunday school room so that it could be used for teaching meditation and the Centre became a registered charity. The trustees took responsibility for holding the vision of the Centre as being a place that was open to all for quiet reflection or meditation. However, only two years later, the URC decided to sell the chapel along with the school room as they could not afford the radical building repairs that were needed at the time. This meant that the Meditation Centre would also close unless sufficient funds were found to buy it.

An appeal was launched, fundraising events were held, and money was raised with the help of generous supporters. As the chapel needed complete renovation and refurbishment, application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help. They were intrigued by the project of turning a former chapel into a Meditation Centre and as it was a heritage site, a grant was offered. During 2003 the former chapel was renovated and transformed into the place it is today.

And so the Meditation Centre came into being. Its foundations rest in Community in the widest sense. It embodies an age-old wisdom that has been passed down through the generations and it is this heritage that inspires and sustains the teaching. It is a place where each person is able to become who they truly aspire to be.

If you would like to find out more, you are welcome to get in touch.