“The path to happiness is the path of Love.”


JOHN E. WELSHONS (“Ramananda”) is a highly respected contemporary spiritual teacher who lectures and leads meditation courses throughout North America.  He has been a practitioner of vipassana (mindfulness) meditation and various forms of yoga for more than fifty years. In addition to his latest book, One Soul, One Love, One Heart: The Sacred Path to Healing All Relationships, he is also the author of Awakening from Grief: Finding the Way Back to Joy and When Prayers Aren’t Answered, two books that emerged from forty-five years of experience helping people deal with dramatic life change and loss.

RAMANANDA has studied world religions throughout his life. His teachings weave together the mystical and contemplative aspects of the world’s great spiritual traditions. He is a beloved meditation teacher, and one of our most respected authorities on how to use life’s inevitable difficulties as the steps on our own path of spiritual awakening.

He holds a B.A. in Comparative Religions from the University of South Florida, and an M.A. in History of Religions from Florida State University.  He has also traveled and studied extensively in India and is a gifted counselor and teacher who has worked closely with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine and trained with Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

His workshops and lectures are offered in personal growth centers, yoga schools, churches, hospitals, hospices, corporations, colleges, and universities. He is also available for one-on-one consultations.  He currently resides in northern New Jersey.

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