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"Had an awesome experience with Amara and the TMI Exploring Consciousness class. The material was relevant and the exercises were easy to follow and provided another tool to help me on my spiritual journey." – Tory D.


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​Exploring Consciousness (similar to the online Excursion Workshop) is an intensive 2-day self-empowerment program sponsored by the Monroe Institute that offers you opportunities to engage in consciousness exploration, self-discovery, and personal transformation. Based on the first two days of the 5-day residential Gateway Voyage® program, the Exploring Consciousness workshop introduces you to Focus 10 and Focus 12, two expanded consciousness states which enable you to better understand your Total Self and to access your untapped inner resources. This process is facilitated and enhanced by the use of Hemi-Sync®, a powerful audio-guidance technology that has been effectively and safely used for over 40 years.  

What are the goals of the workshop?

  • Explore answers to questions you're holding and solutions to problems you're moving through.

  • Directly experience and explore expanded states of consciousness which usually take years of training and practice to attain and hold.

  • Learn tools to access these states of consciousness quickly and easily with or without Hemi-Sync support.

  • Utilize previously untapped inner resources.

  • Learn practical applications for everyday life.

  • Better understand your Total Self.

What results and benefits can you expect from taking the Exploring Consciousness workshop?

The techniques and tools learned in this workshop will introduce you to personal empowerment tools and life enhancing techniques. Although this experience is different for everyone, participants report the following benefits and experiences:


  • Access to inner guidance

  • Enhanced meditations

  • Enhanced intuition and creativity

  • Insights regarding issues in life

  • Release of fears and limiting beliefs

  • Expanded awareness

  • Deep physical relaxation 

  • Mental calm and clarity

  • Stress reduction 

  • More energy for daily life

  • Improved sleep

  • Effective problem solving

  • Physical and emotional healing

  • Enhanced concentration and learning

  • Greater synchronicity in daily life

  • Greater knowing of the Total Self


Although not as common, some participants report:


  • Communication with loved ones who have passed

  • Out-of-body experiences

  • Various mystical experiences

What is the workshop like?

This weekend workshop includes headphones-on guided meditations using patented Hemi-Sync audio technology that allows us to access and maintain profound levels of consciousness as well as group discussions and periods of silence and inner reflection. It is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators and consciousness explorers.


Participants experience a sequence of eight Hemi-Sync exercises. Everyone listens to an exercise at the same time but has their own personal and unique set of experiences and insights.  You are able to work on your own issues, engage in self-healing, seek guidance, and find out more about your Total Self.  


Each audio exercise is introduced so everyone understands its purpose and knows what to expect.  During the exercises, participants lie in a comfortable position and everyone listens to the exercises through stereo headphones. Each exercise is followed by note taking or journaling before the group sharing session.  Sharing experiences is always optional, but participants are encouraged to do so since this contributes greatly to everyone’s learning and experience.

Day 1

On the first day, you will learn to access a powerful state of consciousness which Bob Monroe (founder of the Monroe Institute) referred to as Focus 10, the state of “mind awake, body asleep.”  The body is profoundly relaxed or even asleep while the mind is fully alert and awake.  Each person is in complete control and can make conscious decisions.  Focus 10 is the foundation for exploring both the Total Self and nonphysical realities.  It is the doorway for accessing many other states of consciousness. On the first day you will:

  • Learn how to quickly and easily shift between Focus 10 and waking consciousness.

  • Practice techniques for increasing and controlling your personal energy field.

  • Release energetic blocks and experience healing.

  • Learn a powerful technique for healing self and others based on research conducted at Monroe with gifted healers.

  • Gain personal insights and understanding.

  • Learn 21 tools and techniques to support consciousness expansion and for everyday practical applications.


Day 2

Building on the experiences of Day 1, you will learn to access Focus 12 which Bob Monroe called “the state of expanded awareness.” Focus 12 is an ideal state for getting answers to questions, solving problems, and exploring issues.  Each person can establish a connection with his/her own inner wisdom so information and insights can be received from a deep source of “knowingness” that exists beyond the waking mind. You will also learn additional tools and techniques to further your exploration of consciousness and for everyday applications. On the second day you will:

  • Reinforce your skills at accessing Focus 10 (“mind awake, body asleep”).

  • Practice how to quickly and easily move back and forth between waking consciousness and Focus 12.

  • Learn a quick and practical method to access guidance from the Focus 12 state while you are physically awake and alert.

  • Have an opportunity to receive answers to important life questions.

  • Learn and practice an effective technique for dissociating at will from your physical body (can be used as preparation for having conscious out-of-body experiences or OBEs).

  • Learn practical, everyday applications of all of the consciousness tools you have learned in the workshop,

What is Hemi-Sync?

Hemi-Sync is a patented, state-of-the-art auditory guidance process developed by Monroe and used to easily, quickly, and safely access and hold specific states of consciousness for extended periods of time. This powerful technology uses combinations of beta, alpha, theta, and delta sound frequencies to bring both hemispheres of the brain into unison (hemispheric synchronization). Hemi-Sync functions by combining relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, toning, guided imagery, and carefully constructed blends of sound patterns. All are fully integrated to produce focused and productive coherent mind-brain states.


Using Hemi-Sync, you can experience within 5-7 minutes expanded states of consciousness that generally require 20+ years of dedicated meditative practice to realize. In the Exploring Consciousness workshop you will experience the power of Hemi-Sync® both for consciousness exploration and for everyday applications.

Sample Experience

If this workshops sounds interesting to you, try a sample Hemi-Sync experience for yourself by clicking HERE.

About the Monroe Institute

This Monroe-sponsored workshop is taught by Amara at her teaching studio in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. With its main residential campus located in Virginia, Monroe provides experiential education programs facilitating the personal exploration of human consciousness. Over the last 40+ years, tens of thousands of people have attended Monroe's residential and outreach programs, and millions have benefited from our educational materials. 

About Your Facilitator

Guiding you through this weekend is Amara Honeck, an accredited Outreach Trainer with Monroe. She will teach you how the Hemi-Sync process works, introduce you to non-ordinary states of consciousness, and provide you with techniques and tools for further exploration on your own. 

Join Amara for this two-day experiential workshop designed to give you the greatest opportunity to explore and experience beneficial states of consciousness not ordinarily available in everyday life experience. The weekend is yours to explore more of your “Total Self” and discover how beneficial expanded states of consciousness and profound relaxation can make a positive impact on your life.

Fall, 2024
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Pipestem Resort & Spa
Pipestem, West Virginia

CEUs: 7

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Sample Experience

If this workshops sounds interesting to you, try a sample Hemi-Sync experience for yourself by clicking HERE

Participant Requirements

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Participant Cancellation

If you need to cancel, please contact us right away. We offer a full refund up to 30 days before each workshop. For cancellations later than 30 days, your fee can be applied to another class. 

Class Cancellation

We reserve the right to cancel a workshop if necessary. If this happens, enrolled participants will be notified promptly and full class fees refunded immediately. 

Final Workshop Details

After registering, you will receive an email with further details about the workshop including directions, parking, suggested accommodations, what to bring, etc.

Exploring Consciousness Workshop Participants - The Monroe Institute – Teacher / Outreach Trainer : Amara Honeck - Gatlinburg, East Tennessee
Exploring Consciousness Workshop Setup - The Monroe Institute – Teacher / Outreach Trainer : Amara Honeck - Gatlinburg, East Tennessee
Exploring Consciousness Workshop Classroom - The Monroe Institute – Teacher / Outreach Trainer : Amara Honeck - Gatlinburg, East Tennessee
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