Frequently Asked Questions


1. General:

What is MERU?

MERU was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a university promoting research into consciousness as a field of all possibilities.

We are delighted to welcome you to MERU, whether you are simply interested in learning more about consciousness, have just learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, have been meditating for many years, or are an expert in one of the many fields of knowledge that Maharishi revived.

Can I visit MERU? 

MERU is open to the public on nearly every first Saturday of the month for free seminars on meditation, Ayurveda, and architecture. On Sundays you may also come on campus for guided tours. Visit this page for more information.

You are are also welcome to attend the MERU Open Day on July 15 2018 for presentations on the many different departments at MERU. Entry to the MERU Open Day is free of charge.

Can I learn Transcendental Meditation at MERU? 

We do not teach Transcendental Meditation at MERU but please visit this page to find a TM Teacher near you.

I am not a meditator. Can I attend your courses and events? 

Most of our courses and events are tailored to those who have already learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. However, the Maharishi Gandharva Veda Course and other events on this website are open for everyone.

What is the schedule for events in 2018? 

For the most up-to-date information, see our home page of this website here. You may also browse our 2018 catalogue by clicking here.

I would like to book a treatment at the Health Centre. How can I do this? 

Please visit this page to book with the MERU Health Centre.

I would like to stay at MERU. How can I book a room?

Since we have limited housing available, our rooms are mainly reserved for course participants and guests of the Health Centre. However, you can apply here to check availability.

If you are taking a course at MERU, please apply for the course and we will be in touch with you about your housing. 

Where are the courses held?

Our courses are held in Sint Odilienberg and on MERU Vlodrop campus. Most of our courses are housed in Sint Odilienberg, although for some courses housing is organized in the bungalow parks. 

To check where a particular course and/or housing will be, click on the course and then on “Read More.” Housing updates will be written on the application form directly.


2. Application:

How do I apply for a course?

You can apply for all courses on our website www.merucourses.com. Click on the event and then “apply here” to complete your application.

What is the due date for the application and payment?

Our recommended application and payment timeline is below. Please note this may vary depending on the specific course. Some courses are full well in advance of the course so we advise you to book as soon as possible.

  • Application Submission : 1+ month before course 3+ months before the course is recommended if you require a Visa invitation letter.
  • Payment Submission : 2 + weeks before course. Please note you can make your payment once you receive confirmation of attendance from us.
  • Late Application Submission* : 15 – 30 days before course
  • Last-minute Payment* : 7 days before course

*Please note these are considered late applications / payments. We will do everything we can to process your application and payment in time but strongly recommend you apply and make your payment one month or more before the course, especially if you need housing.

  • Guru Purnima and other Vedic celebrations without housing: If you are coming for a short period and do not need housing, we ask that you apply online at least 5 days before the course and make your payment online upon confirmation. If you are coming for a longer time and need housing, we appreciate your application 1+ month before the celebration begins.

How long does it take to receive a confirmation for a course or assembly?

Most applications are confirmed within a few business days, but if for some reason it takes longer than 1 week, you are welcome to enquire about the status of your application by writing to courses@maharishi.net.

What is the arrival and departure time? Can I arrive late or leave early? 

For most courses and long assemblies:

Registration is in Odilienberg between 3 and 7 pm on the first day of the course, and departure is after lunch on the final day of the course, around 1:30 pm.

For one-day Vedic celebrations/assemblies:

Registration is in Vlodrop, usually in the mornings, but this depends on the specific celebration. The price of admission includes meals for the whole day. We will send you specific registration instructions via email.

For Advanced Techniques:

Registration is between 1 and 5 pm on the first day of the course (usually a Saturday). The course ends around 12:30 pm on the last day of the course (usually a Sunday).

For the TM Sidhi Course:

For the TM Sidhi Course Centre Section (Three weekends), registration is between 1 and 5 pm on the first day of the course (usually a Friday), and departure is around 1:30 pm on the last day of the course (usually a Sunday)

For the TM Sidhi Course Residence Section (flying block), registration is between 3 and 7 pm on the first day of the course. Departure is after lunch on the last day of the course, at approximately 1:30 pm.

When can I book my travel?

We strongly recommend that you wait to book your travel until you receive your confirmation email from the MERU Course Office. Once you are confirmed, you can plan your travel. If you have questions you can consult our travel page.

How do I get to MERU? 

Please visit our travel information page for all details about traveling to MERU.

Can I come to the special celebration days without applying?

To help us plan a smooth and enjoyable assembly for everyone, we are now asking all participants to apply online 5 or more days before the special celebration day. This gives us time to check your confirmation with your National Office and process your payment.

3. Housing:

Where will I stay?

Most of our courses are housed in St. Odilienberg, about twenty minutes away from the Vlodrop campus. If you have course meetings on Vlodrop campus, transportation will be provided to and from Vlodrop.

During Guru Purnima and other busy times, we use the nearby bungalow parks in Posterbos and Landal. These are clean, comfortable cottages approximately 20 minutes from both Vlodrop and St. Odilienberg. If we need to house you in the bungalow parks, we will always try to notify you before you make your payment in case you prefer to arrange your own housing.

Can I arrange my own housing?

For many courses you can choose to organize your own housing, although for long courses and Advanced Techniques we recommend staying with MERU to avoid the fatigue of traveling every day. If you do arrange your own housing, we just ask that you organise your own transportation and that you make sure you can attend all meetings, including group programme.

Note that if you are attending the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, it is a requirement to stay in St. Odilienberg with the group.

Please see our travel page for more information on how to get to St. Odilienberg or Vlodrop.

What kind of food will be served during the course?

All meals served in St. Odilienberg and Vlodrop are organic and vegetarian, and inspired by Ayurvedic cooking techniques.

4. Payments:

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

We ask that you first wait for your confirmation email from the MERU Course Office before making your payment. With your email confirmation we will send you details to make your payment.

Can I pay in cash?

Our payment options are credit card, PayPal, or bank transfer. We will send you this information with the confirmation email that you are accepted for the course. We no longer accept cash payments.

Can I pay upon arrival?

To administer our courses well, there are a number of items we need to order and organise in advance of your arrival (rooms, food, housing items, course materials, etc.). We ask that you make your payment at the latest two weeks before your course to confirm your attendance. For some courses the payment may be due earlier.