Skillfully Aware Guided Meditation Program: What You Get

70-page full-color Digital Practice Guide

44 downloadable audio meditations. Beginner, intermediate and advanced

5 pairs of Specialty Meditations for sleep, emotions, urges and pain


Skillfully Aware Guided Meditation Program

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$225.00 $195.00

Cultivate healing and happiness in your life by training your mind with this comprehensive 13-month guided meditation program for stress relief.

You get a full-color, 70-page digital practice guide, 44 high-quality downloadable audio meditation files (over 20-hours of guided meditations for all of life’s challenges). Learn to become SkillfullyAware and change your life for the better!

$225.00 $195.00 for the full program. Get instant online access so you can get started right away.



This DIGITAL product comes with a full-color PDF practice guide and 44 downloadable meditations.

This is a sequential, 13-month guided meditation program. It is my most comprehensive. It has been carefully designed for anyone living with an illness or repeating emotional pattern related to stress. If you want to change or heal, this program will help. You will learn to meditate and work with your triggers, thoughts, and sensations. The program is progressive — basic, to intermediate, to advanced. This program not only helps you relieve your stress, but it also enables joy and peace to arise, which is the goal.

The program includes a full-color, PDF practice guide, that teaches you what you need to know to start a meditation practice. It also contains a full explanation of the Skillfully Aware mindful attunement method. It reveals the causes of stress and emotions and how stress can cause illnesses. Finally, it contains many essential teachings that once understood, will help you gain influence over your emotional life so you can change or heal.


  • People who have already taken my Project SkillfullyAware class
  • People seeking relief from stress-related or other illnesses (anxiety, addiction, sleep issues, depression, chronic pain and much more)
  • People going through difficult life challenges (divorce, loss, trauma and more)
  • People wanting more joy, self-love, strength, energy, and focus
  • People seeking a deeper spiritual connection
  • Anyone desiring to learn to meditate or deepen their existing meditation practice


  • Know how to meditate. You will also know how to use meditation and mindfulness therapeutically—so you feel better!
  • Be proficient with proven mindfulness techniques and virtues practices that fit seamlessly into and enhance every aspect of your life
  • Understand the mind-body connection, so can become your own best therapist. Meaning, you’ll get good at being kind to yourself.
  • Become more self-aware, so your communications and relations with others improve
  • Feel better with increased energy and passion, which can then ignite a full-on pursuit of your life’s purpose.

This course is profoundly transformative for those who fully engage with the material and practices. So, if you’re feeling the need for transformation, this program will help. The first month of the program introduces the primary Skillfully Aware method through 3-pairs of meditations. One of each pair contains a background Theta Wave sound to help enhance your concentration. The rest of the Skillfully Aware process is introduced in months 2 through 7, where you explore each of your senses. You learn to watch thoughts in your mind, work with sensations in your body, and explore sights and sounds in the world. The 18 meditations over six months foster mental clarity, concentration, and above all, equanimity—a gentle and compassionate acceptance of present moment circumstances. In months 7 through 9, you learn three intermediate meditation techniques for stress reduction and emotional regulation. The six meditations of months 11 through 13 teach advanced techniques that deepen your concentration and cultivate positive feeling states of flow, bliss, and peace. The advanced meditations come in three pairs, offering the option of listening with or without a Theta Wave track in the background.

As a bonus, this transformative program also includes five pairs of specialty meditations that help to promote restful sleep, reduce pain, and curb strong emotions and urges. The specialty meditations can be listened to at any time, whenever the need arises. The specialty meditations also come in pairs. One of the pairs offers a Theta* or Delta* Wave background. Theta Wave soundtrack assists in calming the mind, heightening emotional receptivity, and increasing one’s awareness of subconscious mental activity. Delta Wave soundtrack helps promote deep, restful sleep.

After you purchase this program you will receive an email with links to the PDF and Audio files

*NOTICE REGARDING WAVE FILES: Some meditations in this series (WAVE) include a background frequency to induce brainwave entrainment. Brainwave entrainment (or synchronization), aims to cause one’s brainwave frequencies to fall in step with a periodic stimulus having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state. Entrainment is used, for example, to induce heightened states of concentration or sleep. This program uses Theta (for concentration) and Delta (for sleep). BECAUSE OF THE REPETITIVE PULSATING RHYTHMS, PEOPLE WHO ARE PRONE TO SEIZURES OR EPILEPSY SHOULD NOT LISTEN TO THE FILES CONTAINING THE WAVE FREQUENCIES.

Skillfully Aware Guided Meditation Program FAQ

Q: I want to start learning to meditate and work with my stress patterns, but I don’t know what to do first, the 6-Module Class or the 13-Month Program?

Most people choose to start with the 6-Module class. It’s the same curriculum I used to teach the 6-week pain program at Sierra Tucson, a world-renowned recovery center. Project SkillfullyAware has been updated and optimized to help with all stress-related conditions. The class provides in-depth instruction on the mind and how it works, how stress-related patterns emerge and evolve and how you can begin to positively influence them using mindfulness-based attunement. Some people choose the 13-month program because they feel like they know enough about the mind-body connection and want to focus more directly on practice. However, I recommend beginning with the 6-module class first, which is the foundation for all SkillfullyAware Program. Then, when you're finished, continue on with the 13-Month guided program. But in the end, it comes down to a personal choice.

Q: Is the guided program for beginners?

Yes! We don't expect you to know anything about meditation or mindfulness when you start. The program is designed for listeners to pick it up and start meditating. That said, even a reasonably experienced meditator will find the guided meditations and teachings helpful in terms of sharpening his or her meditation skills and mindful awareness.

Q: What is the Practice Guide for?

A 70-page, full-color PDF practice guide comes with the 44 downloadable audio files. The guide contains descriptions of all the meditations; meditation instructions, and answers to many questions about starting an effective meditation and mindfulness practice. It also contains facts about stress, and common thought distortions, as well as explains the link between thoughts and stress illness. Basically, the practice guide explains what you need to know to start meditating, how to use meditation and mindfulness in service of your wellbeing, and how to get the most out of this program.

Q: Is the Practice Guide broken up into segments that relate to the 13 months?

Not specifically. Its primary purpose is to assist in starting a meditation practice immediately, as well as teach the SkillfullyAware method of mindfulness-based attunement for stress relief. Generally, users read the whole practice guide within the first two months. Then, after that, refer back to it as needed. It contains all the instructions on how to work your way through the program.

Q: What is the optimal pacing? In other words, how long does it take?

The optimal pacing is carefully laid out in the practice guide. Each month, between one and three guided meditations, are assigned. Users simply follow the instructions, listen to the meditations and read those sections of the practice guide pertinent to their spot in the program. If you are consistent with your practice, will take 13-months to complete. If that sounds like a long time, it’s not. Here’s why: when a person decides to start meditating he or she is deciding to dedicate a little time each day for self-care, and, for the rest of one’s life. Just like an exercise program, to continue to enjoy the benefits, you have to continue to practice.

Q: How will I benefit?

You'll learn and practice both meditation and mindfulness therapeutically, which means to help you work through stress and stress-related patterns and conditions. Scientific studies prove that mindful attunement brings about many positive effects. These include amplified feelings of wellbeing, improved attention, and enhanced proactive and prosocial behavior (improved relationships). Additionally, attunement has been shown to reduce both physical and mental pain, rumination, anxiety, depression, and emotional reactivity and compulsivity. All of which leads to a greater appreciation and engagement with life. If you like, please check out the Testimonials.

Q: What transformation should I expect?

If you work through the whole 13-month program and do the practices, you WILL learn to monitor and modify where your attention goes, and upon what it fixates. This is vitally important because where attention goes, the brain grows, and from that, your patterns flow. You can expect to transform the stress-related patterns in your life by virtue of you skillfully changing the habits of your attention. That’s what being skillfully aware is all about.

Q: What do I get when I purchase the 13-month program?

You get the 70-page, full-color digital practice guide and 44 audio meditations. These guided meditations take you through the beginning, intermediate and advanced stages of practice. You also receive specialty meditations that help you sleep better, work with pain, strong emotions, and urges. Some of the meditations come in pairs, where one contains a wave pattern in the background, which is designed to deepen concentration or improve sleep.

Q: What technology do I need to work through this program?

All you’ll need is a computer or a smart phone. You’ll download the guided meditations, transfer them into iTunes (or similar) and then synch with your phone. Most people listen to the meditations using ear buds connected to their phone, but you could also listen through the speakers of your computer. PLEASE NOTE: the background wave sounds will not be audible if you listen through the speakers in your computer.

Q: Do I need to install an app or any software on my computer?

You may need to install iTunes or similar MP4 player to listen to the audio files. Most computers come with the software preinstalled. There are detailed instructions in the practice guide for how to transfer the audio files into iTunes (or similar) and then synch with your smartphone. Still, if you need technical assistance, try asking a 16-year-old. Just kidding. Contact us, we’re here for you.

Q: Is it religious?

Definitely not. This guided program does not contain anything of a religious nature. You will, however, learn some meditation techniques that have been generalized from what is known as Buddhist “insight” practice. And, if you’re worried about that, please don’t be. All that means is, is you’ll learn a new way of watching your mind—it all comes down to triggers, thoughts, and sensations. We will not ask you to accept anything except what you experience for yourself.

Q: Is it for everyone?

Yes, and you don't even need to feel stressed to benefit from this program. However, if you're suffering from a severe mood disorder, we recommend you remain in consultation with your doctor and/or psychologist while taking this course. Always stop, and consult with your doctor and/or psychologist if any of the meditation practices seem to worsen your symptoms.

Q: What if I simply don’t have the time?

Working through this course only requires about 10 to 30 minutes per meditation per day. At most, that’s approximately equal to one episode of your favorite TV show. Isn't it worth finding a little time for something that could be so transformative?

Q: How do I continue practicing meditation and mindfulness after the 13-month program is finished?

I am available before, during and after you finish the program. If you want to check in with me, I can give you ideas and practices to further your progress. It is important to follow a teacher or teachers. Practice can easily become stale and unproductive without the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Q: What if I start the program and decide that it isn’t for me?

If you’re not sure this program is right for you, register for the free 21-day meditation challenge. The 21-day challenge will give you a great sense of whether or not this program is for you.

Q: What are the wave files included in the program?

Some meditations in this series include a background frequency to induce brainwave entrainment. Brainwave entrainment (or synchronization), aims to cause one’s brainwave frequencies to fall in step with a periodic stimulus having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state. Entrainment is used, for example, to induce heightened states of concentration or sleep. This program uses Theta (for concentration) and Delta (for sleep) frequencies personally designed by expert sound engineer, Stephane Pigeon. BECAUSE OF THE REPETITIVE PULSATING RHYTHMS OF THE WAVE FILES, PEOPLE WHO ARE PRONE TO SEIZURES OR EPILEPSY SHOULD NOT LISTEN TO THE FILES CONTAINING THE WAVE FREQUENCIES. All the files that include a WAVE are named with wave in the title.

Q: I want to teach mindfulness, is the course sufficient for this?

No, the 13-month guided mediation program is for learning and practicing meditation and mindfulness in your daily life. Mindfulness teaching institutions usually expect an applicant to have completed an 8-week MBCT or MBSR course in person, with a teacher. However, this guided program is a great way to learn meditation and mindfulness. In that sense, it's a great way to learn meditation and mindfulness before progressing on to becoming a teacher.

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13 reviews for Skillfully Aware Guided Meditation Program

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    I purchased the 13 month course last March after hearing Dr. Pirtle give a short talk. I was instantly affected by the method he used and purchased the course right away.

    The positive affect on my life is nothing short of wonderful. I will never be the same…in a very positive way. I am a pilot, and my job specifically is not high stress, but the lifestyle that surrounds it is. It’s my responsibility to myself, my family and everyone else around me to manage stress appropriately and to stay healthy. A meditation practice is a big part of my life for that reason, but I am also very focused on my spiritual path and this work is deepening that pursuit in my life.

    I’m in my 40s now and the last 20+ years of my life I’ve spent pursuing my spiritual path externally. This program has shown me how to focus inside and finally connect with all that that is for me. It’s also helped me to finish the work I needed to do to leave my rough childhood behind me for good.

    Thank you. Your work has helped me, and in turn everyone around me…including my wife and young daughter.

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    Andrew Bright

    this man’s teachings have kept me clean. With the diligence of mine in the meditation program taught at Sierra Tucson has changed my life for the better. Being skillfully aware of my surroundings and the “space” where I can go to when angry, stressed, or too worried about what people think of me. Going into my awareness gives me that moment where I can think clearly of my actions before I act out on impulse. I am grateful that I had to opportunity to meet and to be taught first hand by Doc Pirtle, and again I thank you.

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    “When Dr. Mark Pirtle explained his theory of
    “attentional fixation” and “skillful awareness” to me,
    I was beyond excited. Not only because I experienced
    the healing effects of it personally, but also because
    I realized that he had discovered an absolutely
    revolutionary and original theory, one which I think
    will bring about a paradigm shift in the way our
    society views and thinks about psychology and
    recovery. His is a new and empowering recovery model that works!

    Suzanne Cleminshaw, Ph.D.
    Author of the widely reviewed and acclaimed novel,
    The Great Ideas, shortlisted for the Whitbread Award
    for best first author.

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    I just finished taking Mark’s Skillfully Aware 6 Week Workshop, and feel that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Mark went into great detail teaching about the workings of the human mind and specific exercises in how to become aware of and start to change our own thought patterns and therefore, behavior. He presented an almost overwhelming amount of information in such a scientifically detailed, yet thoroughly entertaining, patient, and compassionate way. We laughed, we cried, but mostly we learned. He is truly a gifted teacher.

    Although I had attempted to meditate for years, I never quite got the hang of it and would give up. Now I look forward to getting “my tush to the cush”, which has been life changing. Although the day to day realities and responsibilities of my life have not changed, my response to them is completely different. This class was a blessing in my life.

    Thank you, Mark


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    “Ah………Midlife. Divorce, now grown kids, hormones, gravity, all that comes with the learning, and the changing spirit we have. Regardless of the joy, the happiness and positive outlook- within our journey those really annoying little voices tell you otherwise. For me, they were a guide to hurt, and take up space in our own minds to play out many different ways, but never to move forward, just to the side and the same recording over and over. For once, after Mark’s class, I am not at fault, and I can now challenge the voices to new tones, and new scripts, that I choose. Although the neutrons, and physical elements and science was specific and interesting, the more important part to me is to change my behaviors to make positive spins on the old ways. New doors are opening and now I have the tools to open them and see what may unfold in a positive way. Demons be gone!!
    This class will change you. It is not simple, it is not easy, but it is a new horizon that is now a focus for my future. Still seeing how this will unfold, but alas, the road is paved and has less pot holes than it ever has had.”
    F. Nowlin

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    “When I took Mark’s class, I felt inspired. His teachings have positively affected me in my everyday life—I am able to see patterns in my thinking, which help me respond more thoughtfully, rather than acting out of habit. Mark’s empathy and understanding have allowed me to live more mindfully. I am grateful to him for expanding my emotional space, allowing me to live fully in the present, to accept the past, and to look forward to the future. And, the class was also lots of fun! We are all on this journey together. Thank you for an enriching experience, Mark. I enthusiastically recommend this class to anyone.” KP

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    Ena (verified owner)

    I am so impressed with my results from Dr. Pirtle’s Skillfully Aware meditation training program. I gained much more than achieving my initial goal, which was to alleviate my nervous system’s severe reaction to surgery that involved pain from moving nerves in my jaw. The daily simplicity of sitting and listening to Mark’s training slowly turned the tide for my nervous system. I feel better now.

    At first, I twitched, cried, wrote “to-do” items and sipped tea – and kept sitting and listening, following whatever other directions I could. But later, I developed a more stable attention, listening to his familiar, soothing voice directing my mind back. I started to feel a simple joy in sitting peacefully and “smiling inwardly and outwardly.” The benefits have been profound. I now enjoy meditating and see subtle and continuous improvements in my life, not just my pain. I highly recommend his program to anyone looking for physical, emotional or spiritual improvements in their life. Ena Pearl, Dr. Energy Medicine, NYC.

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    I worked with Dr Pirtle at Sierra Tucson, and then purchased the Skillfully Aware program upon leaving. I will admit that at first, I didn’t stick to it consistently. But once I started using it daily, I noticed a huge difference in my ability to be able to recognize when I was fixating and how to shift my awareness away from those subjects. I now practice meditation daily, and I am able to be mindful throughout the day, and I feel much calmer and more at peace than I ever have. Many thanks to Dr Pirtle and the Skillfully Aware program.

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    Michael Stevenson

    In 2013, I attended Mark’s Skillfully Aware course and purchased his guided meditation program. Over the course of a year, and not as fast as I should have, I practiced with the meditations and studied the manual. This program helped me understand what meditation is and why I should be doing it. Before the course I really had no idea. My pre-conceived notions about meditation were just plain wrong. The more I study and recall this material, the more I have a handle on happiness and controlling the stress in my life. When I’m out of practice and forget to call on what I’ve learned from Mark and friends who have completed his course, things get rough and stress creeps in to take over. Now that I see the patterns of good times and hard times, the ebb and flow of happiness, this material has completely reformed my personal theology. It’s all about doing no harm, even with your thoughts, and if you’re capable of it, doing some good — especially with your thoughts. If you want to be adored by your family, your coworkers, and strangers alike, practice goodness, even with your thoughts. This program will get you on the path to doing it.

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    Jason Branch

    I purchased the guided skillfully aware program. I have a major shopping addiction, and tonight I saw my credit card bill, and a massive feeling of self hate, regret, disgust with myself, and despair overtook me. However, though it felt impossible at the time to sit and meditate, I put on my headphones and meditated listening to the guided meditation on strong emotions and urges. Towards the end, a feeling of beauty, joy, and contentment (not neglect of what must be done to help my situation, but just happy with the peace that the moment offered) and I want to thank you so much. I wish us all peace and joy without needing things to bring it, rather find it in our awareness and being. Love JB

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    The last year of my life has been traumatic to say the least. I suffer from chronic pain, but even worse, now a broken heart. I have been listening to Mark’s guided meditations to keep up with my daily practice and to sooth both pain and emotional upset. His “Allow Yourself to Sleep” meditation itself was worth the money I spent on the package. I can’t say enough about how helpful these meditations have been. I highly recommend them.

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    Many of us may walk through life believing we are living the life given to us. As a crazy New Yorker, I was consumed by work, family and friends, daily tasks, stress, expectations, you name it. But one day someone told me that life is not that at all. I was invited to participate in these meditations with Dr. Pirtle and as a person that “thought” she was living a great life; I have now really found the truth of a great life. This program has truly been my first awakening and it has initiated a transformed in my life I am forever grateful.

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    I’m a colleague of Dr. Pirtle’s. I wanted to share my personal experience of how Dr. Pirtle’s meditation program is helping many of our clients – this program has helped people struggling with pain, eating disorders, anxiety, sleep issues and more. I have heard, first hand, the positive, revelatory experiences of people using these meditations. I myself use them and benefit greatly.

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