Faber, Virginia

The Monroe Institute

Take an otherworldly journey in a school dedicated to out-of-body experiences

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Robert Monroe, founder of the Monroe Institute, would be the last kind of person you would expect to create a school for ″expanding human consciousness.″ He was a successful New York broadcasting executive for the Mutual Broadcasting System network, and was responsible for creating successful radio shows in the '50s.

In 1957, the firm created a research and development division to study the effects of sound on the human consciousness. Monroe personally participated in the division's experiments, mainly the experiments on sleep-teaching. During these experiments, Monroe allegedly experienced a state of consciousness where he existed outside of his body. This led to him towards his own research and experimentation, all of which culminated in his first book, Journeys Out of Body. He would release two more books and file a patent for his ″Hemi-Sync″ technology, a series of binaural sounds that could supposedly coax people into an out-of-body experience or a variety of different mental states.

Monroe died in 1995, but his legacy still stands in the form of the Monroe Institute. Located in the secluded mountains of Faber, Virginia, the institute seems to be more of a new-age retreat than a scientific institute. For $1,795 (Plus a $500 deposit), you can enroll in one of the Monroe Institute's many 6-day or weekend-long programs, which include esoteric themes such as ″Gateway Voyage″ (The institute's trademark out-of-body program), ″Remote Viewing,″ ″Exploring Energy Healing,″ and ″Awakening Past Lives through Hypnosis," a highly experimental program according to the website.

During the program, participants rest in controlled holistic environmental chamber (CHEC) units, each of which is basically a bed in a cubicle with headphones that stream out Hemi-Sync sounds and calm instructions recorded by Robert Monroe himself. Each course is guided by the institute's ″Facilitators″ who explain the process and gather everyone after class to discuss what they experienced. Participants of these classes have claimed to have had out-of-body experiences, a new awareness of the world they didn't have previously, and acquired personal revelations.

Strangely enough, the Monroe Institute is authorized at a national level to offer continuing education credits for counselors, social workers, and massage therapists for participating in their programs. So if you don't find yourself out of your body, reliving a past life, or enjoying some other spiritual awakening, at least you'll get CE credit for it.

Edited by: Martin, Dylan (Admin)
  • Address
    365 Roberts Mountain Road, Faber, Virginia, 22938, United States
  • Cost
    $1,795 For a 6 day Program (Plus a $500 deposit)
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From Washington, DC (or points North) Take 495 Beltway to 66 West. Take US 29 South at the Gainesville exit. Pass Warrenton, Culpepper, to Charlottesville, taking RIGHT exit onto Rt. 29 (South to Lynchburg). In approx. 24 miles, turn RIGHT onto State Rt. 6 West (Tidbit to River Road) and go approx. 2 miles. Turn LEFT onto Rt. 634 (Adial Road) where there is a white church sign with a cross on the top. Go approx. 3/4 mile on Adial Road, then turn LEFT onto Rt. 613 (Rocky Road) and go approx. 2/10 of a mile. Take the second RIGHT Roberts Mountain Road and look for The Monroe Institute. From Charlottesville, VA Take 29 South for approx. 24 miles, turn RIGHT onto State Rt. 6 West (Tidbit to River Road) and go approx. 2 miles. Turn LEFT onto Rt. 634 (Adial Road). Go approx. 3/4 mile on Adial Rd., then turn LEFT onto Rt. 613 (Rocky Road) and go approx. 2/10 of a mile. Take the second RIGHT Roberts Mountain Road, look for The Monroe Institute Sign. from Richmond, VA Take Interstate 64 West to Charlottesville and then get off at exit for Lynchburg (South) on Rt. 29. Drive on Rt. 29 south for approx. 24 miles, turn RIGHT onto State Rt. 6 West (Tidbit to River Road) and go approx. 2 miles. Turn LEFT onto Rt. 634 (Adial Road). Go approx. 3/4 mile on Adial Rd., then turn LEFT onto Rt. 613 (Rocky Road) and go approx. 2/10 of a mile. Take the second RIGHT Roberts Mountain Road and look for The Monroe Institute sign. From Waynesboro or Staunton, VA (or from Interstate 81) From Interstate 81, take Interstate 64 East and get off at Exit 99 on top of Afton Mt. At the end of the exit ramp, turn RIGHT onto Rt. 250 East (toward Charlottesville) and go down the mountain approx. 3.5 miles. At the bottom (on the left is the Rockfish Country Store), turn RIGHT onto Rt. 151 South (Critzers Shop Road which becomes Rockfish Valley Turnpike) and go approx. 8.7 miles. Turn LEFT onto Rt. 6 or River Road (electric substation on right) and go approx. 3.7 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Rt. 634 (Adial Road) and go approx. 3/4 mile, then turn LEFT onto Rt. 613 (Rocky Road) and go approx. 2/10 of a mile. Take the second RIGHT Roberts Mountain Road look for The Monroe Institute. From Lynchburg, VA Take Rt. 29 North for approx. 39 miles (7 miles past Lovingston), turn LEFT onto State Rt. 6 West (River Road) and go approx. 2 miles. Turn LEFT onto Rt. 634 (Adial Road) where there is a white church sign with a cross on the top). Go approx. 3/4 mile, then turn LEFT onto Rt. 613 (Rocky Road) and go approx. 2/10 of a mile. Take the second RIGHT Roberts Mountain Road and look for The Monroe Institute sign.
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