About The Teacher

Leonard is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. For more than thirty-five years, Leonard has offered inspiration and clear and practical guidance to seekers on the path of awakening. He embodies a profound depth of Presence and his teachings are a powerful reminder that in truth, there is no life outside of this moment. 

Leonard teaches that the fully awakened state of consciousness is available now. It is not something that occurs in the future. It is not something that we can arrive at through spiritual practice. It is already here, waiting to be revealed. As you awaken into the present moment, your thoughts will stop, your mind will fall silent, and you will awaken to an inner silence and peace that is beyond understanding. You will begin to encounter what the mystics and Masters have been speaking of for centuries.

One of the most significant aspects of Leonard's teaching is his unique insight into the nature of the mind and ego. Leonard teaches us how to come into right relationship with the ego in a way that helps the ego to relax, and he teaches us how to integrate awakened consciousness into everyday life and relationships.

He is the founder of The Conscious Living Foundation, a registered non-profit organization. In 2005, he was awarded the Peace Prize by Religious Science International, although he is not affiliated or associated with any religion or church. His teaching is both inclusive of, and transcendent of, all religions and spiritual traditions. It is for all those genuinely seeking to awaken, and for all those who want to overcome the pain and limitations of the past, and open into a more loving and abundant world.

Leonard is the author of five books, Words from Silence, Journey into Now, Embracing the Present, Bridging Heaven & Earth and In Search of the Light. He works with individuals as well as presenting to large audiences and offers workshops and retreats throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia.


"Leonard is truly a Master Healer, all through Presence. Watching him directly, honestly yet tenderly address the "wounded child" in us all was absolutely surgical in its approach. Attending his retreat brought greater depth and experience for my journey into and residing in Presence. Although I previously got a lot of teaching from his videos and lectures there is nothing to compare to actually being there in person. Its the difference between watching someone ski and actually skiing yourself! Leonard, in person, is a life-changing experience and teaching. My humblest praise goes to him. I cannot wait for his next retreat. I shall be there front and center. Thank You so very much Leonard." - H.M, USA

"Being in the presence of Leonard at the Mt Madonna retreats is truly a gift from God. Thank you Leonard for demonstrating and sharing moment to moment the state of being in the godliness dimension. Thank you for your guidance to remaining there. And thank you for sharing your human-ness as it arises. As they say: walking your talk. How refreshing. How real. How I wish words were sufficient to express this. And most incredible of all is your guidance of how the present moment is always available to us. Life does unfold as a "retreat" simply by remembering the simple ways you share and my heart is filled with gratitude each moment I am present! You are an AWESOME teacher and friend." - F.S., Michigan

"I feel so liberated from the heaviness I was carrying. Neutrality to the wounds and certainty they will lift. The last four days I experienced Heaven on Earth. Not because it was absolutely gorgeous but because I dropped my storyline, got present and connected with mySelf. Forever grateful to the teachings of the wonderful, awakened human that is Leonard Jacobson." - M.D., PA

"Being on retreat with Leonard has been a deep, life-changing experience for me. As soon as I found the courage to throw myself into the fire, I was met with the most loving and brilliant guidance. And joyful, beautiful healing followed. What had been unconsciously blocking and scaring me for lifetimes, was released in minutes!  Leonard's teaching, his ability to simplify and make clear what mind and ego makes complicated, his sharp seeing of ones own readiness and his never wavering commitment to truth, to our awakening, has brought deep trust into my life. Trust in Presence. I am so fortunate to have had my prayer for a true teacher answered!  I am forever deeply grateful for that. " - Katarina, Denmark

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