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Your Life: With Meaning, Purpose, and Direction

Do you feel like the years are coming and going and you’re still not getting where you thought you’d be by now? Have life’s circumstances gotten in the way of your dreams and aspirations? Are you struggling to get through your “to do” lists each day and waking up tired and further behind the next morning?

You are not alone.

Life didn’t come with an instruction manual and the modern world keeps piling on more stressors, responsibilities, and worries each day. It’s hard to feel whole when everything around us is spinning in chaos. It’s difficult to maintain focus and take care of our lives when we’re being pulled in so many directions. It’s challenging to feel hope for the future when the walls seem to be caving in all around us.

There is a Better Way

Enter the Urban Monk. I was a Taoist monk who studied with masters of pretty much every tradition out there and was an acetic- meaning I had renounced the world and was off contemplating life in the Himalayas. I realized the world was getting worse while my fellow monks and I were tucked away in monasteries so I decided to come down and take on a regular life again. The place I could make a difference was down here.

It wasn’t easy to make the switch.

Having a job, bills, dogs, kids, and daily stressors really challenged me to make the systems I was trained in work for people down here...people living in the trenches of society. I had to find that balance in my own life- running a medical group and then becoming a best selling author and filmmaker. I’m no stranger to bills and deadlines. I started with zero dollars and had to figure out the “work thing” on my own. Over the years, I figured out how to find work-life balance for myself and thousands of patients and students in my communities.

I call it the “Life Garden” system and it’s a framework designed to help you map out your priorities and water the most important plants first. This way, you’re moving forward with your life- your health, your family relations, your career, and yes, your dreams. Yes, you deserve to live the life of your dreams. The world brow beats us into settling for a job and living a life of mediocrity. That’s such a waste of this gift called life. I’ll help you break free of that silly trance and step into your potential.

When you learn how to stay calm and get focused, things that matter to you get done first. When you’re finally on the right path and making decisions that move your life forward, life gets easier.

It takes a framework.

I’ll teach you how to get focused on what you choose in life and then put your energy there everyday. No matter where you’re stuck right now, the only way out is to start. I’ve had thousands of students do this work and their lives have all changed for the better. Why? Because our attention is scattered and being pulled away from us by the media. How can we focus on our lives when we’re busy watching other people’s lives on TV? How can we direct our attention to our own health and careers when our attention is being sucked into the news and world dramas?


It’s time to plug your energy back into your own Life Garden. It’s time to wake up and take ownership of your own life so you can enjoy the years you have left on this planet. You want to see your friends and family. You want to be financially secure. You want to travel and dance. Ok so what’s next? The Life Garden program will walk you through the exact steps you need to take to free yourself from your current situation and start moving towards a brighter future. I’ll give you the tools you need to gain more focus and clarity while boosting your energy and vitality. You’ll need more energy to cut through the cobwebs and get some momentum. It’s all built into this simple 12 week program.

Life Doesn’t Have to Be a Struggle

There's a formula to getting the life you want.

Module 11

The New Economy

There’s an emerging world of fair trade, organic practices, conscious capital, work-life balance, and all sorts of other great stuff happening right now. Learn about the Buddhist precept of “Right Livelihood” and how it pertains to the new business models that are springing up all around us. Yes, you can be spiritual and make money. There are good people creating innovative solutions all over…learn how to join them.

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Module 12

Making a Plan

Take all you’ve learned and create your Life Garden along with a plan for your next 100 days called a “Gong”. This amazing ancient practice helps keep you honest, motivated, focused, and on track to attain the goals you set out. It is a clear and concise system that’ll help you become a more effective human being and thrive in your life.

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Module 1

The Basics

Discover really practical ways to manage your time and your energy as you get clear on your personal goals. Dive into the deeper “why” of what you want in your life. Learn about the direct connection between your time, money and your energy and how to have more of all three.

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Module 2

The How

Looking at your daily energy needs, where can you gain more efficiency? How can you increase your energy by cleaning up your lifestyle and your mindset? Where are you wasting time that can be spent building energy, enjoying family, or moving your career forward? This is where we line up the formula of Attention and Intention to help you gain focus and direct your energy towards attainable goals in your life. Plus you’ll discover how to start designing your Life Garden.

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Module 3

The Energy Of Life

Discover how energy is made, where we get it from, how we can enhance it, and what chemicals diminish it. We look at “energy economics” so you can experience energy profitability. We dive into Eastern and Western models of energy and physiology in a framework you can use to simply enjoy life more. You’ll learn ways to burn fat, cut out toxins, and upgrade your cells’ ability to generate more energy. You’ll also discover the Taoist tradition of Alchemy, and the way Eastern masters view body and energy.

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Module 4

How the Universe Works

How do you flow with nature and feel your best? Hint: Consciousness is the missing ingredient in our society…and how to access it. Science and spirit aren’t divided anymore. You’re an immortal being having a human experience. It’s an experience that can be confusing, so here we delve into the truth. You’ll also learn about the 2 kinds of people to watch out for, and how they harness energy. Plus you’ll discover one of the most ancient spiritual texts in existence.

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Module 5

The Wheel of Vitality

You have power you’re not accessing. Here you’ll discover it and how it can serve your life. Plus we dive into: immunity, rest, sleep, mindset, meditation, balance, financial health, gut health, weight and diet and epigenetics. Lots of new info here from physiology and science that hasn’t even found its way into your doctor’s office yet. All this and more are explored in this module.

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Module 6

Getting out of Your Own Way

Most of us tend toward some level of self-sabotage. Many of us are stumbling through toxic ‘memes’ or mental programming that keep us from our highest expression. Here, you learn to identify these and stop feeding them energy. With these practical techniques, you’ll learn to reallocate vital energy to things that serve you and your highest purpose.

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Module 7

Brain Science

Here we look at some amazing new scientific advancements in understanding the brain and the mind. Using modern techniques, we can “hack” into our physiology and attain many of the results the ancient sages spoke of. Learning to blend East and West, old and new, The Urban Monk uses what’s useful to be a more effective and happy human being.

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Module 8

Pressing Reset

How do you recharge your soul? Most of us are walking around exhausted and in a daze. After years of failed resolutions, stress at work, kids late for school, or illness, we hardly have the energy to get through our days- let alone thrive. Here is where we tap into powerful practices to reset your adrenals, gain vital energy, and relax your brain. You’re going to start to like yourself a whole lot more once you dial some of this in.

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Module 9

Stopping Time

In this powerful teaching, we dive into the ancient art of dilating time. Most of us are stuck on societal time, which never sleeps, never slows. Learn how to access a deep peaceful state with breathing exercises and a different understanding of how to navigate the world with time on your side. Drinking from Infinity is a practice seldom taught to the public.

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Module 10

Specific Practices

Here is where we dive into the powerful, tried-and-true practices that will fundamentally change and upgrade your life. Taking the best of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation, Prayer, and much more, these modern and ancient practices are shared in a concise way that makes it possible to integrate them into an urban lifestyle. Doing this work makes you better- pure and simple.

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A Powerful Academy with Several Courses

This course is part of the Urban Monk Academy which is filled with valuable resources and teachings that can help you on your journey. 

The Life Garden

The Temple Grounds

Healthy Pets

Raising Healthy Kids

Gut Healing Masterclass

Healing Emotional Trauma



Oral Healing Masterclass

Cooking for Vitality


Dream Yoga

Conscious Business Accelerator

Media Academy

Corporate Wellness Academy

Access to protected content not available to the public

Video resources including, exercise, recipes, sleep tips, yoga exercises and more Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructions with detailed videos & Live monthly new practices

Meditation tracks, brainwave training and new meditation tracks added each month

A guided Academy filled with excellent modules and robust resources—

Work at your own pace

Access to Pedram in private forum

The Life Garden Workbook

Listen in the car or while working out

Access to new courses - A new one every 2 months!

Productivity tools for better time management

Monk’s Kitchen Cookbook

Exclusive private community

$100 off quarterly retreats

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The Urban Monk 
Pedram Shojai, OMD

I’m not a guru. I'm a guy who's walked the path and here to help. Take some tips and step into your own greatness. The world needs YOU—not more gurus. We need more leaders and not followers. I’m here to help you step into that. I’ve got your back. Now its time to learn some skills and commit to being awesome.

Everything in the Academy is designed to help empower heal make you whole. My commitment is to help bring out your greatest expression. I'm in your corner.

The Urban Monk is a New York Times
Best Selling Author and Award
Winning Filmmaker featured in—

The Urban Monk elegantly lays out a balanced way of life that can not only bring us back to health, but help us relax and smile while we do it. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to get healthy in our fast-paced world.

Dr. Mark Hyman

M.D., Director,
Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

Combining modern Western medicine and ancient Eastern wisdom, Dr. Pedram Shojai’s cutting-edge, easy-to-implement program helps you burn fat, boost energy, and optimize your life to become an urban monk even in the most stressed-out environment. Can’t recommend this one enough!

JJ Virgin

New York Times best-selling author, 

The Virgin Diet and The Virgin Diet Cookbook

Pedram offers a fresh and unique perspective on life in the modern world. He truly is an Urban Monk and his friendly style takes us all along for the ride. If you deal with stress, time constraints, and the challenges of a busy life, this book is a must-read.

Sara Gottfried

MD, author of New York Times bestseller The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet

Knowing that meditation is good for us isn’t enough. We need to practice it in our daily lives to actually benefit from it. The Urban Monk is a treasure, with many practical lifestyle hacks that can help you be happier and healthier.

Daniel G. Amen

MD, Founder, Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Written with page-turning verve, this book integrates ancient Taoist wisdom and modern brain science to offer hundreds of practical ways to feel better and do better right now. Funny, direct, and honest, PedramShojai feels like a trusted friend and teacher offering a full package of skillful means.

Rick Hanson

Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

Become an Urban Monk and Live Your Best Life!

Check it out and see for yourself.
This is the highest quality Personal Development curriculum that exists.

Frequently Asked Questions—

What is the time commitment?

Go at your own pace. The Life Garden modules are in an easy to follow audio format spread over 12 weeks. Take your time and go through them and use the video resources and other tools as needed. It’s best to go in order and then start your Gong after the 12 modules. Go through all the courses after The Life Garden at your own pace. You have full access to everything as soon as you register! Most of the other courses are in video format.

Will You Take Questions?

Pedram makes himself available in a private forum to Academy members. This is the only way to have access to him is to become a student of the Academy so YES he will take questions and help you :)

Can I access the course material from my phone?

Absolutely! The members area can be easily accessed from any device.

What format do the courses take?

All the modules are laid out in the member’s area and ready for you to enjoy in their entirety. Most courses are video and audio and they all include transcripts and bonus resources.

If I'm having trouble navigating the members area, is there someone who can help me?

Our customer service team is hands on and available to answer any questions you have. The member’s area is intuitive and easy to use but we’re here for you if you have any issues, whatsoever. You’ll have their email address to send feedback and questions where a real person will reach out to help you.

I lost 40 pounds and have a better relationship with my wife. Thank you so much!

Ben Gregoire

Urban Monk

I had just broken from a long term relationship and wanted to sew myself back together. The Urban Monk provided me with the tools and inspiration to gather my strength back and reclaim my dignity and happiness.

Pamela Wasabi

Urban Monk

I used to struggle with motivation and sticking to my goals. The Urban Monk gave me the tools I needed to fix that. It’s been so valuable.

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Urban Monk

What the students are saying—

I’m finding a more meaningful purpose to my life. I’m healthier. I’m happier. I have more energy and clarity. The Urban Monk makes it simple enough so anyone can do it. Thank you!

Ana Avramovska

Urban Monk

I’ve lost 22 pounds. I feel more alert, think clearer, and sleep better.

Rick Plourde

Urban Monk

The Urban Monk helped me become more energetic, more engaged with life. This program is helping me grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually in ways I never thought I was capable of.

Carleen Rowan

Urban Monk

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