Have you been looking for a total immersion in the nondual wisdom teachings, an opportunity to focus your attention week after week, with a seasoned teacher and a small group of kindred spirits, on the radiant source of all wisdom, happiness, and love?

Next January I will once again be offering the School for Awakening, a four-month intensive program of teachings, self-inquiry, meditation, and in-depth exploration of our essential spiritual nature that enables you to work intimately with a teacher for an extended period of time. If you've read the books, watched the YouTube videos, and attended an occasional satsang, class, or retreat but now want a "deep dive" into the nature of reality, the School for Awakening may be perfect for you.

(Enroll in the School for Awakening by December 1 and receive the early-bird discount tuition of $1175 for the complete four-month program. Regular tuition is $1425.)

The point of the School is to invite you to recognize and abide in your natural state of awakened awareness, which is the radiant source of all fulfillment, happiness, peace, and love, and to learn to integrate and embody this awakening in everyday life.


The program features online classes, individual mentoring sessions, dyadic exercises, homework assignments, and a final online retreat. Each class includes guided and silent meditations, profound nondual wisdom teachings, powerful pointers to true nature, focused inquiry, and ample time for dialogue and discussion. Limited to just 20 participants, the intimate group format enables class members to connect with one another, share their journey and the wisdom they've gathered, and create awakening community together.

In addition to classes, each participant has five individual mentoring sessions in which to explore and integrate the teachings in their own unique way. In my experience, there are as many different forms and flavors of awakening as there are seekers, and retreats and classes that cater to hundreds of people fail to offer the customized, individual attention and guidance that I believe are most effective in actually facilitating the awakening and embodiment process.

Classes are scheduled at 9 am PT/5 pm UK time on Wednesdays to welcome participants from North America, Europe, the UK, and Latin America. Each class is recorded and made available for download within a couple of days to make it easier to maintain continuity if you need to miss classes from time to time. Mentoring sessions are scheduled at times that are convenient for you.

Over the centuries, if you wanted to study Zen, Dzogchen, or Advaita Vedanta, you sought out a teacher and joined a small group of disciples or worked face to face to realize the truth under their guidance. I had the immense good fortune to be able to study in this way with a number of extraordinary teachers, including Kobun Chino, Jean Klein, and Adyashanti, and I'm happy to be able to afford this opportunity to others.

Even though we have only one purpose in being together, the School will be divided into three modules with separate themes, which are just a way to console the mind that likes categories and boundaries. In fact, each class will invite you to wake up right now, drop your habitual identities, and come to rest in awakened awareness:


Module 1: Awakening:

Wednesdays, 9-11 am US PT/5-7 pm UK, January 29, February 5, 12, 19

Module 2: Deepening and Clarifying

Wednesdays, 9-11 am US PT/5-7 pm UK,
March 4, 11, 18, 25

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Module 3: Embodying

April 15, 22, 29, May 5

Final online retreat

May 16-17

If you would like more information on my approach, please read my books Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness and watch the videos and read the blog posts on this site. If you're interested in joining the School, please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.

Love and blessings!


What students are saying

The School for Awakening was a positive, affirming, and validating  experience.  Stephan was not too tight, not too loose: clear and simple, did not complicate the teaching, and brought it into the flow of all experience. I especially enjoyed the meditations of  opening into the stillness and spaciousness as a non-effort, a non-striving. Ahhh…… thank you!  
— Susan W., Michigan
Stephan  skillfully challenges and points out the assumptions of our limited, assumed small self into what we are, that which is aware, that which contains.  Grounded in his  extensive background in Zen and psychotherapy Stephan acknowledges the potential pitfalls of spiritual bypassing and our shared humanity while at the same time pointing to the Mystery, and, yes, the Love that is innate in such recognition. Stephan's guided meditations powerfully bring one out of the mind into the Limitless, He provides a safe container to explore questions, and ,can bring clarity to confusion that naturally come from a journey such as this. I highly recommend anyone that is searching to enroll in this “university.”
— Joseph B., Arizona
I really enjoyed Stephan Bodian’s  School for Awakening, and I would  truly recommend it to any open-minded seeker. The variety of the course, with meditations, wonderful teachings, group exchange, and the personal dialogues with Stephan, felt so helpful and enriching. Stephan  conducts the class in a very gentle, intuitive, and experienced way, making everyone feel at ease. Sharing his knowledge, teachings and pearls of wisdom with us throughout the course’ based on  all the years of his personal experience, was a great blessing to receive. I believe, if one is truly open minded, one can receive so much more from this course than words can ever express. If you just allow it to happen, your heart may open, and you can get in touch with the true nature of your being. A very precious and unique opportunity.
— Nika D., Germany
I participated in the School of Awakening, and it was a great experience.  Stephan has a gentle way of presenting and probing which has a built in invitation to look deeper.  His handling of people was warm and supportive.  I would recommend this for anyone who is looking into the depth of who you are.  
— Lou W., Michigan
Through the School for Awakening, Stephan Bodian provided valuable pointers, meditation practices, questions for inquiry, and various non-dual teachings that helped to shift my perspective in a number of ways. With the size of the class being relatively small, I felt comfortable asking questions and sharing experiences. Overall, I feel that the School has contributed to the groundwork for awakening to unfold in its own time as I continue to absorb and practice these and other non-dual teachings.  
— Elle K., Oregon
If you want to awaken or deepen your awakening, and live from this place in everyday life, then this is the school for you. Stephan is a true master teacher and you will find this course to be rich as well as practical.  
— Maria F., Pennsylvania
Stephan Bodian’s five-month online course, School for Awakening, is a pure treasure.  For anyone wanting a clear understanding of the nondual traditions of Advaita, Zen, and Dzogchen, Stephan’s explanations are invaluable.  More importantly, the School for Awakening includes many opportunities for glimpses of our true nature, as well as the vital necessity for ongoing embodiment.  All this is accomplished through luminous “pointing out” words, guided meditations, inspirational quotes, interactions with classmates, and individual phone consultations with Stephan.  I can’t speak too highly of what Stephan has put together in the School for Awakening and, of course, of Stephan himself, whose words invariably come with the backing of his own deep experience.
— Al Z., California
I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in Stephan’s online course this year. Stephan embodies profound wisdom and compassion, always pointing to our ground of being and the non-dual nature of experience. As a teacher Stephan offers intelligent, gentle, yet radical guiding, which allows for the unveiling of many hidden doorways on the spiritual path. The format of the course allows for plenty of guided meditation time, teaching, Q&A, spiritual inquiry, and participants’ sharing.
Many thanks Stephan!  
— Bogdan B., New York
I found the School for Awakening very helpful. With ease, humor, and expertise drawn from a lifetime’s immersion in the inner work, Stephan provides depthful, emotionally resonant, authoritative, and practical guidance that is completely respectful of everybody’s unique process. Over the course of the classes, the great diversity of this uniqueness is on display amongst all the participants, many of whom have themselves spent a lifetime steeping in this vast realm of spirituality. Attending the School, I found myself feeling ushered, guided, and encouraged, as if by an unseen hand, and greatly helped by the individual attention given by Stephan as a part of the curriculum.  
— Glenn F., California
I just completed Stephan’s 2019 School of Awakening. I am grateful for and humbled by the experience. He wove a tapestry of meaning that helped unravel some of my knots/nots and helped me to glimpse I vs. me. The sangha provided pointers and companionship, and my dyadic partner has been a gem. Stephan’s School has brought more clarity to what has been an oft shrouded journey to self-awareness moving toward Awake Awareness. I highly recommend this School of Awakening to fellow travelers.  
— Stephen S., California
The School is a true gem and an honor to be a part of. Stephan brings to each session great warmth, humor, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to truth. It was truly inspiring to witness the palpable growth in each of us as we came together with a shared intention. Each group meeting, and certainly each of the dyad meetings, was a fertile and intimate ground for genuine questioning and self-reflection. I am quite amazed and deeply grateful that, through this ‘remote’ format of teaching and learning, it is still possible to dive so deeply into the living stream of being.
— Louise M., Taiwan