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?

This 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 November 15 and receive the early-bird discount tuition of $1250 for the complete four-month program. Regular tuition is $1475.)

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 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 2019

Module 2: Deepening and Clarifying

Wednesdays, 9-11 am US PT/5-7 pm UK,
February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 2019

Module 3: Embodying

April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019

Final online retreat

May 4-5, 2019

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