Enroll now and receive the discounted price of $1250 for the full six-month program; after November 15 enrollment increases to $1495.
A decade ago I founded the annual School for Awakening because I saw the need for an intensive program of teachings, self-inquiry, meditation, and in-depth exploration of our essential spiritual nature that enables participants to work closely with a teacher for an extended period of time. The School for Awakening 2018 begins this January.
In its current incarnation, the School is a six-month total immersion, including online classes, individual mentoring sessions, homework assignments, and a final retreat. Each class features guided and silent meditations, profound nondual wisdom teachings, powerful pointers to true nature, focused inquiry, and ample time for dialogue and discussion. The intimate group format enables participants to connect with one another, share their journey and the wisdom they've gathered, and create awakening community together.
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. In addition to my own direct understanding of our absolute true nature, I bring an in-depth appreciation of the human mind and heart and of the importance of acknowledging and embracing our essential humanness.
Nowadays there are so many teachers, satsangs, and Youtube videos available that one can feel overwhelmed and confused by the differing perspectives and approaches. And most of these teachers only offer retreats attended by large groups of people and don't provide the individual guidance that has been the hallmark of the nondual wisdom traditions. The School will be an intimate gathering of no more than 20 participants who will work closely with me and with one another.
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 individually to realize the truth under their guidance. In fact, the word "upanishad" means "to sit down next to" a guru and receive direct pointers and instruction. I had the immense good fortune to be able to study in this way with a number of extraordinary teachers, including 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 and come to rest in awakened awareness:
Module 1: Awakening:
Wednesdays, 10 am-noon US PT/6-8 pm UK, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 2018
Module 2: Deepening and Clarifying
Wednesdays, 10 am-noon US PT/6-8 pm UK, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 2018
Module 3: Embodying
April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 2018
Final online retreat
May 19-20, 2018
Cost: $1250 before November 15; $1495 thereafter
If you would like more information on my approach, please read my books Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness and listen to the videos and watch 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!