Mentoring & Guidance
Individual Mentoring Program
Our Individual Mentoring Program is for people who have a deep interest and commitment to their own unfoldment as they experience it in their worldly lives. It is a version of our year-long Group Mentoring Program, which we have offered three times previously, and are now customizing for interested practitioners to complete on a 1:1 basis. It is helpful for people who are sincerely interested in the deeper questions of life in engaging “the mystery” as householders.
The Mentoring Program has an emphasis on the broader Buddhist / spiritual path including a full spectrum of Buddhist practices, modern personality work, and integration and embodiment of purification, insight, and awakening into our worldly life as we live it. Monthly topics/practices include: Introduction; Working with the personality through the Enneagram; Sila/Wholesome Living; Samatha; Purification of Mind; Vipassana; Inquiry; the BramaViharas; Dzogchen; Non-duality; Body-based Practices; and Your Dharma Vision and Flame for Awakening. Engaging in mentoring for a full year provides an understanding and experience of practices that we feel are important to consider for a well-rounded spiritual unfoldment of our deepest nature.
The program includes audio recordings of teaching on each monthly practice, a reading list for each month, a homework/reflection paper, and monthly 1:1 mentoring sessions. In cases where more than one person is doing the program at a time, and individuals want contact with other like-minded people, access to “dharma buddies” from around the world may also be available. The cost for this is only be the cost of the sessions, which would be $840 for 30 minute sessions and $1295 for 1-hour sessions. You can either alternate each month between teachers, or can select one teacher for the entire program. You can start any time, with the program lasting a year. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Mentoring and Guidance Inquiries
If you have very simple questions, we may be able to respond to these briefly by email. Visit the “Contact Us” page to send an email.
For more extended or ongoing inquiries, we offer individual spiritual guidance / coaching sessions by Skype or phone. The focus of these calls is your spiritual practice and how it informs your worldly life. Because we are also both professional coaches, we can also offer you tools with which you can further understand your personality structure and how it both supports your practice, and also manifests as hindrances. If you are interested in spiritual guidance, you can choose which one of us you wish to work with, or you can alternate between us. If you choose to work with one of us, we may occasionally also suggest that you do a session with the other teacher to balance your practice and understanding.
Spiritual guidance is offered via Skype or phone for either 30 minutes or 1 hour, as needed or on a regularly scheduled basis. Regularly scheduled calls can be every two weeks or monthly. One-on-one sessions are offered on a sliding scale of $150 to $85 per hour. For half an hour, the fee is $70 to $50. Payment is made in advance via PayPal, using the button below. Please enter the amount appropriate for your session.
We are now also offering one-on-one guidance for solo retreats of up to 2 weeks in length. In order to request solo retreat guidance, please email us first to check our availability (using the Contact page). If we are available, you can then purchase our “Retreat in a Box” with 2, 3 or 4 sessions included, from our Media Store. We do not offer one-on-one guidance for solo retreats of more than 2 weeks in length, unless you have previously participated in 2 or more of our 2-week retreats.
Dharma Talks and Retreats by Invitation
We are available to give dharma talks or lead retreats at your location. For a sample of our dharma talks, please visit the Talks page. If you or your sangha are interested in organizing a retreat or dharma talk for us to lead, please contact us directly as found on the Contacts page.
Code of Ethics
We also have membership in the Association of Professional Spiritual Teachers, (not the Association for Spiritual Integrity) is a voluntary, inclusive, international organization of spiritual leaders, teachers and guides, offering membership to a supportive community of peers to teachers who agree to abide by a code of good and ethical practice, and commit to their ongoing professional, personal and spiritual evolution. We also abide by their Code of Ethics.