Mentorship Program

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When: Roughly October 1st, 2022 through March 1st, 2023 (5 months long)
Where: Zoom / virtual
Cost: Gift Economy / See below
How to join: Apply here
Have Questions?  I’m happy to have a 15-minute chat to answer any questions or explore together if it’s the right fit for you — email me!
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Brief Summary

Since early 2021, I have done 1-on-1 coaching with around 150 people through the 10% Happier App, some for a single session, but the majority for many months or over a year.  I’ve found that students have overwhelmingly found this to be beneficial in helping them go deeper into meditation and/or dharma practice.  In turn, I feel inspired to offer this service to my community, also combining it with the group work I’ve been doing for many years now.

In a nutshell, the mentorship program is a way for you to get personalized guidance on your meditative journey, help you strengthen your habit/commitment to meditation, deepen your formal practice, and bring it more alive in your daily life.  Some folks use this container to explicitly focus on meditation, while others also use it to explore more deeply the Buddhist, ethical, or spiritual components of the meditative path.

My mentoring approach is relational, pragmatic, tailored to the individual, and filled with curiosity, gentleness, embodied presence, and an eye to deep wisdom.  Here’s an article I wrote that often serves as a guide for mentoring.

I’m initially launching this program in a very limited capacity, and a maximum of six people will be accepted.  It will combine one-on-one and group mentoring.

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One-on-One Inclusions

  • 10 one-on-one meetings, 25 minutes long, roughly every two weeks (on Zoom)
    • Session times are between 11am and 5pm, Monday through Thursday, PT
  • Within 24 hours of each meeting, I’ll email you a follow-up summary with detailed notes from our session
  • An audio recording of each session
  • Personalized suggestions on books, meditations, practices, etc.
  • The structure, accountability, and guidance to go deeper into your meditation/dharma practice

 

Small Group Inclusions

Often, people find the small group component with a group of peers just as impactful as the one-on-one work.  This component includes:

  • Once-a-month 50-minute classes with myself and others in the mentorship program (no more than 6 people)
  • Each class will feature a guided meditation, a short talk, and a community discussion on the following themes (these are subject to change, if there are dominant themes many people are working with):
    • Month 1 – Relax and Allow
    • Month 2 – An Attitude of Love
    • Month 3 – Mindfulness in Daily Life
    • Month 4 – The Heart of Ethical Conduct
    • Month 5 – Letting Go
  • The group classes will likely be sometime between 10am and 6pm PT, Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday (depending on when the most people are available for it)

 

Commitment

  • Make meditation a top priority in your life for these five months
  • Meditate at least 20 minutes per day, at least 5 times per week
  • Keep a meditation journal (write at least one word after every meditation session).

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the mentorship program, you must have done at least one of the following:
  • Minimum one year of at least semi-regular meditation practice
  • Minimum of one silent meditation retreat of at least five nights
  • If neither of the above, some other form of proven earnest commitment to meditation or dharma practice (in other words, this program isn’t for total beginners)
Other requirements:
  • The ability to meet for 25 minutes, roughly twice a month, between 11am and 5pm Pacific Time
  • Unfortunately, those who have met me through 10% Happier are ineligible.

 

Cost

As you likely know, I am committed to teaching on the gift economy (aka on donation).  However, my ability to sustain my livelihood and put energy into this sort of offering is dependent on people’s willingness to financially support it.

Of course, I understand that not everyone has bountiful financial means and a big part of what I love about the gift economy is that it’s accessible to everyone, regardless of the size of their bank account.  No one will be judged or looked down upon for whatever they can offer 🙂

At the same time, my great dream for dharma teaching is that everyone is grounded in their financial reality (whether they have little or an abundance), and, stemming from that, they contribute not from fear but from what their wise heart moves them to give.  This would include people who aren’t even participating, but want to support this type of donation-based offering happening in the world (here’s a donation link!).  Ideally, this would all add up to something that allows me to continue teaching full-time with a modest livelihood that allows me to pay my bills.

Before applying, I would ask that you read over this article I wrote on the Gift Economy, and reflect deeply on the basic question of, can I think less in terms of “how much can I have?” and more in terms of “how does my wise heart move me to give?”‘

 

How to Apply

Please fill out the application on this link.  If you have any questions, you can email me, or I’m also happy to hop on a 15-minute call to discuss if it’s the right fit for you!