Demystifying Awakening ~ Six-Month Mentoring Program, 2023

Date: The next cohort begins in July 2023!


Online, via Zoom.

This six-month mentoring program is based on Stephen’s book Demystifying Awakening: A Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom and a new manuscript called Trust in Awakening which is a re-working of an ancient Zen poem, with written commentary.

The program is a wonderfully rare opportunity for dharma practitioners to deepen awareness and work with the common resistances to Awakening and realization, while opening to the profound awakenings possible in this kind of deep exploration with one-on-one support in a safe, holding container. To support this, the group will be limited in participation to maintain cohesion and intimacy.

The program will include:

  • Six monthly 5-hour group Zoom gatherings, recorded and shared on an online course platform
  • Six monthly 30-minute one-on-one Zoom interviews with Stephen, to explore the practices and their impact
  • Monthly readings from Demystifying Awakening and supplemental materials
  • Monthly small-group peer connections
  • An interactive platform for group discussion about course content, discussion questions, and readings with direct feedback from Stephen
  • Access to all course materials for three months following the course completion

Investment: $995 subsidized / $1,495 sustaining / $2,495 supporting
(A $100 deposit to secure your registration, the balance due one month prior to the program start.)
To apply: Please visit

Scholarship: Partial scholarships will be available in limited numbers. To apply for a scholarship, please write to

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet one Saturday each month, from 11am–4 pm US Eastern Time.
To check out your local time, please have a look here.
July 8 ~ August 5 ~ September 9
October 14 ~ November 4 ~ December 9