Online Programs & Retreats

Soothing the Longing Heart
A Six-Month Mentoring Program

Date: January 2024–June 2024

Location:

Online, via Zoom

Practice prerequisite: previously completed an online or in-person retreat or mentoring with Stephen

9am–1pm US Pacific Time / 12–4pm US Eastern Time
Monthly on a Saturday
January 20 ~ February 10 ~ March 23
April 28 (a Sunday) ~ May 18 ~ June 29

Investment:
For Six Months
$50 monthly ~ Standard, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
$125 monthly ~ Includes a monthly 30-minute one-on-one
$200 monthly ~ Includes a monthly 60-minute one-on-one

This six-month mentoring program will be focused in practicing with the traditional Theravada samatha (stillness, tranquility, or calm) meditations, as well as practices such as:

  • Four Elements
  • Thirty-Two Body Parts
  • Skeleton Meditation
  • Recollection of the Buddha
  • Cessation and Awakening practices

The extent of this program provides a cohesive and supportive container. The monthly gatherings offer the opportunity for practice growth and sustained connections with Stephen and fellow students.

Practice prerequisite: previously completed an online or in-person retreat or mentoring with Stephen

The program will include:

  • Six monthly 4-hour group Zoom gatherings, recorded and shared on an online course platform
  • Monthly readings from the books
  • 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:

  • $50/month, includes access to everything above, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
  • $125/month, includes access to everything above, and a monthly 30-minute one-on-one check-in
  • $200/month sustaining, includes access to everything above, and a monthly 60-minute one-on-one check-in

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet one Saturday each month, from 12–4 pm US Eastern Time.
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January 20 ~ February 10 ~ March 23
April 28 (a Sunday) ~ May 18 ~ June 29

Zen, Kenshō, and Koans
Offered by Zen Sensei Stephen Snyder

Date: March 9, 2024, with optional 1-on-1 March 10

Location:

Online, via Zoom

8am–1pm US Pacific Time / 11–4pm US Eastern Time

Investment:
Sustaining of $40, or $80 with one-on-one koan interview
Supporting of $60, or $100 with one-on-one koan interview

In this daylong we will explore the history, function and benefits of koans as spiritual practice, explore the relationship between koans and kenshō (awakening) looking at these topics with an overall exploration of the Zen tradition specifically as it relates and supports kenshō.

The format of the daylong includes:

  • talks on Zen traditions, instruction on supportive meditations and practices
  • group discussion on the practices and experiences
  • time for questions or comments with Stephen
  • optional: one-on-one koan interview Sunday, March 10

Stephen Doetsu Snyder is a retired attorney and a senior meditation teacher in the Buddhist Theravada and Zen traditions.  He is the author of five books, including Demystifying Awakening, Buddha’s Heart, and Practicing the Jhanas. He works with students worldwide as well as leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Investment:
Sustaining of $40, or $80 with Sunday, 15-minute one-on-one koan interview
Supporting of $60, or $100 with Sunday, 15-minute one-on-one koan interview

Demystifying Awakening Mentoring Program
A Six-Month Series

Date: June–November 2024

Location:

Online, via Zoom

8am–1pm US Pacific Time / 11–4pm US Eastern Time
Monthly on a Saturday
June 1 ~ July 13 ~ August 3
September 7 ~ October 12 ~ November 2

Investment:
For Six Months
$50 monthly ~ Standard, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
$125 monthly ~ Includes a monthly 30-minute one-on-one
$200 monthly ~ Includes a monthly 60-minute one-on-one

This six-month mentoring program is based on Stephen’s books Demystifying Awakening and Trust in Awakening .

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 4-hour group Zoom gatherings, recorded and shared on an online course platform
  • Monthly readings from the books
  • 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:

  • $50/month, includes access to everything above, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
  • $125/month, includes access to everything above, and a monthly 30-minute one-on-one check-in
  • $200/month sustaining, includes access to everything above, and a monthly 60-minute one-on-one check-in

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet one Saturday each month, from 11–4 pm US Eastern Time.
June 1 ~ July 13 ~ August 3
September 7 ~ October 12 ~ November 2