Mentoring & Guidance

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Mentoring & Guidance

Individual Mentoring Program

The 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 the year-long Group Mentoring Program, which Stephen and Tina offered three times previously, and is now customized 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 are important to consider for a well-rounded spiritual unfoldment of one’s deepest nature.

The program includes audio recordings of teaching on each monthly practice, a reading list for each month,  homework/reflection questions, and monthly 1:1 mentoring sessions with Stephen. 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. Or, you could choose to do the program with a friend that you already know, and do the program together. The cost for this is only the cost of the sessions, which is $840 for twelve 30 minute sessions and $1295 for twelve 1-hour sessions. You can start any time, with the program lasting a year. If you are interested, please see the Individual Mentoring Program in our Store, or email using the Contact Us page.

 

General Mentoring and Guidance Inquiries

If you have very simple questions, Stephen 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 Stephen is also trained as a  professional coach, he 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.

Spiritual guidance is offered by Stephen 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.

Stephen also offers one-on-one guidance for solo retreats of up to 2 weeks in length. In order to request solo retreat guidance, please email first to check availability (using the Contact page). If available, you can then purchase a “Retreat in a Box” with 2, 3 or 4 sessions included, from the Media Store.  Stephen does 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 2-week retreats.

 

Dharma Talks and Retreats by Invitation

Stephen is available to give dharma talks or lead retreats at your location. For a sample of dharma talks, please visit the Talks page. If you or your sangha are interested in organizing a retreat or dharma talk, please contact Stephen directly as found on the Contacts page.

Code of Ethics

Stephen adheres to the Teacher Code of Ethics adopted by the Teachers’ Councils of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society as well as the Spirit Rock Statement of Values.