Established in 1996, the Gulf Coast Diamond Approach draws students from all over the Gulf Coast region, including Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, and Tennessee. The group encourages people from surrounding states without access to teaching in their own communities to feel welcome to join this growing spiritual community.
The Gulf Coast Diamond Approach meets four to five times a year in weekend or retreat settings at sites in Houston, Chappel Hill in the Texas hill country, and other outlying retreat centers. Monthly follow-up sessions occur in Houston, Austin and Dallas, Texas. Teaching includes lectures and discussion, self- and group inquiry, meditation and work sessions designed to promote awareness, and individual sessions with the teachers.
The group is taught by Ridhwan teachers Deborah Ussery and Morton Letofsky, who, for the past 35 years, have been students of A. Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas, founder of the Diamond Approach). Residents of Boulder, CO, Deborah and Morton travel to Houston and Maui, Hawaii, to teach groups, work individually with students, and to train teachers in the Diamond Approach. Their Maui group has been ongoing since 1988.