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To Live the Unity Amongst Discord and
Enjoy Uniqueness Within Difference


A short video invitation and description of the Quasar Berkeley seminar from the Founders of the Diamond Approach and Quasar 2018 presenters Hameed Ali & Karen Johnson:


Quasars are very intense, brilliant energy sources in some distant giant galaxies, where an energetic action is occurring, powered by a super massive black hole at the center of that galaxy.


The 5-day, non-residential seminar will be held:

September 22 - 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Ridhwan Center for Spiritual Development
2075 Eunice Street, Berkeley, CA, USA
Cost: USD $595

The retreat will be led by Hameed Ali and Karen Johnson,
founders of the Diamond Approach to inner realization.


Download the Quasar 2018 Flyer




A. Hameed Ali was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the US to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his PhD in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him to inquire into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature rather than the physical nature of the universe. He left the academic world to pursue an in-depth journey of inner discovery, applying his scientific precision and discipline to personal, experiential research. This included study with different teachers in different modalities, extensive reading, and continuous study of his own consciousness in an effort to understand the essential nature of human experience and reality in general. Hameed’s process of exploration led to the creation of the Ridhwan School and, with Karen Johnson, resulted in the founding and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach.
Karen Johnson is the co-developer of the Diamond Approach as it is taught in the Ridhwan School today, having worked alongside Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) for the last 40 years. Karen was trained in art and dance and began the journey into the spiritual universe at 14 years old with the guidance of her parents. First, she was introduced to yoga and meditation, and then learned about other forms of spiritual practice, which allowed her to develop her innate paranormal capacities. After attending California College of Arts and Crafts, she befriended Hameed Ali, and with him began a new trajectory into the secrets of the universe of Being, which became the Diamond Approach. Karen also received an MA in psychology JFK University in 1990. She continues to venture into new explorations of the endless realms of our miraculous Nature. Karen has just released her new book, The Jeweled Path, which is personal account of how the Diamond Approach came to be.


September 22 - 26, 2018​


To Live the Unity Amongst Discord and
Enjoy Uniqueness Within Difference


Seminar description: Our world is so fractured at this point in time that people do not even agree that it is fractured. This is not the first time in history that we have been in crisis as a world. Yet, the infomation age has provided a new kind of contact with the various cultures and traditions of the world that we cannot deny their existence and condition.

We will explore not only how to live in this world, but how to live one's spiritual depth. We will explore how spiritual qualities and wisdom help us live a meaningful life that expresses the joy and truth of the invisible world and at the same time serves humanity in the ways appropriate for today's shifting and challenging situations. 

We will use the extensive, precise knowledge and wisdom of the Diamond Approach combined with modern methods of exploration to help us delve deeply into healing, and gain support to stay whole and truly human. We will offer practices which help turn the current world challenges into opportunities for growth and maturation. 

This is the last in the Quasar series of public seminars and is specifically designed for individuals who wish to have a direct experiental taste of the Diamond Approach work. No prior experience in the Quasar seminars or in the Diamond Approach work is needed to attend. This seminar is open to all who are interested.

Seminar Format: Each day is divided into two equal segments that feature guided meditations, introductions of the practices of the Diamond Approach and teachings of the Diamond Approach method and cosmology. There will also be related experiential exercises and time for your questions and comments.

The Diamond Approach, as taught in the Ridhwan School, is a contemporary, original, spiritual understanding and path, expressing timeless wisdom on self-relization using the insights of our time. Modern psychological understanding and spiritual wisdom are intergrated to provide deeper and more effective means of realizing, developing, and living our full potential. At each stage of the spiritual journey, we encounter beliefs, identifications and resistances, which can inhibit our development. The Diamond Approach invites us to see these as both veils and keys to our full human potential. The teaching provides a deep synthetic understaning of, and effective means of dealing with these issues and obstacles, in a way that opens up the consciousness to timeless spiritual realities. 


Quasars are very intense, brilliant energy sources in some distant giant galaxies, where an energetic action is occurring, powered by a super massive black hole at the center of that galaxy.


Quasar 2018 will be held at
The Ridhwan Center
for Spiritual Development
2075 Eunice Street, Berkeley, CA, USA


September 22 - 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.each day
with a two-hour lunch break.
It is a nonresidential retreat and
will consist of two meetings a day


Cost: $595

Quasar will be led by
Hameed Ali and Karen Johnson,
who are the founders of the Diamond
Approach to Inner realization as it is
now taught in the Ridhwan School



Quasar will be held at the Diamond Approach's home base and sanctuary located at:

2075 Eunice Street, Berkeley, CA

Carpooling and use of public transport is strongly recommended as this is a densely populated neighborhood, and street parking is limited.

Learn more about Parking & Transportation (HERE)

Ridhwan Center for Spiritual Development
2075 Eunice Street
Berkeley, CA
United States
California US

Quasar Berkeley is a non-residential seminar - we are not offering housing or meals for this event.



There are a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts within short drives of our center.

This map lists some of the nearby hotels that you can consider however you will need to secure these accomodations on your own



We will not be offering food or beverages during the seminar.

There will be a lunch break each day and you can take a 10 -15 minute walk to nearby cafes and restaurants.

The Ridhwan center has a community refrigerator for those who want to bring their own lunch.

There is a patio and lounge area for eating lunch at the center.

NOTE: The meetings take place in our Sanctuary which is a no shoes, coffee, tea or food meeting space - bottled water is ok.






Parking & Transportation


Car pooling is recommended and good way to meet fellow participants so we recommend you try to arrange this after the first meeting.

The Ridhwan Center rear parking lot can hold about 15 cars only but they are ordered such that you cannot come and go.

These spots are available on a first come, first served basis for the entire day (no ins and outs).

The immediate neighborhood parking around the center requires residential parking permits for longer than two hour parking and in effect Monday - Saturday.

We therefore strongly recommend that you consider public transportation or if you must drive your own car, that you park a few blocks away from the center where the residential parking limits are not in effect. We do not want you to get a ticket and you will if you park longer than two hours in the immediate neighborhood.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT (recommended):

You can travel by BART to the Downtown Berkeley Station. Get a BART transfer ticket to take a northbound 7 or 18 AC Transit bus along Shattuck Avenue. Get off at Henry and Berryman Street. Walk one block north to Eunice Street. The southbound 7 (along Arlington Ave) and 18 (up Solano Ave from San Pablo Ave) buses stop at Sutter and Yolo, a short block from Eunice St. For the best route to the Center from your home, use For BART information and schedules, go to, and for AC Transit information and schedule, go to

More Information


If you must cancel for any reason, please do so BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15, 2018.

Cancelations submitted by September 15 can receive a refund less a $40 cancellation fee.

There are no refunds for cancelations after September 15.

Please send your request for refund via email to Bob Duchmann before September 15.

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