The Diamond Approach is the spiritual path of the Ridhwan School. Participating in a Diamond Approach group is the primary way of engaging the Diamond Approach path.
Groups provide a stable, ongoing community where 50-150 students learn and develop together, often for many years. In this spirit, dedicated teachers help guide group members on their spiritual journey in three formats. This structure creates a strong field of guidance for inner work and provides a supportive environment that helps balance our often-busy lives “in the world."
The three formats of a Diamond Approach group are:
- Large group sessions: Led by 1-4 teachers, these sessions include a teaching, a meditation period, inquiry exercises with your fellow group members, and an opportunity to ask questions and explore your experience with the group’s teacher(s). All our groups meet for large group sessions either on weekends 6-11 times per year or for week-long retreats 1-2 times per year.
- Small group sessions: These are subgroups of the whole group, each bringing together 15-20 consistent students. Small groups are another layer of support that can take students more deeply into the immediacy of their individual experience without the structure of a specific teaching. It is simply about where you are now, in this moment. The frequency of these meetings differs between groups. Within this shared field, students get to experience and know each other in more true and meaningful ways.
- One-on-one sessions: The steady, individual support offered through private sessions is considered “the heart” of our inner work and essential for helping students reconnect with their authentic nature. Sessions are specifically tailored to a student’s particular needs and level of development. They are designed to help students navigate their individual experience to reveal the underlying meaning and depth of that experience. Sessions take place once a month or every other week depending on the student’s needs and schedule.
Our global list of open groups is below. We’ll ask you to fill out an application to explore if joining an ongoing group at this time is a good fit. We look forward to supporting you on your journey!
To apply to a group, select the group you wish to join. Next, reach out to the group’s teachers to express your interest. If you have the ability to travel, you can join any group you can travel to. If you don’t see a group in your area, please join our interest list to be contacted when a new group opens in your region.
|Diamond Approach Weekend Group Frankfurt||4 weekends and 1 retreat a year||Frankfurt, Germany||German|
|Diamond Approach Weekend Group Hamburg||5 weekends a year||Hamburg, Germany||German|
|Diamond Heart United Kingdom||4 weekends a year||London, United Kingdom||English|
|Diamond Heart Europe 4||2 seven-day retreats a year||Seefeld, Northern Germany||English|
|Diamond Heart Nederland||2 five-day retreats a year||Werkhoven, Netherlands||Dutch|
|Diamond Approach Australia||3 times a year||Sydney, Australia||English|
|Diamond Approach New Zealand 2||3 mini retreats per year||Auckland, New Zealand||English|
|Diamond Approach Amherst||4-5 times a year||Amherst, MA||English|
|Midwest Diamond Approach 4||4 times a year||Williard, WI||English|
|Colorado Diamond Heart 10||6 times a year||Boulder, CO||English|
|Gulf Coast Diamond Approach 5||4-5 times a year||Houston and Dallas, TX||English|
|Hawaii Diamond Approach 4||3-4 times a year||Maui, HI||English|
|Diamond Approach Philadelphia 2||4 times a year||Philadelphia, PA||English|
|Diamond Approach Arizona||4 times a year||Prescott and Phoenix, AZ||English|
|Diamond Approach Florida||3 times a year, online in-between||Tampa, FL||English|
|New York Area Diamond Approach||6 weekends a year||New York, NY||English|
|Diamond Approach Ottawa Montreal||4 times a year||Ottawa, ON||English|
|Diamond Approach Asia||2 times a year for 7 days
with an option to attend
5 days for the second retreat
|Chaing Mai, Thailand||English|
|Diamond Approach South Africa||5 weekends a year||Cape Town and Johannesburg||English|
|Walking the Diamond Path (DHO1)||11 weekends per year||Online Via Zoom||English|