In February of 1992 I was drawn to fly across the country to attend a workshop at the Esalen Institute entitled “The Unfolding Self”. During the previous 18 months I'd been engaged in an inner journey that had arisen spontaneously for me out of a difficult life transition. I was aflame with the sense of personal discovery that was unfolding for me. Although I didn’t know it at the time, a form of inquiry had taken root. So when I ended up at the Esalen workshop, led my two Diamond Approach teachers, I immediately felt deeply connected to the methodology of inquiring into the truth of my experience. And the teaching path itself became the context--the map that I’d been yearning for. In 1993 the Ridhwan School created their first retreat format to teach the Diamond Approach. This allowed me access to the teaching along with a supportive group of fellow travelers.