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What would you like your potential students to know about you as a teacher of the Diamond Approach?: 

First and foremost, I believe you are pure gold, just as you are in this moment! It is my privilege and honor to look at what is in the way of seeing that (if anything) and explore this mystery of reality together. I have been attending the Diamond Approach silent meditation retreat for many years and I particularly love supporting people as they integrate these experiences into their lives. I also have two young children (born in 2016 and 2019) and feel called to support parents on this path.

What attracted you to the Diamond Approach?: 

I came to this work though a love affair with silent meditation retreats. As I experienced openings on retreat, I found I lacked the understanding and support to integrate these experiences into my life. I found myself in a painful split between ‘spiritual’ and ‘everyday’ life. Gratefully a teacher on one of these retreats asked me, “Have you ever heard of the Diamond Approach?” What I have found here is a mysterious teaching that has expanded and deepened this love affair…and I sense that it has only just begun!

What is most important for people to understand about the Diamond Approach?: 

Some people look at the many books and the vast map of this teaching and think that it is heady and complex. This can support a misunderstanding that spiritual work is something we accumulate, or ‘add on’ to ourselves. For me, this is the most delightful and paradoxical component of this work…the way inquiry burns away all that is extra. What remains is surprisingly simple, subtle, pure and free.

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