We are pleased to inform you that our formal launch of CA Diamond Heart 10 (DH10) began the weekend of January 27-28, 2018, and the group meetings will remain open to new members into the second quarter of 2019. Details for joining us for a meeting are available here. We are delighted to share with you some new innovative features particularly designed for DH10 and the following details to help everyone orient to how DH10 will function once launched in 2018.
Four Different Meeting Formats
One of the most unique features of the Diamond Approach is how it offers multiple ways to learn and develop. Below are descriptions of our four different formats. Each of these formats provide a network of well-rounded support for the spiritual development of each of our students.
DH10 Big Group
This group is where the main teachings of the Diamond Approach are presented. A new feature is the schedule of Big Group meetings which will consist of alternating weekends (4) and single Saturdays (4) thus lowering the overall commitment of time and money. During the Big Group meetings, DH10 teachers will present the Diamond Approach teachings, practices (mediations, chants, visualizations, sensing and movement practices) and experiential exercises. A unique element of DA teachings is the inclusion of specifically designed, experiential exercises that encourage students to explore and investigate the teachings truth for themselves. Meetings usually end with time for group sharing of personal experiences from the exercises, along with questions and comments.
Also unique is how the DH10 curriculum builds upon itself so all teaching presentations are recorded. This allows students to stay current with the unfolding of the teachings in Big Group. These recordings allow students to “review” a teaching or those who miss a session, or those joining the group later in the year to “make-up” what has been missed. It is a requirement that all students make-up any missed sessions, regardless of when they officially join DH10. For example, someone joining DH10 in May, would need to listen to the recordings from January and March to catch up with the group.
Although essential to listen to the recordings in a timely way, these missed weekends may be reviewed according to students’ personal schedules.
Note: The cost for these “makeup” recordings is the same as the regular session fees. There is a one-time 50% discount for those joining the group later in the year but needing to “catch up” with teachings that happened before they joined.
Big Group Teaching Team The Big Group teaching team for 2019 consists of Nancee Sobonya, Bob Duchman, Johanna Holloman, Blanchefleur Macher, Hameed Ali and Karen Johnson.
Diamond Net On-Line Courses
In addition to the Big Group meetings, there will be a six-part series of Diamond Net on-line teachings. This series of hour-long, pre-recorded teachings, titled Introduction to the Diamond Approach, will be offered to DH10 accepted students as part of their ongoing curriculum. The courses are also available to participants who have not yet applied to DH10. This series will be accompanied by live question and comment segments, providing students access to a broad range of themes and teachers of the Diamond Approach in addition to the DH10 teachers.
This course is available on demand and features presentations from Hameed Ali, Jeanne Rosenblum, Rob Merkx, and Zarina Maiwandi.
Details for how to register for these required Diamond Net courses at a discount will be made available to accepted group members. If you haven’t received this information, please contact Becky at email@example.com.
Small Group Meetings
After DH10 has been underway for a while, once a month inquiry groups referred to as “Small Groups” will be formed to help students learn more about the DH10 practices of inquiry, meditation, body sensing and teachings of the DA. Each Small Group will have a consistent membership of 15 – 20 students from DH10 and is facilitated by a DA teacher. This smaller and more intimate setting provides members an opportunity to inquire with the help of the teacher into their own personal lives and situation while observing how the teacher works with their peers. Within this shared field, Small Group members get to experience and know each other in more true and meaningful ways. The cost of each Small Group session is $40 and attendance is required.
A very unique feature of the Diamond Approach is the use of one on one, private sessions with a DA teacher. These sessions are designed particularly for the individual needs and development of each student. A private teacher assists the student in navigating their individual experience to reveal the underlying meaning and depth. These sessions are considered “the heart” of our inner work, helping students reconnect with their authentic nature. They are a primary support for the ongoing integration of DH10 teachings and deepening into our spiritual understanding. Twice a month private sessions are recommended however once a month is the required minimum. The cost of private sessions ranges from $90 to $140 according to each teacher.
Application to DH10
To become an official member of DH10, students must complete an application questionnaire. The DH10 teachers take great care in assessing each individual application to help discover if DH10 and the Diamond Approach is a good fit for their individual needs and life situation. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, you are considered “preliminarily accepted” into DH10. Full acceptance will be determined by your private teacher after you have completed at least ten private sessions and attended a minimum of two official DH10 weekends in 2019.
We understand that this is an intimate document, therefore all applications are held in strict confidence and shared only between DH10 teachers. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.
For questions or to request an application, write our administrator, Becky at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you undecided, or just learning about DH10, please know that we continue accepting new applications to join the on-going group. If you are new to DH10, you may attend one (or two) of the official DH10 meetings to have a direct experience of DH10 and Diamond Approach work to see if it’s a good fit. To continue attending these meetings, you would need to apply and be accepted as an on-going member. We anticipate that DH10 will officially close in 2019, at which time we will no longer accept new applicants. If you would like to attend a Big Group meeting to experience this work and group, please visit the registration page. To apply to DH10, please visit the application page.