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. During the Big Group meetings, DH10 teachers will present the Diamond Approach teachings, practices (meditations, 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 “catch-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 2020, would need to listen to all of the recordings from 2018 and 2019 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: There are discounts available for those joining the group late and needing to “catch up” with teachings that happened in prior years.
Big Group Teaching Team The Big Group teaching team for 2020 consists of Nancee Sobonya, Bob Duchman, Johanna Holloman, Hameed Ali and Karen Johnson.
Small Group Meetings
As of January 2020, Small Groups have formed to help students learn more about the practices of inquiry, meditation, sensing and teachings of the Diamond Approach. Each Small Group has a consistent membership of 15 – 20 students from DH10 and will be facilitated by a DA teacher. This smaller and more intimate setting provides students an opportunity to inquire with the help of the teacher into their own experiences as well as a chance to observe how the teacher works with their peers. Within this shared field, the students get to experience and know each other in more true and meaningful ways. The groups meet once a month, cost is $40/meeting, and attendance is required.
Small group meetings are part of the ongoing commitment of being a student in DH10 as in all Academy groups. Tuition for small group is required for each meeting even when not able to attend.
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.