Mentorship is the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced mindfulness instructor to guide and accelerate your practice, directed by the ways in which you want to grow.
So how does it work?
Mentors meet with mentees via Skype for 30-minute sessions either weekly or bi-weekly, depending on your preference and need. We’ll work together to identify your goals – a challenge you’re hitting up against in your relationships that you’d like to work through, getting to know yourself emotionally and understand what all those strange sensations are trying to tell you, moving towards classical enlightenment, whatever is coming up for you. We’ll develop strategies for meditation on the cushion and in daily life to help move you forward in your growth area, drawing primarily from Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness System, Motivational Interviewing, attachment theory, and foundational principles of Buddhism. Each session we will check in about how these strategies are going, adjust and expand what tools you’re working with to bring you closer to where you want to be, and use mindfulness to support you through the inevitable ups and downs of life beyond your specific goal area.
Who is mentorship for?
Mentorship is a helpful accelerant and support in anyone’s mindfulness practice, from novice to seasoned practitioner. If you relate to any of these statements, mentorship could be particularly valuable for you:
- I’m just starting a mindfulness practice, and I’m not sure what to do or how to begin
- I want to meditate regularly, but I just can’t seem to get myself to do it
- I’ve been practicing for a while, and I feel like I’ve reached a plateau. I don’t know what to do next or how to move forward
- I can tell I'm ready to go deeper in my practice, but I don't know how to get there by myself
- I want to know and understand myself better – particularly on an emotional level
- I want to move towards classical enlightenment
Mentorship is not therapy or a substitute for therapy. It is a way to open up new possibilities through supported and structured mindfulness practice.
What’s the commitment?
It’s suggested that you make a 2-3 month initial commitment to mentorship, with weekly sessions for these first few months. This gives time for the practices we start together to begin to catalyze change, and opportunity for frequent questions and processing as you dive into something new. You are welcome to call or text between sessions. You never have to be alone with confusion about the practice, breakdowns or breakthroughs.
I’m interested in trying it. What now?
The first mentorship session is always free. We’ll talk through your experience with mindfulness so far, identify what you’re hoping to gain from mentorship, set some goals in place, and see if the relationship is a good fit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Mentorship" in the title for rate information and to schedule a free first meeting.