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Diamond Approach Africa

Diamond Approach Africa – Inviting New Students

Diamond Approach Africa is the first ongoing Diamond Approach group in Africa, based on the teachings of AH Almaas. After running for three years, we are now inviting new students to join, as we begin a new stage in our journey with the Diamond Approach. We will be entering some of the deeper teachings of this profound path that have never been made available in Africa before. They address profound aspects of what it is to be a human being living in the world.

Many people may experience a conflict between the wordly life of families, jobs and society, and transcendent or otherworldy spirituality, on the meditation cushion, in prayer, or on the yoga mat.  Some think that only one seems important or matters. But life in the world without the depth of our true nature is often empty and superficial. And spirituality without the embodiment in our personal lives seems empty in a different way. The Diamond Approach offers a way for our deepest spiritual nature to live a fully human, personal life: to be the depth of what we are, living our lives more fully than we could ever have imagined.

This is possible through its unique inclusion of psychological knowledge and understanding, with deep spiritual realisation. The Diamond Approach is not a religion and is open to people of all religious affiliation or persuasion including atheist and agnostic.

In the next few years, certified Diamond Approach teachers Dominic and Sarala will lead the group on a deep journey into this territory of the transcendent human being that lives a personal life – the personal essence. What is it to be a person of presence, rather than the person of history, reactions and conditioning? We have found this teaching to profoundly impact our own lives the lives of our students. So we are inviting new students to join our group for this rare possibility of engaging such a rich and transformative journey.

If you are considering joining us and would like to speak with one of the teachers, you’re very welcome to contact us and one of us will be in touch to set up a call.

DAAfrica welcomes participants from across Africa or with a deep personal connection to Africa. We have five long weekends a year, some in-person in Cape Town or Joburg (with zoom participation possible), and some only on Zoom. Members must attend all weekends or catch them up via recordings afterwards, and also do small groups and private sessions with a teacher through the year. New members will also be guided through reviewing some of the material from the past three years.

“The understanding is not mental or intellectual comprehension but a direct awareness and experience of oneself that is insightful and clear. It opens the door to a profound and intimate relationship with what it means to be a human being.”

– A.H. Almaas, Spacecruiser Inquiry, page 10

A DAAfrica Member’s Perspective

Here is Nolitha Tsengiwe, a psychologist and meditation teacher, talking about the incredible freedom that she is discovering through the practice of inquiry and the Diamond Approach that allows her to open to so much more of fullness of human experience.

Our Next Standalone Intro Weekend: Overcoming Your Inner Critic

Date 9-11 February 2024
New Venue Montana Road, Camps Bay
Tuition Fees R5000

All welcome – no prior experience needed

Have you ever found yourself beating yourself up about how you’re doing, how you’re looking or what you’re feeling? Join Diamond Approach teacher, author and former actuary Dominic Liber for a weekend of exploration to understand and learn how to work effectively with this internal force also known as the judge or the superego.

This is a standalone weekend.

DAAfrica Five Day Residential Retreat: Inner Space

Date 6-10 March 2024
Venue Schoenstatt Retreat Centre, Constantia, Cape Town
Tuition Fees R6000
Board and Lodging Around R3500 (four nights)

All welcome – no prior experience needed

Diamond Approach Africa will have our first ever residential 5 day retreat in March, with a follow up Zoom weekend in May, exploring inner or essential spaciousness. The spacious openness we will explore is not an attitude based on ideas or beliefs. It is a state of being which we arrive at by seeing through the self images that have defined who we take ourself to be. We expose and move through our self images to a wonderful state of freedom, unencumbered by the heavy rigid ego structure that has defined our experience of ourself until then. This light emptiness may be familiar to meditators and Buddhists, and we will discover and work direct with the psychological barriers to its arising and integration.

A DAAfrica Member’s Perspective

We’ve launched a series of videos of Diamond Approach Africa members sharing their experience of inquiry, the Diamond Approach and the group. Janine Ahlers, a Director of the Centre for Coaching and senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business talks about what makes this Diamond Approach Africa group special.

“I myself can recommend the Diamond Approach as probably the most balanced of the widely available spiritual psychologies/therapies.”

– Ken Wilber

Future Dates

Reading recommendations

Diving in the Inner Ocean

Dom’s book Diving in the Inner Ocean is the essential practical guide to inquiry – the primary practice of the Diamond Approach.

The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of AH Almaas

John Davis’s book The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of AH Almaas gives a broad overview of the whole approach.

Past Weekends / Now available as Online Courses

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Course Category: DASA Past