What is a Diamond Approach Private Session?
The sessions are a space to learn and practice the specific inquiry practice of the Diamond Approach, with my guidance as a teacher. The core orientation is to be as fully in touch as you can with whatever your experience is, and to be open and curious about it. My role as a teacher is to support you in that process of contacting and exploring your experience, bringing the broader perspective, understanding and embodiment of the potentials of being as I am able to, together with the tools that can support your insight and unfolding.
If inquiry is like scuba diving to explore in your inner world, then inquiring with a teacher is like going diving with an experienced guide at your side. The guide understands the terrain and may point you to possibilities that you would otherwise have missed, and help you learn how to dive and explore in new or tricky territory.
Before your first session, I recommend that you do the first five sessions of the Learn to Inquire Course (click here). The lessons are not long and will give you a lot of the fundamental orientation to make the most of our time together.
If possible before any session, take a few minutes to be sensing, looking and listening and/or doing a short meditation.
If you are new to the Diamond Approach or to working with me, you are welcome to do a few sessions to see if this might be for you and how we fit as teacher and student. I generally suggest giving it between five and ten sessions to see.
Ad Hoc Sessions
We can discuss the possibility of doing ad hoc sessions, or a defined series of sessions if that is what you are looking for.
An ongoing teacher-student relationship requires a commitment from both sides. After the initial phase we typically review whether it feels right to continue. If so, we would find an available time slot and frequency that works and pencil it in. You may stop at any point, but you would let me know of your intention first and we would do a couple of sessions to explore any issues or outstanding threads of inquiry.
Once every two to four weeks is the suggested frequency for ongoing sessions.
All students working with me are required to incorporate a meditation practice and the practice of Sensing Looking and Listening (taught in lesson three of the Learn to Inquire Course) into their daily lives.
Ridhwan Foundation Membership
All students continuing after an initial phase become members of the Ridhwan Foundation. If you are not participating in an ongoing Diamond Approach group, this involves a modest annual dues of less than £100/R500. It gives you access to the global Diamond Approach community and many resources on the Diamond Approach student portal.
Small Group Participation
I recommend all my students participate in a regular small group if it’s available to them whether online or in person. Doing one session and one small group meeting per month is a great support. The small group or inquiry group format allows you to learn a great deal about inquiry that you would not learn from doing private sessions alone.
Referral to Other Teachers
I currently prioritise new students who are in courses or groups that I teach, or intending to join those courses or groups. If I am unable to assist, can refer students to other Ridhwan teachers based in Europe for sessions.
I offer a range of session fees depending on your financial means, meaning income and/or wealth. There is a concession rate for people with somewhat lower than average means, a middle rate for people of about average means, and a full rate for those with somewhat higher than average means.
There is a higher donation rate if you are able and are moved to pay more, by your valuing of the Work, or wish to provide additional support to others and to the Work. Paying more supports bursary rates for those who need them, and the many unpaid activities I am involved in to make the Work findable and available in the world.
Further reduced bursary rates are possible for people in challenging circumstances, temporarily reduced incomes and so on, so please ask if those apply. A work trade may be requested in exchange for bursary rates.
|2020 Hourly Rates|
|Full||£107||R1250 / £66|
|Middle||£85||R1000 / £53|
|Concession||£63||R750 / £40|
|Donation||Up to £160||R1800 / £95|
You can cancel up until 48 hours before the session with no charge, and we can try to reschedule if you wish. Any session cancelled within 48 hours of the session is payable in full regardless of circumstances, whether we are able to reschedule it or not.
Sessions are typically an hour. A longer first session may be useful to help orient students who are new to the Diamond Approach, but this is not necessary for those who have done the first five lessons of the Learn to Inquire Course. It is helpful to schedule things so you don’t need to rush to or from sessions.
Sessions can be in-person, online via Skype or Zoom, or a combination. I currently offer in-person sessions from Clerkenwell (nearest tube, Angel) in London.
Please wear clothing that you’re comfortable sitting, lying and moving around in.
Online Private Sessions
The following applies if you are doing your session online, whether on Skype or Zoom.
Please arrange to do the session in a space where you have adequate privacy, free from distraction including partners, family and pets, and where you will feel comfortable and uninhibited to move or make a noise if needed.
Please close all other applications on your computer or device except Skype or Zoom, to minimise distraction and free up internet bandwidth.
Sound and Bandwidth Testing
If you’re not a regular Skype or Zoom user, I recommend testing your sound in advance of our first session using the Skype call testing service or having a call with someone else to ensure that your audio is working and the bandwidth is adequate. Depending on your computer and set up, it might be necessary for you to have a headset although sometimes it’s fine without it. If the audio or video quality is poor or bandwidth is problematic, we will turn off the video and try using just audio.
Chair, Bed and Camera
You will generally start the session in a chair. Position your webcam so that I have a clear view of your face and upper body. If possible, please have a bed/mat or something else supportive to lie on for breath work, that is soft enough for you to kick and hit on. We will use this in many of the sessions. Check in advance how you will transition from the chair to lying down, so that it’s not a disruptive move during the session. You’ll need to position the computer so that I can see you side on, and so as not to bump the computer when doing breath work. I will often turn off my camera at some point so that you can stay more with yourself and not be distracted by attending to the screen.
It is useful to have another chair nearby so that you can arrange two chairs facing each other, a pillow/cushion that you wouldn’t mind hitting or squeezing. These may not be needed but are nice to have in case.
Please wear unrestrictive clothing that you are comfortable sitting, standing, lying or moving around in.
Initiating the Session
At the scheduled time, please call me or log into the Zoom conference. If I don’t answer Skype when you call, then I will call you back, usually within a few minutes.