Personalized guidance. A knowledgeable teacher who coaches you on the path, giving you the advice you need to go to the next step. Cognitive science knows that attaining top-level mastery requires such feedback. - Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson, Altered Traits
Mindfulness Mentorship provides consistent, personalized guidance to experience deep transformation through meditation. Mentorship is structured around your goals and values, and is supportive for meditators of all levels.
We offer two forms of Mindfulness Mentorship: One-on-One Mindfulness Mentorship and Group Mindfulness Mentorship.
In both formats, you will build a relationship with a mindfulness teacher with over two thousand hours of formal training. Together we will develop strategies for meditation on the cushion and in daily life to help you move forward in the areas in which you would like to grow. In Mindfulness Mentorship, we draw from tools including Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system, motivational interviewing, attachment theory, and principles from Buddhism and secular mindfulness.
Both One-on-One and Group Mindfulness Mentees have access to our extensive library of guided meditations and our exclusive Mentee facebook group, where you can share your meditation triumphs and questions, and build community.
Both One-on-One and Group Mentorship can guide you to:
Get to know yourself at the deepest level
Move from reading about or understanding the depths of meditation to experiencing them first hand
Expand your creativity, intuition, and spontaneous expressiveness
Deepen emotional intelligence
Deepen your relationships with partners, friends, and colleagues
Undertake the path of classical awakening*
Who is Mentorship for?
Mentorship works best for people who want to grow -- for people committed to themselves and the world we live in, for curious explorers who want spiritual growth without having to check their reasoning at the door, for people who are dedicated to living by values.
Mentorship is a helpful accelerant and support at any stage, whether you're a novice or seasoned practitioner.
If you relate to any of these, Mentorship could be particularly valuable for you:
I’ve been practicing for a while and I feel like I’ve reached a plateau. I’m feeling stuck, and I don’t know what to do next or how to move forward
I’m just starting a mindfulness practice. I know I want to go deep, and would love some support in establishing my practice
I'm committed to personal growth and want some guidance on how mindfulness can be part of that
I want to know and understand myself better, particularly on an emotional level
I want to move towards classical enlightenment*
How it Works:
One-on-One Mindfulness Mentorship
Develop a one-on-one relationship with a Mindfulness Mentor to explore how you can weave practice into every facet of your life, to grow in the directions you want to grow. This one-on-one relationship provides a supportive context for deep exploration. It’s a safe home-base where you can bring the insights, victories, challenges, and questions that arise in your practice and your life. Through One-on-One Mindfulness Mentorship you will receive answers to your specific questions, and guidance tailored to the particulars of your practice and your life.
Because it’s important for the mentor/mentee relationship to be a good fit, we meet with mentees for a free 30-minute introductory session so we can learn more about you and your practice, you can learn more about us and how we work, and we can see if the relationship feels right.
There is no upper limit on how long we work with mentees. We ask mentees to make a two month minimum commitment to our work together. This ensures you don’t bail on the process before giving it time to bear fruit. One-on-One Mindfulness mentees generally choose to work with us for at least 1-2 years, which allows us to apply the practice to all aspects of life.
One-on-One Mindfulness Mentees also have lifetime access to our meditation library, and are welcome to contact us between sessions to ask questions or get time-sensitive guidance on how to implement the practice.
In a nutshell, One-on-One Mindfulness Mentorship provides:
One-on-One relationship with Janusz or Rakhel
Meet virtually via Skype or FaceTime -- work with us from anywhere
45-minute weekly sessions
Two-month minimum commitment
Free first session.
Email Janusz or Rakhel if you’re interested in checking it out!
Group Mindfulness Mentorship
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. - African Proverb
Group Mindfulness Mentorship allows you to connect with other practitioners and go through a series of mindfulness themes and practices together. Like One-on-One Mindfulness Mentorship, this offering provides the benefit of a direct relationship with a teacher who can speak to your particular questions and experiences. In Group Mindfulness Mentorship you will be able to explore the added advantage of dharma buddies (other meditators on the path who can help support your growth and share in your interests in meditation and mindful living) social meditation (practices that use interpersonal interaction to increase clarity and concentration) and other community supports (SLACK?)
Group Mindfulness Mentorship meets weekly for a 1.5 hour group video call. This gives us time to meditate, connect, ask questions, and get specific guidance for the week. Group Mindfulness Mentorship meets for three-month semesters, with each semester organized around a theme. People often choose to continue for multiple semesters to receive ongoing learning and support.
In a nutshell, Group Mindfulness Mentorship provides:
Meet via virtual video calls
Led by Janusz or Rakhel
Groups of no more than 8 students
1.5 hour, weekly sessions
Three-month long semesters, centered on a theme
Email us for info on rates, themes, and scheduling!
I’m interested in trying it. What now?
Interested in checking out Mentorship or learning more? Email us!
Both Janusz and Rakhel are available to take on new mentees.
For rate information and to schedule a free first meeting, email email@example.com for Rakhel, or firstname.lastname@example.org for Janusz.
It is central to our mission to support people who might not otherwise have access to deep meditative practices. We also work to create a balance between providing financial support and offerings that make our work sustainable. It is core to our mission to include people who identify as members of groups that have been historically underserved in meditation communities in the United States. This includes people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, differently abled people, and people who don’t experience class privilege. In keeping with this piece of our mission, we have many free offerings, including writing, guided meditations on Instagram, and more in-dept videos on YouTube. Additionally, in order to keep Mindfulness Mentorship sustainable and accessible, we offer a limited number of scholarships.
If the cost of any of our offerings is beyond your means, please feel free to ask if we have scholarship available, or space on our waitlist for sliding-scale spots
We make a particular effort to support people from the above listed communities and who are also pursuing a meditation teaching track.
If any of these circumstances apply to you and you could benefit from scholarship, we strongly encourage you to contact us.
* ”Awakening,” “Classical Enlightenment.”
We recognize words like “awakening” and “enlightenment” can sound strange, impractical, or worse, like some mystical schmystical BS. However, current research by reputable, peer-reviewed institutions is showing that classical awakening experiences are both real and available to people who do the work. Please know we use these words carefully and we feel that no one needs to exit the realm of critical reasoning to experience the significant traits of perception and behavior described by these words.
We also know that there are schools of meditation that feel people should not talk openly about classical awakening to avoid creating ego-based striving or unrealistic expectation. These traditions reserve this topic for one-on-one conversations with advanced students. Our experience is that this practice of not sharing the teachings on awakening can create lack of understanding of the power of mindfulness and the potential for the practice to change every aspect of our lives. At the same time we respect the teachings of the traditions which choose not to discuss these topics, and know that we choose to do so with great care and consideration.
We are also aware that awakening-oriented practices are not for every practitioner. You can experience great growth through meditation even if you never pursue classical awakening. For many people, it is more important to process past trauma and work on having skilful relationships with ourselves and others before deciding if you want to pursue awakening. Because the process of awakening necessarily shifts a person’s experience of themselves and their world, which can be highly disorienting and sometimes disorganizing, it is important to pursue this work from a foundation of emotional and relational stability.
It is exactly for these reasons that we consider it essential for students to work directly with experienced meditation teachers.