Mentorship is one-on-one exploration of practice with an experienced mindfulness teacher, structured around your goals and values.
So how does it work?
Mentors meet with mentees via Skype or FaceTime for 30-minute weekly sessions. We’ll begin by working together to identify your goals. Some common goals for the folks we work with include:
- Getting to know yourself emotionally
- Deepening your relational life, with friends and/or partners
- Moving from reading books about meditation to experiencing meditation
- Undertaking the path of classical enlightenment
Each session we discuss how practice is going and any questions you have. Together we develop strategies for meditation on the cushion and in daily life to help you move forward in your growth areas, drawing from tools including Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system, Motivational Interviewing, attachment theory, and pragmatic principles from Buddhism and secular mindfulness. We also talk about how mindfulness can support you through the inevitable ups and downs of life, beyond the big goals you've identified. As a mentee you have access to our library of guided meditations, which structure and support your practice between sessions. We also provide readings that give context to the work you're doing.
Who is Mentorship for?
Mentorship works best for people who want to grow -- for people committed to improving themselves and the world they live in, for curious explorers who want spiritual growth but don't want hokey mystical schmystical stuff, 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 a seasoned practitioner.
If you relate to any of this, Mentorship could be particularly valuable for you:
- 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’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 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. This gives time to build momentum and 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?
Mentorship is really about fit, so there is no cost for the first Mentorship session. 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. Both Janusz and Rakhel are available to take on new mentees. For rate information and to schedule a free first meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org for Rakhel and email@example.com for Janusz.