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Course Overview

Through our life transitions, we develop, mature, and transform. Whether predictable or unexpected, positive or negative–even tragic, they are inevitable and often difficult and confusing. However, we can discover the capacities for a positive relationship to our changes and find the gold that can be mined from them.

In this online course, we will explore how the Diamond Approach reveals the specific capacities which serve as allies as we move through our transitions. Through the practice of inquiry and the understanding of essence, or our inner nature, we can approach significant life changes as an adventure and a blossoming into the next phase of our lives. Incomplete life transitions become a kind of baggage in our lives, but moving through transitions in a more conscious and thorough way provides greater freedom, deeper presence, and a more intimate connection with our essential nature.


John Davis is an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach, an adjunct professor at Naropa University, and a staff member for the School of Lost Borders. John is the author of The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A.H. Almaas (Shambhala Publications), entries on Transpersonal Psychology and Wilderness Rites of Passage in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, and the chapter on the Diamond Approach in The Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, among other writings. His primary interest is full human development with a special focus on the intersection of spirit, psyche, and nature. John leads Diamond Approach groups in Colorado, Vancouver, Seattle, and Connecticut, guides wilderness retreats, and directs a training program for Diamond Approach teachers.


The course is appropriate for those new to the Diamond Approach, as well as current students interested in supplementing their work.

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