A Taste of the Diamond Approach

Meet the Teachers, Experience the Practice

 

Thursday June 6, 2024 6:30-8:30 pm
Midwest Diamond Approach® Group 4

Please join us for an online orientation to Diamond Approach retreats held by local Diamond Approach teachers Kathleen Graham, Jim Lockridge, Timothy Bernhard, and Kara Vangen.

This evening we will discuss the Diamond Approach and its enduring presence in the Midwest since 1996 and share information about MW4 which is an open group still taking new students. You will have a chance to meet the teachers, talk about and participate in practices and ask any questions you might have.

This no cost event is open to anyone who is interested in the Diamond Approach. Feel free to pass this onto others who may be interested.

The Diamond Approach, developed by Founder A.H. Almaas is a dynamic, evolving spiritual teaching that leads to openness, freedom, and realization of the many dimensions of our human potential—especially the amazing beauty of our inner nature.

Drawing on modern psychology and ancient spiritual wisdom, the central orientation of the Diamond Approach is “to be in the world but not of it”. We still wake up and handle our day-to-day responsibilities and joys and participate in the world through our work—as nurses, business owners, artists, teachers, parents, and in any number of roles—all the while remembering that we are ultimately reflections of something deeper.

Diamond Approach teachings are offered in an organic, deepening sequence for us to explore personally with others in groups. Alongside our central practice of inquiry, we use meditation, movement practices and breathwork to engage and explore our immediate experience. We learn from each other in these settings and are supported by the presence of fellow students.

Meet the Teachers

Kara Vangen, MSW, CHTP, she/hers

Kara Vangen, MSW, CHTP, she/hers

Diamond Approach Teacher

Kara is passionate about doing the, “deep inner work” required to show up authentically in life and community and believes that our value and happiness as human beings arises from our ability to illuminate our inner life. She has been a member of the Ridhwan school for 25 years and is an ordained Diamond Approach teacher.
Kara’s professional experience includes front line work as a social worker in community mental health and as a Mental Health Therapist where she combines traditional and complimentary health practices to address mental health. She is co-director of the Cauldron Studies program which centers spiritual practice in both the study of culture and the sacred feminine. She has been teaching and working with others for over 20 years.

Jim Lockridge

Jim Lockridge

Diamond Approach Teacher

Jim Lockridge is an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach where he has been a student since 1998 and began working with students in 2012. He is a lifelong investigator of both the physical and spiritual worlds. Jim began his spiritual quest at age 14 when he first discovered Catholicism and soon became an altar boy. He was a research scientist for 40 years, an auto-mechanic, a floor waxer, army reservist, meditator, school bus driver, gardener, high-school summer teacher, father of 2 daughters, grandfather and lately, an expert popsicle developer. He currently lives in St. Paul with his lovely wife, Stephanie. Jim is passionate about teaching others how to investigate and reveal the truth of who they are.

Kathleen Graham, RN, MS, she/her

Kathleen Graham, RN, MS, she/her

Diamond Approach Teacher

Kathleen is an ordained Diamond Approach teacher (2016), and student member of the Ridhwan School (1996 – current). Her primary interest and passion is with health and wellness, and personal transformation, whether working as a hospice/ oncology nurse or Diamond Approach teacher. She continues to recognize and trust the alchemical process of transformation that can happen as one is engaged in the immediacy of one’s experience. She offers an open-hearted invitation to the inner journey that can open in ever-deepening ways to the preciousness of one’s truth.

2024 Retreat Dates and Venue

 

      • May 31-June 2 (in-person)

      • August 30-September 1 (in-person)

      • November 1-3 (online)