Local Large Group Teachers



Lauren was in the original training program in 1976 for the Diamond Approach and Returning Process. Her Diamond Approach work has included teaching, administration, training, supervising and mentoring. She has taught in teacher training programs and is a trained Five Movements Teacher. Lauren was part of the founding staff of the Boulder School of Massage Therapy and a bodyworker at Esalen Institute. She works with embodiment in her personal athletic practice. She is currently teaching in Europe, California, and Seattle and has also recently taught for the RISNG Teacher Training. She lives in Carmel, CA.



Jessica has been a student of A.H. Almaas since 1978 and a Diamond Approach teacher since 1985. She was an original member of the Synod, the school's leadership council. Presently Jessica is a training director, supervising and leading ongoing groups in Europe, Canada & the US. From 1981 to 1989, she was on the Gestalt staff of Esalen Institute as a certified Reichian practitioner creating an integration of Reichian and Gestalt work. While living in Big Sur in the 80s, Jessica was initiated into the Native American Pipe and Medicine Wheel Traditions, leading Wilderness Journeys within the larger view of the Diamond Approach.



John has been a student of A.H. Almaas since 1975, a teacher of the Diamond Approach since 1983, and a trainer of teachers since 1985. At Almaas's request, he led the team that developed and taught the first Diamond Heart Training program in 1987. He serves on the Synod leadership council and teaches groups in Vancouver, Seattle, Colorado, and Connecticut. His nature-based retreats (offered through the School of Lost Borders) integrate the Diamond Approach and the lessons of wild nature. John's book The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teaching of A. H. Almaas is the first systematic overview of this work. 



Candace has been a Diamond Approach student since 1989 and is a teacher supporting groups in Seattle, Victoria, and the UK. Since 1997 she is a member of the Diamond Approach International Teacher Training group. In 1991 Candace became a faculty member of Antioch University Seattle where she taught in the spiritual studies track of the BA program. Her experience includes living in rural British Columbia for 18 years where she developed programs and worked with underserved women in remote locations.



Jane is a teacher of the Diamond Approach. She has been a student of A.H. Almaas since 1990 and a member of the International Teacher Training group since 1997. She works with groups and individuals in Canada and the US. Jane has a background in classical music as both pianist and teacher. She worked as a Reiki Master (teacher and healing practitioner) from 1988-2007. Experience in these fields and exploration of other body/mind disciplines over many years have deepened her appreciation of the uniqueness and beauty of the human soul.



Renie has been a Diamond Approach student since 1988 and is a teacher supporting groups in Seattle and Vancouver. She is a licensed Mental Health Therapist in private practice since 1982, who leads continuing education for therapists who use the Enneagram in their practice. See EnneagramSeattle.com. She began leading long-term spiritual growth groups in 1982 at The Chinook Learning Community and has expertise in dream work, expressive arts and ritual. Renie is a presenting teacher, along with Candace Harris and Jane Hill-Daigle, for the Seattle-based CASC-4 group which began in the fall of 2014.  



Joyce has been a Diamond Approach teacher for over 30 years leading groups in Canada, U.S., U.K., and Europe. Prior to this, she lived and worked at Esalen Institute where she had extensive training in Gestalt, bodywork, somatic psychology, early childhood development, and cutting-edge movement practices. She is currently integrating aspects of the Diamond Approach into the challenge of parenting. She teaches how it is possible to spiritually awaken through caring for your children, and works with parents and parent educators helping them to recognize essential developmental stages in children. See  www.parentingtoawakening.org.

Other Local Teachers



David is a resident of Portland and a teacher of the Diamond Approach. Since childhood David has engaged in the arts as a means of expressing himself in the world. He has enjoyed careers as a professional figure skater, as founder and owner/operator of a performing arts school, and as a sculptor. When he is not working with students of the Diamond Approach he can most often be found in his studio with a paint brush in hand creating works of art that are informed by his ongoing inner work as a practitioner of the Diamond Approach.



Anne has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1995 and a teacher since 2015. She leads one of the Cascadia 4 small groups and works with students in Seattle, Portland, and Tokyo, as well as with online students in diverse locations. Anne is deeply interested in the interplay between body and consciousness, and her work is informed by more than 23 years practicing Rolfing® Structural Integration and craniosacral/visceral work. She is also certified to teach the Five Movements practice of the Diamond Approach. For more information see www.InnerWorkForOurTimes.com



Jane has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1991. In 1997 she joined the DA International Teacher Training  group. Since her teenage years, she's pursued knowing the deeper truths and her love of the Mystery. Professionally she's worked in the fields of holistic education, mental health, and facilitating self-growth groups.  She practices as a psychotherapist with particular interest in individuation, dreamwork, and moving beyond the influences of past conditioning and the Inner Critic.  She most loves supporting inquiry for students in private sessions and small groups, and articulating the wisdom of the Diamond Path.  



Naya, ordained as a Diamond Approach teacher in 2015, sees students in North Vancouver and online. Since childhood she has followed a pull towards realization while being fully engaged in the world of work and relationship. She has been a lawyer, mediator, and  counsellor, and was the founding Executive Director of West Coast Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Naya lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with a dear friend and his cat.



David has been a teacher of the Diamond Approach since 1993. He has been teaching groups in Europe, Canada, and the US. His background includes training as a Neo-Reichian therapist, he was certified as a teacher at the Radix Institute in 1979 and led groups at Esalen Institute from the late 70's through the 90's in meditation, group process, and Reichian breath work.



Bill has been a Diamond Approach student since 1994 and became a teacher in early 2015. A seeker since adolescence, he spent many years studying and practicing with other spiritual paths before finding his home in the Diamond Approach. He has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and practiced as a counselor and psychotherapist from 1993 until early in 2019. Prior to that he held executive positions in state government, worked for Intel as a Project Manager, and was the owner of a home building company. He is a father of two and grandfather of three.