Dharma Mentoring Program

Dharma Mentoring (150-300$ Sliding/Monthly)

Dharma mentoring includes: Monthly 1:1 private meetings (45 mins), weekly group practice and teaching session held on zoom for all students of the program and full-access to my online teaching library.

This Dharma work is offered for students at all levels of practice. Designed for those who would like to integrate study and practice of the dharma into all aspects of their lives. Focus will be placed on the needs and interests of the student and will look different for each person. Emphasis is placed on the cultivation of the eight-fold path as a means for developing a liberation-based lifestyle.

Mentoring students will have access to my online teaching portal thru RUZUKU. There, you will be able to connect with other students around the globe and you will have access and be able to utilize my entire teaching library, which includes videos, texts, guided meditations and Dharma talks. 

For those who don’t have access to a regular sitting community, this is often the next best thing.

If you would like to begin the process you can email me directly: satisila74@gmail.com

HOW I SET MY FEE STRUCTURE

The income from the mentoring program compensates me not only for my current financial needs, but also allows me to recover costs I have incurred while accumulating my education, credentials, personal retreats, on-going therapy and professional trainings. I am committed to economic justice and feel strongly that the practice and teachings should be available to everyone. Therefore, I recognize that the pursuit of compensation simultaneously limits access for some. Therefore I want to make my financial motivations transparent.

I have devoted a majority of my professional career to the nonprofit sector, donation based-programs and incarcerated populations. I continue to teach programs that rely 100% on dana and generosity as part of my Dharma lineage. Over the course of every year I schedule and teach retreats and drop-in classes at various meditation centers around the country where my teachings are freely offered. This allows people to have access to me regardless of finances. I also offer many free online teachings thru my podcast that are available to all. 

What I earn in that domain does not adequately address unrecovered and reoccurring costs and financial responsibilities to me and my family. So I bridge the gap through my work with private students in a professional mentoring capacity. Which is why my fees have to be adjusted accordingly.

-Dave Smith

Integrative Dharma Mentoring with Shannon Smith

Sessions are 45 minutes: twice or once a month depending. The focus is on developing and integrating mindfulness and heart practice meditations into all aspects of your life. If you are a woman in recovery and/or have small children at home this is a unique opportunity to integrate study and practice of the dharma into all areas of your life. Focus will be placed on the needs and interests of the student and may look different for each person.

Fee (75-150 Sliding)

Shannon Smith began practicing the Dharma in 2004. Over the last decade she has been sitting and studying in the Theravada tradition integrating Dharma Practice and addiction recovery practices resulting in more than 25 years of sobriety. In 2014, she stepped out of a long and successful career to have her first son and to become a Co-Founder to a Buddhist-based Recovery Treatment Center working with recovering addicts and their families. During this time, she also graduated from a four-year teacher training program with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Currently, she has relocated to Paonia Colorado to focus on cultivating a more sustainable lifestyle with her husband and two sons. Shannon has taught meditation, led Recovery groups and co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008. She founded the Secular Dharma Foundation with Dave Smith.

If you are a woman who would like some guidance and support with your Dharma please feel free to contact me. I am particularly interested and supporting women in recovery and/or have small children at home. Please contact me if you would like discuss the process. -Shannon Smith

Contact Shannon: shannon@seculardharmafoundation.com