Veranstaltungen in Europa // Seminars in Europe


International Diamond Approach Italy

The current Italy Diamond Approach group is closed to new membership. Students already familiar with the Diamond Approach work who are interested in participating in the Italy group may contact:

Workshops & Seminars

Ongoing Inquiry

with Jeanne Rosenblum

Course language English


Termin:         So., 8.2.2020, 18.30 h bis D0., 12.2.2020, 14.00 h
Ort:                ZIST Penzberg, Penzberg
Kursgebühr: 510 € (zuzüglich Vollpension)

Info:               ZIST


This group Ongoing Inquiry is a response to the requests of some people interested in having a small ongoing group meet regularly, once a year, at ZIST. For the first time the group took place in January 2011.


This group will be open to anyone interested in the Diamond Approach. Although we hope to have a core group that is committed to coming once a year for retreat, the group will be open to newcomers.


This group can be a support for students in other Diamond Approach groups, and it can also offer a short retreat to those who are new to the Diamond Approach and are unable to make the time commitment required for other groups.  


There will be lectures, exercises, and small groups. The focus will be on the fundamentals of the Diamond Approach so that students can deepen their practice of Inquiry as well as meditation practice.


Jeanne Rosenblum is a senior teacher in the Ridhwan School, home of the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization. She is a member of its leadership council and participates in the training and supervision of new teachers. Jeanne leads groups in Europe and the US and has a private practice in Marin County, California.   

Skiing and Inquiry in the Swiss Alps

with Silvia Burkart Spillmann and Christa Jonas

March 23 – March 28, 2020



Being present while skiing, sitting on a chair lift and doing inquiry, listening to the silence of nature, breathing fresh mountain air, eating together while being silent or listening to each other, and laying in the sun


skiing in misty weather, not knowing the way and trusting to be guided. Getting lost and  finding ourselves in a new depth of lightness, joy and acceptance of every given moment.


Since we are dependent on weather and snow we will adjust the program to the given circumstances so that we stay in the flow of guidance.

For sure we will daily meditate and doing inquires inside or outside in nature. Twice a week we will offer a small group from 5 pm to 7pm.


Skiing in the mornings, afternoons are free

SKI AREAS: We mainly will be skiing in the Madrisa area:

In the afternoons the huge area of Davos Parsenn is an option too:

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Aquasana (, Ferienwohnung:,

Each participant makes her or his own arrangement.

COURSE & ORGANISATIONAL FEE: 200 € (Ski Pass not included)

ENROLLMENT UNTILL: February 22, 2020 

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The Body of Pleasure: What it means to fully enjoy your life

Termin: So. 31.5.2020, 18.30 h bis Fr. 5.6.2020, 14.00 h


Ort: ZIST Penzberg, Penzberg

Kursgebühr: 620 € (zuzüglich Vollpension)


Leitung: Byron Brown


Course language English


Pleasure is a fundamental motivator in human life – the carrot held out in front of us. We are drawn to things that make us feel good. Pleasure is enticing, stimulating, enjoyable and even addictive. Who doesn't want to partake in the pleasures of life? We tend to see it as something that makes life bearable, providing a reward for hard work completed, discipline maintained or a goal achieved. And we all have our guilty pleasures – those things that seem to be indulgences, distractions or secret delights.


On the other hand, pleasure is fleeting and sensational, often feeling less important than the serious things in life. After all attending to our family, our work, our bodies, our relationships and even our spiritual journey are hardly guaranteed to be pleasurable. Thus many of us put off or even forgo pleasure in favor of achievement, money, love, friendship, authenticity or inner realization.


But what is pleasure? What is its true role in life? Is it just the result of things we have or do – food, entertainment, sex, drugs, fantasy, games, companionship, travel, clothes, music? Or is it something in our nature that is awakened through these things? Is it necessary for human life or is it just satisfying a selfish or instinctual drive, best left for vacations and celebrations? And how does pleasure relate to spirituality and being?


In this workshop we will explore the nature of pleasure itself – the inner experience of enjoyment whatever the external context. We will access it through our physical body and its sensations and qualities. This immediate contact with pleasure opens us to discover its spiritual reality – what I call The Body of Pleasure.


Among the topics we will investigate:

• Judgments about pleasure

• Barriers to allowing and feeling pleasure

• Pleasure without an object

• The true source of pleasure

• The experience of being enjoyed


The workshop will include meditation, talks, movement, inquiries and group discussion. The work is based on the Diamond Approach teaching but all are welcome regardless of whether you have any experience with the DA. 


Byron Brown is deeply committed to supporting the presence of Beingness in human consciousness. To that end, he has been guiding individuals, leading groups and training new teachers for more than twenty years as part of his work as a senior teacher in the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path to inner realization. He brings a background in dance, movement and performance to his spiritual teaching and the combination of the two has resulted in his Falling Awake workshops. Byron is also the author of Soul without Shame, A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within, published in 1999 by Shambhala Publications.


Spiritual Inquiry Sessions with Teachers-in-Training from the Ridhwan European Seminary Training Program:

Low-cost guided inquiry sessions with local European Teachers-in-training in the Ridhwan School are now available for interested individuals who are not already in an on-going Diamond Approach group or seeing a Ridhwan Teacher. Ridhwan Teachers-in-training are closely supervised and mentored by experienced Ridhwan Teachers. Sessions will be conducted in the English language only for training purposes.  Meetings with a teacher-in-training must be face-to-face, therefore the possibility of having sessions may be limited by the location of teachers-in-training in Europe.


Contact: e-mail for information and how to apply.