Diamond Approach Ottawa Montreal


Ongoing Events

Our work is taught in groups committed to long-term inquiry and exploration under the guidance of experienced Diamond Approach teachers. We teach how to ground, sensitize, recognize, and trust the inherent guidance of Being. The school community manifests a field of presence and deep learning based on the years of each group’s shared personal inquiry and other practices, rooted in sincerity, trust, and dedication.

Online Retreat Group

Diamond Approach® Ottawa Montreal

Basic Trust

Sept. 22nd - 26th, 2021

With Lisa Barrett & Rob Merkx

Basic Trust

« When our personal experience includes basic trust, you are courageous and authentic. You take risks. You don’t sit on your capacities. You engage in life wholeheartedly, doing what feels appropriate to you with the confidence that it will work out. Without much basic trust, you are paralyzed with fear of failure and fear of rejection. ».
Facets of Unity, A.H. Almaas.

The Diamond Approach is a path of wisdom through direct experience. An ongoing Diamond Approach group is now forming. The group meets four times a year with monthly interim meetings. We are currently online until it is possible to meet in person. These experiential retreats include teaching of the Diamond Approach, inquiry, meditation, and body-based practices.

DATES: Sept. 22nd - 26th, 2021

Wednesday: 2:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Thursday to Sunday: 9:30am to 5:00pm EST
(90 minute lunch break)

COSTCAD $425 + hst

TEACHERS: Lisa Barrett & Rob Merkx

CONTACT: Lisa Barrett - 2simplybeing@gmail.com

• February 2nd - 6th
• April 20th - 24th

Community is about being fully ourselves with each other and being together. It has a power to do things that we can’t do individually, especially regarding our own growth and development.

Brad Shapiro


Il y avait quelque chose de familier, comme peut-être une tribu à laquelle j'appartenais et à laquelle je pouvais appartenir à nouveau.

Elsa Teeuwen

Diamond Approach Teacher


For those discovering this path, some teachings are available through seminars, public talks, open workshops, and book study groups.

Exploration Days

Introduction to Diamond Approach

With Padma, Eme and Shah

Sept. 12th, 2021

Meditation • Body Awareness • Self-Inquiry

The Diamond Approach Ottawa Montreal community invites you to participate in our monthly online practice days which include meditation, body awareness and self-inquiry.

Each practice day will focus on one of these essential aspects; strength, will, joy, power and compassion.

We will explore how the qualities of Essence support us to live a life that is real and meaningful.

Each 3-hour class offers an optional extended practice period for 90 minutes following the lunch break.

TEACHERS: Lisa Barrett & Milia Ahu

COST FOR EACH PRACTICE DAY: $480.25 CAD or $380.00 USD (Taxes incl.) 

TIME: 4:00 pm Eastern time

CONTACT: 2simplybeing@gmail.com

Book study

Please join us for a book study group on « The Unfolding Now » by A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), founder of the Diamond Approach.

Online Book Study

The Unfolding Now

Eme Le Cavalier, Padma Roy and Shah Allard.

Somewhere in Fall 2021

Book Study Group: The Unfolding Now

Please join us for a book study group on « The Unfolding Now » by A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), founder of the Diamond Approach.
The keys to self-knowledge and deep contentment are right here before us in this very moment – if we can simply learn to live with open awareness. « The Unfolding Now » presents a marvelously effective practice for developing the transformative quality of presence through a particular method of self-observation and contemplative exploration that A.H. Almaas calls “Inquiry”.
This book group will include meditation, experiential exercises and study of the text to learn how to welcome with curiosity and compassion whatever we are experiencing including the many obstacles that keep us from being present such as defensiveness, ignorance, desire, aggression and self-hatred.

TEACHERSEme Le Cavalier, Padma Roy and Shah Allard.

COST $175 US for 7 meetings

TIME: 9:00 à 11:00 heure pacifique, 12:00 à 14:00 heure de l'est, et 18:00 à 20:00 heure d'Europe


The book « The Unfolding Now » is available on Amazon ($30 CA) Please feel free to invite friends and family members to explore this gentle way of dipping into the Work.

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