The mentoring program is designed to support you in deepening the aliveness of your practice. Your time can be spent on the technical aspects of meditation as well as life issues you are exploring.

The Mentoring Session

For a mentoring session you can meet with your mentor either in person, by phone or via Skype. (Some mentors have specific preferences.)

You’ll begin with a short meditation to help you and your mentor arrive in presence. Your mentor will either guide you in the meditation or you’ll listen to a recorded meditation together.

After this, you’ll explore what has been going on in your meditation practice. This can be an opportunity to examine the difficulties you’ve encountered as well as insights and other fruits of practice that have emerged.

You might also take time with your mentor to explore how you can enhance your meditative experience through cultivating a regular daily practice, drawing on relevant books and audio resources, and attending retreats.

Additionally, you might explore the broader issues in your life--how to apply mindfulness practices to the challenges of your daily life.

To apply to the mentoring program, please read the Find a Mentor page.

Studies have shown that in order to learn any new skill, a student must commit to practice. Beyond just practice, though, is the potential impact of being in relationship with someone who can provide a listening ear and feedback to help the student in their practice.

Mentoring can help you notice what is arising in your meditation practice as well as your relationship to it.
Your mentoring session may touch on areas ranging from specifics of technique to much broader issues:
  • Understanding the technique of Vipassana meditation
  • Working with challenging states that may arise when you meditate
  • Exploring how you can apply the principles of meditation in your daily life
  • Finding resources to support your continued practice
Sometimes you’ll find the perfect match. Sometimes it just isn’t there. If you find your relationship isn’t working you can terminate your mentoring agreement at any time. If you have any questions, you can contact our administrator who might help you find a better match.
Mentoring is not psychotherapy, coaching, career counseling or consulting. Your mentor is here to support you in your meditation practice. If in the course of your practice you need help that exceeds the qualifications of your mentor, your mentor will help you seek the professional, therapeutic or medical help you need.
You’ll find on the Mentoring Page some mentors are available only by phone and others who share your relationship to the telephone. One option you might explore is Skype, which can help create a bit more contact.

Many people report that after a little practice, the phone is a wonderful way to work with a mentor, saving you a lot of travel time.

Your mentor is volunteering his OR her time and gratitude is a natural response. You might explore supporting IMCW through a donation of money or your time. If you wish, you can:

  • Explore supporting IMCW through a donation of money or your time.
  • Plug in to support IMCW’s charitable work.
Please give any feedback to our administrator, Gary Hillesland. Your feedback is most welcome.