"This course is a great asset for anyone interested in being able to take the lessons learned on retreat into their daily life." – Sharon Salzberg
About the Course
Dharma Practice is about more than just sitting. It's about how we live.
Meditation retreats can be powerful and transformative experiences. Yet how do we keep the practice alive in our fast-paced, modern society? How can we really bring the values and intentions of contemplative practice into the complexity of our lives?
In this six week, online course, meditation teachers Oren Jay Sofer and Jaya Rudgard offer in-depth training to nourish the insights and learnings from a retreat. Through practical, down-to-earth videos, practices, and readings, you'll learn versatile tools to bring the teachings into your life.
Our interactive discussion forums and live Q&A sessions offer mentoring for your meditation practice. We interviewed some of the most well-known, founding Insight Meditation teachers on the key components of the transition after a retreat and the foundations of practice in daily life.
"This course is a gift to retreatants, and it should almost be mandatory – that you take this with you. It's such a beautiful follow through and offering, with a lot of love in it.” – JoAnna Hardy
Your enrollment in Next Step Dharma includes:
• 21 short Dharma Talks and 16 Guided Meditations, all geared for integration
• 18 Recorded interviews with founding Insight Meditation teachers
• 8 weeks of interactive, live Q & A Sessions with the Course Leaders
• Mentoring for your meditation practice
• Weekly readings and "Core Integration" practices
• Lifetime membership in our online community
Rolling admissions: the course is open 365 days a year!
"In the midst of the busyness of our lives, this kind of support is really helpful." – Joseph Goldstein
Oren Jay Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, and is a graduate of the IMS-Spirit Rock Teacher Training. He is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald and the Venerable Ajahn Sucitto, and holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University. Oren is also a Principal Teacher at the Marin Sangha, a Collaborative Trainer with BayNVC, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma.
Jaya Rudgard spent eight years as a Theravada nun in the Thai Forest Sangha in the UK with Ajahn Sumedho, and is a graduate of IMS-Spirit Rock Teacher Training. She teaches mindfulness and Dhamma at meditation retreat centers and local communities throughout the UK, the United States, and elsewhere.
About our Sliding Scale: No One Turned Away
We're committed to making our programs accessible to anyone interested in practicing, regardless of their ability to pay. As such, we offer a wide sliding scale for the course, as well as a Dana-based option for those who are unable to pay within the sliding scale.
Tuition fees help to cover the costs for running and staffing Next Step Dharma's programs, and to support the lay teachers who have helped to create the course. A portion of all proceeds is also donated directly to scholarship funds at meditation retreat centers.
If you'd like more information about Dana-based options and how you can request a discount code to further reduce the sliding scale, please visit our Dana page.
"Next Step Dharma is a creative invitation to weave the retreat and everyday life into one seamless practice. There’s always been a need for a bridge like this." – Larry Yang