The Guiding Presence

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How does one hold space for another person while they explore expanded states of consciousness? This online program seeks to describe the best practices to care for those who explore expanded awareness. Our presenters are all seasoned practitioners with decades of experience. They represent a diversity of approaches: shamanic orientations, Asian contemplative traditions, and the Western spiritual and therapeutic disciplines. Collectively the presenters have been a guiding presence to well over 20,000 individuals who have explored expanded awareness in ceremonies, retreats and in individual sessions. Most of the presenters are trail breaking pioneers in this space.


Our presenters will describe how they:

  • Prepare participants

  • Design and conduct ceremonial and contemplative sessions

  • Hold the space of expanded awareness

  • Offer interventions that engage participants in expanded awareness

  • Assist participants in making meaning and integrating their experiences

  • Understand the nature of the unique subjective experience that arises in expanded states of awareness

Collectively, they provide a diverse overview of the practical wisdom they have gained holding space for others. We hope these presentations will challenge you to wrestle with your understanding of the guiding presence.


Program Logistics

The program content will be presented in a series of conversations available to you through a web based portal. Many of these conversations will be immediately accessible and others will be released on a regular schedule. You will be able to stream this material at your convenience.

To learn more about this online program or to register, please visit The Guiding Presence website.

The Chaplaincy Institute and many of the presenters in this seminar offer programs, classes, and workshops which offer excellent opportunities to deepen your understanding of this material.


Program Investment

This online program is being offered at a cost of $250.



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