‘9-Month Membership Series’ with Maja Apolonia Rodé and the Center for Nondual Awareness
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


9-Month Membership Series

“How To Deepen Your Dharmic Expression
and Grow Your Community of Consciousness”

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Do you feel called to discover your dharmic creative possibilities and/or allow more of your creative potentials to come into expression?

Would you like to gather community around a core value of awakened awareness and/or expand your existing community?

Do you desire to live or work in a context that brings out the best you have to offer in ever-deepening support of the community around you — while also supporting you to thrive in your full expression?

These are some of the natural callings that emerge when the awakened mind and heart encounter new possibilities at the intersection of consciousness, creativity, and community. These three values lie at the core of the Center for Nondual Awareness and its upcoming 9-part series, entitled “How To Deepen Your Dharmic Expression and Grow Your Community of Consciousness.”

Offered by Maja Apolonia Rodé, the center’s President and former Creative Director for Adyashanti, the following introductory session will give you an important bird’s eye view of how spiritual teachings or other forms of dharmic expression evolve over time through a cycle of expression.

With this perspective, we will take some time to discover the strengths and inspirations that move you forward as well as the weak points that seem to be holding you back.

In this free intro meeting video, in addition to the bird’s eye view, we look right into the core or the cycle, where you can discover or strengthen the very foundation of your calling. This first step is vital to the unfolding of the entire cycle of expression and, when done well, creates a magnetic call to those who resonate with you and what you have to offer.

If you haven’t already, please review this important exploration, which will include an invitation to become a member of the Center (if you are not already) and participate in the series, which is included in the price of your membership.


Free Introductory Video
“Foundations of Dharmic Expression”

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If you are already growing your community of consciousness and sharing awakened awareness in your own unique way in the world – or are feeling guided to begin doing so in the future –

This 9 month series may offer valuable support in:

  • Working with the guidance of someone with 16 years experience supporting the growth of conscious community around a Dharmic offering.
  • Being connected to a community of others doing the same thing around the world.


The 9-Month Membership Series contains:

  •  A once-a-month meetingon the last Thursday of every month, 6 – 8 PM Pacific Time. If you cannot attend that time, all calls will be recorded and available to the membership on our website. Each meeting will address a different consecutive step of the unfolding process of sharing a Dharmic offering in the world, and developing a community of consciousness.
    Introduction: January 26, 2017
    Month 1: February 23, 2017
    Month 2: March 30, 2017
    Month 3: April 27, 2017
    Month 4: May 25, 2017
    Month 5: June 28, 2017….(Wednesday, irregularly scheduled)
    Month 6: July 27, 2017
    Month 7: August 31, 2017
    Month 8: September 28, 2017
    Month 9: October 26, 2017


  • A once-a-month small group meetingone Saturday of every month, 11 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time. This will be a space to share, to witness, and be witnessed in your process by a loving supportive community of peers. As a member of the Center you also always have the option to create your own consecutively meeting small groups with your peers, with use of the Center’s technological resources.
    Group 1: March 11, 2017
    Group 2: April 8, 2017
    Group 3: May 6, 2017
    Group 4: June 17, 2017
    Group 5: July 15, 2017
    Group 6: August 12, 2017
    Group 7: September 16, 2017
    Group 8: October 14, 2017
    Group 9: November 4, 2017

For more information about becoming a member of the Center for Nondual Awareness, click here.


If you would like even more information, here is another video filmed at the Science and Nonduality Conference in Palo Alto California this past October.

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The length of a TED talk, we hope it offers insight and inspiration to support you or someone who’s work you value. It includes:

  • The 7 essential elements for growing a community of consciousness that benefits from your offering and supports the development of your work.
  • The main place many nondual teachers, healers, and therapists get stuck that holds them back from developing their craft and growing their community of interest and support.
  • The key question Adyashanti asked himself that made his teaching venture into territory beyond his traditional Zen training and into his unique unfolding.
  • The insight Adyashanti had early on about sharing nondual awareness that changed the fundamental intention of his teaching.


Maja Apolonia RodéMaja Apolonia Rodé cultivates conscious community and shares an inspiring array of creative expressions with one common purpose: to support the realization and flowering of our true nature. From sacred rituals to playful games, ethereal chants to irreverent raps, and meditation instruction to marketing with integrity, Maja’s work invites us into the depths of presence where our true creative potentials naturally blossom — individually and collectively. Maja holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, has worked closely with Adyashanti for 16 years as the Creative Director of Open Gate Sangha, and is the President of the Center for Nondual Awareness.

Mutual Awakening: In Personal Relationships and Beyond
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – Nov 5 @ 3:00 pm

Center for Nondual Awareness

2017 Fall Retreat

Mutual Awakening:

In Personal Relationships and Beyond

Nov 3-5, 2017

Berkeley, CA

Chochmat HaLev: 2215 Prince St.

This 3-day retreat is open to anyone with a sincere intention to share nondual awareness with others. If you are a teacher, healer, therapist, creative, entrepreneur, artist, or unclassifiable agent of awareness, please join us! We will explore how awakening into and embodying nonduality shapes our interpersonal relationships with session topics including:

  • Inside Relationship
  • Entering The Greater Consciousness That We Are Together
  • The Universe (we are not separate from) Speaks From Our Heart
  • Attachment, Non-Attachment: That’s What We Call Relationship
  • Conscious Relating through the Both/And of Human Being
  • Living in the Flow of Divine Abundance
  • WE Relating: A New Way to be Here Together


Non-Members Members

Full Retreat: $195

Friday Only: $75

Saturday Only: $95

Sunday Only: $75

Full Retreat : $145

Friday Only: $60

Saturday Only: $75

Sunday Only: $60

*Retreat pricing does not include food or lodging

Some partial scholarships are available.

For financial assistance needed, registration, or membership questions,
please click here to contact us.

Membership is open to those interested in sharing non-dual awareness with sincerity, integrity, and love.


Retreat Schedule


Thursday Evening
CNA Members Dinner


Friday Sessions

9:00 – 9:45 ~ Opening Introduction and Meditation

9:45 – 11:15 ~

Inside Relationship
Kent Welsh

We are conditioned to search outside to meet the needs of our internal gravitational pull towards intimacy. Yet the foundation of our capacity for being truly met is entirely an inside job. Our most sacred, deep, and intimate relationship is within. In this shared exploration, we will look at how we cultivate and embody our relationship with our deep Being, Truth, and Love.

Kent Welsh MA, is a co-founder of Open Circle Center, a non-sectarian community dedicated to supporting the practices of mindful and open-hearted awareness. For 14 years Open Circle has hosted events with local, national, and internationally recognized non-dual teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kent is also a founding and current Board member of Center for Nondual Awareness.

11:15 – 11:30 ~ Break

11:30 – 1:00 ~

Adam ChacksfieldEntering The Greater Consciousness That We Are Together
Adam Chacksfield Ph.D.

When we mutually give ourselves to we-consciousness, we participate in a radically more inclusive and creative consciousness. This consciousness is unique to the participants, highly dynamic, and greater than the sum of it’s parts. And yet surprisingly, we-consciousness is still largely unexplored, despite being readily accessible to many, and powerfully transformative. We can activate and explore its enormous potential by the simple act of turning towards this neglected space of “we”. In this session we’ll use simple exercises to enter the direct experience of this consciousness, and allow ourselves to become vehicles for its revelation and expression.

Adam is a heart-centered nondual spiritual teacher and the founder of Center for Nondual Awareness. He’s committed to supporting the world-transforming infusion of awareness throughout our lives and relationships. After some profound openings he left his job as a Professor, at age 33, to devote himself to spiritual exploration. In 2010, with Peter Fenner’s encouragement and support, Adam started to work with groups and individuals. His teaching was then profoundly influenced by Jeannie Zandi’s love-saturated transmission. Adam’s deepening into the new paradigm of “WE-relating” is now being inspired and supported by his immersion in Patricia Albere’s Evolutionary Collective.

1:00 – 1:15 ~ Reflection

1:15 – 2:45 ~ Lunch

2:45 – 4:30 ~ Afternoon Tea and Discussion in the Park: Information about the Center Get to know what the Nondual Center is all about, where it is at in it’s new growth, and participate in it’s newly emerging vision. Discussion led by Sara Naon the Center’s new Director.
Location: Nearby park – weather permitting


Saturday Sessions

9:00 – 9:15 ~ Opening Meditation

9:15 – 10:45 ~


The Universe (we are not separate from) Speaks From Our Heart
Jeffrey Fidel

The presentation begins with my personal story of year long mental suffering and how the teachings of the Tao Te Ching pointed “the way” for my quiet empty mind to learn directly from the inner voice from my heart that teaches we are not separate from this present moment existence (non dual awareness). A guided silent meditation follows in which we shift awareness from the thinking mind into the essence of our being not separate from the essence of our universe. Finally, with a silent mind, we shift awareness to our heart and listen to our inner guru that teaches we and the universe are ONE.  A Question and Answer session will conclude the presentation.

Jeffrey FIdel, MD refused to live out the remainder of his life medicated for bipolar disorder.  In near complete solitude, he endured a year of mental suffering until freeing himself from thought identification (egoic consciousness) utilizing mainly the teachings of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching.  Jeff’s unique teachings combine his personal experience of mental suffering with his knowledge of modern science, medicine and ancient wisdom. Jeff is a Medical Doctor with over 20 years experience in hospital and private settings. Dr. Fidel’s teachings are not aligned with any particular religion or tradition.

10:45 – 10:55 ~ Break

10:55 – 12:30 ~

Attachment, Non-Attachment: That’s What We Call Relationship!
Ameya Specterman

Spirituality teaches that Non-Attachment is the key to liberation and freedom from suffering. Yet, psychological research has revealed that Secure Attachment is the cornerstone of psychological well-being and satisfying relationships. This session will review Attachment Theory as well as the teachings of Non-Attachment to explore how their apparent contradiction can actually offer a synergistic alchemy within relationship that promotes awakening, stabilization and fuller embodiment of what has been realized. Opportunity to assess our own attachment styles, meditative inquiry and rich discussion of these provocative themes will be invited and encouraged.

Ameya is a California and New York Licensed Psychologist who practices in Berkeley and Palo Alto.  She draws from Non-Dual Wisdom, Mindfulness, and Somatic methods to guide and inform her practice. She is also a Program Manager at Open Gate Sangha which supports the teachings of Adyashanti and Mukti.

12:25 – 12:35 ~ Reflection

12:35 – 2:00 ~ Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 ~

Conscious Relating through the Both/And of Human Being
Barbara Veale Smith

When someone speaks or acts in a way that we experience as untrue or hurtful, we may be tempted to defend ourselves or offend in return. The pain of separation, however, tells us we are out of alignment with the Truth of Love. In this interactive workshop, you’ll be led through a simple but potent exercise to identify the architecture of your reactivity  – and practice reconnecting through Being. You’ll discover anew the unity that underlies the painful sense of separation.  Embrace the wholeness of Human Being, embodying love through conscious relating.

Barbara Veale Smith is devoted to the Peace that is already and always here, and committed to fostering peace where it has not yet blossomed in the world.  She leads a nonprofit effort called Undefended Heart (, empowering people to prevent conflict. She is also a Transpersonal Life Coach (, specializing in Open Focus™ attention training and Psychosynthesis. Barbara is a life-long learner and educator, with a heart for silence and service.  Along with her husband Mark, she is the co-founder of Harmony Lake Ranch.(

3:30 – 3:40 ~ Break

3:40 – 5:10 ~

Living in the Flow of Divine Abundance
Sonya Amrita Bibilos

Divine Abundance is a presence in the Universe, an aspect of Consciousness much like Divine Love. In the awakening and embodiment journey, we have an extraordinary opportunity to liberate ego illusions and stories about abundance and live in a new, aligned, loving flow of Divine Abundance. In this workshop presentation, you will have an experience of clearing conscious and subconscious blocks to abundance, and finding true alignment with your dharma work and abundance. We will ultimately create a community that supports each of us to be in aligned flow of abundance in our work and lives.

Sonya experienced a series of life-changing awakenings while she was working at a Silicon Valley software company, and later while working for her spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, as his Program Director. She has been offering spiritual energetic healing and intuitive guidance to individuals and couples for over twelve years, supporting them to awaken and live their awakening in every area of their lives.

5:30 – 5:45 – Reflections


Sunday Sessions

9:00 – 9:30 ~ Opening Meditation

59:30 – 10:45 ~

WE Relating: A New Way to be Here Together
Kate Foley

Now more than ever we need a radically new paradigm for relating. WE relating offers the real possibility of being here together in a completely different way. It is an opportunity to meet in the whole truth together rather than from separate positions. It is a movement in and as awareness, a turning towards what arises in the space between with childlike curiosity. What if we entered into this place of openness whenever there was a source of contention, or a decision to be made? What would it be like to be here together, not in separation and divisiveness but in an abiding state of mutual exploration and discovery?

Kate is passionate about WE relating and supporting the embodiment of nondual awareness. She draws from over a decade of experience with working closely with heart and somatic oriented nondual teachers such as Adyashanti, Jeannie Zandi, Pamela Wilson, and Isaac Shapiro. Kate has trained with Jeannie Zandi in spaceholding for individuals and groups. She has facilitated online retreat sharing groups for Isaac Shapiro, Pamela Wilson, and John Prendergast. Kate is currently offering a We relating online course. She also facilitates online sharing groups and in-person exploration groups. Kate has a background in social work and Reiki and offers heart centered awareness counseling.

10:45 – 11:00 ~ Break

11:00 – 12:00 ~

Nonduality and Mutuality: Closing Contemplation On Mutual Awakening
Andrea Colombu, MA, LMFT

Andrea Colombu is a psychotherapist, a meditation teacher, a nondual facilitator. In each of these roles, Andrea offers his heartfelt dedication to the awakening and rediscovery of our true nature with compassionate wisdom, authentic presence, clarity, and a sincere sense of service.

In his therapy work and Dharma offerings, Andrea brings contemporary nondual wisdom, psychological savvy, and over fifteen years of dedicated spiritual practice in different Buddhist traditions. He practices contemplative-based psychotherapy, and holds regular meditation and awareness gatherings and retreats in the San Francisco East Bay Area. For more info and contact visit:

12:00 – 12:15 ~ Reflection

12:15 – 1:30 ~ Lunch

1:30 – 3:00  ~ Group Closing

3:30 – 5:30  ~ Optional — Part 2 Members Discussion and Collective Visioning


Non-Members Members

Full Retreat: $195

Friday Only: $75

Saturday Only: $95

Sunday Only: $75

Full Retreat : $145

Friday Only: $60

Saturday Only: $75

Sunday Only: $60



Center for Nondual Awareness is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the flowering of awakened awareness in action.

Center for Nondual Awareness provides the nourishing container of community for those who have found the Heart of Life moving them to serve and express their nature of awakened awareness and unconditional love in the world.

Membership in the Center is open to those who live and work with the common values of awakened consciousness, sincerity, integrity and love. Coming together we honor, create and live a new culture of awakened living on the planet. If this describes you, we encourage you to join us as we discover what is possible when we come together with mutual dedication to our individual and collective flowering.

Benefits of Membership

  • Receive exposure for you and your work/offering to our collective audience of those who are interested in nondual awareness through our Online Nondual Services Directory and the opportunity to participate in our Hosted Online Public Events such as one time events or extended online retreats and courses
  • Connect to others who are deeply dedicated to the emergence of nondual awareness in the world through online community gatherings, small groups, and twice a year in person retreats. We don’t have to be “Lone Rangers.”
  • Opportunity to participate in member run programs that support different aspects of your work such as: The “Teacher’s Lounge” meetings, “Members Interviewing Members” program and  more…
  • Tap into our collective insight and wisdom with under the-hood interviews with successful teachers and community leaders — included with your instant access to our library of audio and video recordings.
  • Initiate and/or participate in small group video meetings intended to support each other in the development of our practices, businesses, and communities.
  • Creatively explore what your needs are, what conversations you would like to have with those offering in similar and different ways, or what way you would like to serve the other members – speak with one of our program co-creators (or be one!) and we can make it happen.



Board of Directors

  • Sara Naon Jimenez
  • Kent Welsh
  • Andrea Colombu


Advisory Board

  • Peter Fenner
  • Maja Apolonia Rodé


Retreat Partners

Open Circle Center

‘9-Month Membership Series’ Small Group Meeting with Sara Naon Jimenez and the Center for Nondual Awareness
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


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9-Month Membership Series
Small Group Meeting


Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time


This small group offering provides the opportunity to share, report, and be witnessed in your process with the work and material of the phases we will go through together in this series, as well as the benefit of hearing from others’ experience. This happens in the field of silence and loving presence created by your community of peers; and it is facilitated by CNA board member & co-visionary Sara Naon Jimenez.

Members, check your inboxes for a link to the meeting.

Click here for more information about the
9-Month Membership Series

And click here for more information about becoming a member.



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