Affiliate Program

Deepen Every Aspect of Your Life Through the Eight Points

This is the most immersive program we offer - a package of in-person and online components over three months. It could be right for you if you’re a dedicated passage meditator, you’ve attended several weeklong retreats, and you want more spiritual community.

Affiliate
Program
Tomales, California, USA
3 months

Easwaran offers a challenging but practical spiritual path for householders which can lead us to the supreme goal while we continue actively contributing to our family, career, and community. If you’d like to explore this demanding path in more depth, our three-month Affiliate Program and Affiliate Internship, a combination of online and in person offerings, may be the stretch you are looking for.

Each year our Affiliate Program focuses on three monthly themes to help the earnest aspirant take next steps that are incremental and practical. These include topics such as unifying desire, approaching work and relationships with loving detachment, and developing a strong spiritual schedule.

Our core staff and presenters in the BMCM also participate in the Affiliate Program for their own ongoing development. For those who want to be of greater service to the BMCM and Easwaran’s work, this program is foundational.

By the end of the program, you’ll have had the opportunity to

  • Take part in monthly video calls, studying Easwaran’s writings or talks to explore the challenging eight-point program skills needed for fully dedicated practice

  • Try out small, practical experiments to integrate these skills into your daily life
  • Help to build the trusting and supportive Affiliate community, committed to living out the eight-point program of meditation with the goal of Self-realization
  • Experience living in a spiritual household with fellow Affiliates as an extension of the Ramagiri Ashram community. This part of the Affiliate Program is an optional five-day internship including volunteer work at the BMCM, activities at Ramagiri Ashram, and the joys of creating a “little ashram” together at our retreat house in Tomales.

  • You see Easwaran as your spiritual Teacher
  • You’ve been meditating daily using passage meditation for at least four years
  • You’ve also been meditating in the evening for at least six months
  • You’ve attended four weeklong retreats, or the equivalent
  • You’ve attended a BMCM retreat within the last year
    • You plan to attend two BMCM programs in the year that you take part in the Affiliate Program, including one weeklong or half-week retreat. The second program could be an online workshop or another in-person retreat.

    In addition, you are

    • Participating in the International or Young Adult eSatsang or an in-person satsang
    • Seeking inspiration from Easwaran every day through reading his books or watching or listening to his talks
    • Living a balanced lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a healthy diet, wholesome recreation, an outlet for selfless service, and regular opportunities to work in harmony with others
    • Eager and able to devote an extra 15 minutes per day and one hour per month to deepening your spiritual practice. 

    Note: If this Program appeals to you, even if you can’t meet these prerequisites at this time, we suggest you start working on them and set your eyes on this Program as a goal. Please contact us if you’d like further guidance and information.

Fee

The standard fee is $100. The sliding scale is $50–$150.

Explanation of Sliding Scale

  • Our sliding scale means that you can choose the price that's right for you. If you can pay the standard fee, that will cover the cost of your program.
  • Please choose a lower fee if the standard fee is too much for you to afford.
  • If you add a donation to the standard fee, that will help others to attend – thank you!

The BMCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All of our work is made possible by donations. While income from books and programs covers a portion of our costs, everything we do depends on the generosity of those who benefit from Easwaran’s teachings.

Each dollar paid over the standard fee is a tax-deductible contribution. We keep all donations and fee payments confidential.

Financial Aid

You're welcome to attend this program with a scholarship if you need to pay less than the lowest end of the sliding scale. Our scholarship fund is created out of donations from generous friends to help more people attend programs.

We also offer payment plans, so you can pay your fee in installments.                                           

For either a scholarship or payment plan, please don’t register online, and instead write to financial.aid@easwaran.org or call us at 800.475.2369. We’ll get back to you within three days.

Refund

If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible and we’ll refund your full fee.

The program starts in March and ends in July.

“The affiliate program is nice for busy people, because there is no pressure to meet deadlines, even with weekly experiments/posts, etc. You can choose to actively participate when you are able, and be inspired by others when you're not. Easwaran talks about how spiritual wisdom is not so much taught, as caught. The opportunity to connect regularly with serious meditators was, for me,  a living example of that.”

Chris, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“The Affiliate program offers just what I was looking for: carefully crafted exercises for deepening our practice, and the company of warm, dedicated, and insightful friends. Plus, you can make the program as relaxed or intense as you want it to be. Truly a wonderful opportunity!”

Adam, Alameda, California