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
part in monthly video calls, studying Easwaran’s writings or talks to explore
the challenging eight-point program skills needed for fully dedicated practice
out small, practical experiments to integrate these skills into your daily life
to build the trusting and supportive Affiliate community, committed to living
out the eight-point program of meditation with the goal of Self-realization
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. The Volunteer work is done in teams and includes work such as gardening, and working on the land. Please note that this is an active work program requiring up to 3 hours of physical work each day. If a physical work program isn't right for you, as an alternative to this program you might want to find other ways to spend more time with us like coming to an additional retreat.