YA Cohort Program

Deepen Your Eight-Point Program Practice in an Intense and Extended Way

The Young Adult Cohort Program is for passage meditators in their 20s and 30s.

Young Adult (late teens, 20s, 30s)
Program
Tomales, California, USA
6 months

Cohort Program

Do you have a deep desire to shape your life around your highest ideals, and to build your career and family life as a manifestation of your spiritual aspirations? Do you feel a strong need for meaning? Do you long to make a positive and lasting contribution with your life? If this description fits you, and if you are willing to face considerable inner challenges and stick to your commitments, the Young Adult Cohort Program may be for you. This Program is a three-month intensive, combining at-home practices and exercises with in-person retreats in Tomales.

Getting serious about meditation has its challenges. You may be in the midst of full-time school or career expansion, and/or developing relationships and beginning a family. Learning to focus, unify desires, and train the mind in our modern culture is hard – as Easwaran writes, “the spiritual aspirant must swim upstream, against the current of habit, familiarity, and ease.” The Cohort Program is designed to help you do this wherever you are, with the support of others who share your spiritual ideals.

Cohort Program Goals

The main goal of the Cohort Program is for you to deepen your eight-point program practice in an intense and extended way. We will absorb ourselves in Easwaran’s books and recorded talks, engage in experiments to extend our practice of each of the eight points, benefit from the rich intergenerational wisdom of our spiritual family, and support and encourage each other throughout.  It’s amazing what a difference it makes to be practicing with a supportive group of friends!

The Cohort Program is a combination of online interaction and in-person programs, and if you earnestly want to participate, we will do our best to accommodate your life situation.

We recognize that this intensive program format won’t be for everyone, and that’s why we have so many other types of YA programs including the YA weekend retreats, the monthly YA eSatsang video calls (shared on the YA eSatsang), and the YA eSatsang Facebook group. Choose what works for you!

Events

Stay tuned for more details for the 2019 Cohort Program!

The Cohort program is for Young Adults in their 20s and 30s who:

  • Have been making their best effort to meditate every day for the past year using passage meditation.
  • Can make a best effort commitment to participate in the full Program, which will require approximately 30 minutes per week, participation in three video calls (recorded for those who need it), and participation in an in-person retreat in Tomales.

And have done one of the following:

  • Attended a returnee weekend retreat.
  • Attended a returnee workshop group at a YA retreat.
  • Participated in the YA Satsang for a year and have participated in at least two YA video satsangs.

If this program intrigues you and you have questions, or are having difficulty meeting a prerequisite, feel free to contact us and we’ll do our best to support you to meet your goals.

If you’re taking part in person, the fee is $250 which includes the July Weeklong Retreat, the Dillon Beach weekend, and free registration for the November YA Weekend Retreat. Scholarships are available by writing to financial.aid@easwaran.org. If you attend the Dillon Beach weekend, we provide our own food which is usually about $25 each.

If you’re taking part remotely, the fee is $25.

New! For the first time, we’re offering travel scholarships for Cohorts. Our travel scholarships will cover part or all of your airfare; or gas money if you’re planning on driving here. These scholarships are made possible through generous support from donors who want to help young people travel to Tomales. To receive a travel scholarship, write to financial.aid@easwaran.org.

The program starts in June and ends in October. 

“The YA Cohort program has been an amazing experience for me. I cannot express enough how wonderful it is to be with other young people that share a similar spiritual goal. It is unlike any other connection I have known”

Chanel, Petaluma, California


“The cohort program was such an amazing way to experience what it can be like to live in a spiritual household within the context of "everyday life," as well as how to create a spiritual household regardless of whether anyone else is practicing. Being around other YAs who are all striving on the same path amidst their busy lives gave me a powerful boost to my practice and deepened my connection to those YAs and to the BMCM.”

Logan, Fort Worth, Texas


“The cohort program was transformative. I really enjoyed the company of fellow young adults. I felt like we were able to transition from an unrelated group of acquaintances to an extended family working towards a common, higher goal. I also liked how flexible the program was — I didn’t have to over-exert myself, or make unreasonable time for it during an already busy schedule. I look forward to being a part of the cohort program for many years to come!”

KR, Berkeley, California