Virtual Retreats-in-a-Box, Multi-media Programs, Mentoring Program

After many years of requests, Tina’s retreats are now available online–digital versions of events and retreats for you to utilize according to your own timing. Each offering is a complete program, and once you purchase it, you can access the materials over and over, for many retreats or to listen to as often as you like. These offerings include talks and material never before available except to participants who have attended Tina’s retreats or programs in person.

Response to these programs has been excellent, especially with the pandemic. They provide a way for you to do deep practice from the comfort of your own home.

The following offerings are available (more coming soon):

Dimensions of Non-Duality

In this 41-minute talk, Tina shares her experience and understanding of the “Dimensions of Non-duality” as found in the “Immaterial Realms” of Buddhism as compared with the “Boundless Dimensions” of the Diamond Approach. This talk was given to a group of spiritual teachers from all traditions. Tina’s unique background, that includes deep spiritual practice and experiences in several traditions, gives her a very rare perspective on how one can understand the different “flavors” of non-duality. These distinct ways of experiencing non-duality also account for the very different (yet similar) accounts of non-duality and awakening, from the perspectives of diverse traditions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others.

This is a great introductory offering, allowing you to experience a shorter “Retreat-in-a-Box” as well as Tina’s teaching.

Taught by: Tina Rasmussen
Virtual Retreat Materials:
  • Dimensions of Non-Duality Audio Dharma Talk
  • Dimensions of Non-Duality Chart
Price:  $20

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Samatha Meditation to Develop Concentration and Serenity for a Chaotic World–Dharma Talk and Daylong Videos/Audios, and Weekend Retreat Audios

This “Retreat-in-a-Box” includes three shorter offerings on the Samatha Meditation Practice.

You can use these to do your own at-home daylong or weekend retreat, following along with the audience as the event progresses. The Dharma Talk and Daylong were recorded at an event by Stillpoint PDX in Portland, Oregon, and the Weekend Retreat was recorded at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Click here for a free 4-minute video of Tina talking about the four benefits of the Samatha practice.

Taught by: Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder

Virtual Daylong/Dharma Talk/Weekend Retreat Materials:
  • Video and audio of a Dharma Talk on the Samatha Meditation Practice with Stephen and Tina (1 hour, 50 minutes)
  • Video and audio of a Daylong on the Samatha Meditation Practice with Stephen and Tina (4 videos and 4 audios)
  • Video and audio of a Weekend Retreat on the Samatha Meditation Practice with Tina (4 videos and 4 audios)

Price:  $45-$320, depending on the package purchased, which can optionally include 1:1 sessions via Zoom.

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Individual Mentoring Program–Year-Long

This year-long mentoring program includes all of the multi-media materials you need for the program (audios and videos), plus one-on-one mentoring sessions with Tina.

The Individual Mentoring Program is for people who have a deep interest and commitment to their own unfoldment as they experience it in their worldly lives. It is a version of the year-long Group Mentoring Program, which Tina offered three times previously, and is now customized for interested practitioners to complete on a 1:1 basis. It is helpful for people who are sincerely interested in the deeper questions of life in engaging “the mystery” as householders.

The Mentoring Program has an emphasis on the broader Buddhist / spiritual path including a full spectrum of spiritual practices, modern personality work, and integration and embodiment of awakening in our worldly life as we live it. Engaging in mentoring for a full year provides an understanding and experience of practices that are important to consider for a well-rounded spiritual unfoldment of one’s deepest nature. Monthly topics/practices include:

  • Month 1–General Program Overview
  • Month 2–The Enneagram, and Personality:  Working with Ourselves Skillfully
  • Month 3–Inquiry (Curious Presence in Daily Life), and the SuperEgo
  • Month 4–Sila and Wholesome Living
  • Month 5–Samatha–Focused Attention Meditation
  • Month 6–Purification of Mind
  • Month 7–Vipassana–Open Monitoring Meditation
  • Month 8–Dzogchen and Non-duality–Self-Transcending Meditation
  • Month 9–The BramaViharas & Bodhicitta–Heart-Based Practices
  • Month 10:  Body-based Practices
  • Month 11:  Integration, Worldly Practice, and Socially Engaged Buddhism
  • Month 12:  Your Vision, Intention, and Flame for Awakening

The program includes twelve 55-minute 1:1 mentoring sessions with the teacher via zoom, audio recordings of teaching on each monthly practice, a reading list for each month,  PDF reading downloads and hotlinks, and homework/reflection questions. In cases where more than one person is doing the program at a time, and individuals want contact with other like-minded people, access to “dharma buddies” from around the world may also be available. Or, you could choose to do the program with a friend that you already know, and do the program together. The cost for this is only the cost of the sessions, which is $2095 for twelve 55-minute sessions. You can start any time, with the program lasting a year. Please email us first, using the Contact Us page, to see when there is an opening in the program, as there is often a wait list. You can also email using the Contact Us page if you have any questions you’d like to ask about the program.

Sessions with: Tina Rasmussen, 12 monthly 1:1 Zoom mentoring sessions
Multi-media Materials: 12 monthly reading lists and homework assignments; 24 PDF downloads; 12 monthly dharma talks; 20+ readings hotlinks
Prices:  Materials plus 12 mentoring sessions 55-minutes in length $2095

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What is Awakening?

This “Retreat in a Box” includes everything you need for your own retreat, or to listen to for educational purposes, and is available in three different packages.

In this 10-part program, Tina explores with us the question: “What is awakening?” Awakening is the inspiration for many on the spiritual journey, but we may be unclear about what it is, how it happens, and what we can commonly encounter. An overview of how awakening is understood across wisdom traditions is provided, misconceptions are clarified (as well as why scandals happen), and we learn more about how to integrate spiritual experience into everyday life. Participants are also guided in tuning in to their own “flame for awakening.”

You will also learn the 4 meditation practices rooted in tradition and confirmed by neuroscience. One session is spent on each practice. This allows you to experience the meditation’s purpose, what it does to your consciousness, and how it supports awakening in unique and important ways. This helps you to make wise use of precious time spent in daily practice and retreat, and to better understand  the overall trajectory of your spiritual unfoldment.  This program is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. For a free 7-minute video of Tina describing the program, click here.


Taught by: Tina Rasmussen
Virtual Retreat Materials: What is Awakening Retreat Schedule, Sample Retreat Schedule, Photo, 10 Audio Talks (roughly 10 hours of talks)
Prices:  Basic Package $45 (media only), 30-minute Bookends Package $185 (media, plus two 30-minute sessions to discuss your practice, or at the beginning and end of your home retreat), 55-minute Bookends Package $295 (media, plus two 55-minute sessions to discuss your practice, or at the beginning and end of your retreat)

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Samatha Meditation — Purification of Mind Retreat

This “Retreat in a Box” includes everything you need for your own retreat and is available in four different packages.

In Samatha (concentration and serenity) meditation, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mind stream.

Samatha practice is often referred to as “purification of mind” and it does that in two ways. First, the practice reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer both on and off the cushion. Second, as we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop that can lead to profound stillness and joy, as well as the possibility of the arising of deep meditative absorptions known as the jhanas. This purification of mind “burns up”—our habitual personality patterns, giving us more freedom in life, and counteracting today’s over-stimulated society that can erode our ability to concentrate and be present. Cultivating deep concentration is also a support for other meditation practices.

This Retreat-in-a-Box can be done as a retreat of between 5-14 days in length (or even longer.) Click here for a free 4-minute video of Tina talking about the four benefits of the Samatha practice.

Taught by: Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder
Virtual Retreat Materials: Retreat Schedule, Photos, 12 Audio Talks, 4 Video Talks, Chant Sheet, Posture & Meditation Instructions, Practice Charts
Price:  from $145 to $495 — 4 different packages available: Basic Package (materials only), Bookends Package (with two 30-minute sessions), Intermediate Package (with two 55-minute sessions ), Deluxe Package (with four sessions)

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Here’s what students have to say:

  • “I found the Retreat-in-a-Box extremely useful. I looked forward to each night, hearing the talk. It was very encouraging, reassuring, inspiring…I would definitely use it again in the future.”
  • “I’ve deepened my practice more than ever, due to the clarity of the teaching.”
  • “If I was to describe this to a friend, I would call it ‘Jedi mind training!'”
  • “I have seen more changes in myself from two years of concentration practice than in the previous 20 years of various meditation practices.”
  • “My faith in Buddhism has been deepened to a degree previously unimaginable, but is tempered by a profound sobriety of mind and wisdom. Every word of the dharma talks penetrated the core of my being and accelerated my practice.”
  • “It will rock your world!”
  • “I feel more confident in my approach to the Anapanasati / samatha practice, and how to navigate the varied terrain as well.”
  • “Tina and Stephen, your dedication to the dharma is so inspiring to me. You’ve given me the courage to embrace my true path in life. Your efforts and example have given me a clarity that is truly miraculous. Thank you for all your hard work.”