John V Davis
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The Diamond Approach

The Diamond Approach is both an understanding of our deepest human nature and a path to realizing and developing our fullest potential. It provides a precise method for inner work. This understanding incorporates spiritual wisdom and psychological insights to offer effective practices for self-realization and spiritual maturity. Furthermore, it encourages us to live our realizations in our everyday lives. Most of all, the Diamond Approach is a path for living as real, fulfilled, free, and mature human beings in the world.

The Diamond Approach has been developed and described by Hameed Ali, better known by his pen-name, A. H. Almaas, and it is taught through the Ridhwan School. Find descriptions of the Diamond Approach at these links:

​Ridhwan School website
A. H. Almaas website


Along with Rosanne Annoni and other ordained Diamond Approach teachers, I am leading this new group. Diamond Heart Retreats are long-term Diamond Approach groups which meet twice a year for eight days each. Our experience with the previous four Diamond Heart Retreat groups is that this format is a rich and powerful way of engaging our experience and working on oneself. Diamond Heart Retreats are part of the Ridhwan Academy under the direction of A. H. Almaas.

This group will meet at Guest House Retreat and Conference Center in Chester, CT. I have taught at Guest House a number of times, and it is a lovely and supportive environment for inner work. 

For more information, visit our page on the Ridhwan website. If you have questions or wish to register for DHR5, please email dhr5 (at) Note that this group will be closing shortly. Applications will be accepted until February 17, 2017.

I also invite you to visit our Facebook page for "DIAMOND HEART RETREAT GROUP 5." 


The Diamond Approach: An introduction to the teachings of A. H. Almaas. (1999). Published by Shambhala Publications. Here is Chapter One from this book. 

"The Diamond Approach," by John Davis, Theodore Usatynski, and Zvi Ish-Shalom. From Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology (2013), edited by Harris Friedman and Glenn Hartelius, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

"Diamond in the Rough: An Exploration of Aliveness and Transformation in the Wilderness." From Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature (2014), edited by Douglas Vakoch and Fernando Castrillon, published by Springer.
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