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Diamond Approach Teachers

Primary Teachers

Lauren Armstrong was in the original training program in 1976 for the Diamond Approach and Returning Process, an in depth psycho-soul retrieval method taught by Hameed Ali. Her experience includes teaching, administering, training, supervising and mentoring within the Ridhwan School, and is a trained Five Movement Teacher. She has a B.S. in Education, extensive bodywork training, was part of the founding staff of the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, and was a body worker at Esalen Institute. She teaches in Europe, California, and Seattle, and works with embodiment in her athletic practices.

Jessica Moore Britt has been a student of A.H. Almaas, founder of the Diamond Approach™, since 1978. A Diamond Approach™ teacher since 1985, Jessica was an original member of the Synod, the Ridhwan School's leadership council. Presently Jessica is a training director, supervising and leading on-going groups in Europe, Canada & the US. From 1981 to 1989, she was on the Gestalt staff of Esalen Institute as a certified Reichian practitioner creating an integration of Reichian and Gestalt work. While living in Big Sur in the 80's, Jessica was initiated into the Native American Pipe and Medicine Wheel Traditions, leading Wilderness Journeys within the larger view of the Diamond Approach.

John Davis has been a student of A.H. Almaas since 1975, an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach since 1983, and a trainer of teachers since 1985. At Almaas's request, John led the team that developed and taught the first Diamond Heart Training program in 1987. His book, The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teaching of A. H. Almaas (Shambhala Publications), is the first systematic overview of this work. He serves on the Synod, the Ridhwan School's leadership council, and teaches Diamond Approach groups in Vancouver, Seattle, Colorado, and Connecticut. He also teaches at Naropa University and is a staff member at the School of Lost Borders where his recent work integrates the Diamond Approach and wilderness retreats.

Joyce Lyke has been teaching the Diamond Approach for 20 years, leading on-going groups in Canada, Seattle, California and the U.K. She is one of the main supervising teachers and a member of the Ridhwan school's leadership council. Her background includes: teacher and workshop leader on Esalen's Gestalt training staff in the 1980's. She has extensive bodywork and movement training and holds a B.A. in Somatic Psychology. She led wilderness groups at Esalen and she occasionally leads Earth based ceremonies on her land in Big Sur.

Candace Harris has been a Ridhwan student since 1989 and is an ordained Diamond Approach teacher supporting groups in Seattle, Victoria, and the UK, and since 1997 a member of the Diamond Approach International Teacher Training group. In 1991 Candace became a faculty member of Antioch University Seattle where she teaches in the spiritual studies track of BA program. Her experience includes living in rural British Columbia for 18 years where she developed programs and worked with underserved women in remote locations.

Jane Hill-Daigle is an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach. She has been a student of A.H. Almaas since 1990 and a member of the International Teacher Training group since 1997. She works with groups and individuals in Canada and the USA. Jane has a background in classical music as both pianist and teacher. She worked as a Reiki Master (teacher and healing practitioner) from 1988-2007. Experience in these fields and exploration of other body/mind disciplines over many years have deepened her appreciation of the uniqueness and beauty of the human soul.

Renie Hope has been a Ridhwan student since 1988 and is an ordained teacher supporting groups in Seattle and Vancouver. She is a licensed Mental Health Therapist in private practice since 1982, who leads continuing education for therapists who use the Enneagram in their practice. She began leading long-term spiritual growth groups in 1982 at The Chinook Learning Community and has expertise in dream work, expressive arts and ritual. Renie is a presenting teacher, along with Candace Harris and Jane Hill-Daigle, for the Seattle-based CASC-4 group which began in the fall of 2014.


David Carter is a resident of Portland OR and is an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach. Since childhood David has engaged in the arts as a means of expressing himself in the world. He has enjoyed careers as a professional figure skater, as founder and owner/operator of a performing art school and as a sculptor. When he is not working with student’s of the Diamond Approach he can most often be found in his studio with a paint brush in hand creating works of art that are informed by his ongoing inner work as a practitioner of the Diamond Approach.

Rosalind Diamond has been a student of the Ridhwan School since 1986 and ordained as a Diamond Approach teacher in 1993. In the 1980's she was Director of JFK University's Transpersonal Counseling Center in Oakland, CA. In the 1970's she was Coordinator of Training for the Institute for the Study of Humanistic Medicine in San Francisco. She has served as a community conflict resolution mediator and trainer in both San Francisco and Berkeley. She lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

Anne Hoff has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1995 and was ordained as a teacher in 2015. She is also a bodyworker, with a private practice in Rolfing® Structural Integration and craniosacral/visceral work for more than 20 years. Anne spent 15 years in Japan, 10 in Hawaii, and 8 in the corporate world, environments that enriched her appreciation and expression of humanity's diversity and fluidity. She now lives in Seattle and works in Seattle and Port Orchard, WA.

Jane Johnston has been an active student of the Diamond Approach since 1991. She was trained with the Diamond Approach International Teaching Training beginning in 1997 and is an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach. She has been working with students for several years and is a supportive teacher of Seattle Diamond Approach. Involved in education, mental health, and group facilitation in the '70s and '80s, Jane has been working with individuals as a post-graduate psychotherapist since 1991.

Naya Kee is an ordained Diamond Approach teacher working one-on-one with students in North Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, and on Skype. Since childhood she has followed a pull towards self-realization while being fully engaged in the world of work and relationship. Her primary work began with practising law (1982). She went on to become the founding Executive Director of West Coast Women.s Legal Education and Action Fund (1986), and then the Conflict Resolution Advisor at Capilano University (1996) providing counselling, mediation and teaching, and retiring in 2011. Since then, her main focus has been study and practice in the Ridhwan Seminary Program.

David Silverstein has been a teacher of the Diamond Approach since 1993. He has been teaching groups in Europe, Canada, and the United States. His background includes training as a Neo-Reichian therapist, he was certified as a teacher at the Radix Institute in 1979 and led groups at Esalen Institute from the late 70's through the 90's, in meditation, group process, and Reichian breath work.

Bill Welch has been a Ridhwan student since 1994 and was ordained as a teacher in early 2015. A seeker since adolescence, he spent many years studying and practicing with other spiritual paths before finding his home in the Diamond Approach. He has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and has been a practicing counselor and psychotherapist since 1993. Prior to that he worked in state government, for Intel as a Project Manager, and as the owner of a home building company. He has two adult children and two grandchildren. He lives and works with students in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.