How to Apply for the 30DOM

Awesome! I’m so glad you’re interested in participating in the next 30 Days of Mindfulness program.

This web page has a bunch of useful information summarizing what the 30DOM is, who it’s for, who it’s not for and how to apply.

This info will be especially handy for those of you who didn’t quite manage to watch the video on the last page all the way to the end 🙂

What is the 30 Days of Mindfulness?

In a nutshell, the 30DOM is about transformation. About showing you how to develop the skill of mindfulness and use it to dramatically transform your life.

I created this program to share some of the many things I’ve learned in over 20 years of meditation practice, and to show you how to go beyond the superficial level of mindfulness that’s become so popular and widespread in the last few years.

I believe that anyone can experience a real transformation in their life through the practice of mindfulness, if they know what they’re doing, and they practice diligently. And I created the 30 Days of Mindfulness program to help you do just that.

The 30DOM is a highly interactive, intensive online program designed to take you on a deep dive into the heart of mindfulness practice and it’s applications.

It includes four modules of video-based instruction and daily interaction through a private Facebook group. (For more specifics about what’s covered in the modules and how the Facebook group works, watch the video on the previous page)

Who is the 30DOM For?

The 30DOM is for anyone who wants to go beyond a superficial understanding and practice of mindfulness, and who wants to apply that understanding in the real world.

In the past, the following types of participants have found the 30DOM to be very effective:

  • beginners who are looking for a deep dive into mindfulness and it’s applications, including those who’ve previously participated in my 7 Day Meditation Kickstart or Mindfulness Crash Course
  • more experienced meditators who suffer from on-again, off-again practice and are looking for a supportive group environment to help them develop a consistent, rock-solid meditation practice and start to experience some of the extraordinary benefits of that practice
  • experienced meditators who have reached a plateau in their practice, perhaps even given up on the ideals and dreams that brought them to it, and who would like to rekindle that fire again, rejuvenate their practice and take it to a whole new level.

Who the 30DOM isn’t For?

The 30DOM isn’t a form of therapy.

I know that many people who are drawn to the practice of mindfulness are interested in it because they suffer from depression, anxiety or other medical conditions, and they hope that mindfulness will cure them, or at least significantly reduce their symptoms. I had depression when I was in my 20s, so I understand where you’re coming from.

But I’m not a psychologist, or a psychiatrist, or any other kind of health professional. My expertise lies in meditation, not therapy, and so this program will not serve your needs if you have a existing condition that requires the help of a professional.

There are some excellent forms of therapy that use mindfulness, such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress reduction and you would be much better served by contacting your psychologist or other health professional for a referral to one of those.

And, finally, the 30DOM isn’t for you if you can’t commit to fully participating in the program.

You need to be able to invest the time to do the work this course requires, which is, at a minimum, 15 minutes of meditation a day, an hour a week to watch the videos, and an additional 15 to 20 minutes each day to post in the Facebook group.

You’ll probably find, however, that as you move through the program, you’ll want to increase the length of your meditation sessions, as well as the amount of time you spend interacting with the other group members, so take that into account.

What others say

Here’s what some 30DOM alumni have to say about the program:

The 30DOM has benefited me in so many ways: better concentration and enjoyment of mundane activities, more space in my mind to stand back and consider my reactions and thoughts as I converse with my partner (I am still rusty when out in the world.), and finally experientially understanding how suffering is a habit and not a personal truth I must be loyal to. Experiencing the moment raw and not standing on top of the cravings or aversions that have guided me has opened my eyes to the power of each choice.

For anyone considering taking the 30DOM, you should know that it’s normal to feel lost or behind or confused but that it’s all a part of it. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience all those usual routine unpleasant states and understand them. It’s the curriculum! I would absolutely encourage people to post and post well because it’s in the composition that things can come together. Also, don’t spend too much time worrying, go back and review. Rewatch videos. Take the time.

Leah C. – Vancouver, Canada

I have enjoyed and greatly benefitted from your straight forward, down-to-earth, knowledgeable, approach to teaching these skills. It is a unique approach to an area that can feel esoteric and ‘exclusive’ at times – or at least that was the story I was telling myself. I really enjoyed your daily posts, the organization of the course itself, the videos so that I could always watch them when I needed clarification. I enjoyed reading other people’s posts. I very much enjoyed the Q&A session with other class-mates. Mostly I felt encouraged in the skill of meditation and daily mindfulness – that is truly what I liked best.

I would recommend this course to anyone who has even simple computer skills. I would whole-heartedly recommend it to those who find the concepts of mindfulness and meditation too “woo-woo”. Despite the fact you seemed to have fewer men than women taking the course, I think your approach is very friendly to the male gender because of your sense of humour (tasteful =) ) and your straight forward manner. I recommended MBSR to a few of my friends. I take that back….now I would recommend this course hands down.

If you’re considering joining the 30DOM, you’ll benefit most if you can dedicate the time to watching the video resources each week (that’s a big one) and doing some form of daily practice. Nick is always there to answer questions on FaceBook and that he makes helpful supportive suggestions and comments along the way. Although this is online – you are not alone in your challenges and celebrations.

Liz D. – Vancouver, Canada

Because of the 30DOM, I have a much greater understanding of mindfulness and meditation, I am able to meditate more effectively and also during everyday life. I am able to deal with difficult situations in a more positive way and I feel happier and my relationships have improved. I have enjoyed this month very much and I’ve made new friends.

I would definately recommend this programme to someone who really felt they wanted to complete it and who has a little experience of mindfulness. Anyone embarking on this should have an idea of the commitment involved although that seemed pretty clear to me when I started, there were no shocks when I started!

Mindfulness has become a way of life now and I feel my life is far richer as a result of doing this course, I can’t thank you enough Nick!

Susan B., Preston, UK

My meditation practice is now firmly grounded and I look forward to sitting for 30 mins at the start of my day. I notice more “micro joys” I am aware of my habitual way of reacting to people and circumstances and I feel that my senses have become heightened with the mindfulness practice. I have also made a few new friends along the way 🙂 I liked the daily facebook postings of others in the group, I liked the written text underneath each video. I liked the support of Nick with useful tips and helpful comments and the fact that I could ask questions at any time. The final documents , the pinned posts and further resources were brilliant! I would recommend the programme to anyone I know who wanted to further their knowledge of mindfulness.

The pace of the course was fast and the amount of information given over the course was at times overwhelming for me, I think I needed 60 days of mindfulness! The 30DOM was a HUGE commitment! more than I was anticipating. ( I am not complaining I loved it!) I found myself checking facebook all the time for new comments, and although the videos were nice and manageable to watch, I needed to re visit them several times for everything to sink in.

Some advice for those new to the 30DOM: don’t feel as though you need to understand and remember everything all at once, there is a lot of information in the programme gathered over many years condensed into just 30 days so even if you only take one thing from the programme at this time in your life it is worth doing the programme.

I’d like to say a huge thank you for a great programme. I really learnt so much and although some of the information did go over my head, I am sure with more daily practice and re watching the videos, I will be having a few lightbulb moments in the future!

Maxine T., Stoke-on-trent, UK

The videos were well put together, clear and accessible. I also thought support from Nick and participants was great. It’s been the most helpful meditation program I have come across to date.

Jacquie C., Manchester, UK

I have learned to set my intention about my attitude for the day rather than just react to the events in it. I have also learned to cope with my irritation over small matters and look at the intention of the other person. I also learned not to back away from dealing with issues which surfaced for me that were intensely uncomfortable, but to allow them to surface and to learn to maintain equanimity in spite of it. I really appreciated the sense of community in the group and the kindness and caring shown by you and the other community members. The videos were a great help in learning and in consolidating practice.

I would certainly recommend this program to others as I feel you have created a safe and caring environment in which participants can share from the heart and without filters. I would recommend it to friends, colleagues and others I know who are interested in meditation and mindfulness.

People should know that if they enrol in this program they might end up confronting some experiences/memories that they have not dealt with and that they are assured of safety and group support.

Thanks for a wonderful 30 days.

Andrea A., Thunder Bay, Canada

How much does it cost?

I’ve spent thousands of hours in study, personal practice, and in the development of this program to make it the most effective 30 day course on mindfulness meditation that I think you’ll find anywhere.

But these teachings are not mine. They come from various Buddhist traditions and other teachers in addition to my own application and exploration.

And because I consider the Buddha’s teachings to be priceless, there is no set fee for participating in the 30 Days of Mindfulness program. And so I offer this program to you as an act of dana, which is a Pali word that means “generosity”.

There’s a long tradition going back to the time of the Buddha (over 2500 years ago) of offering these teachings freely to whoever would listen to them.

By offering the 30DOM to you as an act of generosity, it allows me to tell it like it is, without watering down the practice, or tailoring the teachings to reflect what the market will pay the most for.  Some aspects of these teachings are difficult and can be uncomfortable to hear!

Thus, the practice of dana is essential to continue to be able to offer these teachings in an authentic way.

What that means is that, as a student of these teachings, you have the responsibility of reflecting on what they mean to you, how they have impacted your life, and practicing generosity by making a financial contribution so that I can continue to offer them freely to others.

In order to have a sustainable income that covers the costs of developing and running this program, supports myself, my family, and my continued practice and teaching, I rely on your generosity.

Traditionally, dana is given at the end of the retreat, so there’s no rush and no need to stress out over this 🙂

By the time the 30DOM is drawing to a close, you’ll be in a very different place, have more clarity on your personal relationship with these teachings and their value to you, and can approach the act of giving dana from a place of mindfulness and discernment.

How to Apply

Here’s how the application process works. There are three steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out the Application Form
  • Step 2: Watch your Email Inbox for an Email from me
  • Step 3: If you’re accepted into the program, follow the instructions in that Email for how to Enrol

I’ll be reviewing the applications as they come in and accepting people into the program on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full. At that point, I’ll need to close registration.

Because the demand for this program far outstrips the number of people I can effectively teach at one time, there’s a reasonable chance that you won’t get in. Please don’t take it personally if I’m unable to accept your request to join the 30DOM this time around!

Ok, that’s enough preamble. Thanks for taking the time to read through all of this information!

Click the button below to fill out the 30DOM Application Form:

Questions? Email nick@30daysofmindfulness.com