Nonduality

“When we rest in unconditioned mind we are in total harmony with ourselves and the world. We are at home with ourselves in a totally effortless and uncontrived way ” – Peter Fenner 

In addition to psychotherapy, I offer nondual therapy, nondual coaching, group facilitation, retreats and workshops dedicated to the sharing of nondual awareness and its embodiment in everyday life, in and outside of California.

Nondual Therapy

As an alternative or an adjunct to psychotherapy, nondual therapy offers the opportunity to explore our life circumstances, and challenges of an emotional, relational, existential or spiritual nature, from the perspective of unconditioned awareness.

These are in essence therapy sessions (in that they are designed to help our emotional well-being) that are highly informed by the nondual approach and centered on finding resolution through pure awareness.

Nondual therapy offers its benefits as a result of the introduction to, and integration of, our basic nature of unconditioned awareness in finding resolution to our circumstances, and lasting fulfillment in our everyday life.

Two Aspects of Nondual Therapy

  • To bring radiance and ease into our lives by helping us go beyond our stories, constructions, fixations and misinterpretations of our reality, and rediscover our fundamental nature of pure awareness as the ground from which all our life experiences arise and into which they dissipate.
  • To help us sustain the experience of unconditioned awareness with more depth so we can integrate it into our daily lives by embodying its essence.

Who Can Benefit from Nondual Therapy

Generally speaking, anyone can benefit from nondual therapy in that there are no preconditions necessary to be able to engage in this approach to well-being. However, the approach may be of particular interest to:

  • Individuals with a spiritual inclination or on a committed spiritual path
  • Individuals already familiar with the nondual and interested in working through their life circumstances primarily from this perspective
  • Individuals interested in this alternative to traditional therapy

There are many ways in which nondual therapy can be applied to our lives and I encourage you to explore the possibility of working together through free 20 minutes consultation.

Where and How

Generally I meet with individuals and couples in my office in Oakland, but I also conduct session via Skype and phone with long distance clients.

Fees

I offer individual 55 minutes sessions for $100.

Sharing nondual awareness is of infinite pleasure to me, and I truly wish to make this timeless wisdom available to anyone interested. Therefore I offer some sessions on a sliding scale for those in need. Please contact me directly to for details.


Nondual Coaching

Nondual coaching is primarily designed to support new and experienced practitioners explore those nondual awareness and its consistent integration in everyday life.

These sessions are a way to directly experience and rest in unconditioned awareness by going beyond our conditioned experience of life and rediscovering our natural state of pure, open awareness.

This level of coaching is far reaching and can be of support to you:

  • If you are interested in experimenting with nondual awareness
  • If you have had prior experiences and not sure how to proceed with them
  • If you’d like to connect with others who share similar experiences and wish to cultivate this level of deep connection
  • If you have some familiarity with pure awareness and wish to expand the experience in your everyday life
  • If you are encountering challenges around how to be with, or integrate, the nondual in daily life
  • If you’d like support around how to share it with others
  • If you’d like to simply meet, enjoy and rest in nondual awareness with another

Where and How

Generally I meet with individuals and couples in my office in Oakland, but I also conduct session via Skype and phone with long distance clients.

Fees

I offer individual 55 minutes sessions for $100.

Sharing nondual awareness is of infinite pleasure to me, and I truly wish to make this timeless wisdom available to anyone interested. Therefore I offer some sessions on a sliding scale for those in need. Please contact me directly for details.

FREE 20 minutes introductory session available to anyone interested.


Nondual Group Facilitation

Sharing unconditioned awareness in group settings has been a great passion of mine since my first group facilitation in late 2010.

This powerful dynamic offers the great advantage of communal support in the introduction and embodiment of pure awareness in our lives. Through facilitation, dialogs, experiential explorations, natural contemplation, silence and inquiries, the group experience creates a natural container for the unfoldement of unconditioned awareness as the ground of our moment to moment experience.

You’re welcome to join my weekly group sessions in Orinda, CA, at the In Forma Yoga Studio on Monday nights from 7:00 – 8:15.

In Living Radiance: Meditation and Awareness Exploration we create a space dedicated to meditation and exploration of nondual awareness with the intention of integrating this timeless wisdom into our daily lives.

The group is open to anyone and it is offered on a donation basis.

In addition to Living Radiance, I make myself available to share pure awareness in other group settings. To explore this opportunity or for more information about the current group, please feel free to contact me directly.


My Nonduality Journey

My first experiences of nondual nature occurred during my late teens when I began experimenting with meditation. Occasionally I would experience what I called “loosing myself”: a merging with the reality around me without a sense of self identity, a witness-like state of experience.

Years later, during my graduate studies (2004-06) I came across the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Nagarjuna, Ken Wilber, Eckahrt Tolle and other sages and philosophers. Recognizing similarities in my experiences, I became very interested in the nondual path to spirituality and its possible applications in the therapeutic environment.

In 2006, I began studying with Ken Bradford, PhD., whose teachings integrated nondual wisdom and psychotherapy, and was introduced to those of Peter Fenner, PhD. and other pioneers in the field of nonduality and psychology.

I began studying with Peter Fenner in 2010 moved by his profound insight and clarity in the transmission and presencing of nondual wisdom. With him I completed a deeply impactful nondual teacher and therapist training course in 2011, and  Natural Awakening: Advanced Nondual Training in 2012. I was invited by Peter to coach in three of his Radiant Mind courses and continue to study and work closely with him on ongoing projects.

My journey has also been impacted by the teachings of Rupert Spira, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, Nagarjuna, Longchenpa, Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, Chandrakirti, Dogen, Lao Tzu, Rumi and Hafiz. I also conduct ongoing study of Madhyamaka, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Zen and Prajnaparamita.


Gratitude

Peter Fenner and Andrea ColombuMy infinite gratitude for the true introduction to the awakening power of unconditioned awareness, and for the immeasurable impact it has on my life, goes to my teacher Peter Fenner whose wisdom, care, transmission of the nondual, and teachings are an ongoing source of guidance, inspiration and support.

Additional gratitude to Rupert Spira, Ken Bradford. John Prendergast, Jeanie Zandi, Pamela Wilson and Adam Chacksfiled for their teachings and support.

About Andrea

Andrea Colombu MA, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, a meditation teacher, nondual coach and group facilitator, integral well-being expert, speaker, and a blogger. He practices in the San Francisco East Bay. Andrea also holds regular meditation and awareness exploration gatherings.