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Feeding Your Demons® Online Program

Feeding Your Demons® Online Program

An Opportunity for Real, Lasting Transformation

Ideal for therapists, coaches, and facilitators who desire to add a powerful technique to their professional toolbelt, and for individuals who wish to work deeply with their own ‘demons’ through contemplative practice, the year-long Feeding Your Demons® Online Certification program offers a profoundly effective method for recognizing and transforming the deep-seated patterns, triggers, and neuroses that so often undermine the quality and enjoyment of our lives.

What Does it Mean to “Feed Your Demons”?

For the purpose of this practice, a ‘demon’ refers to the disruptive aspects of our own psyche, such as anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, or disease. Demons are often relegated to the dark recesses of our minds and fester there as we either repress- or ‘fight’ against them. This adversarial relationship with our demons is the very thing that polarizes our psyche. In our attempts to overcome our ‘shadow’, we become more enmeshed with it and our demons gain strength.

“Our demons are what we fear,” says Lama Tsultrim Allione, the originator of this profound practice, in her bestselling book, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict (Little Brown Co. 2008). “…in feeding our demons we are not only rendering them harmless; by addressing them instead of running away from them, we are also nurturing the shadow parts of ourselves so that the energy caught in the struggle transforms into a positive protective force.”

The deeply effective, self-empowering Feeding Your Demons® (FYD) method employs principles of the Tibetan Buddhist practice Chöd (pronounced ‘chuh’, meaning ‘to cut through’), as originally articulated by the eleventh-century female Tibetan teacher, Machig Labdrön. FYD is a five-step process that guides the practitioner to transform their demons into protective allies through a sequence of illuminating questions and visualizations.

This accessible and effective method has helped thousands of people transform and heal negative emotions, fears, illnesses, and self-defeating patterns. FYD has practitioners on five continents, and Lama Tsultrim’s book has been published in twenty-seven languages. The work transcends spiritual constructs, serving as a meaningful tool for anybody, regardless of religious affiliation or personal philosophy.

In our Feeding Your Demons® Online Training, you will learn this potentially life-changing method, and through your own experience and deep understanding of it, receive your certification to help others convert their fear into power, creating meaningful transformation in a world that is ripe for profound healing.

Why choose the Feeding Your Demons® Online Program?

Feeding Your Demons® is designed to deepen your personal practice and provide you with an exceptionally skillful methodology to bring benefit and lasting transformation to yourself or your clients.

Who is it for?

  • Mental health professionals, life coaches, substance abuse- or guidance counselors, spiritual mentors, social workers, or anyone whose work is dedicated to helping, healing, or empowering others.
  • Individuals who wish to acquire an effective methodology to directly engage with their own habitual patterns, challenges, and obstacles for sustained transformation.

What you will learn and experience through this course: 

  • Readily recognize and transform deep-seated patterns, triggers, and neuroses, and gain a deeper understanding of what drains your energy and occupies your mind
  • Understand the interconnectedness of your emotional patterns, and how a single pattern can impact multiple areas of your life
  • Work with your demons on your own terms and in a way that is aligned with your own process – and learn how to facilitate others to do the same
  • Establish a regular, transformational meditation practice that integrates seamlessly with your established life and work 
  • Gain a sense of internal agency amidst the ups and downs of everyday life
  • Experience more peace through an increased capacity to lead with compassion
  • Acquire powerful and uniquely flexible tools to help relieve the suffering of others
  • Integrate the practice through working with art to more fully express and embody the process of transformation 
  • Learn the history, theory, and practice of Feeding Your Demons®, which is based on an ancient Buddhist practice for healing

What Students Are Saying about the Feeding Your Demons® method:

“I experience a dissolution of my fear, annoyance, and irritation with my demons. I feel true trust that I now possess a transformative process for myself and others that offers peace and benefit.” - FYD Program Participant
“I am leaving the retreat with a sense of excitement and wonder about this process, and about the mystery of my own being.” - FYD I Participant
“`{`This is`}` a technique for addressing long-held beliefs. It is an invitation to look at and learn more about becoming present to myself and others.” - FYD Program Participant
“I feel like a different person from when I started this course.” - FYD Kapala I Participant
“I am leaving the retreat with a sense of excitement and wonder about this process, and about the mystery of my own being.” - FYD Kapala I Participant
“I now have a feeling in my stomach of the spaciousness accessible within my anxiety.” - FYD Kapala I Participant

The Training

The Feeding Your Demons® Online Certificate is a three-level training program, culminating in an onsite certification Capstone Retreat. Through compelling content and practice assignments, participants engage in a journey of increasing levels of personal transformation and an ever-deepening understanding of the power of the Feeding Your Demons® process. For successful Certification candidates, the training results in becoming authorized to use the method to help others on their path. For individuals who wish to utilize the FYD process with themselves and their friends, a non-certification (or ‘à la carte’) option is also available (see below).

Program Details

Below follows a detailed explanation of the program. In short, please note the following options:

  • The Full Certification program consists of FYD Level I, FYD Level II, and the FYD Certification Level. (A $250 discount applies when signing up for the Full Certification)
  • À la carte option: Levels I, II, and the Certification Level can also be taken on an individual basis (Some prerequisites apply for the upper levels).
  • All participants also have a choice between the Buddhist Track or the Secular Track.

Teachers

Lama Tsultrim Allione, the founder of the Feeding Your Demons® Process, is the primary teacher. Senior Teachers Pieter Oosthuizen and Charlotte Rotterdam teach the webcasts and the onsite component.

Two Tracks

Participants have a choice of two tracks: A Secular Track or a Buddhist Track

The Secular Track

The Secular Track is intended for participants who want to dive deeply into the Feeding Your Demons® method without engaging in overtly Buddhist spiritual practices. 

This Secular Track consists of:

  • 21 weeks of online programming (15 weeks for non-certification option)
  • 11 live webcasts hosted by senior teachers (8 for non-certification option)
  • Weekly assignments designed to deepen one’s engagement and understanding of the work
  • Certification Level only:
    • Facilitated small group discussions
    • An onsite certification Capstone Retreat

Secular Track content includes:

  • The fundamentals of Feeding Your Demons® 
  • Partner work and Feeding Your Demons® with art and clay
  • Live teachings and discussion of key concepts and applications
  • How to use Feeding Your Demons® in a therapeutic setting (Certification Level)
  • Progressive mindfulness-based sitting meditation practices. (Mindfulness-based practice has been found to significantly enhance the personal transformation aspect of the work, as well as the practitioner’s ability to benefit others in a therapeutic setting) 
The Buddhist Track

The Buddhist Track may appeal to individuals who wish to delve both into the Feeding Your Demons® method while also supporting and deepening their understanding and practice within the Buddhist tradition. 

This Buddhist Track consists of:

  • 24 weeks of online programming (18 weeks for non-certification option)
  • 12 live webcasts hosted by senior teachers (9 for non-certification option)
  • Weekly assignments designed to deepen one’s engagement and understanding of the work
  • Certification Level only:
    • Facilitated small group discussions
    • An onsite certification Capstone Retreat

This Buddhist Track content includes:

  • All the non-meditation content in the Secular Track, plus:
  • An in-depth exploration of the Chöd teachings of the 11th century Tibetan yogini, Machig Labdrön
  • Related Mahayana teachings of Prajña Paramita
  • Progressive Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices sourced from these teachings

Non-Certification Option

For those interested in using the Feeding Your Demons® method exclusively for deep personal transformation (and not with others in a therapeutic setting), Feeding Your Demons® Levels I and II may be taken, in sequence, as stand-alone personal development courses. As in the Certification option, participants may choose between the Secular and Buddhist Tracks (see Two Tracks above).

Program Format & Delivery

The program commences on a specific start date, after which new modules can be accessed on a week-by-week basis.

  • Modules consist of both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) content.
  • Participants move through the program together as a cohort, with the option of getting to know each other and finding partners with whom to practice ‘partner work.’ Collaboration increases at the Certification Level, with small group discussions and the onsite Capstone Retreat.
  • Asynchronous content, such as pre-recorded video lectures, remain available throughout the duration of the course, whereas Live Webcasts and Small Group Discussions are one-time events to be attended online at a specific date and time. Live Webcasts are recorded and made available online after the fact.
  • There are prerequisite assignments to be completed prior to advancing to Level II and again prior to certification (see below for details). 

Timing & Cost

The entire program and certification can be completed in 12 months. Participants who register for the full Certification (Level I, II, and the Certification Level) earn a discount of $250. Otherwise the different Levels could also be taken on an À la carte basis (Ideal for Non-certification participants). 

Full Certification

Full Certification Secular Track: $2,500 (save $250 over à la carte option)
Full certification Buddhist Track: $2,650 (save $250 over à la carte option)

  • Includes tuition for onsite Capstone retreat
  • Travel and accommodation for onsite training are not included

À la carte Option

Feeding Your Demons® Level I – Secular Track: $475
Feeding Your Demons® Level I – Buddhist Track: $525

Feeding Your Demons® Level II – Secular Track: $575
Feeding Your Demons® Level II – Buddhist Track: $675

  • There will generally be a two-month break between Feeding Your Demons® I and Feeding Your Demons® II 
  • There is no required on-site retreat for Feeding Your Demons® I & II

Certification Level Only: $1,700

  • Includes tuition for onsite Capstone retreat
  • Travel and accommodation for onsite training are not included

Relationship with Other Tara Mandala Programs

The onsite version of Feeding Your Demons® Online: Buddhist Track is called Kapala Training, and it is typically offered at Tara Mandala Retreat Center and other international venues on a regular basis. Kapala Training Levels I through V are a foundational part of the Magyu Path of Study in Tibetan Buddhism offered through Tara Mandala Retreat Center. 

Please note that the Buddhist Track of Feeding Your Demons® I & II Online corresponds closely with Kapala Training I & II Onsite and therefore qualifies as Magyu Path requirements. Feeding Your Demons® I & II Online: Buddhist Track could, therefore, be taken interchangeably with Kapala I & II Onsite, provided the required assignments had been completed.

For more information please see:

Program Outline (All Options)

Secular Track

  • 8 weeks with a 1-week break in the middle
  • 4 Live Webcasts
  • Modules include:
    • Historical and Philosophical Foundations: Machig Labdrön and Chöd
    • The Feeding Your Demons® Process
    • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (Secular track only)
    • Types of Demons
    • Mapping Demon Complexes
    • Working with Partners
    • Feeding Your Demons with Art

Buddhist Track (additional to above)

  • 8 weeks
  • 5 Live Webcasts (including a live Prajna Paramita Transmission)
  • Modules include all Secular modules plus:
    • Prajna Paramita Teachings, Transmission, and Practice

Secular Track

  • 8 weeks with a 1-week break in the middle
  • 4 Live Webcasts
  • Modules include:
    • Feeding Your Demons® Body Map
    • Introduction to Open Awareness Meditation (Secular track only)
    • Extended Ally Work
    • Mapping Demon Complexes: Family Lineage Work
    • Mapping Demon Complexes: Family Ally Work
    • Extended Ally with Journey Process
    • The Hydra Map: Further Refinement

Buddhist Track (additional to above)

  • 10 weeks
  • 4 Live Webcasts
  • Modules include all Secular modules plus:
    • Four new practices:
      • Transmitting the Meaning of the Mother
      • Cutting the Four Demons Loose into Space
      • Supplication to the Great Mother Machig Lapdron
      • Taking and Waking
    • Teachings on The Grand Poem of Aryadeva

Online:

  • 5 weeks
  • 3 Live Webcasts
  • 2 Small Discussion Group meetings
  • Modules include:
    • Incorporating Feeding Your Demons® into a Therapeutic Practice
    • Working with Trauma
    • Working with Illness & Death
    • Using Feeding Your Demons® in Couples Work
    • Diversity & Inclusion

Onsite:

  • The facilitator’s role, best practices, latest research & developments
  • Networking and Partner work
  • Q & A and Discussions
  • Testing