What is This?

The Awakening in Life Training is an ongoing program for those that want to embrace life as an integral path of embodied presence. It’s a space of intimate exploration & hardcore practice, developed for independent people seeking an interdependent practice. Practically speaking, this training revolves around weekly training groups, each limited to a dozen people, and is facilitated by teacher Ryan Oelke.

This is a month-to-month training, and is offered using a transparent generosity funding model. During each monthly practice cycle we work with a collectively-generated theme of training.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please feel free to…


The Awakening in Life Training is designed to offer practitioners:


Other circle members will often share things which both normalize & affirm your experience. This is an important part of the integration process. Hearing things that you don’t yet understand, can also help widen your view of what’s possible.


It’s hard to do this alone. Most of us need some kind of community to help navigate the challenging moments. Together, we are a community of independent learners training together, sharing learnings openly, thus making our learning process an interdependent co-emergence.


The expectation of showing up for your small group meetings increases accountability, while our community discord platform provides a means of connecting with other training members in-between meetings. We’re harnessing the power of relationships to help fuel our practice.

Awakening in Life

Learn more about the Awakening in Life approach to dharma practice…

The Awakening in Life Guide

by Ryan Oelke

This guide contains teachings and guided practices to support practitioners and students, especially those participating in the Awakening in Life training. 

Simple Embodiment Meditation

by Ryan Oelke

Simple, accessible, and powerful embodiment meditation, guided by Ryan Oelke, from Judith Blackstone’s meditation, “Attuning to Fundamental Consciousness”.

Buddhist Geeks Interview with Ryan Oelke and Judith Blackstone

by Ryan Oelke

Listen to my Buddhist Geeks interview with Judith Blackstone. I am a teacher in Judith’s Realization Process and Awakening in Life includes some practices from RP, particularly embodiment and healing practices.

Who am I?

Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, and is a certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us.

He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.

Generosity Powered


This training is powered by a new financial model called Transparent Generosity. This is a model designed to encourage generosity, transparency, and reciprocity as a basis for training together.

Practically speaking, all participants who join this program are asked to make a recurring monthly donation to support the program.  Should you choose to join the training, it’ll be up to you to determine the amount you give, keeping in mind these four data points:

  1. The Suggested Amount: $75 USD / MONTH
  2. The Average Amount: $75 USD / MONTH
  3. The Range: $10-160 USD / MONTH
  4. Your Actual Situation ????

The hope is that this transparent generosity model enables deeper human connection to arise over the course of training together, while ensuring that everyone has their needs met.

You can read more about Transparent Generosity on the Buddhist Geeks Meta.

Want to Chat?

If you’d like to explore this program further, the next step is to schedule a free 30-minute introduction chat with Ryan. When you schedule this session you’ll receive more information on what to expect from this training as well as on the specifics of the transparent generosity model.