Mapping the Mindful Path

A Practical Map of the Journey toward Radical Freedom

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Make Progress through the Phases of Mindfulness

In this course, teachers Vince Horn & Emily Horn guide you through a broad overview of their meditative map: The Phases of Mindfulness. Taken together, these phases are designed to provide an overview of the common territory encountered while practicing mindfulness meditation with some seriousness.

This self-paced course includes big idea videos on each of the phases of mindfulness, several interactive workbooks to help clarify your personal understanding of each step of the journey, and 5 guided meditations designed to give you a 1st-hand experience of the territory.

In addition we've curated 4 episodes from Buddhist Geeks on the science of mindfulness and included a recorded guest teaching with Jack Kornfield & Trudy Goodman Kornfield on being Awake in the Modern World.

"This course changed my practice. It brought it to the next level."

- Bonita Engel

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"I found this course really great, with some very valuable insights. Each of the video contained a ‘ah-ah’ moment for me, which really helped me in my practice. I find it especially helpful to have a ‘map’ of where the practice might take us."

- Audrey D.

Meet the Teachers

Emily Horn develops programs and support structures for people dedicated to living a whole-hearted life in the modern world. Emily is an authorized meditation teacher by some of the largest meditation centers in the West: Spirit Rock, InsightLA and Insight Meditation Society. She has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine. Emily has worked in various contemplative education environments including Naropa, Sounds True, and Buddhist Geeks and is now the Co-Founder of For her, the contemplative journey is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband Vincent and son Zander.

Vince Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks project while doing a full year of silent meditation practice on retreat. Vince began teaching in 2010 and has been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and by Trudy Goodman Kornfield, whose contemplative training is in the Insight Meditation and Zen traditions. Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” Vince is one of the co-founders of, which is dedicated to offering deep practice opportunities for independent learners. He lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.

"This eclectic, generous, and humane course was one of the smartest things I've ever done for my practice. I already miss it, but I also have a lot more confidence in finding my own way."

- Emerson Dameron

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The videos, meditations, and workbook are available as soon as you sign up for the course. Because this content is offered as a self-paced course, you can work through the material at your own pace.
What is a self-paced course?
It means that independent learners can utilize the materials when it fits with their schedule and life. It doesn’t have to be completed at a certain time, in a certain order, or by a certain date.
How long do I have access to the course?
The course content will remain accessible indefinitely. We recommend downloading any content you want to have permanent access to however, as we can’t guarantee that indefinitely means forever.
Where do the Phases of Meditation come from?
The Phases are based on our experience and understanding of the meditative journey. That said, we have been influenced by various maps of consciousness including the Theravada Buddhist Progress of Insight, the Zen Ox Herding pictures, Tozan’s Five Ranks, and the Great Chain of Being, among others.
Will I be able to tell what phase of practice I am in?
Learning about the phases of meditation helps navigate territory that seems similar to a lot of people. It is not a precise diagnostic method, meaning it isn’t always possible to say for certain where you are on the path. It’s both linear and circular. Nonetheless, there are moments when it seems highly likely you may be moving through a particular phase. In this course we’ll be focusing on learning how to recognize those patterns in our practice.
Is there a recommended length of time that you think I should be practicing?
The more you practice the more you will see the effects. That said we don’t have a universal prescription for how much we think you should be practicing. This is something you’ll need to figure out, and is largely contingent on the specifics of your life and your practice intentions. That said, we’ve observed that people who do some sort of intentional practice, for at least 30 mins a day on a regular basis tend to deepen and make progress.