A School for Spiritual Awakening and Therapist Training

Courses and personal mentoring for spiritual awakening, enneagram training, therapy certification and a community of people devoted to truth, love and happiness.

About the Leela School

We are committed to the whole world waking up from the personal trance of suffering. That is our overview and our purpose. We can make a difference one heart and one mind at a time.

Our training is heart-based, so whether you are interested in certification or not, you may find immense personal value in the insights into your true nature and the nature of suffering that these courses reveal.

We are not the fastest, nor the cheapest training available. We do not believe that our program is for everyone. Our approach is unique, and as such we are looking for uniquely qualified individuals.


Retreat Attendee

Openly being there in the attitude of the True Friend, was an unexpected inner discovery of great value. It showed me how purposefully and directly I can dive into the depth of being and how much more truth the experience the True Friend holds.


Retreat Attendee

Thank you so much for the recent Leela School retreat. You and Stevie exemplified true friendship so deeply and profoundly I feel we were all and continue to be blessed beyond measure by your devotion and love of truth.


Retreat Attendee

After my first week at Leela in Ashland, just nine months ago, I knew I had changed forever.


Retreat Attendee

The Leela School has been a profound gift, a beautiful crucible of burning and deepening and a deliciously supportive sangha. Wonderful skillful means to be used. Layers of doubt are dropping and the fire of Truth burns brighter with more and more steadiness and certainty. I love the sessions I do in trade with fellow students from all over the world – beautiful connection!

Spiritual Awakening

Although Eli Jaxon-Bear had a thriving successful therapy practice, there was something deeper that hadn’t been finished, that sent him to his final teacher Papaji. In this profound meeting, Eli saw the purity of the truth of himself reflected back through Papaji’s presence, confirming finally that the truth is true, that who we are is consciousness beyond form.

Papaji then said to Eli “Let both client and therapist wake up!” sending Eli back into the world to meet all those who are ready to wake up and be free.

The Leela School offers courses and personal mentoring for all those who are thirsty for self-realization and spiritual awakening. Although seemingly learning skills for therapists, the foundation of the school is awakening to your true nature in this moment, and the skills are secondary to this essential discovery.

Meet Eli Jaxon-Bear

A life long search for freedom took Eli Jaxon-Bear around the world. His search ended when he was drawn to India (1990) where he met his final teacher, Sri H.W.L Poonja, lovingly known as Papaji; a direct disciple of the renowned Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi.

Confirming Eli’s realization, his teacher sent him back into the world to share his unique psychological insights into the nature of egoic suffering in support of self-realization.

Eli infuses his teaching with his teacher’s living transmission of silence and peace.  He presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for ruthless self-inquiry and final realization of true freedom. His life is dedicated to passing on the transmission of his teacher.

Enneagram of Liberation

Although mostly taught as the Enneagram of Personality, this is a misuse of the Enneagram, justifying the egoic drives that create suffering, and trying to make a better “me.” The Leela School instead takes Eli’s model of the Enneagram of Character Fixation to see the structure of the false identity that has been believed to be “me” but in fact is just habitual survival drives fixated in the mental, emotional and physical bodies.

By seeing the Enneagram through the lens of Character Fixation, it is possible to wake up from the trance, and discover your true essence, shining underneath the veils of the mind, body and emotions.

Whether it is personal mentoring or courses, the Leela School offers a depth of Enneagram seminars and retreats from beginner to advanced, for whatever level or depth you find yourself now.

So if you are ready and willing, we invite you to meet yourself all the way through, and support you in discovering your true self and to wake up from the suffering out of identification with the Ego.

Videos from Eli Jaxon-Bear
Leela Therapist Certification Training

We all want to serve the awakening of all beings, and stop the madness and suffering around us, but many of us don’t know how we can help. First, we can find out who we are. Based on the experience that we can only help others as far as we are ourselves, we must learn to recognize and solve our own patterns. Through self-inquiry there is the possibility of self-realization. From here we can learn practical and professional skills for working with people and being in service.

To be a True Friend in the Leeal School for Awakening means to have a quiet mind and open heart, and not take anything personally. This is the foundation of the Leela Skills, and the beginning of a true meeting. From here there are a range of effective skillful means and psychotherapeutic methods to support others in discovering for themselves what they need, what are the answers to their own questions, and finally the source of all questions and answers.
With a foundation of spiritual awakening, the skills become a natural expression of love and service, with real outcomes for real human psychological and social issues. Many of our students run successful thriving therapy and hypnotherapy practices around the world using the Leela Therapy skills. Find out about our 2 year certification courses and how you can harness your natural desire to be in service to the world.

Free 3-part Introduction to Leela Therapy
Being a True Friend 

Eli Jaxon-Bear and the Leela School Teachers present the foundation of the Leela Therapy in this free 3-part course. This course is a glimpse into the possibility that you can live a happy, free and fulfilled life and once you are happy and fulfilled this will spread from heart to heart.

Enrollment gives you access to a 3-part introductory course. This is a multimedia course delivered via email.