Private interviews with a senior practitioner experienced in mindfulness meditation practice are available to all new members of FCM. The purpose of the mentoring program is to provide guidance and support to new FCM members in developing a structured and focused approach to meditative practice, mindful living, and dharma study. Through regularly scheduled phone calls and/or in-person meetings, the mentor provides guidance and support in establishing a regular and stable dharma practice and becoming a part of the FCM community. Mentors first help participants set personal practice goals, which often focus on establishing a daily meditation practice, learning how to live a mindful life, and healing emotional wounds from the past. In subsequent sessions, which typically last twenty minutes or so, mentors focus on helping mentees achieve their goals. New member mentorship generally lasts for about six months.
While mentoring is specifically meant for new members who are also new to dharma practice, it is offered to all new members regardless of their past experience and to longer term members who request support for their practice. In addition, senior FCM members have typically served as mentors during the eight-week Intensives offered during the summer months.