About the Center for Awakening
(f/k/a the Teachers of God Foundation)

Our vision is for all beings to awaken to know their true nature and live as an embodiment of this Self-realization.

Awakening the World: Our Vision & Mission

At the Center for Awakening (CFA), we believe that immediate access to the inner peace and happiness we all long for is available through the simple recognition of the Awareness of Love’s Presence, our essential nature. Through transformative content, collaborative relationships, enlightening conferences, inclusive communities, and insightful documentary films, we aim to guide people towards recognizing their true nature and living as a manifestation of that realization. With the Awareness of Love's Presence as our guiding principle, we strive to facilitate individuals in accessing inner peace and happiness, thereby creating a world where awakened beings contribute to the collective awakening of humanity by knowing it for themselves.

History & Evolution

Their feet in the sand, the sun on their faces, the Teachers of God Foundation (TGF) began as a conversation between Bill Free and Lisa Natoli as they sat near the ocean in Maine in the summer of 2012.

At the time, Lisa and Bill were both dedicated teachers of A Course in Miracles, both passionate about the message contained in the Course. As the years passed, they found that a lot of people (themselves included) were stuck in ideas and concepts, living more at the intellectual head level and not so much at the awakened heart level. You could say they knew intellectually that the teachings of the Course and many traditions were true and yet lacked a direct experience of knowing it for themselves until this understanding was realized in 2018.

Fast Forward 10 years...

As Bill and Lisa progressed on their spiritual journeys, the Teachers of God Foundation (TGF) and staff also evolved alongside them. Through collaborative efforts with Pure Presence Conferences and Awakening Mind Films and focus on the teachings of the direct path, TGF has gracefully integrated the progressive path of A Course in Miracles with the nondual direct path as taught by Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism and other traditions. As a result, it became evident that a name change was in order to align with its growing audience and its dedicated focus on supporting Awakening Consciousness, and in 2023 TGF filed paperwork in Massachusetts to change its name to the Center for Awakening (CFA). 

An Invitation to Join the Awakening Journey!

We extend a heartfelt invitation to join us on your awakening journey! Stay connected and up to date with our latest programs, events, and offerings by subscribing to our newsletter and joining our Facebook group. Discover the Center for Awakening Community (known as EVOLVE), where you can become a part of a global community engaging in month-long live masterclasses led by some of the world’s most profound wisdom teachers.

Your generous contributions play a vital role in supporting our vision and mission. Together, we can make a meaningful difference! Please consider making a one-time or recurring donation and join us in our transformative endeavors.


TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS: The Center for Awakening, Inc. (CFA) f/k/a Teachers of God Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax–exempt organization. All donations made to CFA and in accordance with IRS regulations may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. We are grateful for your support – thank you!


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