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The Journey of Just Being: Winter Meditation Intensive

December 13, 2015 - January 10, 2016


The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness

In the practice of sitting meditation, we are called to wake up to the actual life we are living and to discover who we really are beneath all of our habitual patterns and confusion. This month-long meditation retreat, co-led by Neil McKinlay and Dr. Reginald "Reggie" Ray, is a powerful practice for engaging the journey of meditation more deeply and for transforming our everyday experience by sowing the seeds of awareness. Through the practice of extended retreat and deep somatic work, we encounter joy, pain, neurosis and openness. In the process, we access a deep well of wisdom and compassion within our own experience that we can share with the suffering world.

Come for one, two, or three week segments, or for the full month.

Week 1: December 13 – December 20 (Led by Neil McKinlay)

Week 2: December 20 – December 27 (Led by Neil McKinlay)

Week 3: December 27 – January 3 (Led by Reggie Ray) sold out

Week 4: January 3 – January 10 (Led by Reggie Ray) sold out

Space is still available for participants wishing to attend weeks 1, 2, and/or the full month. We have reached maximum capacity participants attending only weeks three and four. Click here to be placed on a waitlist if you'd like to attend just weeks 3 and 4.

You may also join us online! See below for details.

Register Now


Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO



Winter Meditation Intensive: Online

This year we’re excited to offer an opportunity to take part in our Winter Meditation Intensive online. The Journey of Just Being: A Two-Week Online Meditation Retreat, will run in parallel with the last two weeks of the Winter Meditation Intensive and will feature recordings of select teachings and guided meditations from the residential retreat. All participants in the residential program will receive access to our online program at no additional cost. To learn more about the online program, click here.

About the teachers

Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray draws on four decades of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to address the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. He is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied.

Neil McKinlay has been student of Reggie’s since 1999. His teaching reflects an ongoing interest in the rich intersection of spirituality and everyday life. A partner, parent, and householder, he is curious about how deep engagement with this lineage affects our relationship with the ‘ordinary’ — with ourselves and others, with livelihood, and with the world of which we are part. Neil teaches regularly in the Pacific Northwest and delights in the many opportunities this affords to see how the practice of meditation uncovers the fire within, brings healing into our lives, and alters how we meet each and every moment. As might be expected, Neil’s instruction has been described as “straightforward” and “accessible”.



To register for this program follow the “Register Now” link at the top of this page. Registration for weeks three and four is currently closed as we have reached maximum capacity. Click here to be placed on a waitlist for weeks three and four, should space become available. Those on the waitlist who wish to attend all four weeks of the retreat will be given priority. Registration for weeks one and two will close November 30.

Retreat prices include tuition, food, lodging, and tax and vary depending on your choice of housing and length of stay:

One week segment: $645 to $1,385

Two week segment: $1,225 to $2,633

Three week segment: $1,741 to $3,741

Full month: $2,193 to $4,710

***One week segments are not available for weeks 3 and 4. If you are a first time Dharma Ocean participant and would like to enter the program week 3 you will need to prepare by studying the CD set Your Breathing Body Volume 1 prior to arrival.

Information about our accommodations can be found here. You will have an opportunity to select your housing and see the detailed pricing during the registration process before completing your enrollment.

Scholarship and Work-Study

There will be scholarship and work-study available for this program. If you are interested in this option please register for the program first and then fill out an application. The deadline to register and fill out the scholarship application is November 1. Click here for more information, and to find the online financial aid application.
 You are welcome to apply at any time. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the scholarship deadline.


For general information about traveling to our retreat center, please see the Getting Here page on the Blazing Mountain website.

Dharma Ocean will be offering a private shuttle service directly from Denver International Airport to Blazing Mountain Retreat Center for this program. There are limited seats available for this service. Therefore, we suggest that you choose this option at registration if you need this service and would like to guarantee a seat. We have endeavored to keep the fee associated with this chartered shuttle as low as possible and competitive with other public transportation options.

If you do plan to use the shuttle service make sure your inbound flight allows for enough time to board the charter bus by 12:45 PM. We recommend that your flight arrives before 12:00 PM.

For the return trip, the charter bus will leave BMRC at 6:45 AM and arrive at the Denver airport at 11:15 AM. Please plan your outbound flight accordingly. We recommend a flight that departs after 1:30 PM.

*Note: We will not be offering a local shuttle between Moffat and Blazing Mountain Retreat Center.

Retreat Details

Please plan to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on your scheduled arrival day (either Sunday December 13 for week one, Sunday December 20 for week two, or Sunday December 27 for week three arrivals). Departure will be after breakfast on either Sunday December 20, 27, January 3, or 10 depending on the length of your stay.

If you are staff or work-study for this program, you may need to arrive a day early and depart a day late. Please contact Katherine Walker (katherine@dharmaocean.org) if you have questions.

Please visit our Program FAQ page for other important information about being on retreat at Blazing Mountain. For any further questions please email us at wmi15@dharmaocean.org.

Week 1: December 13 – December 20

Week 2: December 20 – December 27

Week 3: December 27 – January 3

Week 4: January 3 – January 10

There are no one week options for weeks 3 or 4. If you are a first time Dharma Ocean participant and you would like to enter the program week 3 you will need to prepare by studying the CD set Your Breathing Body Volume 1 prior to arrival.

Participants can expect an intensive daily practice schedule. The specific daily schedule will vary throughout the program but will generally consist of an early morning practice session (or sessions), breakfast, a morning practice and teaching period, lunch, a break with time to do chores and rest, an afternoon practice and teaching period, dinner, and an evening practice session.

Program Staffing Opportunities

If you feel inspired and called to deepen your training by serving in a staff role, please visit Service and Volunteering Opportunities and fill out the staff request form. Preference will be given to people who submit their offer August 16.