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Meditating with the Body (California)

May 19 - May 24

The first residential retreat will be May 19 - May 24
The second residential retreat will be October 27 - November 1 

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered the gateway to enlightenment—to discover the body is to discover awareness—to uncover the most direct and effective path to profound spiritual transformation.

Meditating with the Body is a five-month, in-depth training developed by Dr. Reggie Ray, that focuses on a series of powerful body-based meditation practices drawn from Tibetan yoga.

Taught by skilled somatic meditation practitioners Caroline Pfohl (the prime lineage holder of Dharma Ocean) and Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT (one of Reggie’s closest teachers), this program is the first of two residential retreats, bridged by a five-month, at-home curriculum. 

This rich arc of learning will be kicked off at the May retreat with five days of guided meditation and embodiment practices, both indoors and in nature, as well as talks on somatic meditation, small group discussions, and a one-on-one meeting with Caroline or Manuela.

  • Dive deep into ancient, time-tested practices of Tibetan yoga
  • Teach you how to meditate in an embodied way and bring this somatic awareness into every aspect of your daily life
  • Help you develop a personal meditation practice suited to your own unique conditions
  • Strengthen your interoceptive capabilities and help you discover the gates to full awakening.

Deep, thorough, and designed to be fully integrated into the busy lives of its practitioners, the practice of meditation that is taught in this 5-month course, and the profound transformations it brings, can aid you in accessing the inner resources necessary to show up fully in your life, your community, and most of all, in your own body.

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* Registration is through 1440, not Dharma Ocean


1440 Retreat Center
Scotts Valley, CA


1440 Multiversity

Reggie Ray And Caroline Pfohl: Personal Reflections on MWTB

Caroline Pfohl: A 12-Fold Abdominal Breathing Guided Practice

About the Program

Training begins and culminates with five-day residential retreats where participants are introduced to the practices within the depth of retreat and supported by the warmth of fellow retreatants, meditation instructors, and a spacious mountain retreat environment. Between retreats, practice deepens through an extensive at-home curriculum of readings, recorded teachings, and guided practices enriched by personalized guidance from a meditation instructor and a study group led by your meditation instructor.

Retreat Dates:

Opening Retreat: May 19 – May 24
In-home study: May 25 – October 26
Closing Retreat: October 27 – November 1

Retreat Details

Retreat details, prices, directions, and the event location can all be found by visiting the hosts of the retreat, 144o Multiversity.

About the Teachers

Caroline Pfohl 

Caroline Pfohl is prime lineage holder in the Dharma Ocean lineage and is spiritual director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation along with Dr. Reggie Ray. A student and practitioner of Integrated Manual Therapy, a method of integrated mind-body healing, she grew up traveling and living in Asia, learning Mandarin and Cantonese, and discovered her first meditation retreats as a teenager in Singapore. She has trained with Daoist, Qigong, and Chan masters throughout her life.

For the past 12 years, Caroline has worked with Dr. Reggie Ray in developing new bodies of teaching and practice—furthering Dharma Ocean’s somatic work, the body of bodhicitta teachings and practices, the path of relationality, consort practice, and other forms. As Desung (Protector of Joy) for the community, she has been named Reggie’s spiritual successor.

Caroline also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. She has led two private foundations and has provided strategic planning for multinational corporations and NGOs. In addition to Dharma Ocean, Caroline oversees the Hemera Foundation. Dedicated to supporting contemplative views and practices and their integration into ordinary life, Hemera focuses on dharma and secular education, children, and the arts.

Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT

Manuela Mischke-Reeds is a licensed somatic psychotherapist, international teacher and speaker, Dharma Ocean meditation teacher, and author. She’s also a certified Hakomi therapist. Manuela infuses her teaching of meditation with a deep understanding of somatic and psychological practices designed to support human transformation.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Manuela holds a master’s degree in somatic psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, a bachelor’s degree in dance therapy from Naropa University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hamburg. Manuela lectures, consults, and trains professionals, leaders, and students around the world in mindfulness, attachment, trauma, and movement therapy. A meditation practitioner for over 25 years, she combines a Buddhist perspective with core somatic techniques in her private practice, for a unified approach to trauma resolution.

Manuela is the author of 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well-Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox.

Meditating through the Body: A Conversation with Manuela and Caroline 


Registration is through 144o Multiversity.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and fellowships are available for this program. The priority deadline for scholarship and fellowship applications is April 22, 2019. For logistical reasons, we will not be able to accept applications after May 1st, 2019.

  • Scholarships are provided by Dharma Ocean, information and application is here.
  • Fellowships are provided by Hemera Foundation and Dharma Ocean in partnership, information and application is here.

If you have scholarship or fellowship questions, please email [email protected].