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Meditating with the Body®

September 10, 2019 - February 16, 2020

The first residential retreat will be September 10 - September 15, 2019.

The second residential retreat will be February 11 - February 16, 2020.

Meditating with the Body® is a training program developed by the Buddhist scholar and meditation teacher Dr. Reggie Ray. This training focuses on a series of powerful somatic meditation practices drawn from Tibetan and East Asian Buddhism and spiritual Taoism. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered to be the gateway to enlightenment - to discover the body is to discover awareness and our own most direct and effective path to profound spiritual transformation.

Designed for beginning and experienced meditators alike, this in-depth training focuses on a series of powerful body-based meditation practices drawn from Tibetan Yoga. The comprehensive five-month program cultivates learning and discovery through systematic study, intensive practice, and integration of the practices into daily life.

  • In-depth instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice and the varied postures engaged in these foundational practices: sitting, walking, and lying down
  • How to establish a strong inner and outer sitting posture based on the principles of alignment, relaxation, and resilience
  • The process of entering into the interior experience of the body and surrendering into the “groundless ground” of the body, or soma,  which is the foundation of our human life
  • Extensive instruction in the Tibetan Yoga practices of prana breathing, earth breathing, diagnostic breathing, and other breath awareness exercises
  • Teachings on uncovering the genesis and nature of the “self,” including how and why it is created and maintained
  • How to work directly with physical discomfort, illness, and disease
  • Understanding how karma is created, stored and released in the body
  • How to relate to the body as the manifestation of enlightenment itself
  • Teachings on the four noble truths, the five skandhas, spiritual materialism, buddha nature, and more

During each retreat, you will strengthen your practice with:

  • Extensive daily instruction from Dharma Ocean senior teachers
  • A daily question and answer period
  • Meetings with your meditation study group to share your experiences within a small group context
  • A structured sitting, walking, and bodywork schedule to apply your learning and further develop your practice

In between the retreats, your practice will deepen with:

  • A substantial at-home curriculum created by Reggie Ray exclusively for Meditating with the Body®. This includes recorded lectures, readings, and guided exercises led by Reggie to further your conceptual and experiential understanding of how the body is the gateway to enlightenment
  • A monthly video meeting with your meditation study group
  • Recordings of talks and guided practices from the residential retreat



$1,850 - $2,920


Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO



Reggie Ray: Finding Purpose in Spirituality

This talk is from the 2016 Meditating with the Body, Europe.

About the Program

Training begins and culminates with five-day residential retreats. Participants will be introduced to the practices within the depth of the retreat experience and supported by the warmth of fellow retreatants, Dharma Ocean senior teachers, and a spacious mountain environment. Between retreats, practice deepens through an extensive at-home curriculum of readings, recorded teachings, and guided practices enriched by your meditation study group meetings.

Retreat Dates:

Opening Retreat: September 10 – 15, 2019

At-Home Study: September 16, 2019 – February 10, 2020

Closing Retreat: February 11 – 16, 2020

About the Teachers

Jeffry Gonzalez

Jeff began his meditation practice in 1998 and became a student of Reggie Ray’s in 2003 when he attended the first Meditating with the Body program. He is an educator and an electronic musician living near Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys helping others develop a profound spiritual basis for their lives while maintaining families, career, social responsibilities, and play. “These are dark times for many in the world. I’m grateful to have found, and now share, the practices that will allow us to be genuine, compassionate, and precise in our relations with all. The imperative of practice is stronger for us now than it has perhaps ever been, and so are the potential benefits to the world.”

Gaia Mika

Gaia has been a student of Reggie Ray’s since 2005. The somatic meditation practices have had a profound impact on her life. She shares her gratitude for the teachings as a meditation instructor and teacher. Gaia is a retired psychologist, teacher, and facilitator, and now lives with her husband in Taos, New Mexico where she is surrounded by mountains, canyons, and sky. She has an ongoing commitment to a socially engaged practice and showing up in the world. 


To register for Meditating with the Body, please click here.

Requirements for Residential Retreat

This retreat will require long periods of sitting and walking meditation. Please read our full Requirements for Residential Retreats prior to registration to see if retreat is right for you at this time.

Retreat Details

The total price of the 5-month program ranges from $1,850 – $2,920 depending on your choice of housing. This includes food, tuition, lodging, and tax.

For the fall retreat, please plan to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 PM on the first day of the retreat. Departure will be at 11:30 PM on the last day of the retreat, after a morning teaching session.

If you are a volunteer for this program, please plan on arriving a day early and departing at 5:00 PM on departure day. Check out our Program FAQ page for other important information about being on retreat at Blazing Mountain. For any further questions please email us at info@dharmaocean.org.

Reading List

During the 5-month home study, we will be using The Awakening Body, by Reginald Ray, as the primary text for the curriculum. Please secure a copy of the book before the program begins.

The following titles are recommended, but not required.

     The Practice of Pure Awareness, by Reginald Ray

    Touching Enlightenment, by Reginald Ray

     Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

     Toward A Psychology of Awakening, by John Wellwood

Accommodations & Dining

Lodging for this event will be on-site only, and participants can choose from a number of options as they go through the registration process.

We are committed to sourcing the healthiest possible local, sustainable, and/or organic whole foods available to us from local farms and suppliers. In the kitchen, we prepare food in ways that are nutritionally balanced, beneficial to health and practice, and take dietary restrictions into account. All meals served at Blazing Mountain are gluten-free. You can inform us of your dietary restrictions when registering. Learn more about BMRC Dining.



Dharma Ocean will offer a private charter bus service directly from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Blazing Mountain Retreat Center for this program. The charter is the only transportation option provided by Dharma Ocean for participants. There are limited seats available for this service. You must choose this option at registration for both retreats (September and February) if you need this service and would like to guarantee a seat. The cost of the charter is $160 per round trip. If you do plan to use the charter service make sure your inbound flight allows for enough time to assemble for boarding the charter bus by 12:30 PM. We recommend that your flight arrives before 11:30 AM.

The charter will drop you off at DIA around 4:00 PM on departure day. We recommend an outbound flight at 6:00 PM or later to ensure you have enough time to catch your plane.


Volunteers must arrive the day before the program begins, prior to dinner at 6:30 PM. There will be no charter service on those days. Please visit the Getting Here page on the Blazing Mountain website for a step-by-step guide to planning your transportation.


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


Partial scholarships are available for this program to participants exhibiting financial need. Participants requesting scholarship funding must register for the program here and fill out the financial aid application found here by August 1, 2019. Only applicants that have completed both steps will be considered. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the scholarship deadline. Please note that while Dharma Ocean aims to make our offerings financially accessible, we are unable to provide full scholarships for our programs and retreats.


The Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Program was created to make the unique benefits of a sitting contemplative practice in a retreat context more widely available. Fellowships are available to anyone with a commitment of service – a deep desire to devote oneself to serving others through their work. Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older and working full-time in their profession.

For more information about fellowship eligibility and to apply, follow this link.

Gaia Mika: What Students Can Expect in Meditating with the Body

Jeffry Gonzalez: The Benefits of Somatic Meditation 

If you have questions, please visit our Program FAQ page or contact us: 303-955-2574