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Meditating with the Body®

September 19, 2017 - February 11, 2018

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Residential retreats: September 19-24, 2017 and February 6-11, 2018. 
At-home, guided study: September 25, 2017 - February 5, 2018 

Meditating with the Body® is a training program developed by the renowned Buddhist scholar, meditation teacher Dr. Reggie Ray. 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.

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.

Registration is now closed.

  • In-depth instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice
  • Establishing strong inner and outer sitting posture based on the principles of alignment, relaxation, and resilience
  • Extensive instruction in the Tibetan Yoga practices of prana breathing, earth breathing, diagnostic breathing, and many more breath awareness exercises
  • Uncovering the genesis and nature of the “self,” including how and why it is created and maintained
  • Working directly with physical discomfort, illness, and disease
  • Experiencing the body as the expression of your personal karmic history
  • Understanding how karma is created, stored and released in the body
  • Relating 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 senior teachers in Dharma Ocean
  • A daily question and answer period
  • A private meeting with a personal meditation instructor
  • A meeting with your meditation study group to share your experiences within a small group context
  • A structured sitting 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 including recorded lectures, readings, and guided exercises lead by Reggie to further your conceptual and experiential understanding of how the body is the gateway to enlightenment
  • A monthly private phone call with your personal meditation instructor
  • A monthly telephone meeting with your meditation study group
  • Recordings of talks and guided practices from the two residential retreats

Location

Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO

Coordinator

info@dharmaocean.org

How This Retreat Helps Therapists and Healers

A talk with 2016-2017 MWTB leader Manuela Mischke-Reeds.

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 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: September 19 – 24, 2017
In-home study: September 25, 2017 – February 5, 2018
Closing Retreat: February 6 – 11, 2018

Registration

Registration is now closed.

Retreat Details

The total price of the retreat ranges from $1,860 to $2,900, depending on your choice of housing. This includes food, tuition, lodging, and tax.

For the first retreat, please plan to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on September 19. Departure will be at 11:30 a.m. on September 24, after a morning teaching session

If you are staff or work-study for this program, please plan on arriving a day early and departing at 5:00 p.m. 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 following books as part of the curriculum:
 
“Cutting through Spiritual Materialism,” by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
“Indestructible Truth,” by Reginald Ray
“Secret of the Vajra World,” by Reginald Ray
“Touching Enlightenment,” by Reginald Ray
“The Posture of Meditation,” by Will Johnson
 
You will need to purchase the above 5 books on your own, or you can purchase them during registration for this course.

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. To see the kinds of rooms available, look to BMRC Accommodations.

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 into account all dietary preferences and restrictions. You can inform us of your dietary restrictions when registering. Learn more about BMRC Dining.

Transportation

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

Dharma Ocean will offer 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. 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. The cost of the shuttle is $120 round trip. 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 11:30 am.

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

Scholarship

There will be scholarship opportunities available for this program. If you are interested in this option please register for the program and fill out an application by July 26, 2016.

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.

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 early.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL US AT 303-955-2574 or 1-877-DHARMA9