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Meditation Instructor Training

July 24, 2016 - July 31, 2016


During this intensive training program, Dharma Ocean vajrayana students will be offered the opportunity to deepen their understanding, skills, and experience of spiritual mentoring and meditation instruction in our lineage.

Being a meditation instructor (MI) is perhaps the most important way you can fulfill your bodhisattva vow; there is nothing more profound you can do to help another person on his or her path. Being an MI is, of course, based on the foundation of your own personal practice; your understanding of the view and the meditation practices of the Dharmasagara lineage; and your willingness to meet another person with an open and genuine heart.

This MI Training will be led by Caroline Pfohl.  As with other MI Trainings, the program will include practicums where we will be working in small groups with each other (as both MI and student) to help each other refine and deepen our skills. Part of the program will include an assessment of what may be needed by each of us to further grow and become more effective as MIs. In some cases, people newly training to be MIs may be asked to do additional study, practice, or other preparation prior to being authorized to be a meditation instructor.

This program will be happening at the same time as the Vajrayana Practice Intensive. Though these programs will be happening concurrently they will not share a curriculum or teaching space. You may only register and attend one of these programs.

Attendance at a previous VTI is a prerequisite for MI training. Those who have already been trained as an MI in Dharma Ocean but have been inactive or need to refresh or update their previous training are encouraged to attend.


Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO

Who Can Attend?

Participation is for current tantrikas in Dharma Ocean and those who have completed Vajrayana Training Intensive.

About the Teacher

Caroline Pfohl is co-lineage holder of the Dharma Ocean lineage. She chairs the Dharma Ocean Foundation board of directors, and holds the role of Desung (Protector of Joy) for the community. Caroline is also the founder and Chair of the Hemera Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to introducing secular contemplative views and practices into mainstream society, focusing on education, women and children, and the arts.


This MI Training will take place at the same time as the Vajrayana Practice Intensive. Though these programs will be happening concurrently, they will not share a curriculum or teaching space. You may only register and attend one of these programs.

To learn more about this summer’s Vajrayana programs, click here.

Retreat Details

Please plan to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday July 24, 2016.  Departure will be after breakfast on Sunday July 31, 2016.

*If you are staff or work-study for this program plan to arrive a day early. Those doing take-down work-study will also need to stay through 5pm on departure day. Please contact Katherine Walker ([email protected]) if you have questions.

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 [email protected] 

Scholarship & 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 and fill out an application by June 12, 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.


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

Dharma Ocean offers a shuttle service from Moffat to the retreat center for those riding the Black Hills Stage Line from Denver. There are limited seats available, therefore we suggest that you choose this option at registration if you need this service and would like to guarantee a seat. The cost of the shuttle is $30 round-trip.

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.