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Somatic Meditation: The Journey Home

June 7 - June 14


About the Program

Meditation is a coming home. Through the practice of embodiment, through developing a sense of familiarity with and fidelity to immediate experience, we reconnect with the life we are living and the person we are. The effects of this are considerable.  

Under the guidance of senior teacher Neil McKinlay, this week-long retreat will explore the foundational methods of somatic meditation offered by the Dharma Ocean lineage. We will unfold the basic elements of the Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness - one of the simplest and most profound practices of this tradition - and support this experience with walking meditation and periods of silence. With everything during our time together held in the enriching container of community, we will be given opportunities to glimpse - in fact, to touch - the depth and vastness of human life.     

As our relationship with this life deepens, we will begin to see our way through the confusion and distraction that so characterize our days. We will start to receive the body’s wisdom without judgement and carry this into the world without agenda. We will further develop our capacity to become beacons of possibility for others in this grand community of being - a true sign we have found our way home.      


Salt Spring Island, BC



About the Teacher

Neil McKinlay is a teacher, coach, and writer. A close student of Reggie Ray, Neil draws from his training in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa to emphasize the accessibility and relevance of meditation in the modern world. Seeing the spiritual journey as an inherent part of the human journey, his teaching style is immediate and personal, always affirming the dignity and wholeness of our lives as they are.

Trust the Body: A Guided Practice

Guided Meditation from Neil: Earth Descent

(Video and audio recorded at Winter Dathün 2015)



Registration will be opening in early 2018.

The total price of the retreat ranges from $1,011 to $1,350 USD. Price range is dependent on your choice of housing. This price includes food, tuition, lodging, and tax.


Stowel Lake Farm is located on Salt Spring Island right outside of Vancouver, BC.

Click here to find Stowel Lake on google maps.


There will be scholarships available for this program. If you are interested,  please register for the program when it opens (join our mailing list to be notified), and then fill out an application by April 26, 2018. After the deadline, applications will be considered and notified of any remaining funds. Click here for more information, and to find the online financial aid application. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the scholarship deadline.