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The Body Loves: Somatic Practices for Developing Bodhicitta

March 24, 2018 - April 1, 2018


There is a love, bursting out of the ground of our being, that is fully human and at the same time an expression of the deepest reality of the universe. It is immanent as our own basic state and also limitless and all-encompassing. It changes us fundamentally and can heal others and our world.

The Body Loves explores the tantric bodhicitta tradition by entering into the utter depth of our own Soma. Here, in a unique way, we can connect with this love, release it into our lives, and identify with it as the sole purpose of our life.

In this heart-centered program, we will explore ways of:

  • Opening our hearts, simply and directly to everything that is
  • Approaching our own obstacles and traumas with tenderness and insight
  • Developing loving-kindness for other people, from our loved ones to those with whom we have conflict
  • Meeting difficult situations in the world with compassion and clarity
  • Connecting with the elements of the natural world

We will also offer optional instruction for those who would like to become more familiar with the basic somatic practices of Dharma Ocean, including the 10 Points, Earth Descent, the Posture of Pure Awareness, Yin Breathing and other practices.

This program is suitable for all meditators, both beginning and experienced.  For those engaging the Mahayana portion of the Dharma Ocean path, completion of this program will fulfill 100 of the 300 hours of the Bodhicitta practice requirement.


Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO


[email protected]

A Personal Invitation and Preview from Caroline


Guided Meditation: A Glimpse of the 1,000 Petal Lotus (17 min)

Guided Meditation: The 1,000 Petal Lotus – longer version from The 2017 Body Loves Retreat (audio, 31min)

About the Teacher

Caroline Pfohl is the prime lineage holder of the Dharma Ocean lineage. She chairs the Dharma Ocean Foundation board of directors, and holds the health and well-being role of Desung (Protector of Joy) for the community. Her spiritual journey has included three decades of study and practice in Chan, Taoism, and Tibetan Buddhism. Within Dharma Ocean, drawing on lifelong work with healing and the arts, she takes the lead in bringing somatic meditation into the arenas of mentoring, relationships, healing, design, and the arts.


Registration and Cost

Registration is now closed.


Bunk-room lodging is still available. There have been requests for off-site housing options, and we have compiled a list for those interested in this. View those options here.

Scholarship & Work-Study

There will be scholarships available for this program. If you are interested,  please register for the program and fill out an application by February 1, 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.

Retreat Details

Please plan to arrive between 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturday March 24, 2018. Departure will be after breakfast on Sunday April 1, 2018.

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 the 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 [email protected].


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, therefore 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 $140 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.

For the return trip, the charter bus will leave BMRC at 6:45 AM and arrive at the Denver airport at 11:15 AM. Please plan your outbound flight accordingly. We recommend a flight that departs after 1:30 PM.