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Vajrayana Training Intensive

July 23 - August 13


This program is restricted to those who have previously attended Vajra Assembly.

The Vajrayana Training Intensive (VTI) is a three-week-long immersion in the view and practice of the vajradharma. It is the place where Dharma Ocean tantrikas gather annually to practice and enjoy the deep nourishment of the Vajrasangha.

Registration closes promptly on July 5. 

First Week of VTI

The first week of VTI will again be a practice intensive led by David Iozzi. The intensive is an opportunity for simple, focused practice—a time during which we can immerse ourselves in our ngöndro, Vajrayogini, or formless practice. While a majority of the schedule will be practice, each practice group will be supported by group-specific teaching and discussion. Reggie will visit the practice intensive at least once during the week.

Caroline Pfohl, Gaia Mika, and Norman Elizondo will also be leading an MI Bodhisattva Training, a full week of exploring the meaning of the bodhisattva’s work and how the Dharma Ocean Meditation Instructor embodies it. Acting as a Meditation Instructor is the essence of the bodhisattva way of life. It is much more than guidance in learning meditation. Visit the MI Bodhisattva Training program page for more information or to register.

Also during the first week, Caroline Pfohl, Laurel Miller, and Ru-Jün Zhou will be leading True Perception: Vajrayana Practice of the Arts, Dharma Ocean’s first retreat dedicated to the exploration of the Three Samayas through creative practice. As artists and vajrayana practitioners we are vessels of the sign lineage. When we return to our empty and open nature, artistic disciplines become gateways for the manifestation of the sacred world. Visit the True Perception program page for more information or to register.

Weeks Two and Three

During weeks two and three, Reggie will deliver a new cycle of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Vajradharma as it is unfolding in a living way in our Dharma Ocean mandala. Training includes intensive engagement with our current Vajrayana practice along with regular teachings and study periods to deepen our understanding of the “unconventional vehicle.”

This year, we are also sponsoring a Children’s Program during weeks two and three, in which an early education teacher will be supporting the children whose parents are attending VTI. The Children’s Program, currently being designed, will offer a container for both parents and children to experience VTI. If you and your children are attending VTI and would like to enroll in the Children's Program, please contact us at info@dharmaocean.org.

Participants may come for any two of the three weeks or for the full three-week VTI. If you've never attended a VTI before, you must attend all three weeks. Attendance at a previous VTI is a prerequisite for MI Bodhisattva Training. See Registration section below for more information.


Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO



About the Teachers

Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray draws on four decades of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to address the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. He is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied.


Caroline Pfohl is co-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.


David Iozzi has been practicing for over 16 years and training with Reggie since 2004, David holds the study and practice of meditation as his primary life commitment. In 2006 he developed a meditation program based on "Meditating with the Body" at a large, non-profit research institute where he worked as a research scientist and engineer. David’s teaching draws on his love of science and a background in Japanese martial arts and explores how the depth of being uncovered in practice manifests in everyday experience. In 2013 David moved to Boulder to serve as Dharma Ocean’s Executive Director.


Those who have attended VTI before may register for any two of the three weeks or for the full three-week VTI. If you have never attended a VTI before, you will need to attend all three weeks.

If you plan to participate in the MI Bodhisattva Training during week 1, you also need to register separately for that program after registering for VTI. Your VTI registration must include week 1. Attendance at a previous VTI is a prerequisite for MI Bodhisattva Training.

Retreat Details

Please plan to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on your arrival day.  Departure will be after breakfast on your scheduled departure day. More details will come once registration opens.

*If you are staff or work-study for this program plan to arrive a day early. Those doing take-down work-study will need to stay through 5pm on departure day. Please contact the programs team (info@dharmaocean.org) 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 our programs team at info@dharmaocean.org.


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

Dharma Ocean will be offering shuttle service from Moffat to the retreat center for those riding the Black Hills Stage Line from Denver. 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. If you need to add this option please contact the Dharma Ocean Registrar (registrar@dharmaocean.org). The cost of the shuttle is $30 round-trip.


There will be scholarships available for this program. If you are interested,  please register for the program and fill out an application by June 10, 2017. 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.