Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Winter Meditation Intensive

December 15, 2019 - January 12, 2020



Links to Registration Below. 

Dharma Ocean’s Winter Meditation Intensive offers each of us a rare opportunity. Engaging the Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness, we develop our capacity to rest in the body and receive all that is revealed. In this simple act, we find our path.

Unfolding over four weeks, this program is a profound immersion into the possibilities of the Dharma Ocean lineage, into the boundless potential of our human lives. Through surrendering to a daily schedule and accepting the support of community, we find ourselves slowing down. We find ourselves beginning to feel what waits within us.

The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness - one of the simplest and most profound practices in this lineage - holds us in a manner that allows all that waits to come forward. Through a gradual presentation of both the teachings and the practice stages of Somatic Pure Awareness, we develop our ability to welcome life without judgment or agenda.

Enhanced by the practice of walking meditation and extended periods of silence, this work allows the body to express freely. We encounter joy and grief, resistance and freedom. We touch a well of wisdom and compassion that can then be shared with this world.

If you feel called, please join us for this transformative community retreat. Come for one, two, or three-week segments. Or come for the entire month.



Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO


[email protected]

About the Teachers

Neil McKinlay
A student of Reggie’s since 1999, Neil’s teaching reflects an ongoing interest in the rich intersection of spirituality and everyday life. A partner, parent, and householder, he is curious about how deep engagement with this lineage affects our relationship with the ‘ordinary.’ Neil’s straightforward and accessible instruction encourages all of us to understand and integrate these teachings within the context of our varied and vibrant daily lives.



Norman Elizondo
Norman has been studying and practicing with Reggie Ray since 2001. He is a co-founder of Open Sky Wilderness Therapy and specializes in helping families struggling with difficult challenges and life circumstances by teaching them how to stay embodied such that they may access their own inherent clarity, wisdom, and compassion. Norman’s passion lies in daily deepening his connection to the sacredness of life itself.



Registration and Cost

Week 1: December 15—December 22

Week 2: December 22—December 29

Week 3: December 29–January 5

Week 4: January 5–January 12 (must have attended week 3)


Please register using the links below. 

Week 1

Week 1 & 2 

Week 1, 2, & 3

Week 1, 2, 3, & 4

Week 2

Week 2 & 3

Week 2, 3, & 4

Week 3

Week 3 & 4


The cost for this program is $770—$1470 per week depending on your lodging. If you register for more than 1 week, you are eligible for discounts for subsequent weeks: 5% off your second week, 10% off your 3rd week, and 15% off your 4th week.


Requirements for Residential Retreat

This retreat will require long periods of sitting and walking meditation. Please read our full Requirements for Residential Retreats to determine if this retreat is right for you at this time.

Retreat Details

Please plan to arrive between 3 pm and 6 pm on your scheduled arrival day.  Departure will be after breakfast on your departure day.

All participants are asked to be familiar with the somatic meditation practices located on the Dharma Ocean Learn to Meditate webpage.

Please visit 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].

Participants can expect an intensive daily practice schedule. The specific daily schedule will vary throughout the program but will generally consist of an early morning practice session, breakfast, a morning practice and teaching period, lunch, a break with time to do chores and rest, an afternoon practice and teaching period, dinner, and an evening practice session.

Accommodations and Dining

Information about our accommodations can be found here. You will have an opportunity to select your housing and see the detailed pricing during the registration process before completing your enrollment. Participants can choose from a number of on-site options as they go through the registration process.

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 dietary restrictions into account. All meals served at Blazing Mountain are gluten-free. You can inform us of your dietary restrictions when registering. Learn more about BMRC Dining.


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 a private charter service directly from Denver International Airport to Blazing Mountain Retreat Center for this program. Limited seats are 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. Unless you are driving, you will need to register for the charter bus service. There is no public transportation option to Blazing Mountain.

If you do plan to use the charter service make sure your inbound flight allows for enough time to assemble for boarding the charter bus by 12:30 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.


Partial scholarships are available for this program to participants exhibiting financial need. Participants requesting scholarship funding must register for the program (you can find the links above on this page) and fill out the financial aid application found here by September 15, 2019. Only applicants that have completed both steps will be considered. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the scholarship deadline. Please note that while Dharma Ocean aims to make our offerings financially accessible, we are unable to provide full scholarships for our programs and retreats.


Program Staffing Opportunities

Limited volunteer roles are available for this program. If you feel inspired to deepen your training in this way, please visit Service and Volunteering Opportunities and fill out the staff request form. Only those who have participated in a prior Blazing Mountain residential retreat are eligible. Preference will be given to people who submit their offer by September 30.

If you have questions, please reach out to us: 303-955-2574 [email protected]