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Winter Meditation Intensive

December 17, 2017 - January 14, 2018


The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness is the simplest and most profound teaching of Tibetan Buddhism. In this month-long meditation intensive, we will learn and practice the training stages of Pure Awareness practice in the space of deep retreat.

We will engage the journey of meditation for transforming our everyday experience, by sowing the seeds of awareness. Through the practice of extended retreat and deep somatic work, we encounter joy, pain, neurosis, and openness. In the process, we access a deep well of wisdom and compassion within our own experience that we can share with the suffering world.

Come for one, two, or three week segments, or for the full month.

Week 1: December 17 – December 24

Week 2: December 24 – December 31

Week 3: December 31 – January 7

Week 4: January 7 – January 14

Registration closes December 1.

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Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Crestone, CO



Lineage of Direct Experience

This teaching was given as part of 2015’s Winter Meditation Intensive.

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.


Registration and Cost

Retreat prices include tuition, food, lodging, and tax and vary depending on your choice of housing and length of stay:

One week segment: $645 to $1,385

Two week segment: $1,225 to $2,633

Three week segment: $1,741 to $3,741

Full month: $2,193 to $4,710

One-week segments are only available for weeks one, two, or three. If you wish to attend week 4, you must also have attended week 3.  All participants are asked to be familiar with the somatic meditation located on the Dharma Ocean Learn to Meditate webpage.

Retreat Details

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

Please visit our Program FAQ page for other important information about being on retreat at Blazing Mountain. For any further questions please email us atinfo@dharmaocean.org.

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. To see the kinds of rooms available, look to BMRC Accommodations.

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 into account all dietary preferences and restrictions. You can inform us of your dietary restrictions when registering. Learn more about BMRC Dining


There is scholarship available for this program. If you are interested in this option please register for the program first, and then fill out an application. The deadline to register and fill out the scholarship application is October 11th. 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.


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 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.

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 12:00 PM.

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.

*Note: We will not be offering a local shuttle between Moffat and Blazing Mountain Retreat Center.

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. Preference will be given to people who submit their offer by October 2.