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Winter Meditation Intensive

December 15, 2019 - January 12, 2020



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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 and our life.

Unfolding over four weeks, this program is a profound immersion in the possibilities of the Dharma Ocean lineage, in 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 - then 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.

This retreat will require long periods of sitting and walking meditation. Please read our full Requirements for Residential Retreats.

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



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.


Guided Meditations from Neil and Norman

Neil: the 10-Points Practice 


Norman: Arriving and Yin Breathing

Opening Talk from 2017 WMI, Neil McKinlay

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Norman Elizondo on the Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness, 2017 WMI

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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)

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.

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 info@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.

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


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. 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 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 a.m.

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.


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.

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 1.

Lineage of Direct Experience

This teaching was given as part of 2015’s Winter Meditation Intensive, and presents a view of what deep retreat means in this lineage.