Dharma Ocean offers fellowships that pay for some or all of our in-person, residential retreats. The specifics of these fellowships, and what they can be used for, are specified below. They include fellowships for Educators, Healthcare Professionals, and Artists.
Those who have never attended a residential meditation retreat of more than two nights (whether at Dharma Ocean or elsewhere), are eligible for a full scholarship. For those whose meditation retreat experience is more extensive, support is based on financial need.
For all three fellowships, there are two levels of funding support:
- 100% funding for anyone new to Dharma Ocean residential retreats (no more than a prior weekend retreat)
- 50% + need-based funding for anyone with prior retreat experience.
As part of the Hemera Foundation’s Contemplative Fellowships for Educators program, Dharma Ocean is able to offer full and partial fellowships to qualified applicants.
These fellowships are available to people who currently work full-time in pre-K or K-12 education, or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education. The long term vision of these fellowships is that they become the basis for an ever-expanding community of educators whose lives and teaching are informed and supported by contemplative practice.
To apply for the fellowship please complete this form.
Fellowships for Healthcare Professionals
As part of the Hemera Foundation’s Contemplative Fellowships for Healthcare Professional Program (CFHP), Dharma Ocean is offering full fellowships to qualified professionals.
These fellowships are available to those who are:
- Working full-time in healthcare, and
- Working directly with clients, or overseeing other health care professionals
Qualified applicants include doctors, nurses, medical assistants, chaplains, and administrators of health care professionals.
We have allotted the Healthcare Fellowships for this year. Please fill out an application if you would like to be added to the waitlist.
The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight.
To accomplish this, the Hemera Foundation provides financial support for artists to experience the immersive, contemplative environment of a meditation retreat. Qualified applicants will be full-time artists—visual, performing artists, writers, and multi-disciplinary artists—whose professions directly relate to their artmaking practice.
Complete this form to apply for your fellowship.
Fellowships are available for the following programs:
Winter Meditation Intensive
December 17, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Led by Neil McKinlay and Norman Elizondo. This month-long meditation retreat is a powerful practice for engaging the journey of meditation more deeply and for transforming our everyday experience by sowing the seeds of awareness. Come for weekly segments or for the full month.
Led by Caroline Pfohl: In this program, we will explore the tantric bodhicitta tradition by entering into the utter depth of our own Soma. There, 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.
Somatic Meditation: The Journey Home
June 7 – June 14
Led by Neil McKinlay: Meditation is a coming home. Through the simple practice of being in one’s body, developing a sense of familiarity with and fidelity to immediate experience, we reconnect with the life we are living and the person we are. Under the guidance of Senior Teacher Neil McKinlay, this week-long retreat will explore the foundational methods of somatic meditation offered by the Dharma Ocean lineage.