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.
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.
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.
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 employed fulltime in the healthcare field, who work primarily with patients/clients or oversee other healthcare professionals, and who have never attended a meditation retreat longer than a weekend.
Qualified applicants include doctors, nurses, medical assistants, chaplains, and administrators of health care professionals. Anyone eligible for a CFHP fellowship will be offered 100% funding, with the opportunity to contribute payment for a portion of their retreat if they are able and would like to do so.
Complete this form to apply for your fellowship.
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.
The application form for this fellowship will be available soon.
Fellowships are available for the following programs
The Body Loves: Somatic Practices for Developing Bodhicitta
March 25 – April 2
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 8 – June 15
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.