Embodying the Open Ground with John Churchill
August 24 ~ August 26, ‘12
Friday 6-9:00pm, Saturday 1-7:00pm, Sunday 1-4:00pm
A Weekend Retreat Intensive with John Churchill
In this weekend intensive for both experienced and beginning meditators we will turn our attention to the deep resources of our own bodies. Rather than struggling to control and discipline the mind you will learn to relax and open into the experience of resting the mind into natural embodiment and awareness Just like the ancient yogis of China, Tibet and India we will experience the body as a profound and easy door into natural non-dual awareness. In this weekend you will be closely guided to work directly with body, energy, breath and awareness, grounded in a non-dual Buddhist understanding of mind and reality, and informed by an integrative perspective.
During the weekend you will learn to:
- release the stress and tension of our modern lives
- calm thought
- open the heart
- work with the ground and earth as doors into boundless open awareness
- listen to gravity as a immediate teacher of freedom
- experience the body as a boundless field of freedom and intimacy
- experience sensation as a easy door into natural non-dual awareness
- explore the gates (chakras) and channels of openness to rest in natural effortless meditation
These body meditations are unique. They help calm minds, open hearts, and reveal awareness, yet also heal the deep split between mind and body, the conscious and unconscious mind, and ‘ground’ back into the present moment. All these practices are offered to support revealing the natural awareness that is the essence of being human.
John Churchill is the co-founder of Samadhi Integral Life Practice Center. He has been a student of integral philosophy, and yoga and Buddhist meditation for eighteen years, and has been teaching meditation to yogis for over a decade. He is interested in helping his students successfully cultivate a meditation practice and to take seriously their opportunity for spiritual awakening. John is a student of Tibetan Mahamudra/Dzogchen under the direction of Daniel Brown Ph.D and Rahob Rinpoche.