Body-Based Meditation Retreat



Join us for our featured retreat and be surrounded by the astonishing beauty of Costa Rica!

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You will be completely immersed in body-based teachings and experiences, including all new content from Dr. John Churchill, and daily somatic integration rituals of movement and sound lead by Nicole Churchill.

$900 for all teachings, sound healing, & movement therapies.

Accommodations extra and booked directly through Blue Spirit

Offering You A Fully Guided Meditation & Movement Experience

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Embodying The Open Ground is a path of practice developed by Dr. John Churchill over the last two and a half decades, inspired by the embodied meditative approaches of the Indo-Tibetan traditions.

It is a contemporary approach to realization and the heroic altruism of the bodhisattva path that integrates Western psychological, somatic, and esoteric understanding with contemplative Mahayana essence psychology, offered in a guided path that reveals the fundamental embodied truth of interconnectedness, openness, non-duality, and the wholeness of experience.

Designed specifically for the psychosomatic and cultural conditioning of Western aspirants, whilst deeply grounded in Buddhist psychology, the practices work with the deep underlying life intelligence of the body and matter so as to allow the path of practice to reveal itself through the relaxation and release into the unborn.

Grounded in a non-dual yogic understanding of body, breath and consciousness this approach to practice calms the mind, and opens one to the heartfelt ground of being while simultaneously healing the deep split between mind and body that makes stabilization of recognition easier. This practice leads us from identification with the reactivity of the personality to the realization of our essence as a vast ocean of awareness; love that transcends and includes this body and mind. 

Meditation then becomes not only a formal practice but also a way of living and viewing the world, which informs the whole of how we live, work, and love. 

These body meditations are unique. They help calm minds, open hearts, and reveal awareness, yet also heal the deep split between mind and body and the conscious and unconscious mind, allowing you to ‘ground’ back into the present moment. All these practices are offered to support revealing the natural awareness that is the essence of being human.

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Movement, Sound, & Spirit

Nicole is a board certified Music Therapist and Transpersonal Psychotherapist. She is a mid-wife for transformation and has expertise in human development, holding ritual space, and creating dynamic learning environments that foster growth through expressive arts. She believes that growth is our birthright, and that every human being should be given the opportunity to learn about the anatomy of the psyche and soul. Nicole is a long-time meditation practitioner in the Tibetan Buddhist Mahamudra & Dzogchen traditions and weaves the dharma into all aspects of the therapeutic experience. 

She will be your guide each morning during the body integration practice of Kosmic Pulse, an expressive medium which emphasizes a full-spectrum exploration of physical and emotional embodiment of archetypal energies and states of consciousness through dance, somatic integration, vocalization, meditation, and tribal/community engagement.

Your days will close with chanting and sound healing, also known as vibrational medicine, utilizing the vibrations of the human voice as well as instruments or objects that resonate such as crystal alchemy bowls, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, kochi bells, ocean drums and more to lead you into a final deep state of meditation, gratitude, and peace.

You will learn to:

  • release the stress and tension of your modern life

  • calm your thoughts & open your heart

  • work with the ground and earth as doors into boundless open awareness

  • listen to gravity as an immediate teacher of freedom

  • experience sensation as an easy door into natural non-dual awareness

  • explore the gates (chakras) and channels of openness to rest in natural effortless meditation


$900 for all teachings, sound healing, and movement therapies.

*Accommodations and meals extra. Accommodations must be booked at Blue Spirit Retreat Center. Please contact to book your accommodations. 

There is no commuting option for this retreat, unless you are a resident of Nosara.  In addition to the $895 teaching fee, Nosara commuters are required to pay a $375 commuting fee, which includes all meals and use of facilities. 

Please note our cancellation policy, posted below.

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Summer In the Jungle? Yes!

Costa Rica's lush abundance is on full display during the "green season" with warm sun and stunning ocean views. This setting will engage all of the senses, allowing Nature to soften the spirit and shift your consciousness. 

Hosted at Blue Spirit, you will spend your days in a comfortable retreat setting, surrounded by the calming beauty of the ocean. 

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Perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge, Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned beaches.

Blue Spirit Costa Rica is open to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability.

We continue to go back to Blue Spirit for the fully immersive environment of compassionate, intentional living. 


While visiting Blue Spirit, you will feel the resonance of a vibrant, inspiring, and healing energy, because of the rich subtropical environment, and the cultural lifestyle.

Your stay at Blue Spirit offers you a comfortable and elegant accommodation of your choice, delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine, a salt-water infinity pool, koi pond, café, gift shop, spa and longevity servicesoutdoor excursions, and complimentary wireless service. Accommodations available for all budgets.

The world needs you to awaken...

Now more than ever, the world needs us to wake up and recognize the precious opportunity in this lifetime to elevate human consciousness.  The teachings of the Buddha reveal a path to escaping the noise and suffering of attachments. Embodying the Open Ground honors the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience, the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions, and the deep wisdom of the body. This week is the perfect opportunity to experience the expansion of the heart and exploration of the mind in a fully supported setting.

Just $900 for all teachings, sound healing, and movement therapies!*

*Accommodations and meals extra. Accommodations must be booked at Blue Spirit Retreat Center. Please contact to book your accommodations. 

There is no commuting option for this retreat, unless you are a resident of Nosara.  In addition to the $900 teaching fee, Nosara commuters are required to pay a $375 commuting fee, which includes all meals and use of facilities.

Accommodations must be booked at Blue Spirit Retreat Center

Please contact to book your accommodations. 

Retreat Terms & Conditions:

25% of the tuition is a non-refundable deposit. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the retreat, you will receive a 75% refund.

If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the retreat, you may put your tuition minus the 25% non-refundable deposit toward another upcoming retreat with Dr. John Churchill within 1 calendar year of the date of credit being issued.