Pointing Out the Great Way Day-Long Meditation Retreat 



Support Your Practice surrounded by the calm-staying woods of Carlisle, Massachusetts.

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Offering You A Fully Guided Experience

Please join John Churchill and members of the local sangha for a day of Spacious Freedom. Available to all practitioners who have at least a Level 1 Pointing Out Way Retreat. We will spend the day reinvigorating our practice with the core disciplines of Refuge, Guru Yoga, Calm/Staying, Emptiness, and the Mahamudra View of One Taste and Non-Meditation. The format for the day will be multiple sitting sessions with pointing out instructions, with individual guidance and feedback from John. 

The Pointing Out Way refers to a style of teaching meditation that puts the teacher and student in a direct relationship. You will be offered detailed explanations during every session throughout the day. John will guide you step-by-step through common experiences and obstacles, providing a clear path that is responsive to the specific needs of the student. 

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In the early essence traditions of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, like the Great Seal of Mahamudra and the Great Perfection of Dzogschen meditation traditions, students were literally sung into awakening by their teachers using pithy poem-songs called dohas. The Tibetan word, ngo sprod pa means “to point out” or “to introduce.” The teacher offers detailed explanation of the typical meditation experiences, way to practice, and common problems that arise at each stage of meditation practice.

Students describe the meditation experience in detail while the teacher carefully monitors the student’s meditation progress.

When the student has developed the practice so as to make the mind ‘fit,’ the teacher points out the real nature of the mind and the protected practices that enable the student to awaken to the mind’s real nature.

John's teaching of the Pointing Out Way combines a strong grounding in the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience, integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions and the wisdom of their direct transmission lineages. This provides Westerners of all levels with simple, profound and clear access to the deepest spiritual traditions.

Cost: $108

Time: 9am-5pm, EST

Held at: First Religious Society (FRS)  27 School St, Carlisle, MA 01741

This event will also be offered on Zoom and an access code will be sent via email 1 day prior to the event.

Microwave & Refrigerator available.  


Union Hall at the First Religious Society in Carlisle, Massachusetts

 FRS is a Unitarian Universalist Church, a welcoming congregation, located across from the Common in the center of Carlisle, Massachusetts. The First Religious Society is a place of worship and fellowship dedicated to serving the spiritual and religious needs of our community in Carlisle. Located just 19 miles Northwest of Boston, driving into Carlisle, you will have the feeling of stepping into a shire-like-town as described in a Tolkien novel.  Union Hall at FRS is a large, sun-filled room with beautiful hardwood floors, a grand piano, full kitchen and is also handicapped accessible.  Walk the labyrinth in silent meditation and enjoy the gardens of the property. This setting will engage all of the senses, allowing Nature to soften the spirit and shift your consciousness. 

Ferns Country Store

Ferns Country Store

Located close to Clark Farm  and Ferns Country Store, students can either bring their lunch or walk around the corner to grab lunch at Ferns.


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

~ Henry David Thoreau


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. The Pointing Out Way is grounded in the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience, integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions. This day-long retreat is the perfect opportunity to experience the expansion of the heart and exploration of the mind in a fully supported setting.

Cost: $108