Meditation Retreat

LEVEL 1 | DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA | April 28 - May 5, 2019


Discover the Pointing Out Way path held in beautiful downtown Durham, NC.


Offering You A Fully Guided Experience

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 week. Dr. John Churchill 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.

$1200 for the full eight days. Accommodations and meals extra.  Special rates for Meditation Students have been arranged at Aloft, Durham

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Urban Meditation Immersion

Join John and the Bull City Sangha as we return to Durham for our 7th year!


Enjoy the convenience of staying and practicing at Aloft in Durham, which is ideally located in the heart of the historic American Tobacco District, steps from the best dining and entertainment downtown has to offer.

Aloft offers every modern amenity you could want during your retreat. Enjoy the market & cafe for 24/7 grab & go light meals, healthy snacks, make-your-own cappuccinos and more.  Before or after sitting meditation, get your body moving at Aloft's 24/7 fitness facility.  Relax after a long day at the outdoor pool for a swim.

The retreat begins at 6:00pm on Sunday, April 28th, and ends at 12:30pm on Sunday, May 5th.  

Aloft is a modern oasis for its comfort, service, and proximity to several restaurants and shops.


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 week is the perfect opportunity to experience the expansion of the heart and exploration of the mind in a fully supported setting.


$1200 for the full eight days. Accommodations & meals separate.


Aloft has generously extended special pricing for our attendees for up to 6 days before the retreat*.

If you would like to extend your stay, simply follow the link and select the dates for your stay.

*Bookings outside of the retreat dates are subject to room availability

For "on the ground" support in Durham, please contact Bull City Sangha member Kathy Hallen: