MALLORCA, SPAIN | JUNE 22 - JUNE 29 , 2019
Discover Embodying the Open Ground surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of Mallorca, Spain.
Offering You A Fully Guided Experience
We are honored to bring the teachings of Embodying the Open Ground to Dr. Churchill’s childhood summer home. This path of practice, developed by Dr. John Churchill over the last two and a half decades, is 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.
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
Mediterranean Meditation Retreat
Our retreat will be held at the Finca Sanau Retreat Center in the south of Mallorca, Spain, an authentic mediterranean style retreat finca set in luscious gardens which naturally create their own private spaces and corners ideal for resting, meditating, or reading.
There are many different spaces for gathering and contemplation inspired by the beauty of nature. Hammocks under the shade of the trees, the singing birds, and the running water of the fountains create a magical atmosphere ideal for restoring balance to mind, body, and spirit.
The finca offers many terraces around the house and the pool where you can enjoy relaxing alone or within the company of the group. There are also areas to share and have fun with a petanque (bowling) field and a volley beach field. The interior of the house is bathed in natural light with a simple but warm and tasteful style.
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 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.
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.