Body-Based Meditation Retreat



Discover Embodying The Open Ground surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of Marin, County California.


Offering You A Fully Guided Experience

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. 

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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

Guided Meditation Immersed In The Natural World


Solstice Grove is a permaculture demonstration site at the headwaters of a seasonal creek that flows to Tomales Bay in West Marin. The property spans five ecotones - separate stands of Redwood and Doug Fir mixed with Bay Laurel in the north facing forest, and California Maple along the creek - while grassland and Coast Live Oak surround our deer-fenced orchards and gardens on the south facing slopes in the valley.

Solstice Grove, located in Nicasio, CA, will be the site for your week of meditation.

“Solstice Grove is a (private) sustainable community dedicated to living lightly on the land. We endeavor to be exemplary stewards of the land. We get our electricity from the sun, collect our own water, harvest our own firewood, and grow as much food as we have water. We keep bees and chickens, and are working towards goats. We live among mountain lion, owl, coyote, rattlesnake, hawk & bobcat.”

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The Solstice Grove Institute models restorative practices in land stewardship, cultural intervention and personal transformation. The land-based program supports invitational gatherings among luminaries and thought leaders dedicated to the global cognition necessary for truly integrated solutions. The program ranges from arts and culture to permaculture and land stewardship.

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.

The Details

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.