Exploring the Nature of Mind

A 7-day Baja Beachfront Retreat - At Prana Del Mar Mexico December 4 - 11, 2021

The Deepest Offerings from the Wisdom Traditions

Leave your stressful life behind and let the natural beauty of a stunningly beautiful beachfront retreat & wellness center at the southern tip of Baja Mexico settle your mind and open your heart.

At this Exploring the Nature of Mind week-long retreat, soak up the sun, savor the natural foods, and meet like-minded people while you learn about some of the deepest offerings from the wisdom traditions.

Overview of the Program

Using the pre-tantric teachings of the Yogachara, we will examine how pure awareness became obscured, and how “Knowing thy enemy” (the eight consciousnesses) can transform them into friends (the five wisdoms). The archetypal teachings from the Perennial Philosophy on contraction/expansion will be presented, along with practices that reveal their vast applicability in immediate experience.

Some Topics We Will Explore: 

  • What is the nature of mind, or pure awareness?
  • Why don’t I recognize it – nature of mind deficit disorder
  • Why enlightenment is a false destination
  • How did pure awareness become so obscured?
  • How the Eight Consciousnesses work to create samsara
  • How the Eight Consciousnesses can be transformed into the Five Wisdoms
  • The archetypes of contraction and expansion as the basis of samsara and nirvana
  • Relationship of outer elements of world, inner elements of body, secret elements of mind
  • Why body is as important as mind
  • Dzogchen sky gazing and star gazing practice
  • What is non-duality – really?
  • The power of symbolic guru
  • Shaiva Tantra, Kedumah, and Mahamudra: trans-religiosity

Fully Exploring the Natural Beauty and Teaching Inherent in the Setting

The power of nature in Prana Del Mar is so impactful that it can stun the conceptual mind into silence, bring you to your (nonconceptual) senses, and wake you up. Leave your stressful life behind and let the natural beauty of a beachfront retreat and wellness center settle your mind and open your heart.
The retreat will include nature of mind meditations, Mahamudra investigations, and other nondual practices, as well as optional yoga. In addition to a progression of advanced practices held indoors, we will do extensive “aimless wandering” along the magnificent surf and beach, inviting the symbolic guru of the phenomenal world to teach us.

Using the tenets of the ancient Kalachakra Tantra, conjoined with modern Deep Ecology and Ecopsychology, we will use the principles of “nature dharma” (ri-chö inTibetan) to teach us. We’ll engage nature to invoke the recognition of the natural state within.

Mixing mind with space-awareness is a central narrative of this program and will be explored with Dzogchen sky gazing and star gazing practice (on a roof top far removed from any light pollution). The Great Outdoors will open the sense gates to the Great Indoors, until we discover the ultimate nonduality of inner and outer.

COVID 19 Vaccinations – We want all attendees to be comfortable in this setting, so we are asking that all attendees provide PROOF of COVID 19 VACCINATION before traveling to Prana Del Mar (we will followup via email after registering to ask you for this). Also, a negative COVID test is required for re-entry into the United States. Prana Del Mar contracts with a clinic that will visit the center to provide testing. The price is $70 USD. Or all travellers can be tested at the airport before departing.

The Benefit of a Secluded Location

The beautiful and secluded nature of the retreat center also creates a powerful container which assists in helping you to explore these deep and subtle practices.

An Inspiring Group of Like-Minded Practitioners

The select nature of the attendees will provide you with the inspiring support of a community of motivated practitioners. We will strengthen our connection with ourselves and each other, with time for enjoying nature, deep rest, and practice in this beautiful setting.

“The practitioner merges with the sound of water to open subtle energy currents within his inner yogic body. When these energies are unified and circulated . . . the chakras open like petals of a lotus and previously hidden dimensions of awareness arise in one’s mindstream.”  –  The Dalai Lama

Join Us for a Remarkable Experience

Details and Registration