Workshops, Retreats, Private Sessions
At this time, because of covid-19, I will only be offering teachings online through Zoom and look forward to a time when we can welcome you back to visit us at Bambu Hueco, our beautiful Costa Rican retreat centre.
Meditating on The Line. 9 AM - 11 AM Mountain Time, May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27. $260
The Line was Ida Rolf’s template for the evolutionary transformation of the human body. By aligning the structure of the body with the upright vertical, that body no longer has to brace itself against the gravitational field of the earth but can relax instead so deeply that what she called “evolutionary energies” would be be stimulated and released resulting in a radical evolution of embodied consciousness. She went on to say that, for this condition to continue over time, the body needs to allow constant motion at every joint in response to the force of the breath. Sound familiar? It should to those of you who’ve entered into retreat with me as these are the essential principles I’ve brought to the practice of sitting meditation and that have proved to be revolutionary within the Buddhist world (as one longtime meditator bemoaned: “Why, WHY wasn’t this shown to me twenty years ago?!”). This retreat is being sponsored by The Guild for Structural Integration and is open to anyone who has graduated from a teaching school that traces its lineage back to the original visions of Ida Rolf. If you have to miss one of the sessions, a recording will be emailed to you. For more information and instructions about how to enrol go to https://www.rolfguild.org/bookings-checkout/meditating-on-the-line-with-will-johnson?referral=service_list_widget.
7 Day Online Hollow Bamboo Dharma Retreat, 8 AM - 11 AM Mountain Time, July 24 - 30, 2021. $250 - $500
Because I no longer wish to be doing any major traveling for the foreseeable future, I will again be offering a seven day online virtual retreat so that anyone anywhere in the world can experience the life changing practices of Hollow Bamboo Dharma. For seven straight mornings, from 8 - 11 AM Mountain Daylight Time we will be meeting through Zoom for intensive practice exploring the basic principles of Hollow Bamboo Dharma: establishing a sitting posture that is aligned, relaxed, and resiliently moving; awakening soma, the felt presence of the body; breathing through the whole body; entering into The Great Wide Open. On the second and fifth evenings of retreat we'll meet for questions and answers from 5 to 6. You may choose to continue exploring your practices during the afternoon hours as you would during a regular in-person retreat or simply participate in the morning sessions.
The price for this retreat is $400 if you register before June 1st, $500 after that date, and $250 for anyone who participated in the 2020 7 Day Retreat and wants to participate again. I want to strongly encourage people to participate in both the 7 Day Retreat and the followup Hollow Bamboo Breathing 30 Day Challenge so the price for participating in both will be $600; if you have already participated in any of my online retreats, the price will be $450. My intention for this retreat is to radically catalyze and accelerate your experience and understanding of the process of sitting meditation practices. Please email me with your intention to participate, and I will inform you of your online link to the retreat a week before the retreat begins. Included in the enrolment fee will be a pdf file of The Kasina Meditation, a short text and seven multicoloured kasinas that you can use during the retreat. If you have to miss one of the sessions, a recording will be emailed to you.
To pay for this retreat please go to my Store page, push the Dana button, and select the appropriate pricing option.
Hollow Bamboo Breathing 30 Day Challenge: August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 11. 8 AM - 11 AM, Mountain Time. $150 - $300
The path of Hollow Bamboo Dharma is radically catalyzed by the Hollow Bamboo Breathing practice, my adaptation of Sunlun vipassana that I have modified to better suit the orientation and goals of Hollow Bamboo Dharma: the creation of the upright torso; the relaxation of the entire body; the subtle, continuous motion of the body in resilient response to the force of the breath; the awakening of felt presence throughout the entire body; the explosive expansion into the natural state of The Great Wide Open. We will begin each of our sessions with establishing the foundations of Hollow Bamboo Dharma sitting practice and then move onto Hollow Bamboo Breathing which is divided into four 15 minute sections:
2. Breath of Awakening
3. Surrendering to Current
In Section 1 we establish the upright sitting practice, summoning the helpers of alignment, relaxation, and resilience. In Section 2 we begin to breathe forcibly and rapidly while keeping the entire spine in constant motion. In Section 3 we sit and ride the healing waves of awakened soma. In Section 4 we lie down and dissolve any residual tensions in body and mind. The practice is very powerful, and I especially want to guide you through the section of strong breathing where deep physical and emotional tensions may come readily to the surface where they can self-liberate. I have often said about this practice:
Do the practice for ten days, and your experience of sitting meditation will be transformed. Do the practice for twenty days, and your understanding of the goals of spiritual practice will be transformed. Do the practice for thirty days, and you will be transformed.
Some of you will want to do this practice for thirty straight days. Others of you may want to stretch the thirty days out over a number of weeks. I do not ask that you commit to thirty straight days of practice during the retreat. I do, though, ask that you commit to exploring the practice at least two to three times a week on your own during the retreat. Included in the enrolment fee will be a pdf file of The Kasina Meditation, a short text and seven multicoloured kasinas that you can use during the retreat. If you have to miss one of the sessions, a recording will be emailed to you.
The price for this retreat is $300 if this is your first Hollow Bamboo Breathing 30 Day Challenge and $150 if you've already participated in a previous 30 Day Challenge. I want to strongly encourage people to participate in both the 7 Day Retreat and the followup Hollow Bamboo Breathing 30 Day Challenge so the price for participating in both will be $600; if you have already participated in any of my online retreats, the price will be $450. To pay for this retreat please go to my Store page, push the Dana button, and select the appropriate pricing option.
Hollow Bamboo Dharma Yearlong Intensive 2021. $3500
I'm wanting to work closely with those of you who are ready to commit to intensive practice of Hollow Bamboo Dharma over the course of an entire year. Starting on January 16, 2021, we will meet twice a month via Zoom for Saturday sessions of three hours practice. In addition you will have a private hour long Skype or Zoom interview with Will every month. Included in your enrolment fee will be a 20” x 20” kasina. I also ask that you purchase each of the following books:
The Posture of Meditation 2nd Edition
Breathing Through the Whole Body
Eyes Wide Open
Also included in your enrolment fee will be participation in the 7 Day Hollow Bamboo Dharma Online Retreat from July 24 - July 30 and the Hollow Bamboo Breathing 30 Day Challenge August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 11.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know of your interest in this Intensive and your background in sitting meditation practices. Previous experience with Hollow Bamboo Dharma is not a requirement, but a commitment to go more deeply than you ever have into the enlightening centre of your body and mind is. I will expect you to commit to at least two sessions of personal practice every week of the training. In addition to the meditation practices, I will ask that you bring some form of physical practice into your life at least two or three times a week: yoga, chi kung, Pilates, resistance training, aerobics, spontaneous movement, The Five Tibetan Rites, Five Rhythms, 10,000 daily steps, etc. I will also encourage you to receive deep bodywork over the course of the year.
My intention for this yearlong intensive is for you to experience how this approach to practice can so awaken that which is ordinarily so asleep in your body and mind that you naturally gain a direct experience of your ultimate nature: The Great Wide Open. The focus of the practice is threefold: spiritual evolution as well as real physical and emotional healing, all three of which occur together through the orientation of Hollow Bamboo Dharma. If you have to miss one of the sessions, a recording will be emailed to you.
To pay for this retreat please go to my Store page, push the Dana button, and select the $3500 option. Email if you need to pay for this retreat in instalments.