Caroline Pfohl|Manuela Mischke-Reeds: Meditating with the Body® Part Two at 1440 Multiversity

The Practice at 1440: Design-Your-Own Yoga Retreat, Jan 17–20.


Meditating with the Body® Part Two

Part Two of a Two-Part Series

October 27 - November 1, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

This is part two of a two-part series. Registrations are no longer available For More Information please contact Dharma Ocean [email protected]

Program Description

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered the gateway to enlightenment—to discover the body is to discover awareness—to uncover the most direct and effective path to profound spiritual transformation.

Meditating with the Body is a five-month, in-depth training developed by Dr. Reggie Ray, that focuses on a series of powerful body-based meditation practices drawn from Tibetan yoga. Taught by skilled somatic meditation practitioners, Caroline Pfohl and Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT—two of Reggie’s closest teachers—this program is the second of two residential retreats, bridged by a five-month, at-home curriculum. (Note, the first retreat will be May 19 – 24, 2019). Embrace Meditating with the Body and become proficient in this life-changing form of somatic meditation. Part One

This rich arc of learning will be kicked off at the May retreat with five days of guided meditation and embodiment practices—both indoors and in nature, talks on somatic meditation, small group discussions, and a one-on-one meeting with Caroline or Manuela. This retreat will:

  • Dive deep into ancient, time-tested practices of Tibetan yoga
  • Teach you how to meditate in an embodied way and bring this somatic awareness into every aspect of your daily life
  • Help you develop a personal meditation practice suited to your own unique conditions
  • Strengthen your interoceptive capabilities and help you discover the gates to full awakening.

Deep, thorough, and life-changing, the practice of meditation that is taught in this 5-month course, and the profound transformations it brings, aids you in accessing the inner resources necessary to show up fully in your life, your community, and most of all, in your own body.

Meditating with the Body® Part Two Video


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  • Faculty Bio
    Caroline Pfohl

    Contemplative practitioner, Dharma Ocean lineage holder

    Caroline Pfohl is prime lineage holder in the Dharma Ocean lineage and is spiritual director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation along with Dr. Reggie Ray. A student and practitioner of Integrated Manual Therapy, a method of integrated mind-body healing, she grew up traveling and living in Asia, learning Mandarin and Cantonese, and discovered her first meditation retreats as a teenager in Singapore. She has trained with Daoist, Qigong, and Chan masters throughout her life.

    For the past 12 years, Caroline has worked with Dr. Reggie Ray in developing new bodies of teaching and practice—furthering Dharma Ocean’s somatic work, the body of bodhicitta teachings and practices, the path of relationality, consort practice, and other forms. As Desung (Protector of Joy) for the community, she has been named Reggie’s spiritual successor.

    Caroline also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. She has led two private foundations and has provided strategic planning for multinational corporations and NGOs. In addition to Dharma Ocean, Caroline oversees the Hemera Foundation. Dedicated to supporting contemplative views and practices and their integration into ordinary life, Hemera focuses on dharma and secular education, children, and the arts.

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    Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT

    Somatic psychotherapist, body-centered meditation teacher

    Manuela Mischke-Reeds is a licensed somatic psychotherapist, international teacher and speaker, Dharma Ocean meditation teacher, and author. She’s also a certified Hakomi therapist. Manuela infuses her teaching of meditation with a deep understanding of somatic and psychological practices designed to support human transformation.

    A licensed marriage and family therapist, Manuela holds a master’s degree in somatic psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, a bachelor’s degree in dance therapy from Naropa University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hamburg. Manuela lectures, consults, and trains professionals, leaders, and students around the world in mindfulness, attachment, trauma, and movement therapy. A meditation practitioner for over 25 years, she combines a Buddhist perspective with core somatic techniques in her private practice, for a unified approach to trauma resolution.

    Manuela is the author of 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well-Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox.

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  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Opening Session 7:30pm to 9:00pm


    6:45-7:45 AM 2 options: 1440 Embodied Movement class or Meditating with the Body meditation session

    *7:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
    8:30-12:00  Program Session
    12:00-2:00 PM  Lunch
    2:00-4:30 Program Session
    4:45-5:45 2 options:  1440 Embodied Movement classOr Meditating with the Body meditation session (outdoors if weather permits)
    *5:30-7:30 Dinner

    7:30-9:00 Evening Program  (discussion groups, guided darkness practice, silent sitting practice)

    Closing Session 8:30Am- 11:00AM


    None required.

    Experience Level

    Appropriate for beginning and experienced practitioners alike

    What to Wear

    Layered clothing for indoor and outdoor practice and walking shoes for outdoors

    Things to Bring

    A personal meditation cushion (if you prefer) and a paper notebook (if wanted)

    Special Interest to

    Helping professionals, teachers, or anyone with an interest in somatic modalities

    Special Details

    Both Programs are required.

    The program includes two residential retreats bridged by a five-month, at-home curriculum. Retreat 1 is May 19 – 24, 2019, and Retreat 2 is October 27 – November 1, 2019.

    The at-home portion of the curriculum includes recorded talks and practices, reading material, discussion groups, and opportunities for meetings with a meditation instructor throughout the five months. Upon finishing the program, participants will be given a certificate of successful completion.


    If you are interested in the free guided practice Caroline references in the video or if you are interested in financial aid for these programs, please email [email protected]

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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