"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature
Mark Coleman
Friday, May 5, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Spirit Rock Land
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code MC6D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Nowhere is the power of contemplative meditation more profound than in the serenity of nature. Like the Buddha, mystics for millennia have sought refuge in the silence of the natural world. In this tranquil and rejuvenating day, we will explore how meditation is supported by the stillness of nature as we spend the day in sitting and walking meditation in the hills and meadows of Spirit Rock. There will be a short 10-minute walk uphill to reach the meadow for our day of meditation.

Through various Buddhist and nature meditation practices we will utilize the quality of mindfulness meditation to support us being present and awake to our direct experience. We will learn from nature’s perennial wisdom teachings on change, inter-dependence, and the power of letting go. We will explore the interconnection between our inner and outer landscape, and how nature touches and evokes many beautiful qualities including joy, peace, wonder and love. Through the day there will be talks, discussion, guided meditations and group exercises. The day will be held in spacious silence. No previous meditation experience necessary. All levels of practitioners are welcome.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

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