Mark’s journey with meditation began in his late teens in London as a punk rocker. He was drawn to the peace and clarity it brought. This path took him to India and the US, immersing in long retreats with renowned teachers in the Insight meditation including Christopher Titmus, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg and later in the Dzogchen tradition with Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
But it was meditating in nature that captured Mark’s heart. When he moved to the US he fell for the vast landscapes of the Rockies, Sierras, and the deserts of the South-West. An unabashed nature lover, he sensed nature as a perfect temple for mindfulness and began integrating meditation and nature as a path of practice for himself and, later, teaching others. He realized the joy, peace, wisdom, and freedom taught in the Buddhism was accessible meditating outdoors.
This led Mark to found Awake in the Wild, an organization dedicated to sharing the transformative power of meditation in nature. Through this initiative, he has led silent wilderness meditation retreats in California, Colorado, Alaska, Mexico, Peru, and New Mexico, taking people on inner and outdoor adventures that combine meditation with the awe-inspiring beauty and the profundity of nature.
For Mark in his own practice and teaching, he’s observed how the combination of meditation and nature is life-changing. Because of the power of this work and the interest others have in nature meditation, he leads year long immersive Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training programs in the US and Europe.
Mark has a life-long appreciation for Buddhist teachings and underwent teacher training/transmission with Jack Kornfield. As a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Mark has shared his love of meditation with countless students over the years through offering Insight Meditation retreats there and worldwide since the late 1990s.