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with Mark Coleman and Susie Harrington

On this retreat we will meditate outdoors all day in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present and aware of both our inner and outer landscapes. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating an inner quiet and curious spirit we can learn from nature as a perennial teacher. In particular, we will explore the changing nature of all experience and how nature supports us to find acceptance, letting go, peace and a wise relationship to the transient experience of being human.

Participants will also discover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life.

On the retreat there will be guided nature-based meditations, mindful walks, Dharma talks on meditation, nature and impermanence and group meetings with the teacher. There will be time to relish in the silence outdoors and to explore the wilderness of Vallecitos both in solitude and as part of the group.

To support a depth of meditative awareness, complete silence is maintained throughout the retreat except during meetings with your teachers and group discussion.

This workshop is appropriate for those early in their retreat practice and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness and how to deepen your insight practice and open your connection to the mystery of the natural world.  Be prepared for unexpected delight, mystery, silence and illumination.

*This retreat is for people who have sat a minimum of one 5-7 day silent residential mindfulness/Vipassana retreat.

Teachers

Mark Coleman, Photo by D. Ellis
Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman is a Spirit Rock meditation teacher and has taught Insight Meditation since 1997. He is founder of the Mindfulness Institute and leads mindfulness teacher trainings in companies and organizations worldwide. He leads wilderness retreats internationally. Mark is an author of the books Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and Make Peace with your Mind, and From suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness. Mark lives in Northern California and enjoys spending his free time hiking, biking and kayaking.
Susie HarringtonSusie Harrington
Susie Harrington teaches meditation nationwide and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. She has also received teachings from many others, including Tory Capron, Adyashanti, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She loves offering retreats outside, believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self.