with Mark Coleman, Lori Schwanbeck and Hakim Tafari (Qi Gong)
Are you ready to enter into the beauty and serenity of nature at Esalen? In this mindfulness in nature workshop, you will spend the entire time meditating and opening the senses in the stunning natural beauty of the Big Sur coast. Developing a sensory, embodied attention in the outdoors will open you to beautiful states of joy, delight and wonder.
In these uncertain times, where so much of our lives are lived virtually, it is vital we stay connected to our own bodies and the body of the earth to access wisdom and perspective.
Opening the senses, the heart, and the mind to the wonder of nature revitalizes us and reconnects us to our aliveness. During our time together, we will draw on nature, meditation and Qi-Gong to cultivate a relaxed, receptive, embodied quality of attention where states of joy, awe, and wonder will increase your capacity for well-being and inspired action.
You will have the opportunity to study with three renowned meditation teachers throughout the weekend. You will explore beautiful and accessible practices of meditation, movement, Qi-Gong, all outdoors in the exquisite natural beauty at Esalen. Serenity, peace, and delight await!
Mark Coleman is a Buddhist meditation teacher who has been teaching insight meditation for 20 years. He is author of Awake in the Wild, From Suffering to Peace, and Make Peace with Your Mind, and leads nature-based meditation retreats and mindfulness teacher trainings in the U.S. and Europe.
Lori Schwanbeck weaves her passion for nature into her work as a mindfulness teacher, retreat leader, and Hakomi certified psychotherapist. She is a senior teacher and program developer with the Google-born program “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute”, where she teaches mindfulness-based emotional intelligence programs internationally. Her current project is called “Re-wilding our Feminine Nature” where she integrates embodied, relational, and presence-based practices to rekindle vitality, joy, and awe through immersion in nature.
Hakim Tafari has studied martial arts since 1996, starting off with Southern-style Praying Mantis Kung Fu. For many years, Hakim delved deeply into the life, philosophy and mystical arts of Tai Chi, Wu ji and Qi Gong. He has had an opportunity to study with some of the best in Kung Fu and the internal arts of Tai Chi, Baqua Zhang, and Aikido, as well as the powerful art of stick fighting known as Arnis.