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Awakening Joy and Wonder: A Mindfulness in Nature Retreat

Esalen Institute 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur

In these volatile and 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 and reconnects us to our aliveness. During our time together, we will use nature to cultivate a receptive, embodied quality of attention where states of joy, awe, and wonder will increase your capacity for well-being and inspired action.

Living a Wise, Awake, and Free Life

Online Only

Mindful awareness nurtures a clarity, wisdom and well-being, qualities so essential at this time. Through “at-home” mindfulness practices we’ll explore understanding the root causes of stress and suffering and develop the causes for a genuine happiness. These foundational Buddhist practices help you live with a profound ease and freedom wherever you are – the innate peace we all seek.

US $45 – US $200

Awake in the Wild One Day Retreat in Marin, CA – September 24, 2021

In this contemplative one day in southern Marin, we will open to the joy, beauty and tranquility of the natural world. We will utilize various sensory awareness practices, and mindfulness based meditations to support us being present and awake to our direct experience and to the wonder and mystery of nature. This time will be one of deep nourishment, regeneration and connection.

US $150.00

Awakening Creativity Conference

Learn to open massive flows of creativity in your life. This online conference brings together 60 extraordinary artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, creativity teachers, a few monks and a robot.

Monday Night Class – Online

Online Only

The Monday Night sitting group at Spirit Rock has been a welcoming refuge for the community to gather, hear the teachings of the Buddha and practice mindfulness meditation. During the pandemic, Spirit Rock is continuing to offer this group online via Livestream.

Free – US $108

Resilience and Nature: The Healing Power of Nature Meditation – Online

Online Only

Nature has the power to be a profound support, to calm us, to lift our hearts and teach us about resilience in adversity. This is the reason people for millennia, including the Buddha, have sought refuge in the natural world. And when paired with contemplative meditation, nature becomes a support for wisdom, joy, nourishment and ease. It is transformative and life-saving.

US $199.00 – US $249.00

Mindfulness Teacher Training Informational Q&A Session

In this informational session on Zoom, Mark with discuss the 2022-2023 Mindfulness Teacher Training and answer questions for anyone thinking of applying to this ten-month-long, certified mindfulness teacher training program.

Monday Night Class – Online

Online Only

The Monday Night sitting group at Spirit Rock has been a welcoming refuge for the community to gather, hear the teachings of the Buddha and practice mindfulness meditation. During the pandemic, Spirit Rock is continuing to offer this group online via Livestream.

Free – US $108

Awake in the Wild Half Day Retreat in Marin, CA

In this contemplative half day in southern Marin, we will open to the joy, beauty and tranquility of the natural world. We will utilize various sensory awareness practices, and mindfulness based meditations to support us being present and awake to our direct experience and to the wonder and mystery of nature. This time will be one of deep nourishment, regeneration and connection.

USD $95

Exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Online Only

The Buddha taught that there is a direct way for alleviating suffering and discovering peace, wisdom, and happiness through cultivating the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In this weekend retreat, we will explore in depth these beautiful, liberating, and accessible practices that form the basis of Insight Meditation practice.

Awake in the Wild One Day Retreat in Marin, CA

Marin Headlands CA

In this contemplative one day in southern Marin, we will open to the joy, beauty and tranquility of the natural world. We will utilize various sensory awareness practices, and mindfulness based meditations to support us being present and awake to our direct experience and to the wonder and mystery of nature. This time will be one of deep nourishment, regeneration and connection.

US $150

Awake in the Wild Half Day Retreat in Marin, CA

Led by Mark Coleman and Lori Schwanbeck In this contemplative half day in southern Marin, we will open to the joy, beauty and tranquility of the natural world. We will utilize various sensory awareness practices, and mindfulness based meditations to support us being present and awake to our direct experience and to the wonder and mystery of nature. This time will be one of deep nourishment, regeneration and connection.

US $95.00

Practices for Living a Kind and Compassionate Life

Online Only

Love and compassion are essential and beautiful aspects of living a full and awake human life. The presence of love opens the heart, allowing a kind embrace of ourselves, other people, all species, and the earth herself.

USD $45 – USD $200

Living with Awareness Retreat

Spirit Rock 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre, CA

In this silent mindfulness meditation retreat, we will explore the innate quality of awareness as the foundation for cultivating clarity, understanding, and insight into human experience. We will investigate how through mindfulness practice we can develop insight into the causes of stress and the causes of genuine happiness. We will examine what it means to abide with kindness and awareness in the midst of any experience, whether in meditation or in life, so we can live with a genuine non-reactive freedom wherever we are.

USD$150 – USD$1440

Awake in the Wild One Day Retreat in Marin, CA

In this contemplative one day in southern Marin, we will open to the joy, beauty and tranquility of the natural world. We will utilize various sensory awareness practices, and mindfulness based meditations to support us being present and awake to our direct experience and to the wonder and mystery of nature. This time will be one of deep nourishment, regeneration and connection.

US $150.00

Awake in the Wild – Mindfulness Practices and the Joy & Peace of Meditation in Nature

Online Only

Like the Buddha, people for millennia have sought sanctuary in the refuge of the natural world. In this tranquil and rejuvenating online retreat, we’ll explore how meditation is supported by the stillness of nature as we spend the day in sitting and walking meditation, accessible wherever you are.

USD $45 – USD $200

Awake in the Wild Half Day Retreat: Restoration and Rejuvenation in the Redwoods with Lori Schwanbeck and Mark Coleman

In this contemplative half day in southern Marin, we will open to the joy, beauty and tranquility of the natural world. We will utilize various sensory awareness practices, and mindfulness based meditations to support us being present and awake to our direct experience and to the wonder and mystery of nature. This time will be one of deep nourishment, regeneration and connection.

US $125.00

Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Retreat in New Mexico

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch NM

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. 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. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.

Opening to Joy, Awe, and Wonder in Nature

Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center 8941 Overland Rd, Ward, CO

During our time together, we will use immersion-in-nature to cultivate a receptive, embodied quality of attention where states of joy, awe, wonder, and love are easily accessible. The integration of awareness in nature will increase your capacity for well-being and inspired action, and deepen your connection with the web of life.

Loving Awareness: Meeting Reality with Wisdom and Kindness

Spirit Rock 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre, CA

Awareness and kindness are essential and beautiful qualities of an awakened life. In this silent retreat, we will discover how these qualities are intimately related and mutually supportive.

$250 – $2400

Awake in the Wild in the Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center 8941 Overland Rd, Ward, CO

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. 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. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.

Awake in the Wild Teacher Training Informational Q&A Session

This online informational session with Mark Coleman is for those interested in applying to his Awake in the Wild Teacher Training and who have questions about the program. If you want to lead others in meditation in nature practices, now is your chance to ask Mark about this exciting program.

Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Retreat in New Mexico

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch NM

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. 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. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature at Esalen

Esalen Institute 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating entirely outdoors among the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen. Whether under a blazing sunset or in the stillness of cypress trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. We will cultivate mindfulness — being present to ourselves while developing a contemplative relationship with nature. This leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, one another and the larger web of life.

A Field Guide to Nature Meditation Released on Amazon

Mark's new book, A Field Guide to Nature Meditation, is released as an ebook today on Amazon! Whether you are new to meditation or have extensive experience, insight meditation teacher and wilderness guide Mark Coleman has created a clear and easy-to-use field guide that shows you step-by-step how to develop a nature-based meditation practice. Learn accessible mindfulness practices that deepen your awareness of the natural world, open you to states of wonder and love, and help bring connection, clarity, and focus to your daily life.

Awake in the Wild: Exploring Awareness and Insight in Nature

Spirit Rock 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre, CA

with Mark Coleman, Susie Harrington, Kaira Jewel Lingo, and Victoria Cary Nowhere is the power of contemplative silence and meditation more profound than in the beauty of nature. Following the rich Buddhist tradition of meditating in the forest, this retreat will be spent primarily outside, practicing in the beauty of nature, in the hills and woodlands of Spirit Rock. Through cultivating various mindfulness and sensory awareness meditation practices outdoors, we can deepen our relationship to ourselves, the earth, and awaken our receptivity to nature as a profound teacher. This deepening awareness opens us to experiences of interconnectedness, insight, and [...]

US $300 – US $2640

Baja Kayak and Meditation Retreat

Sea of Cortez Loreto, Baja California Sur

Come get away from winter cold and attend a silent kayaking mindfulness retreat in the pristine wilderness of the Sea of Cortez. The retreat will be mostly in silence to support the meditative process, and there will be several periods of meditation daily as well as time for discussion, talks on the themes of meditation in nature, talking circles and opportunities for one to one work with the Mark Coleman. There will also be free time to swim, snorkel and enjoy this spectacular setting.

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