Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation

Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation is a unique way to be in nature. It is the art of being outdoors with a contemplative presence. Through the power of mindfulness people can cultivate a receptive, open quality of awareness that allows a rich sensitivity and connection to the natural world.

Unlike being indoors, meditating in the wild allows you to utilize all of your senses and the sensory environment as a support for being present. From that intimate connection, you  can develop insight, clarity and a visceral understanding  of knowing one’s place in the web of life. By doing so, the wisdom of nature is easily revealed.

Utilizing various mindfulness practices outdoors allows you to touch a sense of joy, wonder, love and connection. It is a way to wake up to the preciousness of this moment and the beauty of the earth we all share. Out of that connection can arise a deep care for the planet and a desire to live in greater harmony and sustainability.

Awake in the Wild Teacher Training

Awake in the Wild Teacher Training

Photo by Karen

The Awake in the Wild Teacher Training is an apprenticeship training in guiding contemplative nature practice, inspired by wisdom teachings from the Buddhist tradition, by Mark Coleman’s book Awake in the Wild (AITW) and by the wilderness retreats led by Mark for more than a decade across the Americas. Nature meditation brings mindful awareness practices into the outdoors as a support for presence, connection, and insight. Mark is excited to share this cherished work with a group of dedicated nature meditation practitioners that will give them tools to begin to share similar practices with others.

Learn More

Upcoming Nature Retreats

Spirit Rocky Meditation Center

Awake in the Wild: Insight and Peace through Meditation in Nature
April 10 – 12, 2020
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

On this silent mindfulness retreat in the serenity of nature, we will explore potent practices that open the heart and mind to insight, intimacy, and interconnection with all life. Through various Buddhist awareness and heart meditation practices, we will discover how mindfulness can help us see through the illusion of separateness and learn from nature’s wisdom teachings of transience, interdependence, and letting go. We will also explore how nature evokes a profound peace and genuine transformation in our practice and in our lives, and brings forth the beautiful qualities of joy, wonder, and love for all life.

This retreat will weave together periods of guided and walking meditation, discussion, Q&A, mindful movement, and both group and individual practice check-ins.

Learn More
Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center

Awake in the Wild in the Colorado Mountains
June 1-8, 2020
Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center, Ward, CO

On this silent meditation retreat we will spend the entire time meditating in the beauty, stillness and serenity of this Rocky Mountain landscape at RMERC. We will take our Dharma practice outdoors as a support for cultivating an embodied, sensory awareness that supports insight and understanding as well as heart opening joy, wonder and profound connection with the natural world.

Learn More

Awake in the Wild in the Colorado Mountains
September 28 – October 4, 2020
Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center, Ward, CO

If you cannot join me for the June retreat at RMERC, this is a second chance at it, while enjoying the wonder and beauty of fall in the mountains. On this silent meditation retreat, we will take our Dharma practice outdoors as a support for cultivating an embodied, sensory awareness that supports insight and understanding as well as heart opening joy, wonder and profound connection with the natural world.

Learn More

Upcoming Retreats and Trainings

Free Online Daily Sunrise Nature Meditation – Online

March 28 @ 7:00 am - April 3 @ 8:00 am PDT

Awake in the Wild Half Day Retreat in Marin, CA

April 17 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Awake in the Wild Meditation in Nature Retreat in Big Sur

May 1 @ 8:30 pm - May 3 @ 12:00 pm PDT

More Events

Awake in the Wild: The Book

Awake in the Wild

Awake in the Wild

by Mark Coleman
Introduction by Jack Kornfield

Many of us have forgotten how to listen, feel, and sense the natural world and why it’s vital to our own humanity. We can turn the tide by engaging in regular contact with nature while cultivating the simple yet profound quality of mindful attention. Awake in the Wild is a guide to using Buddhist meditative techniques in the natural world as  a way to access nature’s gifts, blessings, and guidance.

Buy Online

“In nature we can feel a living connection with life all around us. Being outdoors we can taste how we are held and nourished exquisitely by the intricate web of life that is supporting us in every moment, every breath. It helps us to discover our place in the scheme of things and, perhaps, to realize we are already whole. Intimacy with nature can both heal us and teach us to be in harmony and at peace with ourselves and the world.”

~Mark Coleman, from Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery