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

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.

Upcoming Nature Retreats

Baja Meditation and Kayaking Retreat
March 7-14, 2020
Loreto, Baja California Sur

This mindfulness retreat will be held entirely in serene silence. We will cultivate mindful awareness through sitting, walking and movement meditations (meditating approximately 6-8 times during the day). Mark will offer talks and guide practices each day to deepen a contemplative relationship to nature. There will also be time to explore the natural surroundings in a contemplative way through paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling and walking in this spectacular setting.

Tsegyalgar West

Awake in the Wild Meditation in Nature Retreat in the Southern Baja Mountains
February 17-23, 2020
Tsegyalgar West, Baja, Mexico

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.

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.

Awake in the Wild Meditation in Nature Retreat
June 13 – 19, 2020
Vallecitos, Taos, NM

This retreat will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.  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.

Upcoming Retreats and Trainings

Meditation in Nature Daylong

September 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

Awake in the Wild: “Embracing Change” Meditation in Nature Retreat

September 26 @ 3:00 pm - October 2 @ 11:30 am MDT

Natural Radiance: An Exploration of Awareness

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

Solstice Meditation Retreat

December 20 @ 6:00 pm - December 22 @ 12:00 pm PST

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.

“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