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A Field Guide to Nature Meditation
52 Mindfulness Practices for Joy, Wisdom, and Wonder

by Mark Coleman

Have you ever wanted to take your meditation practice outdoors? Wondered how your time in nature can be a support for well-being, joy, and peace? Or, do you already meditate in nature and wish to deepen your practice?

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. With meditations for every week of the year, you’ll be able to practice in different seasons, various terrains, and whatever the weather. Follow these simple, yet profound meditations and you’ll discover immediate ways to relieve stress and access peace, joy and beauty anywhere you are.

Featured Interview

Mark Coleman joins Forrest Hanson and Dr. Rick Hanson to share how we can learn from nature and incorporate it into our practice. Mark shares his insights and experiences from years of leading wilderness retreats, and explains how reconnecting with the natural world can deepen mindfulness and enhance our well-being. You’ll learn specific meditative practices, how to bring the outside inside, the power of our “wild” aspects, and how we can move from being in nature to simply being nature.

Click the image above to watch the interview.

Featured Audio

Resources for Pandemic Times

Nature-Based Practice



Poems from the Wild: The Poetry of Mark Coleman

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Meditating in Nature
Part 1& Part 2

App-Based Guided Meditations
Hosted by Waking Up

In Meditating in Nature, Mark Coleman invites us to cultivate “the joy and profundity of a nature-based practice.”

Across eight guided sessions, Mark reveals how the simplest of experiences—”listening to morning birdsong, gazing up at the vastness of the night sky, lying in a wildflower meadow”—can make meditation more effortless and enjoyable, and even “open the mind to insight about timeless truths.”

Where to Find More Online Meditations and Talks



Free and Online Course

Meditation Journeys the VR App

Presented by The New York Times
with Mark Coleman

Take a moment to be more mindful as The New York Times presents Meditation Journeys, an immersive VR experience that will transport you to a spectacular Pacific Ocean vista, the peaceful shade beneath the giant redwoods, a babbling stream where you can watch the sunrise and the quiet stillness atop the California hills at sunset. Throughout each journey, the meditation coach Mark Coleman, founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, will guide you through these mindful meditations.

With four videos in this collection, you can choose the meditation and location that suits your mood. Meditating while immersed in VR may change the way you think about mindfulness – or simply make it easier to shut off the outside world and focus on your meditation practice.