Nature Retreats

 

Awake in the Wild: “Embracing Change” Meditation in Nature Retreat
October 14 – 19, 2018
Vallecitos, Taos, NM

On this silent retreat we will meditate outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery 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.

Info and Registration

 

Solstice Meditation Retreat
with Mark Coleman and Lori Schwanbeck
December 14, 2018
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Following ancient traditions on this winter solstice, we will take this poignant time to retreat, slow down, and enter stillness, silence, and inner exploration. While the natural world appears to be dormant, the inner realms are alive with transmuting the passage between the old and the new. The solstice asks how we stand openhearted in face of the darkest night while holding faith in the returning light. On a practical level it is a time of sorting what wants to be released that is no longer serving our potential, and what wants to be called in to help us fulfill that journey.

Info and Registration

 

Baja Kayaking and Meditation Retreat
March 9-16, 2019 and March 17-24, 2018
Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Come get away from winter cold and attend a silent mindfulness retreat in the pristine wilderness of the Sea of Cortez. This is the 11th year that Mark Coleman has led this silent kayaking meditation retreat. 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.

Info and Registration

 

Awake in the Wild Meditation in Nature Retreat
June 10-16, 2019
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

During the retreat, we will learn traditional Buddhist meditation practices, and complimentary techniques that help deepen our relationship to ourselves, the earth, and awaken our receptivity to nature as our teacher. We will explore how mindfulness practice is profoundly supported by the teachings of nature as we sit and walk outdoors. This deepening awareness opens us to profound experiences of interconnectedness, insight, and love.

Info and Registration
 

Mindfulness Classes and Retreats

Monday Night Class at Spirit Rock
In-Person or Live Streaming
November 5 and December 3
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

Info and Registration

 

Freeing Yourself from the Inner Critic
November 17, 2018
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CADo you experience the painful effects of self-judgment, from telling yourself you are never good enough? If you wish to be free from the torment of the inner critic, then this day is for you.Info and Registration

 
Mindfulness as a Path of Awakening
November 26 – December 2, 2018
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

Mindful awareness is the foundation for living with wisdom and compassion and is the seed from which springs much joy and peace. Through this retreat you will learn skilful methods to establish and refine mindful presence that develops self-awareness, clarity and insight.

Info and Registration

 
Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life
December 16 – 21, 2018
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Awareness and love (metta) are essential and beautiful aspects of any spiritual life. In this retreat there will be comprehensive meditation instruction for sitting and walking meditation, as well as talks, group discussions, and mindful movement. Suitable for beginning and experienced students.

Info and Registration

 

Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening
The Path of Theravada Insight Meditation
January 11-13, 2019
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Through the combination of mindfulness meditation, wisdom teachings, silence, and inquiry and through systematic instructions on the four foundations of mindfulness, we will explore how to live with wisdom and care. Talks will highlight the core teachings of the Buddha and their practical application to our lives. This is an excellent retreat for those wishing to refresh their meditation practice and deepen their understanding of Buddhist teachings in the supportive company of others.

Info and Registration

 

The Power of Insight Meditation
April 1-5, 2019
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

Have you ever been curious about Insight Meditation? This silent retreat will teach the essentials of this practice and offer key Buddhist teachings. We will explore ways to awaken our mind and heart so that we can learn to live a life of wisdom, compassion, inner peace, and freedom.

Info and Registration

 

Insight Meditation
A Path of Wisdom, Compassion and Freedom
May 20-25, 2019
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

In this mindfulness meditation retreat, we will explore the innate quality of awareness as the foundation for cultivating clarity, understanding, and insight into our 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 life, so we can live with a genuine non-reactive freedom wherever we are.

Info and Registration

 

Mindfulness Teacher Training in the U.K.
with Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman
September 19-24, 2019
Sharpham House, Devon, UK

This unique yearlong professional teacher training combines transformational cultivation of your own mindfulness practice and systematic development of mindfulness teaching skills, enabling you to teach a variety of mindfulness programs with confidence and clarity.

Info and Registration