Nature Retreats

Awake in the Wild, Meditation in Nature Retreat
with Mark Coleman
July 7-13, 2017
Vallecitos, Santa Fe, NM

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this workshop 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.

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Solstice Meditation Retreat
with Mark Coleman and Lori Schwanbeck
December 15-17, 2017
Esalen Institute, 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. During this retreat we will use meditations, ritual, time in nature, inquiry, and group exercises and discussion as ways to explore this theme of transition. Participants can leave clear and courageous to take the next steps to create an inspired life.

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Mindfulness Classes and Retreats

Monday night class at Spirit Rock
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

Now in its 32nd year, 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. We begin with 30 to 40 minutes of guided meditation, followed by a 15-minute break. The teacher then offers a dharma talk and answers questions from participants.

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Online Meditation with Mark
Mark has contributed over 80 meditations to whil.com – a digital health and wellness platform for meditation and yoga training. 

 

Opening the Heart, Freeing the Mind
with Mark Coleman
July 14, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Mindful awareness and love are beautiful qualities of an awakened life. Awareness leads to clarity, insight and freedom. A loving heart responds with care to our own struggles and to the pain in the world. It allows a kind embrace of ourselves and connects us intimately with life. In this creative day of practice, we will cultivate heartful qualities and learn how to free ourselves from the restless, reactive mind so we can live with greater kindness and peace.

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Insight Meditation as a Path to Freedom
with Mark Coleman, Bonnie Duran, and Howard Cohn
July 24 – 30, 2017
Spirit Rock, 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 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. 

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Insight Meditation as a Path to Freedom
with Mark Coleman and Diana Winston
September 14 – 17, 2017
Spirit Rock, 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.

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Mindfulness Teacher Training in U.K.
with Mark Coleman & Martin Aylward
U.K. Training Runs September 2017 – August 2018

This unique comprehensive year long teacher training combines transformational cultivation of your own mindfulness practice and systematic development of your teaching capacity. You will learn to integrate the depth of mindfulness meditation from its ancient origins with latest research and neuroscience findings on mindfulness and its applications This course will enable you to teach a wide variety of mindfulness programs with confidence and clarity.

This training will be offered in the U.S. in 2018.

For more information, visit: MindfulnessTrainingInstitute.com

 

Liberation from the Inner Critic
with Mark Coleman
November 17-19, 2017
1440 Multiverse, Scotts Valley, CA

Do you experience the painful, negative effects of self-judgment? Do you judge yourself or others as never good enough, not quite right, or always falling short? Despite how it might feel, you can free yourself from the inner critic for good. Guided by lighthearted mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman, MA, you will learn how to replace this common habit with self-compassion, clarity, and kindness.

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Freedom from the Inner Critic
with Mark Coleman
December 2, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Have you noticed the negative disabling effects of self-judgment? Are you prone to judging everything you do as not good enough, not quite right, or not living up to some impossibly high standard? Do you find yourself harshly judging your meditation, your practice or your other spiritual practices? If you would you like to learn how to be more free from the torment of the inner critic, then this daylong is for you.

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Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life
with Mark Coleman
December 17-22, 2017
Esalen Institute, 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.

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