Teacher Training


Awake in the Wild – Teacher Training

Next Training: September 2021 – July 2022

The application period for the 2021-2022 Teacher Training is now open and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now for early admission to the next training. 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 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.

The Awake in the Wild Teacher Training is for people who care deeply about the earth, who have a strong Dharma/meditation practice, and who take that contemplative presence into the outdoors. Equally important, it is for those who feel called to take people deep into nature with a spirit of reverence and contemplation.

This program will have four residential retreats with Mark in California, the western states or Mexico. There will also be monthly online tutorials, personal nature-based work, and a teaching practicum.

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This in-depth apprenticeship training in nature-based mindful contemplative practice trains you to:

  • Skillfully teach guided mindfulness in nature practices
  • Prepare for the unique challenges in facilitating meditation programs in nature
  • Create and facilitate immersive nature meditation programs
  • Teach Awake in the Wild classes, daylong and weekend programs

This one year training includes:

  • Four weeklong, immersive study retreats in nature
  • Monthly online tutorials
  • A rich collegial learning community of peers
  • Studying mindfulness-based nature meditation
  • Practice teaching nature-based meditations
  • Mentoring and supervision with Mark and faculty


This training will take place over one year including 4 Awake in the Wild immersion retreats. It will include:

  • Multiple immersions in the Awake in the Wild experience
  • Orientation to teaching foundational and in-depth nature-based meditation practices
  • Applications of contemplative practice in the wild to daily life
  • Nuts and bolts of organizing and holding a nature meditation course
  • Exploring the key elements of a AITW course which includes cultivating the areas of silence, meditation, community, wilderness awareness, inquiry, mindfulness and love
  • Learning how to teach nature-based practices in multiple formats
  • Understanding issues of diversity and cultural sensitivity to different populations
  • Integrate issues relating to the climate / ecological crisis in the context from a mindfulness and compassionate perspective


  • Minimum three years regular meditation practice (mindfulness based)
  • One silent mindfulness / meditation retreats of 5-7 days or longer
  • Extensive experience being in nature


  • This is not a Wilderness Guide Training (all AITW retreats are accompanied by a certified wilderness guide)
  • This is not a mindfulness teacher training. (Applicants are expected to have a pre-existing thorough understanding of mindfulness meditation and preferably have had some experience in teaching/facilitation)
  • To teach AITW intensive silent retreats longer than a weekend, this requires individual approval from Mark. Apprenticeship for this is available on an individual basis with Mark post-graduation

Training Retreats

Please Note

There will be 4 week-long teaching retreats throughout the year of the training. These retreats are where you will receive the bulk of your training from Mark and where Mark will be preparing you for the next phase of the training. These retreats will take place in locations in the western half of the U.S. and Mexico. They may involve tent camping or staying in rustic cabins or lodges.

Due to the pandemic, the retreat dates and locations for the 2021-2022 training are yet to be finalized and have been pushed back to allow for the roll-out of vaccinations in the spring. We are planning to hold the retreats on the following schedule:

  • September 1-7, 2021
  • December 13-19, 2021 (Tentative Dates)
  • April 4 – 10, 2022 (Tentative Dates)
  • July 11 – 17, 2022 (Tentative Dates)

Costs of Training

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $500 off if you apply by March 31, 2021

Tuition is $5,950, which does not include the costs associated with each retreat. The retreats will cost roughly $350-600 each, depending on location and your choice of accommodations–tent camping will be less expensive than cabin choices–excluding travel costs.

Monthly payment plans are available. If you think you might be in need of a custom payment plan, please indicate that in the last question on the application form, and please give us a sense of what would be within your means.

Application Process

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The application asks specifics on your meditation practice, your retreat experiences, your teaching experiences, and your intentions in taking the training. If you would like a downloadable, Word document version to submit or to use to prepare your online application, you may download it here. To submit the downloadable version, please email it to jen@awakeinthwild.com or, please click the button below, to apply online.

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