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Dana Based Sitting Groups

Join our dedicated community of nature-based mindfulness meditators. We have two Primary sitting groups you can join! The Daily Nature Meditation group meets every weekday morning and starts off with a brief 10 – 12 minute nature inspired talk followed by a guided meditation. We also have a similar format for our Sunday Evening Meditation group. Click the buttons below to view the schedules.

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MBNC – Mindfulness-based Nature Connection

A 6-Week Mindfulness in Nature Meditation Course

Starts: February 24, 2024

In this 6-week class, you will learn to cultivate many beautiful nature practices including foundational techniques like breathing with nature, arriving practice, mindfulness of body outdoors, and listening meditation. You will also learn sensory awareness meditations and how to practice meditation as a meandering practice with various points of focus such as orientating toward curiosity, love, or open awareness.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS

Mindfulness in Nature

Half-day Retreat

Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA

with Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs

Rescheduled: March 1, 2024, 9 AM – 1 PM

Spend time nourishing your body, mind, and spirit at this half-day nature-based mindfulness retreat, honoring the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox – also known as Imbolic. This day assumes significance, historically commemorated as a date symbolizing a nuanced yet significant resurgence toward longer, lighter, and brighter days when life begins to awaken from its winter sleep and prepare for the warmer and longer days to come.

Details & Registration

Awake in the Wild Teacher Training

A Yearlong Apprenticeship Training

Next USA Training: Oct 2024 – July 2025

The Awake in the Wild Teacher Training is an apprenticeship training in contemplative nature practice, inspired by contemporary mindfulness practice, traditional Buddhist wisdom, and by Mark Coleman’s 2006 book Awake in the Wild. Mark has been leading wilderness retreats for mindful nature lovers across the Americas since 2003 and has trained and inspired 65+ AitW teachers from around the world.

Details & Application

Mindfulness in Nature

Half-day Retreat

Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA

with Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs

Rescheduled: March 1, 2024, 9 AM – 1 PM

Spend time nourishing your body, mind, and spirit at this half-day nature-based mindfulness retreat, honoring the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox – also known as Imbolic. This day assumes significance, historically commemorated as a date symbolizing a nuanced yet significant resurgence toward longer, lighter, and brighter days when life begins to awaken from its winter sleep and prepare for the warmer and longer days to come.

Details & Registration

Awake in the Wild Immersion

Cultivating Mindful Attention in Nature

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA

With Mark Coleman

Starts: March 23, 2024

During the program, you will immerse in the beautiful landscapes of Spirit Rock while cultivating a receptive, embodied mindful attention. This allows openness to receive nature’s wisdom teachings, including about impermanence, selflessness, and the interconnection of all life. You will explore how nature evokes profound insight, and transformation and helps bring forth inspired ecological action. Daily Session Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Session 1: March 23, Session 2: April 20, Session 3: May 11, Session 4: June 15

Details & Registration

Click the “Retreats” Tab Above For Longer Programs

2024 Yearlong Community

Nature Meditation For Joy, Wisdom and Wonder

52 weeks – 52 meditations

Registration Opens: December, 2023

Through 52 engaging weekly practices, you will (learn to) meditate in a variety of natural landscapes in all kinds of weather with confidence and clarity. This yearlong meditation practice is supported by Mark Coleman’s A Field Guide to Nature Meditation which will serve as our “guide-book” for the practice. Mark will provide guidance by email each month as to which weekly meditations…

Registration & Details

MBNC – Mindfulness-based Nature Connection

A 6-Week Mindfulness in Nature Meditation Course

Next Session: February 2024

In this 6-week class, you will learn to cultivate many beautiful nature practices including foundational techniques like breathing with nature, arriving practice, mindfulness of body outdoors, and listening meditation. You will also learn sensory awareness meditations and how to practice meditation as a meandering practice with various points of focus such as orientating toward curiosity, love, or open awareness.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS

Click the “Sitting Groups” Tab Above For Online Meditation Groups

Finding Refuge, Finding Home

A Retreat in Nature

With Mark Coleman, Susie Harrington, Bruni Dávila, and Yong Oh

April 21 – 27, 2024

In the storms of our lives, we need refuge, nourishment, and support—a place to replenish our tired bodies and troubled hearts. When the Buddha offered his teachings, his first instruction was to meditate under a tree. Throughout this retreat, we will practice together in the age-old tradition of being outside in the company of the natural world. We will explore tapping into the natural stillness and dynamism that surrounds us and teaches us. As we integrate stillness and movement, we move toward being active participants in the world while maintaining balance and ease in our hearts and minds.

Registration & Details

Meditation in Nature

Esalen Institute @ Big Sur, CA

With Mark Coleman & Lori Schwanbeck

May 17 – 19, 2024

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating entirely outdoors among the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen. Whether under a blazing sunset or in the stillness of cypress trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. We will cultivate mindfulness — being present to ourselves while developing a contemplative relationship with nature. This leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, one another and the larger web of life.

Registration & Details

Awake in the Wild in the Colorado Rockies

Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center

With Mark Coleman

May 26 – June 02, 2024

Like the Buddha, people for millennia have sought refuge, clarity, and wisdom in the natural world. On this silent mindfulness retreat in the serenity and beauty of nature, we will explore potent awareness and heart-based meditations that open the heart and mind to insight, interconnection with life, and a profound peace.

Registration & Details

Awake in the Wild – New Mexico

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center

With Mark Coleman

June 03 – 10, 2024

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. On the retreat there will be guided nature-based meditations, mindful walks, Dharma talks on meditation and nature and group meetings with the teacher. There will be time to relish in the silence outdoors and to explore the wilderness of Vallecitos Mountain Ranch both in solitude and as part of the group.

Registration & Details

Awake in the Wild – New Mexico

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center

With Mark Coleman

September 23 – 30, 2024

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating an inner quiet and curious spirit we can learn from nature as a perennial teacher. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.

Registration & Details

Natural Radiance

The Freedom of Awareness

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA

With Mark Coleman

November 15 – 21, 2024

In this silent meditation retreat, we will explore this innate quality of awareness – what it is, how to recognize it, and how to cultivate and nurture it. We will investigate how moment-to-moment continuity of mindfulness builds concentration, which in turn supports a depth of awareness.

Registration & Details

Daily Nature Meditation

With AitW Teachers

Daily: Monday – Friday (Online)

Morning meditation can help us to wake up and begin the day on the right foot, feeling more centered, focused, and uplifted, and the natural world can inspire our practice. The series is led by Awake in the Wild (AitW) founder Mark Coleman along with skilled AitW teachers from around the world.

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday Evening Meditation

With AitW Teachers

Weekly: Every Sunday (Online)

Join us on Zoom every Sunday evening for a 45-minute nature-oriented session that includes a short talk and guided meditation. The series is led by skilled Awake in the Wild (AitW) teachers from around the world. Sessions include a short 10 – 15 minute talk on a theme and a 30-minute guided meditation. Tune in from any peaceful environment with an internet connection, ideally immersed in nature or at the very least with a view of the outdoors. All are welcome!

Upcoming Schedule
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MBNC – Mindfulness-based Nature Connection

A 6-Week Mindfulness in Nature Meditation Course

Starts: February 24, 2024

In this 6-week class, you will learn to cultivate many beautiful nature practices including foundational techniques like breathing with nature, arriving practice, mindfulness of body outdoors, and listening meditation. You will also learn sensory awareness meditations and how to practice meditation as a meandering practice with various points of focus such as orientating toward curiosity, love, or open awareness.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS

Mindfulness in Nature

Half-day Retreat

Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA

with Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs

Rescheduled: March 1, 2024, 9 AM – 1 PM

Spend time nourishing your body, mind, and spirit at this half-day nature-based mindfulness retreat, honoring the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox – also known as Imbolic. This day assumes significance, historically commemorated as a date symbolizing a nuanced yet significant resurgence toward longer, lighter, and brighter days when life begins to awaken from its winter sleep and prepare for the warmer and longer days to come.

Details & Registration
Teacher Training

Awake in the Wild Teacher Training

A Yearlong Apprenticeship Training

Next USA Training: Oct 2024 – July 2025

The Awake in the Wild Teacher Training is an apprenticeship training in contemplative nature practice, inspired by contemporary mindfulness practice, traditional Buddhist wisdom, and by Mark Coleman’s 2006 book Awake in the Wild. Mark has been leading wilderness retreats for mindful nature lovers across the Americas since 2003 and has trained and inspired 65+ AitW teachers from around the world.

Details & Application
In-Person

Mindfulness in Nature

Half-day Retreat

Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA

with Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs

Rescheduled: March 1, 2024, 9 AM – 1 PM

Spend time nourishing your body, mind, and spirit at this half-day nature-based mindfulness retreat, honoring the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox – also known as Imbolic. This day assumes significance, historically commemorated as a date symbolizing a nuanced yet significant resurgence toward longer, lighter, and brighter days when life begins to awaken from its winter sleep and prepare for the warmer and longer days to come.

Details & Registration

Awake in the Wild Immersion

Cultivating Mindful Attention in Nature

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA

With Mark Coleman

Starts: March 23, 2024

During the program, you will immerse in the beautiful landscapes of Spirit Rock while cultivating a receptive, embodied mindful attention. This allows openness to receive nature’s wisdom teachings, including about impermanence, selflessness, and the interconnection of all life. You will explore how nature evokes profound insight, and transformation and helps bring forth inspired ecological action. Daily Session Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Session 1: March 23, Session 2: April 20, Session 3: May 11, Session 4: June 15

Details & Registration

Click the “Retreats” Tab Above For Longer Programs

Online

2024 Yearlong Community

Nature Meditation For Joy, Wisdom and Wonder

52 weeks – 52 meditations

Registration Opens: December, 2023

Through 52 engaging weekly practices, you will (learn to) meditate in a variety of natural landscapes in all kinds of weather with confidence and clarity. This yearlong meditation practice is supported by Mark Coleman’s A Field Guide to Nature Meditation which will serve as our “guide-book” for the practice. Mark will provide guidance by email each month as to which weekly meditations…

Registration & Details

MBNC – Mindfulness-based Nature Connection

A 6-Week Mindfulness in Nature Meditation Course

Next Session: February 2024

In this 6-week class, you will learn to cultivate many beautiful nature practices including foundational techniques like breathing with nature, arriving practice, mindfulness of body outdoors, and listening meditation. You will also learn sensory awareness meditations and how to practice meditation as a meandering practice with various points of focus such as orientating toward curiosity, love, or open awareness.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS

Click the “Sitting Groups” Tab Above For Online Meditation Groups

Retreats

Finding Refuge, Finding Home

A Retreat in Nature

With Mark Coleman, Susie Harrington, Bruni Dávila, and Yong Oh

April 21 – 27, 2024

In the storms of our lives, we need refuge, nourishment, and support—a place to replenish our tired bodies and troubled hearts. When the Buddha offered his teachings, his first instruction was to meditate under a tree. Throughout this retreat, we will practice together in the age-old tradition of being outside in the company of the natural world. We will explore tapping into the natural stillness and dynamism that surrounds us and teaches us. As we integrate stillness and movement, we move toward being active participants in the world while maintaining balance and ease in our hearts and minds.

Registration & Details

Meditation in Nature

Esalen Institute @ Big Sur, CA

With Mark Coleman & Lori Schwanbeck

May 17 – 19, 2024

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating entirely outdoors among the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen. Whether under a blazing sunset or in the stillness of cypress trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. We will cultivate mindfulness — being present to ourselves while developing a contemplative relationship with nature. This leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, one another and the larger web of life.

Registration & Details

Awake in the Wild in the Colorado Rockies

Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center

With Mark Coleman

May 26 – June 02, 2024

Like the Buddha, people for millennia have sought refuge, clarity, and wisdom in the natural world. On this silent mindfulness retreat in the serenity and beauty of nature, we will explore potent awareness and heart-based meditations that open the heart and mind to insight, interconnection with life, and a profound peace.

Registration & Details

Awake in the Wild – New Mexico

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center

With Mark Coleman

June 03 – 10, 2024

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. On the retreat there will be guided nature-based meditations, mindful walks, Dharma talks on meditation and nature and group meetings with the teacher. There will be time to relish in the silence outdoors and to explore the wilderness of Vallecitos Mountain Ranch both in solitude and as part of the group.

Registration & Details

Awake in the Wild – New Mexico

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center

With Mark Coleman

September 23 – 30, 2024

This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating an inner quiet and curious spirit we can learn from nature as a perennial teacher. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.

Registration & Details

Natural Radiance

The Freedom of Awareness

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA

With Mark Coleman

November 15 – 21, 2024

In this silent meditation retreat, we will explore this innate quality of awareness – what it is, how to recognize it, and how to cultivate and nurture it. We will investigate how moment-to-moment continuity of mindfulness builds concentration, which in turn supports a depth of awareness.

Registration & Details
Sitting Groups

Daily Nature Meditation

With AitW Teachers

Daily: Monday – Friday (Online)

Morning meditation can help us to wake up and begin the day on the right foot, feeling more centered, focused, and uplifted, and the natural world can inspire our practice. The series is led by Awake in the Wild (AitW) founder Mark Coleman along with skilled AitW teachers from around the world.

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday Evening Meditation

With AitW Teachers

Weekly: Every Sunday (Online)

Join us on Zoom every Sunday evening for a 45-minute nature-oriented session that includes a short talk and guided meditation. The series is led by skilled Awake in the Wild (AitW) teachers from around the world. Sessions include a short 10 – 15 minute talk on a theme and a 30-minute guided meditation. Tune in from any peaceful environment with an internet connection, ideally immersed in nature or at the very least with a view of the outdoors. All are welcome!

Upcoming Schedule