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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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Nature’s Echo: Autumn Embrace

A Yoga Nidra Series

Wednesday, October 9, 2024 (Online)

with Ashley Dahl

Join us in an experiential dive into the profound healing powers of nature, mingled with the restorative benefits of Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation). This first class in the series is an invitation to immerse yourself in seasonal meditations designed to deepen your connection with nature’s wisdom and revitalize your mind, body, and spirit.

Registration & Details

Healing with Nature

Transforming Grief in Chronic Illness

Saturday, October 19, 2024 (Online)

with Melanie Pensak

Come together with fellow individuals identifying with chronic illness for a unique 60-minute online mindfulness session. This session aims to foster a connection with the natural world as a grounding source to navigate the grief experienced throughout chronic illness, accommodating different abilities and energy levels with tailored adaptations for both indoor and outdoor participation. (Continued)

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

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

Tending the Exhausted Heart

West of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

with Amarin Dawn

July 20, 2024 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Mountain Time

A retreat for Eco-Activists. Join Amarin Dawn for a day in the wild to experience practices that nurture, revitalize and inspire. The day will include mindfulness based nature connection, forest bathing practices, hammock hang time, and connection with like hearted people. Plant based lunch and snacks provided.

Details & Registration

Click the “Retreats” Tab Above For Longer Programs

Nature’s Echo: Autumn Embrace

A Yoga Nidra Series

Wednesday, October 9, 2024 (Online)

with Ashley Dahl

Join us in an experiential dive into the profound healing powers of nature, mingled with the restorative benefits of Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation). This first class in the series is an invitation to immerse yourself in seasonal meditations designed to deepen your connection with nature’s wisdom and revitalize your mind, body, and spirit.

Registration & Details

Healing with Nature

Transforming Grief in Chronic Illness

Saturday, October 19, 2024 (Online)

with Melanie Pensak

Come together with fellow individuals identifying with chronic illness for a unique 60-minute online mindfulness session. This session aims to foster a connection with the natural world as a grounding source to navigate the grief experienced throughout chronic illness, accommodating different abilities and energy levels with tailored adaptations for both indoor and outdoor participation. (Continued)

Registration & Details

2025 Yearlong Community

Nature Meditation For Joy, Wisdom and Wonder

52 weeks – 52 meditations

Registration Opens: December, 2024

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

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

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

Baja Kayaking and Meditation Retreat

Sea of Cortez Loreto, Baja California Sur Mexico

With Mark Coleman

November 03 – 08, 2024

This is an insight meditation and sea kayaking silent retreat in the pristine wilderness of the Sea of Cortez. Cultivate mindful awareness through sitting, walking, and movement meditations. Mark will guide practices each day to deepen a contemplative relationship to nature.

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

Thanksgiving Exclusive:

Exploring Wisdom of Gratitude & Teachings of Nature

Baja, Mexico

With Mark Coleman, Lori Schwanbeck, and Teddi Dean

November 25 – 30, 2024

Through connection to our bodies, community, and nature we will experience how gratitude, awe, and beauty uplift the heart, expand the mind, and connect us to a sense of vitality and wisdom. This optimal state enriches possibility and helps clarify a deeper sense of purpose… (Continued)

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
Featured

Nature’s Echo: Autumn Embrace

A Yoga Nidra Series

Wednesday, October 9, 2024 (Online)

with Ashley Dahl

Join us in an experiential dive into the profound healing powers of nature, mingled with the restorative benefits of Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation). This first class in the series is an invitation to immerse yourself in seasonal meditations designed to deepen your connection with nature’s wisdom and revitalize your mind, body, and spirit.

Registration & Details

Healing with Nature

Transforming Grief in Chronic Illness

Saturday, October 19, 2024 (Online)

with Melanie Pensak

Come together with fellow individuals identifying with chronic illness for a unique 60-minute online mindfulness session. This session aims to foster a connection with the natural world as a grounding source to navigate the grief experienced throughout chronic illness, accommodating different abilities and energy levels with tailored adaptations for both indoor and outdoor participation. (Continued)

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
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

Tending the Exhausted Heart

West of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

with Amarin Dawn

July 20, 2024 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Mountain Time

A retreat for Eco-Activists. Join Amarin Dawn for a day in the wild to experience practices that nurture, revitalize and inspire. The day will include mindfulness based nature connection, forest bathing practices, hammock hang time, and connection with like hearted people. Plant based lunch and snacks provided.

Details & Registration

Click the “Retreats” Tab Above For Longer Programs

Online

Nature’s Echo: Autumn Embrace

A Yoga Nidra Series

Wednesday, October 9, 2024 (Online)

with Ashley Dahl

Join us in an experiential dive into the profound healing powers of nature, mingled with the restorative benefits of Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation). This first class in the series is an invitation to immerse yourself in seasonal meditations designed to deepen your connection with nature’s wisdom and revitalize your mind, body, and spirit.

Registration & Details

Healing with Nature

Transforming Grief in Chronic Illness

Saturday, October 19, 2024 (Online)

with Melanie Pensak

Come together with fellow individuals identifying with chronic illness for a unique 60-minute online mindfulness session. This session aims to foster a connection with the natural world as a grounding source to navigate the grief experienced throughout chronic illness, accommodating different abilities and energy levels with tailored adaptations for both indoor and outdoor participation. (Continued)

Registration & Details

2025 Yearlong Community

Nature Meditation For Joy, Wisdom and Wonder

52 weeks – 52 meditations

Registration Opens: December, 2024

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

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

Retreats

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

Baja Kayaking and Meditation Retreat

Sea of Cortez Loreto, Baja California Sur Mexico

With Mark Coleman

November 03 – 08, 2024

This is an insight meditation and sea kayaking silent retreat in the pristine wilderness of the Sea of Cortez. Cultivate mindful awareness through sitting, walking, and movement meditations. Mark will guide practices each day to deepen a contemplative relationship to nature.

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

Thanksgiving Exclusive:

Exploring Wisdom of Gratitude & Teachings of Nature

Baja, Mexico

With Mark Coleman, Lori Schwanbeck, and Teddi Dean

November 25 – 30, 2024

Through connection to our bodies, community, and nature we will experience how gratitude, awe, and beauty uplift the heart, expand the mind, and connect us to a sense of vitality and wisdom. This optimal state enriches possibility and helps clarify a deeper sense of purpose… (Continued)

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