Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature
On this retreat, you could be meditating in your garden, on your deck or in a safe space in nature, practicing, of course, social distancing. We will learn that we can practice meditation in nature anywhere, even while looking out a window at skies, clouds, birds, and sunlight and receive the power of nature’s blessing. As we practice alone, but together, we will explore potent practices that open the heart and mind to insight, intimacy, and interconnection with all life. We will learn from nature’s wisdom teachings of transience, interdependence, and letting go. We will also see how nature evokes profound peace and calm as well as beautiful qualities of joy, wonder, and love – qualities so essential in these stressful pandemic times.
Mark is an unabashed nature lover and, through his organization Awake in the Wild, he shares his passion for integrating meditation and nature. He leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, taking people on inner and outdoor adventures. Through Awake in the Wild, Mark also leads year-long meditation-in-nature teacher trainings in the US. He is the author of From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness, Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from the Inner Critic and Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery.
Mark is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades. He is passionate about sharing the power of meditation and has taught mindfulness workshops and meditation retreats in six continents for the past twenty years. Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught there since 2000. He holds a MA in Clinical Psychology and draws on his extensive experience in working with people as a therapist and coach. Mark lives in Marin County, California and enjoys spending his free time hiking, biking and kayaking.