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Esalen in Big Sur


May 06 - 08 2022


7:30 pm - 12:00 pm
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Awake in the Wild Meditation Retreat at Esalen

with Mark Coleman, Lori Schwanbeck and Teja Bell

Are you ready to enter into the beauty and serenity of nature at Esalen? In this mindfulness in nature workshop, you will spend the entire time meditating and opening the senses in the stunning natural beauty of the Big Sur coast. Developing a sensory, embodied attention in the outdoors will open you to beautiful states of joy, delight and wonder.

In these uncertain times, where so much of our lives are lived virtually, it is vital we stay connected to our own bodies and the body of the earth to access wisdom and perspective.

Opening the senses, the heart, and the mind to the wonder of nature revitalizes us and reconnects us to our aliveness. During our time together, we will draw on nature, meditation and Qi-Gong to cultivate a relaxed, receptive, embodied quality of attention where states of joy, awe, and wonder will increase your capacity for well-being and inspired action.

You will have the opportunity to study with three renowned meditation teachers throughout the weekend. You will explore beautiful and accessible practices of meditation, movement, Qi-Gong, all outdoors in the exquisite natural beauty at Esalen. Serenity, peace, and delight await!


  • Mark Coleman
    Mark Coleman

    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.