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May 01 2022

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Awake in the Wild – Mindfulness Practices and the Joy & Peace of Meditation in Nature

Like the Buddha, people for millennia have sought refuge in the refuge of the natural world. In this tranquil and rejuvenating day, we will explore how meditation is supported by the stillness of nature as we spend the day in sitting and walking meditation in the beautiful hills and meadows of Spirit Rock.

Through various nature meditation practices we will utilize the quality of mindfulness – to support us being present to our direct experience and the earth around us. By learning from nature’s perennial wisdom teachings on impermanence, interconnection, and letting go we can learn to be responsive to whatever condition we encounter.

As it is springtime, we will be surrounded by opening to beauty and how nature evokes many sublime qualities of joy, peace, wonder and love. And with love arises the wish to take care of what we love. The day will include discussion, guided meditation, and periods of guided silent practice.


  • 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.