Awake in the Wild: Rocky Mountains
Activity: Residential Retreat
Location: Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Retreat Center
Address: 8941 Overland Rd Ward, CO United States
On this silent meditation retreat we will spend the entire time meditating in the beauty, stillness and serenity of this Rocky Mountain landscape at RMERC. We will take our Dharma practice outdoors as a support for cultivating an embodied, sensory awareness that supports insight and understanding as well as heart opening joy, wonder and profound connection with the natural world.
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.
Participants will also discover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life. 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 Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center both in solitude and as part of the group.
To support a depth of meditative awareness, complete silence is maintained throughout the retreat except during meetings with your teachers and group discussion. This workshop is appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness and how to deepen your insight practice and open your connection to the mystery of the natural world. Be prepared for unexpected delight, mystery, silence and illumination.
About Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is a home for spiritual practice, with an emphasis on practice in nature. They are a supportive place for deep practice, a place for meditation, retreats, workshops and Ecodharma; a place for learning from nature, teachers and other participants, and a place for discovering ourselves in a wild environment.
They bring Buddhism and Dharma back into the natural world where they originated, and in doing so, regain the connection and energy necessary to effectively address ecological and related social crises.
There are amazing views across RMERC, with 180 acres of forest, meadow, and creek frontage, and views of the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness and Continental Divide. The land is at and above 8500′ elevation, surrounded by National Forest, and features miles of easy and moderate hiking trails.
Since the altitude at the center is 8500′, occasionally people coming up from sea level experience altitude effects. Staying overnight in Denver or Boulder (at 5300′) before the training is a great way to acclimate. Also, drinking plenty of water is key.
The retreat will begin with registration starting at 4 pm on September 14th. Please plan to arrive between 4 and 6 pm, so that you can get settled in a bit before dinner and orientation.
For those of you flying into the Denver airport, it takes roughly 1 1/2 hours to travel to RMERC. If you fly into Boulder airport, it takes roughly 45 minutes to travel to RMERC.
The retreat will end at 10 am on September 20th.
This is a tent-camping-only retreat. You will need to bring your own tent, gear, linen, and towels.
Meals will be simple, seasonal, vegetarian fare catered by a local chef.
While we will try to accommodate simple dietary needs and allergies, those with very specific requirements may need to supplement their meals by bringing their own foods.
This is a dana retreat. Registration fees for this retreat covers food, facilities and other basic retreat expenses. It does not cover Mark’s teaching, gratuities for the chef, nor does it support the natural preservation work done at RMERC.
At the end of the retreat, you will be given the opportunity to offer dana so they may continue their dharma work. We cannot recommend an amount to donate as the teachings are considered priceless. Your offering should be given from the heart and with consideration of your financial situation.
Tent Camping Spot (Tent and gear are not included) – $540
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.