Full Moon Practice Circle
Come together in community and meditation as we honor earth aligning with the February full moon. Full moons are a natural part of Mother Earth’s monthly cycles, a time for releasing what is no longer needed in body, heart and mind. In Buddhist traditions, full moons are also a particularly auspicious time to practice metta (also known as loving-kindness), strengthening our capacity to hold life experiences with care.
In this 2-hour offering you’ll be invited to connect with nature and its cyclical rhythms, gently releasing limiting thought patterns and stagnant emotions and resting into kindness.
This practice circle will include:
- Exploration of the current full moon and related traditions
- Guided land practice
- Contemplative nature-based meditation
- Cultivation of loving-kindness
- Opportunities for deep listening, reflection and sharing in community
- Intention setting and gratitude practice
For the February session we’re taking inspiration from the moon’s spherical form, exploring symbolism of circles and their restorative expressions in practice and nature. We’ll also play with entering into the path of practice at a different point in the circular journey, beginning with a metta mandala practice and then moving more directly into land and nature meditation.
We suggest setting up in a comfortable and quiet spot free from distractions. If outside, perhaps set up around a fire and/or under a blanket. You’ll need reliable WIFI to support Zoom and enough battery life for 2 hours. If inside, you might consider the use of dim lighting and candles.
7:00 – 9:00 PM PST // 8:00- 10:00 PM MT
Registration closes one hour before the event begins. A sliding scale is offered for attendance with several scholarship tickets available. No refunds are available for this class; however, if a conflict arises you may use your funds as a credit for a future Full Moon Practice Circle session.
This event is being held online. About one hour prior to start time, registrants will receive a Zoom link to join via email. If you don’t see it in your inbox be sure to check your spam or junk mail.
- Ashley Dahl
A champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into inner and outer life. She brings humor and a presence of calm thoughtfulness as she blends the teachings of wisdom traditions and contemplative practices with the wisdom and beauty of the natural world.
Ashley teaches mindfulness classes, series, workshops, trainings and retreats in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, for both private and public sectors. Areas of specialty: nature-based contemplation, alleviating compassion fatigue, compassionate communication, healing-centered (trauma-informed) care, and beginning mindfulness meditation. She also offers mindfulness-based coaching for leaders, businesses and individuals.
Ashley earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has been practicing meditation in the vipassana (insight) tradition for over 20 years. Ashley is also an accredited Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute and certified through International Mindfulness Teachers Association. When she’s not working, you’ll still find her meandering in the woods, being mesmerized by dunes and waves along the Oregon coast, and being quiet in the desert. Learn more about Ashley at openspacemindfulness.com.
- Melanie Pensak
Melanie Pensak, a Certified Mindfulness Teacher and Earth Protector, offers nature-based meditation experiences designed to honor Mother Earth, cultivate interconnection with the land and guide humans into a daily mindfulness practice.
Melanie presently leads nature classes on Shoshone-Bannock land in Boise, Idaho. During this time of safe distancing, she offers online nature meditation classes via Zoom as well as one-on-one nature-based mentoring. She is known for her 4 -year Airbnb Experience Meditate @ the Beach in Los Angeles and is presently offering nature meditation sessions as an Airbnb Experience host online and in Boise, Idaho.
Melanie is particularly interested in the concept of reciprocity creating outdoor mindfulness workshops that integrate giving back to the land through ceremony and regenerative practices. She feels passionate about helping people incorporate mindfulness and nature into their modern, busy lives after living in cities herself for 15 years.
During the pandemic, Melanie lived and worked in community on an organic farm and engaged in land stewardship on a ranch. In her free time, she enjoys learning how to be a part of the shift towards regenerative living for all beings and compassionate activism.
You can also find her online as a hostess and course manager for Sangha Live. She is presently diving deeper into the Indigenous Knowledge of her own Ukrainian and Polish ancestry. When it is time to play, Melanie can be found exploring in nature, salsa dancing and refining the art of doing nothing.
Learn more at www.melaniepensak.com