LIVE ONLINE Awakening in Nature
In this 3-week live, online course from the location that is accessible to you (be it a calm outdoor space, your garden, balcony or in these times of physical distancing a room with a view outside), you will have an opportunity to find greater connection to yourself and regenerate and nourish in community. We will utilize various sensory awareness practices and mindfulness-based meditations to support us being present and awake to our direct experience and to the wonder and mystery of nature. Tending to the diverse environments we are in, we will learn from nature’s perennial wisdom that teaches us about change, inter-dependence, letting go, looking deeply, appreciating and savoring. We will explore our capacity to be with what is, aware that circumstances outdoors and in nature are not predictable. We will explore the interconnection between our inner and outer landscape, and how nature touches and evokes beautiful qualities in us. We will learn ways to cultivate a greater sense of peace and equanimity in these challenging times, explore ways to open our heart and learn skills to integrate these practices into our everyday life.
In our practice, mini-talks about relevant topics, scientific research and health benefits will be interwoven with guided meditations, group exercises and sharing time. We will explore Foundational Mindfulness Practices with Sensory Awareness, Heart and Wisdom Practices. We will also tend to our bodies and eyesight in front of screens and allow for short breaks with practices you may adapt and apply to your daily routines. Even virtually in a group, contemplative nature practice allows for an experience of nourishment, inspiration, and connection with oneself and with each other.
No meditation experience necessary. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
Organizer: Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, UC Irvine
Register now: https://ssihi.uci.edu/class_schedule/live-online-mindfulness-based-nature-practice-awakening-in-nature/
January 23, January 30, February 6, 2021 from 10-12:30 pm PST
Mirjam (M.A. International Cultural & Business Studies, Development Cooperation & NGO Management) is a practising Certified MSC, MBSR and Yoga Teacher, trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum, and experienced in Council Practice and contemplative dialog. She cooperates since 2016 with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) as International Affairs Manager and has taught MSC in Germany, Vietnam and in California. She also works for Arbor Seminare and, on a voluntary basis, in the core team of the European Network for Grateful Living „Dankbar leben“. She trains in the “Awake in the Wild” nature meditation Teacher Training to integrate dharma and gratitude practice with her love for nature and experience in the outdoors. Mirjam’s intention in her work is to grow together into more awareness of our human interconnectedness with our planet. She has lived in Spain, California and other countries, her home base being Freiburg, Germany and currently still Laguna Beach, California. Most of her work life was dedicated to project management, capacity building and evaluation in development cooperation. She passionately stands for a socially engaged practice out of a dharma perspective. As a mother of three, she cares deeply for how we can build sangha, learn and encourage each other. Opening our senses and re-learning to trust our bodies and hearts, humbly embedded in the great web of life, are accessible doorways into more peace and happiness and may lead to a needed change of mindset and way of action in the way we live our lives.