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Nature & Mindfulness Retreat


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Nature is a great teacher of mindful awareness, calmness, composure and sensory engagement. It can help awaken us to the miracle of each moment, challenging us each day to be more aware of what we are doing, experiencing and becoming.

If you have become caught up in work, social media, stress or other factors that are hijacking your attention, this weekend of nature and mindful awareness can help restore balance in your day to day life. Even if you have the tiniest space in your life to go deeper, through this weekend, you will learn how to use that space well.

Immerse yourself in nature as a place for contemplation, meditation, refuge, and renewal. Learn practices that are rooted in Zen Buddhist traditions and the worldwide practice of deep nature connection. Practice techniques for walking, listening, seeing, and breathing that help to foster greater awareness in each moment. Learn meditation skills that you can use in daily life and explore topics in mindfulness which go beyond any singular religion, philosophy or tradition.

This workshop is for people both experienced with meditation practices from any tradition and those brand new to meditation. Beginning meditators will learn simple techniques to start a new practice. Experienced meditators will discover new inspiration for bringing mindfulness practice outdoors.

We explore:

Introduction to sitting and walking meditation
How to bring focused awareness to the five senses and the mind
Traditional teaching stories and talks exploring the philosophy of mindfulness
Gratitude practices
Bird sits, fox walk, owl eyes and other core routines of deep nature connection
This is for you if:

You are interested in beginning a meditation practice or if you already have a meditation practice
but it feels ‘stuck’
You would like skills in listening, walking and seeing in more detail to awaken vividness in your daily life
You want a relaxing and centering practice to cope with stress and awaken a deeper inner life
You would like to feel a stronger sense of belonging in nature
You would like to change your habits - making it easier to get outside, to breathe deeper or be more present

April 27-29, 2018

Starts: Friday 7pm
Saturday and Sunday start times: 10am
Ends: Sunday 4pm

Eco-Institute Community Barn and/or Lakeside Gazebo

$220, scholarships available, includes admission to Friday public talk