is author of Awake in the Wild. He has studied Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock meditation teacher and has led wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru. Mark is also a coach and therapist.
Following ancient traditions on the winter solstice, we will take this poignant time to retreat, slow down, and dive into stillness, silence, and inner exploration. While the natural world appears to be dormant, the inner realms are alive, transmuting the passage between the old and the new. The solstice asks how we stand open hearted in the face of the darkest night, while holding faith in the returning light.
During this retreat, we will be exploring the following questions:
· What needs to end to make space for a new beginning?
This time of year, during the winter solstice, is a poignant time to retreat, slow down, and reflect on letting go of the old and inviting what you want to bring in for the coming season. For many traditions, this season is also a time of love and light, and so what better time to cultivate the heart through meditation practices that open you to deeper experience of love, compassion, and joy?
Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen. Whether it is during a sunset meditation, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean, or sitting graced in the stillness of cypress trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.