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.
Come learn how to abide in the heart of loving presence. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice, and the qualities of love developed through loving kindness (metta) meditation, are essential and beautiful aspects of living an awake life. During this course, we will explore the ways that mindfulness leads to clarity and insight and how love opens the heart and allows a kind embrace of ourselves and life. This fusion of love and mindfulness supports a compassionate response to the pain that we encounter in ourselves and in the world.
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.