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. We will learn about the practice of mindfulness—the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment, and then learn how to apply this receptivity to developing a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating this inner quiet and open curious spirit outdoors, we can learn from nature and deepen our connection and appreciation of the earth in which we live. We can discover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love, and connection with oneself, one another, and the larger web of life.
During the week, there will be nature-based meditations, individual and group exercises, and talks on meditation and nature. There will be time to relish the silence outdoors and ample opportunity to explore and discuss the art of meditation in nature. This workshop is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness, and how to deepen our connection with the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Be prepared for unexpected rapture, delight, mystery, and stillness. Please bring comfortable layers of clothing and be prepared for cool or warm days spent outside.
Recommended reading: Coleman, Awake in the Wild.