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Nature Retreats


Baja Kayaking and Meditation Retreat
with Mark Coleman
March 17-24, 2017 – SOLD OUT
March 25-April 1, 2017
Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Take a break from winter cold and join a Vipassana meditation retreat and sea kayaking trip in the pristine wilderness of the Sea of Cortez. We will spend time meditating on beautiful remote beaches, under exquisite sunrises, and sunset skies, doing mindful kayaking between campsites, and nighttime paddling with the mind blowing bioluminesence. The retreat will be mostly in silence to support the meditative process, and there will be several periods of meditation daily as well as time for discussion, talks on the themes of meditation in nature, talking circles and opportunities for one to one work with the Mark Coleman. There will also be free time to swim, snorkel and enjoy this spectacular setting.

To view a short video taken from a previous retreat, click here.

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Awakening in Nature
with Mark Coleman
April 17-22, 2017
Lotus View Ranch, Pilot Hill, CA

This silent mindfulness in nature retreat will take place on private land in a beautiful pastoral, woodland setting in Northern California with abundant  meadows, wildflowers, streams and gorgeous mature oaks. This retreat will be a camping retreat, yet fully catered and with delightful hot outdoor showers.

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Awake in the Wild, Meditation in Nature Retreat
with Mark Coleman
July 7-13, 2017
Vallecitos, Santa Fe, NM

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch. Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.

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Mindfulness Classes and Retreats

Monday night class at Spirit Rock
Ongoing class – check with registration
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
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Online Meditation with Mark
Mark has contributed over 80 meditations to – a digital health and wellness platform for meditation and yoga training.


Make Peace with Your Mind
How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from the Inner Critic

with Mark Coleman
April 15, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

If you would like to learn how to be more free from the torment of the inner critic, then this daylong is for you. Given how much pain self-judgment and judging others causes, it is essential we bring our mindfulness practice to understand and liberate this pattern. The day will involve a combination of talks, interactive exercises, and mindfulness and loving-kindness techniques. This will be a practical and experiential course taught with lightness, compassion and humor, and the need to not take ourselves too seriously!

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Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
with Sharon Salzberg, Mark Coleman, and Oren Sofer
May 17 – 24, 2017
Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA

Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration, fearlessness, happiness and a greater ability to love. This silent retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.

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Finding Refuge and the Wise Heart in Challenging Times
with Mark Coleman
June 2, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

In every era of human history, people have encountered social upheaval and struggles. Today is no different, yet the social and ecological crises we are facing currently present unprecedented challenges. From the perspective of the Dharma, what is our response? How do we stay centered in the values of mindfulness, wisdom and compassion and not drown in reactivity or hopelessness? Buddhist teachings provide a variety of practices and tools that provide a sense of refuge amidst any circumstance. The jewel of awareness, the compassionate heart, the refuge of community, the stability of equanimity, and the capacity for wise speech and wise action are key resources on the path.

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Opening the Heart, Freeing the Mind
with Mark Coleman
July 14, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Mindful awareness and love are beautiful qualities of an awakened life. Awareness leads to clarity, insight and freedom. A loving heart responds with care to our own struggles and to the pain in the world. It allows a kind embrace of ourselves and connects us intimately with life. In this creative day of practice, we will cultivate heartful qualities and learn how to free ourselves from the restless, reactive mind so we can live with greater kindness and peace.

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Insight Meditation as a Path to Freedom
with Mark Coleman, Bonnie Duran, and Howard Cohn
July 24 – 30, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

In this silent mindfulness meditation retreat we will explore the innate quality of awareness as the foundation for cultivating clarity, understanding and insight into our human experience. We will investigate how through mindfulness practice we can develop insight into the causes of stress and the causes of genuine happiness. We will examine what it means to abide with kindness and awareness in the midst of life, so we can live with a genuine non-reactive freedom wherever we are.

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Insight Meditation as a Path to Freedom
with Mark Coleman and Diana Winston
September 14 – 17, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Have you ever been curious about Insight Meditation? This silent retreat will teach the essentials of this practice and offer key Buddhist teachings. We will explore ways to awaken our mind and heart so that we can learn to live a life of wisdom, compassion, inner peace and freedom.

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Mindfulness Teacher Training in U.K.
with Mark Coleman & Martin Aylward
U.K. Training Runs September 2017 – August 2018

This unique comprehensive year long teacher training combines transformational cultivation of your own mindfulness practice and systematic development of your teaching capacity. You will learn to integrate the depth of mindfulness meditation from its ancient origins with latest research and neuroscience findings on mindfulness and its applications This course will enable you to teach a wide variety of mindfulness programs with confidence and clarity.

This training will be offered in the U.S. in 2018.

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