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Nature Retreats

Solstice Meditation Retreat
with Mark Coleman and Lori Schwanbeck
December 15 – 17, 2017
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Following ancient traditions on this winter solstice, we will take this poignant time to retreat, slow down, and enter stillness, silence, and inner exploration.

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Baja Kayaking and Meditation Retreat
with Mark Coleman
March 10 – 17, 2018
or March 18 – 25, 2018
Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Come get away from winter cold and attend a silent mindfulness retreat in the pristine wilderness of the Sea of Cortez. This is the 10th year that Mark Coleman has led this silent kayaking meditation retreat. 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.

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Awake in the Wild Teacher Training
with Mark Coleman
May 6, 2018 – May 11, 2019

The Awake in the Wild Meditation in Nature Teacher Training is an apprenticeship training in guiding contemplative nature practice, inspired by the wisdom teachings from the Buddhist tradition, by Mark Coleman’s book Awake in the Wild (AITW) and by the wilderness retreats led by Mark for more than a decade across the Americas. Nature meditation brings mindful awareness practices into the outdoors as a support for presence, connection, and insight. Mark is excited to share this cherished work with a group of dedicated nature meditation practitioners that will give them tools to begin to share similar practices with others.

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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.


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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Liberation from the Inner Critic
with Mark Coleman
November 17 – 19, 2017
1440 Multiverse, Scotts Valley, CA

Do you experience the painful, negative effects of self-judgment? Do you judge yourself or others as never good enough, not quite right, or always falling short? Despite how it might feel, you can free yourself from the inner critic for good. Guided by lighthearted mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman, MA, you will learn how to replace this common habit with self-compassion, clarity, and kindness.

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Freedom from the Inner Critic
with Mark Coleman
December 2, 2017
Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Have you noticed the negative disabling effects of self-judgment? Are you prone to judging everything you do as not good enough, not quite right, or not living up to some impossibly high standard? Do you find yourself harshly judging your meditation, your practice or your other spiritual practices? If you would you like to learn how to be more free from the torment of the inner critic, then this daylong is for you.

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Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life
with Mark Coleman
December 17 – 22, 2017
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Awareness and love (metta) are essential and beautiful aspects of any spiritual life. In this retreat there will be comprehensive meditation instruction for sitting and walking meditation, as well as talks, group discussions, and mindful movement. Suitable for beginning and experienced students.

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