June 2019

10Jun(Jun 10)3:00 PM16(Jun 16)11:30 AMAwake in the WildMeditation in Nature Retreat3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (16) Upper Walking Hall Teacher(s): Mark Coleman; James Lowe (teacher-in-training) No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Monday, June 10, 3:00pm – Sunday, June 16, 11:30am; 6 nights
Sliding Scale: $1600-$700, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 261R19.

This retreat is now in session.

Retreat Description:
Following a long Buddhist tradition of meditating in the forest beginning with the Buddha, the majority of the retreat will be spent outside, practicing in the beauty of nature.

During the retreat, we will learn traditional Buddhist meditation practices, and complimentary techniques that help deepen our relationship to ourselves, the earth, and awaken our receptivity to nature as our teacher. We will explore how mindfulness practice is profoundly supported by the teachings of nature as we sit and walk outdoors. This deepening awareness opens us to profound experiences of interconnectedness, insight, and love. It also allows us to experience ourselves as part of the broader web of life and attune to a sense of mystery and wonder.

This is a rare opportunity to sit in community, in silence, in a beautiful natural setting in the woods and hills above the main campus at Spirit Rock.

Suitable for both new and experienced students.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

Held outdoors, or if bad weather, indoor location: Upper Walking Hall. This retreat is designed as a smaller and more intimate retreat. It will mostly be held outdoors but should bad weather visit us, we will have an indoor location – the upper Walking Hall. We want you to know that this upper walking hall is located at the top of a flight of stairs adjacent to the main meditation hall. It is not accessible by wheelchair or scooter. If you have mobility limitations such that you cannot climb a flight of stairs (or hike a moderate distance) this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please call the registration department for more details BEFORE you register for this retreat if you have concerns related to accessibility to the upper Walking Hall or the short hike to the daily outdoor meditation location.

General Information

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Also, please remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.


  • James Lowe

    James Lowe

    James Lowe has practiced meditation for over 15 years, with Adrianne Ross, Michele MacDonald and Steven Smith as his main teachers. James has over 20 years of teaching adults in community agencies and institutions, primarily teaching the Brahma-Viharas to volunteers and healthcare practitioners. As a psychotherapist, he sees life as learning, and thus helps clients learn to use the Dharma in a one on one setting. James is currently interested in exploring different ways to teach the dharma in nature, online, and in smaller groups. He especially likes smaller groups where people get to share their practice with one another. His greatest wish is to make the dharma accessible and personal to all people. Connect with James, visit www.jameslowe.com.

  • Mark Coleman, MA

    Mark Coleman, MA

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