Awakening with Nature
Nature offers an inherently supportive container for meditation and invites the body, mind and heart into the natural wisdom of the present moment. Join us Wednesdays for guided, nature-based meditations from the comfort of your own home or favorite natural environment. Sessions may also offer brief EcoDharma talks, inquiries, or group reflections. All levels welcome.
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15am PST / 4:30 – 5:15pm CET. By sliding scale donation. Suggested scale: $8-$10-$12 for single class // $40-$50-$60 for five classes; people are welcome to pay more or less, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Livestream via Zoom with minimal attention to screens. If weather and technology cooperate, you may want to set up on a deck or outside. Otherwise we encourage sitting near a window, with plants, and/or with other elements from nature.
REGISTER HERE. (Upon registering, you will be sent a link to join, along with payment details. This series meets weekly on Wednesdays through October, 2021. You need only registration one time to attend any week.)
Questions? Email Ashley.
A champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into inner and outer life. She brings humor and a presence of calm thoughtfulness as she blends the teachings of wisdom traditions and contemplative practices with the wisdom and beauty of the natural world.
Ashley teaches mindfulness classes, series, workshops, trainings and retreats in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, for both private and public sectors. Areas of specialty: nature-based contemplation, alleviating compassion fatigue, compassionate communication, healing-centered (trauma-informed) care, and beginning mindfulness meditation. She also offers mindfulness-based coaching for leaders, businesses and individuals.
Ashley earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has been practicing meditation in the vipassana (insight) tradition for over 20 years. Ashley is also an accredited Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute and certified through International Mindfulness Teachers Association. When she’s not working, you’ll still find her meandering in the woods, being mesmerized by dunes and waves along the Oregon coast, and being quiet in the desert. Learn more about Ashley at openspacemindfulness.com.
Jackie Gay is a writer, sailor and trainee nature meditation teacher. She has published two novels, a biography and numerous short stories; and has sailed for both adventure and competition. She works as a mental health worker running rehabilitation activities and hopes to extend Awake in the Wild practices and principles into this field as well as writing zen-inspired short stories and feeding herself & her family from her garden.
Mindfulness Trainer (MBSR-Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn), Journalist, Author, Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie, Anthropologist, lives in Freiburg, Germany. She is passionate about hiking on nature and culture trails, leads outdoor-tours, “mindful hiking”, time-out seminars in the Swiss Alps.
Mirjam (M.A. International Cultural & Business Studies, Development Cooperation & NGO Management) is a practising Certified MSC, MBSR and Yoga Teacher, trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum, and experienced in Council Practice and contemplative dialog. She cooperates since 2016 with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) as International Affairs Manager and has taught MSC in Germany, Vietnam and in California. She also works for Arbor Seminare and, on a voluntary basis, in the core team of the European Network for Grateful Living „Dankbar leben“. She trains in the “Awake in the Wild” nature meditation Teacher Training to integrate dharma and gratitude practice with her love for nature and experience in the outdoors. Mirjam’s intention in her work is to grow together into more awareness of our human interconnectedness with our planet. She has lived in Spain, California and other countries, her home base being Freiburg, Germany and currently still Laguna Beach, California. Most of her work life was dedicated to project management, capacity building and evaluation in development cooperation. She passionately stands for a socially engaged practice out of a dharma perspective. As a mother of three, she cares deeply for how we can build sangha, learn and encourage each other. Opening our senses and re-learning to trust our bodies and hearts, humbly embedded in the great web of life, are accessible doorways into more peace and happiness and may lead to a needed change of mindset and way of action in the way we live our lives.
Rachelle is the owner of Creative Spirit Collaborative and the Executive Director of Foundation for Alternative Healing, as well as counselor and coach with specialities in Expressive Arts, Animal Facilitated, Somatic, Eco and Mindfulness based therapies.
Rachelle’s life long history with dance and befriending the earth and animals from a young age has inspired the approaches used at CSC. Rachelle’s interests in natural healing, movement, and connection with the earth deepened in her academic work. Rachelle’s Master’s Degree from Naropa University in Wilderness Therapy was founded on Transpersonal Psychology, psychology and application of ‘Buddhist inspired’ meditation and mindfulness practices to nature based therapeutic activities and incorporated aspects of expressive arts and movement based approaches as well. Rachelle’s Bachelor’s Degree from Bastyr University emphasized nutrition, exercise, and alternative healing practices.
Rachelle has studied yoga philosophy in depth since 2010 with teacher Dave Curtis’s Aksara Yoga and has had an ongoing yoga and meditation practice since 2000. Rachelle began regular wilderness solos in 2005 and has done wilderness solos and training with John P Milton’s Sacred Passages, Dave Talamo’s Wilderness Reflections, and Anne Stine’s Wilderness Rites. Rachelle has also had additional training as a life wellness coach from WellCoaches.