Nowhere is the power of contemplative silence and meditation more profound than in the beauty of nature. Like the Buddha and his students, we will explore how awareness is profoundly supported by the natural world as we spend a tranquil day in sitting and walking meditation in the hills and meadows of Spirit Rock land.
Through various Buddhist and nature meditation practices we will explore mindfulness meditation - the capacity to be present and awake to ourselves, our environment and reality. In particular we will focus our attention on the reality of change that is present in our inner and outer landscape. Nature is the teacher par excellence of impermanence - constantly revealing the ebb and flow of life in seasons, changing light, weather, death and regeneration. It also teaches us beautifully how to appreciate this fragile and vulnerable life and how to let go when things do change. Through deepening our sensitivity to this truth we can touch profound experiences of peace as we meet this reality without struggle and discover that which is beyond time and change in this fleeting world.
In this day there will be talks, discussion, guided meditations and group exercises. The day will be held in spacious silence. No previous meditation experience necessary. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
Please arrive by 8:45 am in order to register and gather with the group before the walk up the hill. Sorry, we are not able to transport those with disabilities, as the site is on a hill with no paved path leading up to it, only a narrow trail.
Please bring the following: something to sit on, such as a cushion, bench/zafu/back support/blanket/or mat; food for lunch; plenty of water; sunscreen; hat; sunglasses; layered clothing for protection against hot sun, cold fog and insects; and shoes for walking 10-15 minutes uphill.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ on limited income) are invited to attend this event for $25.
Please Carpool! Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.
Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.