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Living Dharma Program

Exploring and Integrating the Eight-fold path in Daily Life

September 2022 – April 2023
with Mark Coleman, MA, and Dawn Mauricio


This program is designed for meditators and Buddhist practitioners wishing to engage wholeheartedly in a deep exploration and practice of Dharma through the study and teaching of the Buddha’s “Noble Eightfold Path.” Using the classic Buddhist teachings of sīla, samādhi, and pañña (ethics, meditation, and wisdom), we will look at how we cultivate mindfulness, kindness, and balance given the inner stresses of modern life, and the outer challenges of social inequity and the pressure of climate change.

This will be a practical, experiential, and meditative program exploring the Buddha’s teachings on the eight limbs of the Dharma path: Wise Understanding, Wise Motivation, Wise Action, Wise Livelihood, Wise Communication, Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, and Wise Concentration. Through the support of these teachings, we will inquire how to live and respond to life with awareness, wisdom, and compassion.

In this journey, we will create a vibrant learning community to study, meditate, and inquire into these key areas of Buddhist teaching and how to make these teachings practical and relevant in our current social milieu. Our meditation practice and what is happening around us politically, socially, and globally are not separate. As we explore the Eightfold Path teachings, we will apply what was taught 2600 years ago to what we live and experience in our contemporary lives.


Preferred pre-requisites (encouraged, not required):

  • 2 years of meditation practice
  • A minimum of 10 days of any combination of: silent residential meditation retreats, daylongs, or mindfulness workshops
  • For white-identified applicants, priority will be given to those who have done or are signed up to take a white awareness, antiracist, and/or racial equity training
  • Priority is offered to those practicing Vipassana (Insight Meditation)


Monthly large group sessions - online (recorded)
Monthly small group sessions
Daily and monthly home practices and readings
Monthly written reflections
Monthly Q&A - online (recorded)


September 2022 – April 2023, First Saturday of the month

Large Group Sessions (recorded) | All 9:00 am – 4:00 pm US Pacific Time.

  • Saturday, September 3
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, November 5
  • Saturday, December 3
  • Saturday, January 7
  • Saturday, February 4
  • Saturday, March 4
  • Saturday, April 1



  • Must attend at least 6 of 8 large group sessions live (all will be recorded)
  • Meditation: 20-30 min/day recommended
  • Reading, journaling, and written reflections: 4-8 hr/month
  • Small group meetings: 1 hr/month
  • Q&A: 1 hr/month (highly recommended but not required, and will be recorded)
  • Attend ONE program orientation (highly recommended, especially if you have not used our online learning platform before)
    • Tuesday, August 30; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. US Pacific Time
    • Friday, September 2; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. US Pacific Time


Sliding Scale: $3500 – $500. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports Spirit Rock, staff, and your fellow practitioners. These fees also support the teachers of this program. Any amount offered above the Base rate of $2100 is a tax deductible donation to Spirit Rock, and your generosity will enable and support the participation of others.

Benefactor – $3500
Sustainer – $2650
Base – $2100

Scholarship Sliding Scale:*
Scholarship Rate 1 – $1850*
Scholarship Rate 2 - $1575*
Scholarship Rate 3 – $750*
Scholarship Rate 4 – $500* [Limited, reserved for Black, Indigenous, and People of color (BIPOC)]

*All Scholarship rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are open to anyone needing financial support. Scholarship Rates 3 and 4 are very limited and are reserved for those truly experiencing financial hardship.

Participation in LDP requires a financial commitment. Payment plans are available for all levels of the sliding scale. Scholarship support is available to help with payment of fees but it will be limited. Upon acceptance into LDP and to secure your spot, ALL participants will be asked to pay a minimum deposit of 25% (based on the rate you select).

You may pay the entire program fee in full or set up a two payment installment plan for the remainder of the balance (after the initial 25% deposit). The two installments will be due September 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022. Installments can only be set up on credit cards. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Participating in LDP will require your commitment of both time and financial resources. If you need to withdraw from the program, the following fee structure will apply.  

  • $50 non-refundable, flat fee for all applicants July 1 - Aug 26
  • 10% fee: August 27 - September 2
  • 20% fee: September 3 - September 30
  • 40% fee: October 1 - November 4
  • 85% fee: November 5 - December 2
  • No refunds = On or after December 3

*Fee deducted from refund; fee is a percentage of the total amount agreed to pay. These fees apply to all participants.


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Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 1997. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature.

Mark is a psychotherapist, life-coach, and mindfulness consultant to corporations. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and passionate about combining the forces of meditation, silence, and nature.

Mark's books include A Field Guide to Nature Meditation: 52 Mindfulness Practices for Joy, Wisdom and WonderAwake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-DiscoveryMake Peace with your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner CriticFrom Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness .

For more information, visit www.markcoleman.org

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Dawn Mauricio

Dawn Mauricio (she/her) has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005. She has graduated from the first teacher development group of True North Insight, and Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, Dedicated Practitioners' Program, and 4-year Retreat Teacher Training. She teaches with a playful, dynamic, and heartfelt approach people of color and folks of all backgrounds. Dawn leads daylongs, retreats, multi-year programs, and workshops in Canada and the US for Spirit Rock, True North Insight, Sacred Mountain Sangha, and Insight LA. Dawn is a co-founder of the True North Insight BIPOC practice group, serves on the guiding teachers council of True North Insight, and the leadership council for Sacred Mountain Sangha. She is also the author of “Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners”. For more information, visit dawnmauricio.com.

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