"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

In Praise of the Earth: A Day of Meditation and Song in Nature
Mark Coleman, Jennifer Berezan (musician)
Sunday, April 22, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - 200. Please bring your lunch. Code MC7D18.
OPEN-Register Here

Nowhere is the power of contemplative meditation more profound than in the serenity of nature. Like the Buddha, mystics for millennia have sought refuge in the silence of the natural world.

In this tranquil and rejuvenating day, we will explore how meditation is supported by the stillness of nature as we spend the day in sitting and walking meditation in the hills and meadows of Spirit Rock. Throughout the day we will interweave sessions of chant and song designed to open the heart and awaken states of well being and insight.

In this time of crisis on our beloved earth, we will gather to intimately connect to the land with presence and reverence to heal and strengthen our hearts. We will learn from nature’s perennial wisdom teachings on change, inter-dependence, and the power of letting go. We will explore the interconnection between our inner and outer landscape and experience how nature touches and evokes many beautiful qualities including joy, peace, wonder and love.

The day will be held in spacious silence and will include dharma talks, discussion, guided meditations, chant, song and group exercises. No previous meditation experience necessary. All levels of practitioners are welcome!

The entire day will be held outdoors on Spirit Rock land. More details will be shared closer to the event.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

Construction Alert: from February – April, 2018, the Marin County Department of Public Works will stabilize and repair a slide area on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. as you exit Fairfax on your way over White’s Hill towards Woodacre. Construction is expected from Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 5 pm. Travelers should expect 10-15 min. delays during peak commuting hours.

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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

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

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