• Casita Supporting Rate – $840.00
  • Casita Actual Rate – $750.00
  • Casita Base Rate – $660.00
  • Yurt Supporting Rate – $840.00
  • Yurt Actual Rate – $750.00
  • Yurt Base Rate – $660.00
  • Tent Cabin Supporting Rate – $720.00
  • Tent Cabin Actual Rate – $630.00
  • Tent Cabin Base Rate – $540.00
  • Tent Camping Supporting Rate – $690.00
  • Tent Camping Actual Rate – $600.00
  • Tent Camping Base Rate – $510.00

Please note that outstanding balances will be automatically charged 30 days prior to your retreat. Please see our Registration Information to learn more.

Date & Time Details: Registration opens at 3:00 on the first day of the retreat. The retreat will close shortly after breakfast on the last day.

Price: We offer a sliding scale structure. Prices for this retreat range from $540-$825. (Learn more)

Dana: This is a dana based retreat. (Learn more)

Shuttle: Shuttle service is available for this retreat. (Learn more)

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Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman

July 7 - 13, 2017

“The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we yet know how to ask.”  – Nancy Newhall

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.

Participants will learn about the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment and then learn how to apply this receptivity to developing a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating this inner quiet and open curious spirit outdoors we can learn from nature as the ultimate teacher, and deepen our connection and appreciation of the earth in which we live. Participants will discover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life. What is also revealed is how the timeless teachings of the Dharma – like the Buddha’s teachings on impermanence, non-clinging, and the selfless nature of experience are readily accessible as we meditate outdoors.

During this experiential workshop, there will be nature-based meditations, individual and group exercises and talks on meditation and nature as well as group and individual meetings with the teacher. There will be time to relish in the silence outdoors and ample opportunity to explore and discuss the art of meditation in nature.

To support the meditation process, complete silence is maintained throughout the retreat except during meetings with your teachers and group discussion. Your teacher is committed to being available to you if you need to talk with them outside of the scheduled meetings.

This workshop is appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness and how to deepen our insight practice and open our connection to the mystery of the natural world.  Be prepared for unexpected delight, mystery, silence and illumination.


Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman is a Spirit Rock meditation teacher and has taught Insight Meditation since 1997. He is founder of the Mindfulness Institute and leads mindfulness teacher trainings in companies and organizations worldwide. He leads wilderness retreats internationally. Mark is an author of the books Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and Make Peace with your Mind, and a CD titled Poems from the Wild. Mark lives in Northern California and enjoys spending his free time hiking, biking and kayaking.
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