Visiting Teachers

Skilled and Compassionate Guidance Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center guided meditation retreats are led by the most skilled and capable teachers...

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock and has taught insight meditation worldwide since 1997. Mark is passionate about integrating meditation and nature and leads wilderness retreats through his organization, Awake in the Wild, as well as nature based meditation teacher trainings.

Co-founder of the Mindfulness Training Institute Mark also leads year long mindfulness teacher trainings in the UK and US.

He is author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and Make Peace With Your Mind and his recent book From Suffering to Peace.

He lives in Northern California and likes nothing more than hiking, biking, and kayaking in the outdoors.

Events with Mark Coleman

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature Retreat (Fall)
September 23 - 30, 2022

On this retreat we will meditate outdoors all day in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos.  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. This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present and aware of both our inner and outer landscapes. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating an inner quiet and curious…