MEDITATING WITH THE REDWOODS
Three dates for 2019
• Sunday, August 11
• Sunday, September 8
• Saturday, October 5
Santa Cruz Mountains
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM • Ben Lomond, CA
With Carla Brennan
“We can learn from nature enough to be enlightened.”
THE PRACTICE OF THE WILD: ALIVE, AWARE, AWAKE
Mystics from all traditions have gone to wild places to seek deeper wisdom. The Buddha specifically instructed his followers to go to the forest to meditate. Come practice among old trees and new growth, allowing the vibrant stillness of the forest to deepen our awareness. Take this opportunity to slow down from the busyness of your life to reconnect with your true nature. The trees, the sky, the creatures of the forest can all teach us how to be natural, alive and present.
Recent research verifies what we all already know, that time spent in nature brings us back to balance and increases our well-being and mental health. Come “forest bathe” for the day and soak in the benefits.
We will meet outdoors in a lovely natural amphitheater surrounded by redwoods on private property in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Ben Lomond, CA. There will be guided sitting and moving mindfulness meditations, qi gong, teachings and Q & A. Mos of the day will be in silence. Bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable layered clothing.
Join us for natural meditation on a retreat without walls.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Please only register if you can attend the entire day. We will send a link to facilitate carpooling a few days before the retreat since parking is limited. Directions and information will be emailed to you once you register.
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: There is a $20 deposit required to register. If you must cancel your registration, this deposit is fully refundable up to a week before the retreat. There are no refunds within a week of the retreat.
THERE IS A SUGGESTED SLIDING SCALE DONATION of $75-175 (including the $20 deposit). More or less is gratefully accepted. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Non-monetary donations are also accepted. Checks are written to “Bloom of the Present.” Donations are tax-deductible.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”