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Waking Up / Summer Mini Mindfulness Intensives

Interested in kick starting, or refreshing, a morning meditation practice? Want to infuse more intention into your days?

Benefits of a regular meditation practice are numerous. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, depression and anxiety while fostering emotional resiliency and our ability to connect with others. As such, a morning meditation practice can help set an intention each day of greater purpose and well-being. Through discussion, instruction and practice we’ll explore concepts of mindfulness meditation while cultivating our own morning ritual. Open to all bodies and levels, these series are a great way to establish or revitalize a meditation practice.

Each series meets four consecutive mornings (Monday – Thursday), 7:15 – 8:30am. Each month covers foundational meditation concepts while exploring a rotating mindfulness theme. Register for one, two or all three! Register here.

  • June 11th– 14th/ The Art & Science of Relaxation
  • July 16th– 19th/ Everyday Loving Kindness
  • August 13th – 16th / Pairing Awareness with Compassion
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Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation / Sept. 16th

Treat yourself to the healing benefits of a crystal bowl sound bath. Explore self care through heart-centered guided meditation.

Join unfold co-founder Leigh  Drake and Ashley for this special, seasonal sound meditation. Sound is an accessible way to relax and give yourself some much needed nurturing as we move into Autumn. In this workshop, we’ll gently ease our bodies and minds into a state of relaxed presence by bathing in the soothing sounds of crystal singing bowls. As we do, we’ll both nourish our nervous systems and hone our capacity to meet ourselves (and life) with greater compassion and a spacious, loving heart.

This event will be held at unfold. More details, including how to register, to come early August.

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Beginning Mindfulness Meditation (Six-Week Series) / Next Series Dates TBA

Discover how mindfulness supports the development of insight and a wise, caring response to life. This six-week introductory series will explore the foundational practices and principles of mindfulness meditation. In looking at historical and cultural contexts, neuroscience and a variety of meditation practices, you’ll gain an understanding of what mindfulness is and practical strategies for applying it within daily activities.

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Midday Mindfulness

Join Ashley at WeWork Custom House in Portland for drop-in meditation, no charge. Each 30-minute session will include a guided meditation practice and instruction on basic mindfulness principles that can be applied both at home and on the job. All levels welcome.

Tuesdays, 12:00 – 12:30pm. These offerings are free, please email Ashley to be added to the guest list for any date.

Evening Light Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra

The barrage of information and stimulus that our bodies are subjected to in modern life can take their toll on our physical, emotional and spiritual health. The practice of Yoga Nidra offers an effective and sweet way to bring more kindness to our nervous systems while tapping into our bodies innate, but often underutilized, capacity to self-heal and restore. Through a process of supported and guided relaxation we’ll release accumulated tension. In doing so, we’ll cultivate the state of Yoga Nidra, a state of consciousness that both activates our body’s natural healing capacities and allows us direct access to our creative and compassion-filled inner wisdom.

Tuesdays at Unfold in SE Portland. 5:30 – 6:30pm.  NOTE: Beginning June, 2018 Yoga Nidra will be offered both Tuesdays and Thursdays at Unfold, 5:45 – 6:45pm.
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WindDown Wednesdays

Un-plug and de-stress in these monthly meditations. Each class will highlight simple mindfulness practices for letting go of the work day, calming body and mind. Meditations will be lightly guided with stretches of silence. All levels welcome.

Fourth Wednesdays, next class is 5/23. WeWork Custom House, 4:30 – 5:30pm. There is no charge for these classes but you must RSVP here if you are not a current WeWork Custom House member.

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Sunday Mindfulness Meditations

Mindfulness involves bringing present moment awareness to inner and outer experiences, supporting our capacity to respond to life with wisdom and kindness. These monthly drop-in classes include guided meditation practices and mindfulness discussions. The last half hour (optional) is designated for informal conversations over tea. All levels welcome.

Second Sundays, 9:00 – 10:00am (optional tea from 10-10:30), Unfold. Upcoming dates include: 5/13, 6/10 and 7/8. Click here to register.

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Relax & Restore Privates

Mindfulness helps us respond to life with wisdom and care. Blending these teachings with the deeply restorative practice of Yoga Nidra supports a gentle yet enduring replenishment of reserves while boosting one’s innate healing capacities. Practitioners report feeling less stressed; more calm, grounded and whole. Includes mindfulness discussion, guided meditation, full Yoga Nidra practice and opportunity for reflection and questions. Students are welcome to record sessions for on-going personal use.

Appropriate for all levels, all bodies. Available on a sliding scale for individuals and small groups. In person in Portland or by phone/video anywhere. Contact Ashley for more information or to schedule.

Meditation is the ultimate mobile device.

– Sharon Salzberg

Available & Past Topics

To inquire about a private class or event, please email Ashley. Here’s a sampling of other available topics:

  • Mitigating Compassion Fatigue
  • Reducing Stress Through Mindfulness
  • The Science & Art of Mindfulness
  • Foundations in Mindful Leadership
  • Everyday Mindfulness
  • Compassionate Communication in the Workplace
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Founder Ashley Dahl, MSW

A champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into daily life and relationships. She brings humor and a presence of calm thoughtfulness as she blends the teachings of wisdom traditions and science with modern culture. Ashley earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and is trained in mindfulness meditation through the Mindfulness Training Institute.

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