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Meditation Mondays

a place to remember who we are, together

Jocelyn Rahm (of Beam & Anchor) and I began this weekly meditation group because it was something we were longing for. We’ve each experienced first-hand the ways mindfulness and community can foster a sense of peace and connection, and wanted to bring them together. Each week we explore a contemporary, topical theme through the lens of mindfulness and community dialogue. And we experiment with bringing the idea from mind into body through practice.

Mondays, 7-8:15ish pm PST. Currently being held live stream. Register to join via this LINK.  This is donation based and open to all, no prior experience needed.  Suggested sliding scale: $10-$12-$15. If your income has been interrupted and/or you are ill we encourage you not to pay, and rather be more deeply supported by community. Payments can be made through Venmo (preferred – “Ashley-Dahl-8”) or PayPal (“ashleymargaret9@gmail.com”.) 

Note: Meditation Monday will be on summer break for the month of August, resuming after Labor Day in September.

Head HERE for suggestions on finding a comfortable shape and set-up for meditation.

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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 PST. Currently being held live stream. Join via this LINK.  These offerings are free, donations are welcome as a way to support accessibility in other classes (suggested sliding scale: $5 – $8 – $10 / payments can be made through Venmo (preferred – “Ashley-Dahl-8”) or PayPal (“ashleymargaret9@gmail.com”.) 

Note: Midday Mindfulness will be on summer break for the month of August, resuming after Labor Day in September.

Head HERE for suggestions on finding a comfortable shape and set-up for meditation.

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Relax & Restore with Yoga Nidra

Deeply Restful, Profoundly Healing.

The practice of Yoga Nidra offers an effective and sweet way to bring kindness to our nervous system while tapping into our body’s innate capacity to self-heal and restore. Through a process of supported and guided relaxation we’ll release accumulated tension (physical, emotional and spiritual.) In doing so, we’ll cultivate the state of Yoga Nidra, a state of consciousness that allows us to rest in beneficial theta brain waves. This both activates our body’s natural healing capacities and allows us direct access to our creative and compassion-filled inner wisdom.

Click here for suggestions on props and set-up. Please note changes beginning in July.

Tuesdays free or by sliding scale donation. 5:30 – 6:30pm PST, livestream. Register HERE (one-time registration, you will be sent a link to join.) Suggested sliding scale: $10-$12-$15 single class; $50-$60-$75 for five classes. You are welcome to pay more or less. If your income has been interrupted you are encouraged not to pay and be more deeply supported by community, your presence is a gift. Payments can be made through Venmo (preferred – “Ashley-Dahl-8”) or PayPal (“ashleymargaret9@gmail.com”.) 

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Awakening with Nature

Nature offers an inherently supportive container for meditation and invites the body, mind and heart into the natural wisdom of the present moment. Morning offers stillness of mind and world that support an easeful and gentle awakening of awareness. Join Ashley and Rachelle Cornelius Wednesday mornings for guided, nature-based meditations from the comfort of your own home or favorite natural environment. Sessions may also offer brief EcoDharma talks, inquiries, or group reflections. All levels welcome.

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15am. By sliding scale donation. Suggested scale: $8-$10-$12 for single class // $40-$50-$60 for five classes; people are welcome to pay more or less, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  

Livestream via Zoom with minimal attention to screens. If weather and technology cooperate, you may want to set up on a deck or outside. Otherwise we encourage sitting near a window, with plants, and/or with other elements from nature.

REGISTER HERE. (You will be sent a link to join, along with details for payments.)

Upcoming
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Nature Meditation Retreat - TBD

Stay tuned for details about our next seasonal daylong, nature-based retreat.

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Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation / TBD

Interested in treating yourself to the healing benefits of a crystal bowl sound bath? Would you like to explore meditation through an easeful and restorative practice?

Join Ashley and Leigh for this seasonal sound meditation. In this spring edition we will tune ourselves to natures awakening to life and growth, and allow that power to move in and through us during this season. We will 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 awareness of the inherent joy of living and being.

This event has been postponed. 

Meditation is the ultimate mobile device.

– Sharon Salzberg

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Relax & Restore with Yoga Nidra

profound healing for modern times

The barrage of information and stimulus we’re subjected to in modern life can take their toll on our physical, emotional and spiritual health. 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.

Appropriate for all levels, all bodies.  Available as privates, series and trainings for both individuals and organizations.

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Mitigating Compassion Fatigue

mindfulness-based resiliency trainings  for health care professionals, educators & advocates

As human beings we’re wired to feel what others feel. This trait is key to our survival. It also lies at the heart of caregiving and advocacy professions. The problem is when those in caring roles don’t get enough care themselves. Exposure to stress, trauma and pain of others puts one at risk for what is known as compassion fatigue.  Compassion fatigue is a particular form of burnout that compromises well-being and lifework fulfillment.  How can mindfulness help?

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Heart at Work

Good for business, people & communities.

Based on current trends, Americans on average will spend more than 90,000 hours of their lives working. As many people and employers increasingly appreciate, that is too many hours to take for granted. Mindfulness can help. Heart at Work is a special program bringing mindfulness to businesses, workspaces and leadership teams.

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To inquire about a private class or event, contact Ashley. To bring mindfulness to your workplace, check out our Heart at Work program. Here’s a sampling of other available topics:

  • Compassion-Based Resiliency
  • The Science & Art of Mindfulness
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Compassionate Communication
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Founder Ashley Dahl, MSW, CMT-P

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. She has been practicing meditation in the vipassana (insight) tradition for over 20 years. Ashley is an accredited Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute and certified through International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She is also currently in a year-long apprenticeship Teacher Training with Mark Coleman focused on bringing contemplative practices into nature and the wilderness.

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