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With Every Bite: Mindful Chocolate Tasting / March 26th

Mindfulness helps us to be fully present with sensory experiences as they unfold. What better way to practice than with chocolate? Come learn about the bean-to-bar process of chocolate-making with the folks behind Ranger Chocolate, while testing out the goods. Through sight, sound, touch, smell, and of course taste, we’ll hone our appreciation for this nuanced treat, along with our capacity to experience pleasure with every bite.

March 26th, 2018, 6:30pm-8pm, at Cup & Bar, $20 if registered by 3/12, $25 after. Group size limited. No prior mindfulness or meditation experience required. To register, or if you have any questions, contact Ashley

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Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation / April 15th

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 Unfold Co-Director Leigh Drake for this special sound meditation. Sound can be a wonderfully accessible way to foster kind and present moment awareness. 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.

April 15th, 2018, 7:00pm-8:15pm, at Unfold. No prior meditation experience required. Further details, including how to register, expected late February.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Mind / April 22nd

Would you like to declutter your head? Is it time to hit refresh on a particular habit or perspective?

Spring is a time when many of us undertake a thorough cleaning of our physical spaces. It can also be a potent season for decluttering our inner landscapes. With the support of mindfulness and yoga nidra, we’ll explore ways to gently purge outdated habits and beliefs while dusting off the qualities within us we want to shine. As we do, we’ll create space for being more responsive (rather than reactive) and nurture conditions for fresh starts.

April 22nd, 12:30 – 3:30pm, at Unfold. $45 early registration, $55 week of. To register click here.

Jet Sky

Free Info Session for Beginning Mindfulness Meditation Series / March 27th

Among its many benefits, mindfulness is known to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to support the development of insight along with wise and caring responses to life. Join Mindfulness Educator Ashley Dahl, MSW to learn about the upcoming six-week Beginning Mindfulness Meditation Series.


In this free informational session we’ll review the foundational practices and principles of mindfulness meditation covered in the series, what a typical week will look like, and details about the optional 1-on-1 session (included in the cost of the series). We’ll also open up the discussion for individual questions. Note: attending this session is not required to register for the series, it is simply for your information! Please contact Ashley at with any questions.

March 27th, 7:00 – 8:30pm, at Unfold. The six-week series itself is April 10th – May 15th. Sign-up for the free Info Session expected to open up mid-February.

Fern On Tree

Beginning Mindfulness Meditation (Six-Week Series) / April 10th - May 15th

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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Growing Compassion {From the Inside Out} / May 20th

Is your inner critic bossing you around? Would you like to experience more kindness in daily life?

This workshop will be an experiential exploration of kindness, and the ways kindness towards self improves well-being and fosters connections to others. Through mindfulness discussion, guided meditation and compassionate awareness practices, we’ll discover gentle ways to tame our inner critics and truly feel at home within ourselves, wherever we are. By attuning to our innate capacity for compassion we’ll also grow our ability to respond to life and others with greater care.

May 20th, 12:30 – 3:30pm, at Unfold. $45 early registration, $55 week of. To register click here

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With Every Sip: Mindful Wine Tasting / Early Summer

Ashley’s teaming up with the folks at Division Wines for a special mindful wine tasting. More details to come in March.


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

Relax & Restore with 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. 
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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, upcoming dates include: 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23 and 6/27. 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: 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13 and 6/10. Click here to register.

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

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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