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Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation / April 3

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.

These events sell out so we recommend registering early. $25, 7-8pm at unfold. REGISTER HERE.

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Moving into Metta / April 7th

Metta (also known as loving kindness) Metta is a state of cultivating boundless warm heartedness, with roots in Buddhism. There’s a lovely tradition in Buddhist communities across the globe of encouraging folks to engage in spiritual and metta practices on full moon days. Join unfold co-founder E.B. Ferdig and Ashley for the April full moon. In the first half, we’ll begin by warming our hearts with the support of breath and gentle movement, then move into a meditation dedicated to nurturing the spirit of metta both within us, and into the world. All levels.

7-8:30pm at unfold. $18 drop-in or use your unfold membership or pass. This class is expected to sell out so we recommend registering early. Registration expected to open late February. 

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Daylong Nature Retreat / Spring 2020

Join Ashley and Rachelle Cornelius for a daylong mindfulness retreat focused on connecting with inner and outer nature  – April 2020. More details coming late February!

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Mindfulness Meditation Basics / Spring 2020

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” – Pema Chodron

Whether new to meditation, ready to renew your practice, or wanting to connect more deeply with yourself with intention and care, this workshop was created for you.

We’ll explore mindfulness meditation within the context of its Buddhist roots, as well as its relevancy in contemporary life. Through an experiential approach, we’ll look at how these timeless contemplative practices can nurture calmer mind states, strengthen compassionate presence and bolster resiliency. You’ll have opportunities to practice different foundational techniques, ask questions, and gently reflect on what a meaningful practice looks and feels like to you.

You will learn:

  • Tools for effectively settling your mind
  • The underlying mechanics of meditation techniques such as mindfulness of breath and body
  • How to engage core principles of mindfulness in daily life
  • Strategies and key elements for growing a personal practice

Please bring a journal and writing implement; props (meditation cushions, blankets, chairs) and tea will be provided.

Spring 2020 session TBA, above Beam & Anchor (use Knott St. entrance.) $30 in advance, $35 day of. Group size limited to ensure individual attention. 

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Relaxing into Presence: A Four-Day Immersion {Retreat} / June 4-7, 2020

Presence is often understood in wisdom traditions as a form of radiant space, a luminous place for meeting life with care. It’s also recognized as a skillful way of being – we can give rise to our own presence through pairing deep listening with embodied and compassionate awareness. Thich Nhat Hanh goes so far as to describe presence as, “the most precious gift we can offer others.”

Join Tracy Hodgeman and Ashley in Oregon’s beautiful Coastal Range as they weave together yoga, mindfulness and time in nature to support relaxing into your boundless presence. Softening within can be a powerful and direct way to experience being, while gently giving rise to well-being. The aim of this immersive retreat is to allow for deep replenishment, and the felt-sense experience of heart wisdom. Emphasis will be given to kindness, generosity of attention, and restfulness as tools for cultivating the gifts of spacious presence.

More details, including how to register, HERE.

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Mindful Living (A Six-Week Mindfulness Meditation Course) / TBA

Grow your capacity to meet life with more wisdom, care and presence. 

Mindfulness helps us to navigate life’s difficulties with greater buoyancy and ease. It can reduce distractibility in an age of increasing distractions. It offers gentle yet effective strategies for addressing a wide range of health conditions. Mindfulness also enhances our ability to experience connection, joy and kindness.

In this six-week course we’ll take an experiential dive into the fundamental principles and practices of mindfulness meditation, exploring how they support well-being, compassionate awareness and embodied presence – wherever we are. Wednesdays evenings 7-9pm + Saturday daylong (9-3).

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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.

February’s essential reflection: befriending impermanence


This is donation based and open to all, no prior experience needed. 7-8ispm, above Beam & Anchor. Enter at Knott St. Suggested donation sliding scale: $12 – $15 – $18. Tea included. We invite folks to pay at the highest level they can afford to support those with more limited means.


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.

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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. 5:45 – 6:45pm.  (Curious about Yoga Nidra privates or bringing Yoga Nidra to your work? Click here.) 
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Second Sunday Sits

Mindfulness involves bringing present moment awareness to inner and outer experiences, supporting our capacity to respond to life with wisdom and kindness. These hour-long monthly drop-in classes include guided meditation practices and mindfulness discussions. All levels welcome.

Second Sundays, 9:00 – 10:00am, Unfold.  Click here to register.

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

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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