Classes, events and retreats to resource, replenish and experience deeper connection with yourself, your community and the world around you.
Full Moon Practice / Feb 16
Join us for a special meditation class honoring the February full moon. Making space to relax into natural cyclical rhythms, we’ll explore ways to gently and skillfully channel the emotional and life force energy that often swells as the moon’s gravitational pull becomes more pronounced. Through the lens of mindfulness and its Buddhist origins we’ll also delve into the role full moon days have been playing in personal and collective transformation over centuries, and how this can support our connection to spiritual practice. Class will include a grounding meditation inspired by the natural world, brief eco-dharma talk, time for reflection and a restorative metta meditation (also known as loving-kindness.) No prior experience needed, all warmly welcome. I hope you can join us.
Wednesday, February 16th, 7-8:30pm PST. Tuition is by sliding scale: $12-$15-$18. Payments can be made through Venmo (preferred – “Ashley-Dahl-8”) or PayPal (“email@example.com”.) Limited enrollment; register to join via this LINK. (Note: registration will close one hour prior to start time.)
Grounding with Nature, Uplifting through Creativity / April 2
An in-person contemplative and creativity retreat
Join Ashley Jocelyn for an exploration into the synergistic relationship between nature and creativity. With the support of contemplative nature practices, we’ll settle into our bodies and begin to open our sense gates to inner and outer landscapes. From this space of embodied and grounded receptivity we’ll engage with a series of reflective and creativity prompts that call in our capacity for unfettered curiosity. In doing so we’ll compassionately explore whatever arises, and honor what wants to be seen through our personal creative process and intelligence.
Please bring a lunch as well as journal and writing implement. We will spend our time both in an open-air barn and outdoors – we encourage you to dress accordingly and to bring layers.
Saturday, April 2nd from 10am – 4pm. Tuition is $135 per person (this includes material fees as well as tea, coffee and snacks.) No prior creative or contemplative experience needed. Limited spaces to foster health, safety and connection throughout the retreat. This retreat will be held in person, about 40 minutes from Portland, OR. More details and registration link coming January 25th.
Mindfulness in Nature: a Nature Meditation Course / TBA 2022
Many people find the natural world a supportive (and often easier) place to quiet the mind, release stress from the body, and access compassionate wisdom. This course is for anyone who would like to experience the benefits of nature meditation and/or grow a personal nature meditation practice. It is also for folx curious about mindfulness but who find it difficult to get out of their heads when meditating indoors. Surrounded by the restorative beauty of nature, you will learn simple techniques to balance your nervous system and to skillfully meet life with care.
Mindfulness in Nature is being held in-person and outdoors (NW Portland) with a limited size group. 2022 series details coming…. No prior experience needed.
a place to remember who we are, together
Jocelyn Rahm (of Beam & Anchor) and I began this weekly meditation group because it was something for which 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.
* Note: no classes Dec. 27th – Jan. 3rd; classes will resume Jan. 10th.
Mondays, 7-8:30 pm PST. Currently being held live stream. Register to join via this LINK. This is donation based and open to all, with 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 (“firstname.lastname@example.org”.)
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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.
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Note: On December 21 class will be extended 15 minutes to celebrate the winter solstice. (Learn more HERE.) No class 12/28/21.
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm PST. Currently being held livestream. Register to join via this LINK. This is donation based and open to all, with no prior experience needed. Suggested sliding scale: $10-$12-$15; $50-$60-$75 for five classes. 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 (“email@example.com”.)
Awakening with Nature / April - September, 2022
Nature offers an inherently supportive container for meditation and invites the body, mind and heart into the natural wisdom of the present moment. Join us Wednesdays 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.
The 2021 season has wrapped up, thank you to all who participated. The 2022 is tentatively slated to run April – September. More details coming February, 2022.
REGISTER HERE to be added to our email list.
Guided by Nature
A unique program that brings the benefits of nature-based mindfulness to businesses, organizations and leadership teams.
Guided by Nature programs are designed to support organizational and personal well-being. Through simple tools—rooted in established wisdom traditions, backed by research and offered in a relatable manner—Guided by Nature programs help individuals and groups to skillfully manage stress. They bolster one’s ability to be resourceful and creative. They help individuals and teams meet challenging situations with grounded wisdom while boosting inspiration and the quality of relationships.
Healing Compassion Fatigue
Experiential resiliency trainings for people in helping professions and caregiving roles.
As human beings we’re wired to sense and feel what others feel. This is a trait that is key to our survival and wellbeing, a trait that lies at the heart of caregiving roles as well as first-responder and advocacy professions. Problems can arise though when we don’t include ourselves in the circle of care, when we don’t receive sufficient tending as we extend our caring presence to others. Fortunately, there are accessible tools and practices that can not only heal compassion fatigue but promote what is referred to as compassion satisfaction.
Relax and Restore with Yoga Nidra
Relax and Restore with Yoga Nidra programs provide profound healing for modern times.
The barrage of information and stimulus we’re subjected to in modern life can take its 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.