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Awakening Kindness {From the Inside Out} / Nov 22, Seattle

A special by-donation meditation class benefiting Gay City.

Loving Kindness (aka Metta) is a powerful Buddhist practice that helps grow our facility to offer friendliness and tenderness, inwardly and outwardly. It’s a way of inviting, cultivating and sharing kind attention. As such, it’s both boundless and restorative. A classic Metta practice though can be challenging for many – it may feel inauthentic to direct unconditional generosity towards oneself, or people we find challenging. In this special, seasonal class we’ll take a non-traditional approach to awakening the spirit of Loving Kindness. First gently replenishing within, we’ll then build capacity to promote sustaining compassion and resiliency in our relationships and the world around us.

November 22, 9-10am at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill in Seattle. Class will consist of guided meditations and compassion practices suitable for all levels, all bodies. 

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Day of Kindness Retreat / Dec. 2 {Portland Edition}

Taking time to nurture mind & body.

In this daylong retreat Ashley is partnering with Carol Grimes to weave together meditation, gentle yoga,  and yoga nidra with compassion talks and other kindness practices. It’s an opportunity to unplug, connect within, and foster life resiliency. All levels and bodies welcome. Bring a journal; tea and snacks provided.

This event will be held at unfold. $85 early registration, $110 regular. For more details, including how to register, click here. (Day of Kindness – Seattle Edition (with Tracy Hodgeman) happening Feb. 16th, more details to come late fall.)

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New Year's Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation / Jan 4, 2019

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-Founder Leigh Drake for this seasonal sound meditation. In this new year’s edition we’ll be exploring ways of gently letting go of what has come to pass, saying hello to what is coming into being. We will 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.

$25, 7-8pm at unfold. Tea social immediately following the event. Note: This event sold out well in advance last time, we recommend registering early. Learn more and register here.

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Mindful Living (A Six-Week Mindfulness Meditation Course) / Winter 2019

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.

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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. 5:45 – 6:45pm.  (Curious about Yoga Nidra privates or bringing Yoga Nidra to your work? Click here.) 
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Second 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 hour-long monthly drop-in classes include guided meditation practices and mindfulness discussions. Join us after for for informal conversations over tea. All levels welcome.

Second Sundays, 9:00 – 10:00am (optional tea from 10-10:30), Unfold. Upcoming dates include: 10/14, 11/11 & 12/9. Click here to register.

Meditation is the ultimate mobile device.

– Sharon Salzberg

Specialty Programs
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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 15 years. Ashley is an accredited Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute and certified through International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

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