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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.

April’s essential reflection: Sharing our Humanity

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.

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. 

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

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Compassion Break

New Time! Each 30-minute class will offer a guided-meditation focusing on karuna. Often translated as compassion, karuna is a Buddhist concept that relates to noticing when a being is hurting (that being could be ourselves), and responding in kind. All levels welcome. 

Wednesdays, 4-4:30pm PST, live stream. Join via this LINK. By donation, suggested sliding scale**: $5-$8-$10.

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

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Yoga Nidra

The practice of Yoga Nidra offers an effective and sweet way to bring 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. Click here for suggestions on props and set-up. There is now a weekly class, and a monthly, by-donation offering.

  • Tuesdays through Unfold. 5:45 – 6:45pm PST.  Currently being held live stream. Register HERE each week at least 1-hour in advance. Unfold will email you the class links. Please note: if your income has been interrupted I can get you comped to this class. Email me with specific dates.
  • Fourth Thursdays of the month, 7-8pm PST, live stream. Upcoming dates include 4/23 and 5/28. Join via this LINK. By donation, suggested sliding scale: $10-$12-$15. 
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By the Light of the Full Moon / June 5th

Join us for a special restorative evening honoring the June full moon. Drawing from the contemplative wisdom traditions of yoga and Buddhism, Tracy Hodgeman and Ashley will weave together quiet and soothing practices that nourish body, mind and heart. Our evening will begin with gentle moon salutations (yoga) to help us arrive in body and caring presence. We’ll then ease into yoga nidra (guided relaxation) to replenish and heal. We’ll close our time together with a special metta meditation (loving kindness) to seed the nurturing qualities of the moon within us and extend this radiant compassion out into the world.

This class will be held live stream; minimal attention will be given to the video aspect to invite respite for eyes and from screens. We encourage super comfy clothes and any props helpful to support ease in body: yoga mat or rug; 2-3 blankets; 1-2 pillows, cushions or bolsters; and eye mask (optional). You may also want a chair or meditation bench for sitting portions.

If weather and technology cooperate, we encourage you to set up outside or near a window!

Friday, June 5th, 7-8:30pm PST. This offering is free for those registered in our Relaxing into Presence retreat, now being held August 13-16*. Otherwise, we offer a suggested sliding scale: $18-$25-$32.** To register:

  • Make a payment via Venmo (preferred – Ashley-Dahl-8) or PayPal (ashleymargaret9@gmail.com). Note: payment waived for retreat registrants.
  • Click HERE to complete your registration (you’ll then receive a confirmation email with link and other essentials to use June 5th.)

* If you’re not signed up for our retreat but plan to attend, register by June 19th and your payment can be applied towards the retreat deposit. More details HERE.

** You are welcome to pay more or less; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Refunds will be given for cancellations made 3+ days in advance (by original payment method.)

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Relaxing into Presence: A Four-Day Immersion {Retreat} / August 13-16, 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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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. Our hope is to offer a special Summer edition. These events sell out so we recommend registering early. $25, 7-8pm at unfold

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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