Classes, events and retreats to resource, replenish and experience deeper connection with yourself, your community and the world around you.
Quiet / May 15
a silent meditation series, online and in-person
When we set an intention to get quiet, often we initially discover just how much noise is present between our thoughts, feelings and sensations. However with practice, and when we give ourselves space to drop in, we can discover and rest in what exists underneath the chatter – a wise, calming, caring and steady awareness.
Quiet is a silent meditation series dedicated to accessing the healing and replenishing benefits of tranquility and to connect with natural wisdom.
Some sessions will be held online, some in-person (in or near Portland, OR.) In each though I’ll share a few words on mindfulness or nature contemplation to support you in transitioning into mediation practice and into quiet. (General meditation guidance will be also offered to those new to meditation.) Our formal practice time together will then be held in silence.
Note: I will continue to provide updates as sessions are scheduled and flushed out so do check back from time to time.
May Edition – Wildlife Refuge Walking Meditation. For the May edition we’ll be enjoying a silent walking meditation through Oak Island, a portion of Sauvie Island’s wildlife refuge. We’ll be quietly tramping amongst oak, willow and ash trees, through grasslands and alongside marshes and Sturgeon lake. This sanctuary is home to various raptors and woodpeckers, as well as sandhill cranes. It’s really quite a special place.
We’ll meet at the Oak Island Trailhead where there is both a parking lot and a port-o-potty. The 2.5 mile loop trail is wide, unpaved (mostly grassy) and generally flat. You’ll want to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. PLEASE NOTE: all vehicles must display a Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permit. This permit costs $10 for the day, or $30 for all of 2022. Permits can be purchased through the ODFW permit website.
Sunday, May 15th, 9:00-11:00am. Sliding scale donation: $10-$12-$15. Limited group size. To register you’ll need to both EMAIL ME (indicating “May 15th Quiet” in the subject line) and make a payment (via Venmo – “Ashley-Dahl-8” or PayPal – “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Further details will be emailed to registered participants a day or two out.
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.
Mondays, 7-8:30 pm PST, online. 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 (“email@example.com”.)
Head HERE for suggestions on finding a comfortable shape and set-up for meditation.
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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Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm PST, online. 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 (“firstname.lastname@example.org”.)
Awakening with Nature / June 15 - August 10, 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.
Kacey Hart will be joining me as co-guide this year (more about Kacey coming soon!) The Summer 2022 season will run June 15th through August 10th.
Wednesday mornings, 7:30-8:15am PST / 8:30-9:30am MST / 9:30-10:15am CST / 10:30-11:15am EST. These classes are offered on a donation basis, suggested donation is $10 or $75 for the 2022 season. People are welcome to pay more or less, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Donations can be made via Venmo (preferred, “Ashley-Dahl-8”) or PayPal (“email@example.com.”) REGISTER HERE.
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.