Full Moon Metta / March 20th
There’s a lovely tradition around the world of practicing metta (also known as loving kindness) during a full moon. Join us for the March full moon, as we join others across the globe in this special compassion-based practice. We’ll explore what it feels like to embody the spirit of loving kindness from the inside out, while addressing some of the common barriers that often come up for those of us in the West. No prior experience needed.
Donation based and open to all, 7:00 – 8:15pm, above Beam & Anchor (enter via Knott St.). Suggested donation sliding scale: $12 – $15 – $18.
Mindful Living (A Six-Week Mindfulness Meditation Course) / Begins April 17th
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, April 17th – May 22nd, + Daylong Retreat May 18th.
Alleviating Compassion Fatigue / May 4th
Are you experiencing burnout but don’t have time to replenish? Are you a highly sensitive person in a caregiving role?
Compassion fatigue occurs when we tend to the hurts of others without getting sufficient tending to ourselves. It’s also unfortunately a common phenomena among those who care for others. Join Integrative Health Nurse Judy Ulibarri and Ashley for a experiential dive into what it can look and feel like to include oneself in the healing process . In this 3-hour workshop we’ll unpack risk factors, symptoms and underlying science of compassion fatigue. We’ll explore evidence-based strategies to both mitigate burnout and restore balance in one’s nervous system. Participants will also craft a personal care plan that includes home and work-friendly practices that support moving out of compassion fatigue and into states of what’s known as compassion satisfaction.
This workshop will include wellness talks, guided meditations, compassionate healing practices and opportunities for reflection. No previous mindfulness or energy medicine experience required. Please dress comfortably for seated and/or supine postures (there will be no movement practices in this workshop.)
Saturday, May 4th 2:30pm – 5:30pm, at unfold. Please bring a water bottle or mug, as well as a journal and writing implement. REGISTRATION EXPECTED TO OPEN EARLY SPRING.
Mindful Living Daylong Retreat / May 18th
The daylong retreat portion of the Mindful Living course is also open to past Mindful Living participants (this includes past Beginning Mindfulness Meditation series students), by donation. This can be a wonderful opportunity to re-engage or deepen one’s practice while growing your mindful community. We’ll be exploring compassionate awareness as embodied presence through noble silence, meditation (seated and walking), dharma talks and compassion practices. If you have questions email Ashley.
Saturday, May 18th 9am – 3pm. Tea and light snacks will be provided, please bring your own lunch, a water bottle or mug, as well as a journal and writing implement. The retreat will be held above Beam & Anchor, 2710 N Interstate Ave, Portland. Register HERE.
Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation / June 7
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? SAVE THE DATE!
More details for the summer edition, including how to register, coming soon!
Note: This event sells out well in advance, we recommend registering early. $25, 7-8pm at unfold.
Join Ashley and Jocelyn Rahm of Beam & Anchor every Monday evening. Whether you are a veteran meditator or wanting to initiate the new year with an increased sense of mindfulness and connection to yourself, this is the place for you. Each week we will explore a different approach to deepening our sense of beingness on and off the cushion.
This is donation based and open to all. 7-8pm, above Beam & Anchor. Enter at Knott St. Suggested donation sliding scale: $10 – $12 – $15. We invite folks to pay at the highest level they can afford as this supports others who need to pay less.
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.
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.
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.
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device.
– Sharon Salzberg
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.
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?
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.
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.