Nature + Mindfulness + Joy
With Joshua Ellis and Frederic Weidemann
June 2 - 6, 2021
On this uniquely fun retreat, we combine an extraordinary wilderness setting, a mindfulness retreat, and a focus on practices designed to bring joy into your life. We will weave together extended periods of silent meditation with heart-opening experiential exercises, conscious community building, and play, laughter and movement in the wilderness. Nature will be the guiding teacher on this retreat. There will be a full day solo on the land. The main goal of the retreat is to foster joy through connection – with nature, with the community, and with yourself.
There will be different techniques for practicing mindfulness in nature that emphasize joy. We will explore metta and gratitude practices and use mindfulness techniques to uncover the blockages that we have in experiencing joy. We will practice opening our senses to nature and use mindfulness to discover the wisdom that nature has to teach us. There will be extended periods of silent meditation as well as experiential exercises with the group.
Josh Ellis is a mindfulness teacher, wilderness guide, and the former Resident Manager of RMERC. He is certified to teach mindfulness through Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. He is the founder and lead guide of Maui Mindful Adventures, a group dedicated to practicing mindfulness in motion in nature.
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Frederic is a renaissance kind of guy — scholar and published author of Between Two Worlds: The Riddle of Wholeness; Founder and Director of two nonprofits; community activist through the MIT U-Lab; working in fields as diverse as pregnancy and infant loss to Human Resources VP for an entrepreneurial start-up rocketing to $50,000,000 sales; poet of over 200 poems; and an active coaching and mentoring practice for those wanting clarity and connection with their deeper soul. He has deliberately synthesized his background in clinical psychology, spirituality, meditation, mindfulness, energy medicine, somatic experience, neuroscience, wisdom traditions, evolutionary psychology, yoga, solo vision quests, professional dance and world travel adventures into practical and loving teachings. The theme running through his diverse life is to explore, embody, and share Wholeness. His heart is to be of benefit — whether befriending a homeless on the streets, joining a local cause to stop fracking, writing a poem, or mentoring those in his coaching practice of 40 years.
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