Meditation Retreat at Vallecitos Ranch, New Mexico

On August 16, after 14 years I returned to Vallecitos Ranch deep in the heart of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. This is a beautiful, undisturbed wilderness ranch where meditation retreats are conducted about 6 months of each year. Because of the rural and rugged location, Vallecitos is off grid and there is no cell phone coverage at all. I took a break from my everyday life for 7 days to practice here with a group of deep and dedicated practitioners. I also had the opportunity to teach with Wes Nisker, Trudy Goodman, Grove Burnett and on the last evening, special guest Jack Kornfield. Jack hadn’t been to the ranch in 15 years, so it was a bit of a homecoming for him as well.

Of course, I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to shoot some photos of this beautiful land. My camera battery ran out on the second day at the ranch, and without a charger, I had to switch to my iPhone. Most of the following photos were taken with my iPhone. You can click on any of the photos to get a full page view.

Evening Walking Meditation

Evening Walking Meditation

Early Morning Mist

Early Morning Mist

Pond with Cattails

Pond with Cattails

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Just Before Sunrise

Field of Yellow

Field of Yellow

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Hummingbird Moth!

Morning Clouds

Morning Clouds

Looking Down

Looking Down

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Climbing UP

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Up River View

 

Heading Home

Heading Home

Mindful Photography Workshop

Cultivating Clarity, Receptivity and Joy With a Camera

Saturday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Rural College Grove, TN

Registration deadline, Friday, September 26 doublelog

Please join us in a beautiful rural setting for a day of mindfulness as we combine meditation and the practice of contemplative photography. We will use our cameras as a means to reflect our awareness of this moment in its ever changing forms. This approach often yields unexpected and remarkable results that differ from conventional shots. There’s no need for expensive equipment or technical knowledge, just a willingness to meet the moment in an open and receptive state.  A simple, yet profound joy often arises in this alliance of mind and heart, camera and surroundings.

Led by meditation teacher and artist Lisa Ernst, the workshop is suitable to beginning and experienced meditators. In addition to several photography sessions, the workshop will include meditation, silence and group interaction. The retreat site, about 35 minutes from downtown Nashville, includes wooded hills, fields, rock formations and interesting structures.

The fee is on a sliding scale from $75 – $100. Two reduced fee slots are available for those who need financial assistance.

A $50 deposit reserves your space and is due by 9/26. Paypal is available here. If paying by check, make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to One Dharma Nashville, c/o 12 South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Please include your email address. Details and directions will be sent in advance of the retreat. For more information email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

 

Basics of Meditation Three Week Course

Sponsored by One Dharma Nashville

Thursdays September 11, 18 and October 2, 2014

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Still Lake reflecting the clouds and sky.   - Lisa Ernst

Still Lake reflecting the clouds and sky.
– Lisa Ernst

This 3 week course is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. In a step-by-step process you will learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practices. You will learn correct meditation approaches to insure an effective and ongoing practice. You will also learn to be more in touch with your body, emotions and mind through Buddhist mindfulness. This class will provide you with a supportive environment; there will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Led by senior meditators and One Dharma facilitators Michael Crowder and Patsy Cutillo, with guidance from founding teacher Lisa Ernst.

Course fee is $50 and can be paid through Paypal here.

For information, email onedharmainfo@gmail.com