Jessica Morey and Khalila Archer
Friday, February 26, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Optional Workshop B
The beauty of practicing mindfulness in the wilderness is allowing ourselves to return to our ‘natural’ mind, a mind uncluttered by busyness and technology—a mind free to take in the vastness of the earth and the spaciousness of our hearts. Practicing in the wilderness naturally deepens a sense of calm and interconnectedness and helps us remember our inherent value as part of the whole.
In this workshop we will explore mindfulness in nature, through presentation, discussion and direct experience – outside! Participants will learn specific practices that provide a grounding connection to the earth and in turn, cultivate care for wild places.
The workshop is led by Jessica Morey, Executive Director and lead teacher of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) retreats and Khalila Archer, iBme’s Program Director. Jessica began meditating over two decades ago on teen meditation retreats and leads mindfulness retreats for teens, parents and teachers across the US. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked for many years in climate change policy. iBme’s wilderness retreats allow her to combine her two greatest passions – contemplative practice and a deep love for the natural world.
Khalila has worked as an outdoor educator since 2004 with extensive experience facilitating multi-day wilderness excursions. Introduced to mindfulness meditation when she was 16 years old, Khalila’s motivation to teach comes from her love of adventure and an intimate connection with wild places. She deeply believes in the power of personal transformation through both the inward focus of meditation and the outward exploration of the natural world.