Listen to Nature Part 1
May 1, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This session has reached its maximum number of participants. Please join us for Sessions 2 and 3 of Listen to Nature! (See separate registration page.)
Please note: This registration is for the FIRST session of a 3-part outdoor meditation series. This session takes place Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. As Listen to Nature is designed as a comprehensive series, we recommend you participate in all three sessions. If this is not possible, you are welcome to attend any of the individual sessions; all are offered free of charge. Each session requires a unique registration.
“When life is really a question,
The answer can be found
In the natural beauty
Of Mother Earth.” –Sri Chinmoy
About the Listen to Nature Outdoor Meditation Series
This free series is based on the book Listen to Nature by Sri Chinmoy (with foreword by Jane Goodall). Purchase of the book is suggested but not required for participation in this free workshop. (You can buy the book at Noble Learning or Jyoti-Bihanga for $13.00 or elsewhere.)
Each session features guided meditation as well as time for silent reflection, reading or journaling. Some of the sessions involve contemplation-in-action–walking meditation, easy nature hiking, etc. These non-strenuous classes are suitable for anyone who is able to move around outdoors. Everyone can walk at their own pace and some parts of each class are seated.
How to Join: This series features three distinct meditation workshops, each in a different outdoor venue in the San Diego area. Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Closer to the date of the class, you’ll receive another email giving the exact location as well as other details. The sessions take place on Sundays (at different times); each lasts 60-80 minutes. Any questions? Email us at email@example.com
At the conclusion of the series, participants will receive a Listen to Nature Skill Sheet to help you practice the meditations on your own in the future. Those who joined all sessions will also receive a small reward from Noble Learning and Jyoti-Bihanga Vegetarian Restaurant! (The Skill Sheet will be available to anyone who has participated in at least one session.)
Session 1: Peace
Let nature inspire you.
(Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m.) In this session located at a Peace Garden you’ll participate in guided meditation and use simple techniques to help you connect with nature’s peace even in a busy city environment. We’ll complete 3 different meditation exercises and you’ll also have time to enjoy the beautiful garden and/or complete a brief journaling activity.
Session 2: Oneness
Gather energy from nature
(Sunday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m.) This session features seated visualization exercises and a walking meditation along a beautiful nature trail. You’ll be given guidance, breathing exercises and simple mantras for this contemplation-in-action class. (The trail is flat and the walk is non-strenuous.)
Session 3: Transformation
Receive nature’s message
(Sunday, May 15 at 7:00 a.m.) Early but amazing! Join us for morning meditation alongside a beautiful lake. You’ll be invigorated and inspired by the crisp air, the sounds of nature, and the heart-centered meditation techniques (seated and walking).
Bonus Session: Hope (Sunset Meditation)
Accept nature’s encouragement
(Time and Date TBD) Join us on the beach for a beautiful San Diego sunset! You’ll utilize visualization to experience nature’s beauty and power mirrored in your own spiritual heart–and you’ll enjoy the spontaneous inspiration of sand, sea and soul. All participants of any Listen to Nature sessions will be invited to celebrate this conclusion of the series.
How will you benefit from participation in the Listen to Nature series?
These meditation exercises and the collective outdoor experiences can strengthen our ability to live in harmony with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. You’ll learn helpful techniques for stress management, habit change, and spiritual contentment. Plus, you’ll get a great dose of fresh air! The companion book (Listen to Nature by Sri Chinmoy) encourages spending time in nature and is an illuminating and ultimately hopeful guide for taking a spiritual approach to challenges that affect all humanity–such as the environmental crisis and divisive worldviews.
To the aspiring heart.”
Sri Chinmoy (1931–2007)
About the Instructors
The Listen to Nature meditation series draws from the recently published book of the same name–an anthology of Sri Chinmoy’s prose and poetry on nature and humanity’s collective responsibility to respect Mother Earth. The various meditation exercises, activities and reflection questions featured in the class series also derive from other spiritual writings by Sri Chinmoy. The creator of the course is Vasudha Deming, a meditation instructor, learning designer, and founder of Noble Learning. Other experienced meditation instructors will also lead some of these sessions.
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Outdoor Venue
Each session takes place in a different natural location in the San Diego area.