"I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars." - Dogen Zenji
Our group is dedicated to gathering together to bring the practice of meditation outdoors, whether in a city park or green space or finding a spot in the mountains and forests and rivers around the Chattanooga area. There has long been a tradition of cultivating awareness while connecting deeply with the activity and life of the natural world. Nature can be our teacher, as we practice with the sounds, the beauty, the bugs, the heat, the branches, the roots, the rain. With a primary focus on quiet sitting, we will also explore walking and standing meditations, connecting with the senses, intentional movement practices, contemplative readings, and more.
Meditations will vary week to week. At times guided meditation will be offered, other times it may be silent. Various themes may be woven throughout a week or month.
And we hope to have fun as we explore creative ways to engage in these outdoors settings, sometimes by foot, by kayak, by backpack, by fire. Join us as we hope for this group to be a collaborative effort with the shared aspiration of deepening our meditation practice in the beautiful outdoors.Meetings are free, but donations are accepted if offered. Bring a cushion or blanket or chair, or grab a patch of grass or log. Once a month, we hope to offer a special weekend event. More details to come.
Join us at Rising Fawn Gardens on Saturday, October 10th, 11am-2pm for periods of guided sitting and walking meditation with instruction. We will have the opportunity for extended practice in this beautiful outdoor setting. We'll explore mindfulness meditation, opening to nature, connecting with our senses, and appreciation of practice with and in the natural world.
Rising Fawn Gardens is located in Rising Fawn, Georgia. This beautiful 600-acre farm is nestled between the natural boundaries of Lookout Creek and the western slope of Lookout Mountain. Fertile pastures surrounded by hardwood forest, clean flowing water, and abundant wildlife form a unique habitat rich in history dating back thousands of years. Rising Fawn Gardens currently produces flowers, fruits, vegetables, and honey as well as supplemental feed for pasture raised livestock. For more information, visit www.risingfawngardens.com
All levels are welcome. Cost is free, but donations will be accepted (To go towards the Tennessee River Gorge Trust - www.trgt.org). Bring a lunch, (as we'll have time to meet each other and picnic outdoors) water/drinks, blankets or cushions for sitting meditation, and appropriate clothing for spending time outdoors. We will be in the elements, so if we do encounter bad weather, the retreat will be postponed. An outdoor compost toilet is available on site.
Heartfelt thanks to the Persingers for generously offering this location for practice.Sign up here at Meetup.com
June 2015, North Chick Creek Hike/Meditation
On Saturday, June 27th, the Chattanooga Outdoor Meditation Group will hike about 2 miles up the North Chickamauga Creek Trail segment of the Cumberland Trail to the Boston Branch Overlook feature. Upon arrival we will sit together for a guided meditation. Afterward we will retrace our steps, maintaining silence for the duration of our return. Some contemplations and mindful practices will be offered along the way. Everyone is welcome as we enjoy a hike, meditation and time in the woods on the beautiful Cumberland Trail. No previous meditation experience is necessary.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."
- John Muir