Melanie Pensak, an Earth Protector, offers nature-based meditation experiences designed to honor Mother Earth, cultivate interconnection with the land and assist people in developing their daily mindfulness practice. She is known for her 4 -year Airbnb Experience Meditate @ the Beach in Los Angeles.
Melanie presently leads nature-based meditation classes and half day retreats on Shoshone-Bannock land in Boise, Idaho. During this time of safe distancing, Melanie also offers online meditation courses via Zoom as well as one-on-one mentoring in the areas of mindfulness and nature practice. She is certified as a Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). Melanie is a Teacher of Mindfulness in Nature through Mark Coleman’s program Awake in the Wild.
She is particularly interested in the concept of reciprocity creating outdoor mindfulness workshops which integrate giving back to the land through responsible restoration and regenerative practices. Melanie feels passionate about helping people incorporate mindfulness and nature into their modern, busy lives after living in cities herself for 15 years.
She is also a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist who enjoys helping children and families communicate. Melanie provides therapy online and offers one-on-one guided play with children outside in nature.
During the pandemic, Melanie lived and worked in community on an organic farm and engaged in land stewardship on a ranch. In her free time, she enjoys learning how to be a part of the shift towards regenerative living for all beings. She supports organizations such as Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles, Farmers Footprint and Non-Toxic Neighborhoods.
You can also find her online as a hostess and community leader for Sangha Live. She is presently diving deeper into the Indigenous Knowledge of her own Ukrainian and Polish ancestry. When it is time to play, Melanie can be found exploring in nature, salsa dancing and refining the art of doing nothing.
- Dec 10 2023
- 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Cost in $US
AITW: Sunday Evening Sit
Join Melanie and Awake in the Wild friends on Zoom on Sunday evenings (Aug. 27, Oct. 22, Dec. 10) @ 4:30 PM PST / 7:30 PM EST for a 45-minute nature-oriented session that includes a short talk and guided meditation. Sessions include a short 10 – 15 minute talk on a theme and a 30-minute guided meditation. Tune in from any peaceful environment with an internet connection, ideally immersed in nature or at the very least with a view of the outdoors. All are welcome!
AITW honors the Buddhist principle of dana, or mutual generosity. The teachers generously offer their teachings to the community. In a mutual invitation to practice generosity, the community is invited to give dana to support the teachers. Community generosity helps to spread the goodness of this practice to others, and you are encouraged to contribute at a level that reflects the value that the sit brings to your own life.