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.
- Feb 26 2024 - Sep 16 2025
Meditation for CIRS
Are you on the path of recovery for CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) and looking to meditate in community?
Come along Monday evenings, when you can, and learn how to mindfully explore your body, heart and mind through meditation with other CIRS folks who “get it.”
This weekly drop-in meditation class rooted in the foundations of mindfulness will be taught by Melanie Pensak, Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Shoemaker Proficiency Provider Diplomate and CIRS patient.
Each 30- minute session includes:
- A brief teaching
- A guided meditation
- Time for questions and inquiry with the teacher
Sessions are designed to be short and accessible for those in all stages of recovery and energy levels. You’re invited to show up however you are, wherever you are that day.
The sessions run every Monday for 30 minutes @ 4 PM PST/7 PM EST through Zoom online.
- You do not have to attend every week, sign up once for the same Zoom link for each class, come when you can.
- This class is offered in the Buddhist spirit of dana, mutual generosity and care. Pay what you can, only IF you can: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/melaniepensak.
For those moved to donate and offer support to Melanie, please donate via Venmo @Melanie-Pensak or PayPal HERE.