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.
- Sep 14 2020
- 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost in $US
Monday Mindfulness for Therapists & Educators
This course is held online.
- Do you feel stressed and anxious during the week?
- Would you benefit from learning how to be present in sessions and to listen actively?
- Do you want to skillfully learn how to navigate difficult mental habits and emotions?
- Do you want to cultivate mindful communication and community?
The Monday Mindfulness for Therapists and Educations session guides beginners and experienced practitioners in mindfulness meditation training specifically tailored to the unique needs of a therapist or educator in the helping profession. It is appropriate for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, educational therapists, teachers and beyond.
Melanie’s history includes practicing as a pediatric speech-language pathologist for 15 years in private practices in Chicago, DC, Australia and Los Angeles. She experienced first-hand how the demands of a therapy career can impact work-life balance. Her own experiences with “burnout” fueled her to learn more about mindfulness practices. After witnessing positive results in her own life, she passionately began sharing these tools with adults, children and therapists in the pediatric therapy world.
There are several scholarships tickets available for this class.