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.
- Nov 19 2023
- 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost in $US
Seeing & Understanding the Inner Critic (Meditation for CIRS)
Come along to this 1-hour online session to see and learn about the inner critic.
Many folks begin to see the inner critic in their thought patterns when practicing mindfulness and meditation or simply when being still and present.
The inner critic is the mind the judges harshly (ie. You are lazy, you should be able to do this!), critiques others (ie. They are never going to be what I need!) and is downright mean at times. We all have one. And it can be a hinderance on our CIRS recovery path.
In this session, you’ll learn how to:
- See the inner critic
- Understand where the inner critic may come from
- See through the inner critics comments and stories
- Care for yourself when the critic comes alive
The session will include guided meditations, teaching and practical steps for working with the inner critic for the purpose of being free of it’s judgements.
1 Hour Class: Sunday, Nov. 19th @ 4 PM PST/7 PM EST
This session will not be recorded as interactive participation is required for this topic.
Sliding Scale Pay Option: Choose what meets your budget
- Zoom link will be sent the day of the event