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.
Cost in $US
Spring Garden Nature Meditation Retreat (Half-Day): IN PERSON
Come together in community to meditate in the beautiful, blooming Boise Idaho Botanical Garden.
During this 3-hour half day retreat, you’ll be guided in a variety of seated and walking contemplative nature meditation practices including:
- Elements meditation
- Meditative walking
- Gratitude and reciprocity
The retreat will be held in silence to encourage inner exploration and deeper connection with the garden and land. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and share reflections with the group. Please bring anything you’ll need to be sun safe and comfortable for seated meditation practice on the ground and exploring the property. Bathrooms are provided onsite.
Social distancing practices and masks required. You’ll have the opportunity for mask breaks throughout the day.
DUE TO SAFETY PRACTICES DURING COVID, THIS MEETUP IS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE SO 9 CAN ATTEND. PLEASE RSVP IF YOU’RE SURE YOU’LL ATTEND. REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. THANK YOU.