Mark Coleman


Mark Coleman, M.A., is a mindfulness and meditation in nature teacher. He is the founder of Awake in the Wild – Meditation in Nature retreats, the Mindfulness Institute, and the Mindfulness Training Institute for mindfulness teacher training programs. He has been teaching meditation retreats since 1997.

Mark is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditationz practices for three decades. He is passionate about sharing the power of meditation and has taught mindfulness workshops and meditation retreats in six continents for the past twenty years.  Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught there since 2000. Mark holds a MA in Clinical Psychology and draws on his extensive experience in working with people as a therapist and coach.

Through the Mindfulness Training Institute Mark leads Professional Mindfulness Teacher Trainings in the US and UK annually.  Mark likes to share the fruits of meditation to wider audiences and founded The Mindfulness Institute, where he has brought mindfulness training programs to companies and the nonprofit sector across North America and Europe. Mark is a trainer for  the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, developed at Google and teaches on their teacher trainings.

Mark is an unabashed nature lover and, through his organization Awake in the Wild, he shares his passion for integrating meditation and nature. He leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, taking people on inner and outdoor adventures. Through Awake in the Wild, Mark also leads year-long meditation-in-nature teacher trainings in the US.

Mark is the author of From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness, Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from the Inner Critic and Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. 

Mark lives in Marin County, California and enjoys spending his free time hiking, biking and kayaking.

Mark Coleman’s Mindfulness Meditations

Mark Coleman leads the guided mindfulness of breathing, explaining the posture and parameters of the meditation, being relaxed and alert at the same time.

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Mark Coleman leads a Meditation on Renunciation. It’s a form of deprivation, like letting go of indifference to ourselves, to our pain, to our body.

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Mark Coleman leads a guided meditation- Lake Metta Meditation. Visualize a vast lake, turquoise, infused with qualities of Metta, of love.

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Mark Coleman talks about the Flowering of Compassion. Mark explains we live in a world of heartful connectedness. The real path lies in loving-kindness

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Mark Coleman talks about Life of Service. How wonderful and inspiring if the life of service we have is filled with compassion and loving-kindness.

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Mark Coleman talks about The Most Important Thing on the Buddhist Path. Compassion and Loving-kindness enable us to be present in causing joy for others amidst pain and sorrow.

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Mark Coleman talks about What’s Up with Change. Nobody gets away with it, whether it’s a change in health, getting old or loss of the one we love.

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Learn how to deal with life’s circumstances that are challenging in Transforming Suffering. What are the things that are difficult to bear in your life?

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Mark Coleman talks about his long love of poetry and deep interest in awakening in Poetry of Realization. Explore awakening and mindfulness through poems.

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