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WEEKLY WELLNESS OPPORTUNITIES – Relax and unwind with one of our weekly wellness classes on the Event Lawn.
T'ai Chi Chih – Fridays at 11:15AM  .  Meditation – Fridays at 12:30PM  .  Yoga – Sundays at 12:00PM

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Meditation at the Gardens

Fridays from 12:30PM to 1:30PM
May 3 through September 27, 2024
on the MCBG Event Lawn with 
Ashley Sharp

For millennia, people have been coming together outdoors to sit on the earth among birdsong and wind whispering through trees. Each class will have a few minutes of gentle qigong like movements to release tension, guided mindfulness meditation, and a short wisdom teaching to apply to your everyday life. There are benches to sit on or you can recline in the grass and gaze at the sky. Because we are practicing outside in a public garden, the practice will be open and inclusive of the environment and all of the possible distractions. It will be good practice for life!  This class will explore topics such as staying steady in uncertain times, the interconnected abundant nature of this world, and the cultivation of gratitude and other positive psychological states. 

THE DETAILS

  • This class will be held outdoors, so please be prepared for the weather with appropriate layers.
  • Rain, soggy conditions, or temperatures below 40°F cancel – check this web page or the Facebook event for cancelation notices. 
  • Bring something to sit on (if you prefer the grass to a bench), sunscreen/sun protection, and drinking water.
  • Plan to arrive at the Gardens' entrance by 12PM to allow plenty of time to reach the Event Lawn, the class will begin promptly at 12:30PM.
  • To reach the Event Lawn stay on the South Trail (veer left) and breeze past the Dahlia Garden, you will arrive at the Event Lawn in a flash.

 

ADMISSIONS & CLASS FEE

The class fee is a sliding scale of $7 to $25 per participant plus Gardens general admission.

  • Pay admission at the entrance. Members of the Gardens enter for free.
  • The class fee will be collected by the instructor when you reach the Event Lawn (cash, check, or Venmo).

Please note – Rain cancels the class, please check here for updates. 
Meditation will not be available on the following days during the 2024 season: August 2

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Ashley Sharp finds great joy in the on-going study and practice of mindfulness meditation and has been teaching meditation, mindfulness, and yoga for over two decades. Her deep curiosity and love of teaching is evident from the first class. Her classes weave together the inspirational, the nitty-gritty how-to, and practical daily life applications of both mindfulness and wisdom teachings. She graduated from the "Dedicated Practitioner Program," and the "Community Dharma Leader" (both are 2-year invitational trainings through Spirit Rock Meditation Center). In 2015, she co-founded a community meditation group called Insight Richmond. She currently lives in Northern California among the redwood trees where she runs a small retreat center called Refuge at Pudding Creek. The center focuses on awakening through mindfulness, nature, art, and yoga. Sharp is the author of "Mindfulness for Beginners: 4 Weeks to Everyday Peace, Gratitude, and Focus".

Overview

Start Date: Friday, May 3, 2024

End Date: Friday, September 27, 2024