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Day Long Nature Informed Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat




Jul 30, 2022


8 Hours


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Kything Croft Nature Center
19601 Gunpowder Rd, Manchester, MD 21102

About the Program

Slow down to the rhythms of the natural world through the practices of mindfulness in nature and yoga, where states of calm, focus, and rejuvenation can be invited.

This silent daylong retreat includes sitting, standing, and walking meditation (earthing), medicine walk (asking nature for guidance), journaling with a nature prompt, creating nature art as a group, and sharing circle for community building.


9-9:15 Arrive and Gather

9:15-9:45 Opening & Arriving Meditation with setting an Intention for the day

9:45-10:00 Small & large group sharing

10:00-10:45 Yoga/Mindful Movement

10:45-11:00 Bio Break

11:00-11:30 Standing (Earthing) & Walking Meditation

11:30-12:30 Guided Nature Walk

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:30 Sitting Meditation w/ 1-2 word circle sharing

1:30-2:30 Medicine Walk

2:30-2:45 Reflective Journaling

  • What is the medicine received in Nature?

  • What message or guidance was received?

2:45-3:30 Mandala Creating and journaling

3:30-4:00 Closing sharing circle

Participants bring:

  • journal and pen

  • bag lunch

  • water bottle

  • cup

  • yoga mat

  • folding chair

Your Instructor

Mira Tessman

Mira Tessman

Mira is an experienced vipassana meditation teacher and began meditating in 1995. She is a licensed clinical psychotherapist since 1996 and works in a private practice. Mira became certified as a yoga therapist in 2017. She also started teaching hatha yoga in 2009. She began teaching Insight Meditation with the IMCW sangha in Baltimore in 2013 as a guest teacher and as an associate teacher in 2016.
Mira has completed numerous meditation training including with the Centers for: Mindful Awareness, Mind Body Medicine, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Samyama Healing Meditation. Additionally, she has attended numerous meditation retreats around the U.S.

Phillip McKnight

Phillip McKnight completed a two-year training program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Phillip has experience teaching a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and abilities and uses his MA in Instructional Systems Design to determine the needs of the participant and help them develop skills in mindfulness meditation with tools for body, heart, mind, and community.

Mira Tessman
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