Program Details

Our Original Playground

with Nicholas Kranz
October 27 / 9:00 AM - October 27 / 4:00 PM

This program will take place at Rock Meadow Conservation Area.

"This world of water, trees, rocks, sky, and earth is our heritage. This natural wonderment is our original playground." - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Aspiration of Shambhala

With the demands and stimulation of the modern lifestyle, we often find being in nature to be a mirror that shows us how we either idealize nature, or feel alienated from it.


This one-day outdoor retreat will explore the experience of resting our minds naturally in an outdoor setting. Utilizing a variety of experiential exercises, including meditation practice, listening and tuning into the world around us, opening our sense faculties, and exloring the world with child-like wonder, this retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to spend a fall day outside. We will learn how to directly connect our senses to the natural world around us.


This program reoccurs seasonally, so please join us for the winter session!

This program will take place at Rock Meadow Conservation Area. Participants will meet there (view this Google Map for directionsand not at the Shambhala Center. Please bring a large water bottle, a bagged lunch, sunscreen, bug repellent, and anything else you might need for a day outside!

Shastri Nicholas Kranz has been practicing and studying meditation for fifteen years, and teaching meditation for nine years in a variety of settings — including Shambhala Centers, universities and hospitals, adult education and investment firms. He is the founder of Mindful in the Midst, which offers on-site training in mindfulness meditation for organizations and individuals. Nicholas is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and lives and works in Boston, MA. 

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