Peter has practiced meditation for 25 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He has taught meditation since 2003 and has completed the Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Peter teaches meditation retreats in the Rocky Mountain West and leads weekly dedicated practitioner groups in Boulder. He has taught mindfulness to diverse audiences, from Colorado juvenile justices to school teachers to environmentalists. Peter also practices as a transpersonal psychotherapist, bringing spiritual perspectives to bear on healing emotional distress. In a previous career as an ecologist and educator, Peter worked for groups such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy and was a lecturer at the University of Vermont. He is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center in the mountains near Boulder.
Events with Peter Williams
June 5, 2020
Weekend Nature Meditation Retreat Friday June 5, 6–8pm MDT Saturday June 6, 9am-7pm Sunday June 7, 9am-1pm This is a fully guided and supported meditation retreat in nature, facilitated through Zoom. All are welcome, including newcomers to meditation. As we shelter in place, connection with dharma practice, nature and community is critically important to our wellbeing*. This retreat is an opportunity to explore and nourish together on a spring weekend, outdoors. Themes will include meditation in nature, gratitude, joy, interdependence, and how being with nature soothes fear and vulnerability. You can do this retreat from your home and neighborhood, walking nearby, looking out a window, porch or balcony; or going to a park or natural area with a smartphone. The retreat will include structured sitting and walking practice in nature, meditation instruction and guidance, and small group breakout sessions with the teachers for questions, discussion and sharing. Full support and instruction will be available for beginners. We will encourage a quiet, silent retreat container as much as possible in your home setting, including staying away from work, email, phone and media, and limiting interactions with others. Detailed information on doing the retreat will be available and sent after registration. The…
June 23, 2020
This is a new configuration of the retreat, including camping and commuting options, designed for deep nature practice while staying safe. The Buddha lived and taught outdoors, and most of the traditions of Buddhism were developed in nature. Mindfulness and silence deepen our experience of nature and beauty, while intimacy with plants, animals, and the elements enhance our sense of oneness. On the longest days of the year, join us to hike, meditate, and experience the dharma unfolding naturally. This silent meditation retreat is for anyone with a desire to go deeper in their practice, from beginners to experienced meditators. The retreat will include instructions in sitting and walking (hiking) meditation, dharma talks, and practice discussions with the teachers. There will be a focus on deep practice in nature, taking full advantage of the beautiful hiking trails and amazing sitting spots at RMERC. More information: There are two options for this retreat: A Supported Self Retreat and a Group Weekend Retreat Supported Self-Retreat: This is a solo camping retreat with daily private meetings with one of the teachers. You have the option of arriving on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning (June 23, 24, 25) at 10am, for a three, four…
August 27, 2020
Details to be announced