Camp Calm is virtual retreat for learning the basics of mindfulness and meditation.
It’s designed for people who are interested in mindfulness, but:
- Don’t know where to start
- Have tried to practice mindfulness but found it difficult or confusing, or
- Have never been able to practice it consistently, for whatever reason
The idea is simple: we spend a little bit of time every day practicing mindfulness, both in meditation and in daily activities, such as walking, drying dishes, folding laundry — anything you choose.
These short periods of awareness and openness, when practiced consistently, give us a valuable tool for remaining more centered as we live and work.
We have a simple approach to carving out that quiet time: a five-minute lesson, then a short practice. You do these at your own pace, on your own schedule, with help from me and your fellow Campers when you need it.
Once you complete the Camp, you’ll have a modest but consistent daily practice, and the ability to bring mindfulness into any situation.
The Camp is a web-based course, and the different sections of the site represent different areas of the Camp.
When you register, your first step will be to visit the Orientation Lodge. Here you’ll learn the details on how Camp Calm works.
After that you’ll visit the Meditation Hall, where you’ll learn the basics of mindfulness, and the meditation technique we’ll be using in the Camp.
Then, whenever you’re ready, you’ll embark on the Wilderness Trail — the 30 daily lessons at the heart of Camp. Each day we look closer at one aspect of mindfulness practice, and do a short meditation.
Typically the daily lesson takes about 5 minutes to read, and the daily practice starts at about 5 minutes. Throughout the Trail, I’ll encourage you to lengthen your sessions as your confidence grows, but ultimately it’s up to you.
Some lessons include guided audio meditations, although we don’t rely too much on them (and there are good reasons for that — too many people never learn to meditate without headphones!)
Each day’s practices are simple and don’t take long, but by the end of Camp, you will have achieved something significant: a modest but consistent daily mindfulness practice that you can build on for life.
One of the most rewarding parts of Camp is discussing our practices with other Campers, which we all do at The Campfire. I answer all questions posted there, or you can email me if it’s private.
Most people do the 30 lessons in 30 days, but you can do them at a slower pace if you like. If you’re particularly enthusiastic, and want to practice more intensively, there are options for that too. The Camp is designed to meet you where you are.
You can do the Camp from any computer, tablet or smartphone. It is up to you what time of day you do them.
Camp Calm is operated by a single person (my name is David — hi!) and I keep the groups small enough that I can answer everybody’s questions promptly. I’ll do everything I can to help you establish a consistent mindfulness practice, even after Camp is over.
Registration for next Camp will open July 22, 2019. The cost is $97 USD and you will have lifetime access to the course, including all new material added subsequently.
I’ve held eight Camps so far and each one has been a lot of fun. If you have any questions, please drop me a line.