Camp Calm FAQ

What is Camp Calm?

Camp Calm is a 30-day virtual workshop for learning the basics of mindfulness practice.

It’s meant for people who are interested in mindfulness, but who:

1)      don’t know where to start

2)      have tried to practice mindfulness but find it difficult or confusing

3)      have never been able to do it consistently, for whatever reason

Our main practice will be a simple sitting meditation. (You can sit on a cushion, or in a chair, it doesn’t matter.)

We will sit a little bit every day, for at least a few minutes. You’ll also establish a few simple mindful living practices — bringing mindfulness to simple daily actions that are already habitual. Watering the plants mindfully, for example. You can tailor all the practices to your own schedule and preferences.

By the end of the 30 days, you’ll have a clearer mind, the ability to meditate on your own, and a first-hand understanding of the calming and clarifying effects of mindfulness practice.

How does it work?

Registration opens about 10 days before the Camp begins, and closes when it’s full, or after a week if it doesn’t fill up. (Join the list to be notified when registration opens.)

When you register, you’ll immediately the orientation materials, which includes the Camp Calm Method Book if you want to start experimenting right away. The method book describes the meditation technique we’ll be using. You’ll also get access to the discussion forum so you can meet me and your fellow campers.

Lessons will be delivered by email each day from Day 1 to Day 30. Each contains short practice — a simple meditation. Total time commitment per day adds up to about 20 minutes, split up as you choose, any time of day you like.

Towards the end of camp I’ll encourage you to meditate for longer — it pays off, believe me — but ultimately it’s up to you.

Most campers complete the lessons in 30 days, but you can do it at your own pace.

If you have any questions or problems, you can ask about them in the forum, or simply reply to the lesson email and ask me directly. (My name is David.)

I’ll do anything I can to help your practice, and you can ask me questions even when camp is over.

Why meditate?

Most people come to meditation because they’ve heard it can reduce stress and improve health. These are reasonable expectations, and many people meditate for these reasons alone. But a consistent meditation practice does a lot more than that, as you’ll discover.

Previous Camp Calm attendees have said they’ve noticed their anxiety decreasing, their sleep improving, their decisions becoming easier, and their emotions becoming less difficult to deal with, among many other less-intuitive benefits. Enjoying errands and chores more. Experiencing more confidence. Exercise becoming more appealing.

Primarily, you’ll probably find that it makes life seems to slow down and happen less automaticallyHabits become easier to change. It becomes easier to overcome cravings, fulfill your commitments, and find clarity and calm in situations that are uncertain or unsettled. You’ll probably also notice a lot more beauty and poignancy in the world, because you’re not so preoccupied with stressful thoughts.

The benefits are significant and wide-ranging, and accumulate over time as you develop your practice. Camp Calm is designed to make this development as easy and uncomplicated as possible.

Do I need to know how to meditate to do the Camp?

Nope! Camp Calm is no-experience-necessary. You don’t even have to know what the words meditation and mindfulness mean. It will all be explained throughout the course of the camp.

How much does it cost?

Camp Calm Season Six is $69 USD.

Is it difficult?

No. Well, it takes a little more effort than watching TV, I suppose (but it is a lot more rewarding). Meditation is often presented as something tricky and esoteric, but it sure it doesn’t need to be.

If you can sit, and you can notice things, you can meditate. The practices are simple and short. The key is to do some amount of it on a daily basis, and Camp Calm makes that as simple as it can be.

The hardest part is getting yourself to actually sit down and do it — actually getting your butt to the cushion. Once you’re there, most of the resistance is behind you.

When can I register?

Registration for the upcoming Camp will open in mid-February 2018 (probably the week of the 19th). The Camp will begin a little more than a week later. Join the email list to be the first to know when it opens.