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Wolf Park's workshops offer once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunities in a variety of fields, including animal behavior, life coaching, and art. Our workshops often incorporate Wolf Park staff and animal ambassadors to provide a unique, multidisciplinary experience.

Silent Meditation Retreat
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation

with Jacqueline Nelson

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all that you ever have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

April 09-10, 2022

The “Four Foundations of Mindfulness” establish a foundation for a meditation practice. They are a path for learning how to meditate, and to deepening your meditation practices. The four foundations are doorways into our present moment experiences which we all share.

  • Mindfulness of the body
  • Mindfulness of the feeling tone~pleasant, unpleasant or neutral
  • Mindfulness of the mind
  • Mindful of the hindrances, and awakening factors

Throughout the two days we will unpack these teachings through an exploration of seeing clearly within your own body, mind, heart~ you will begin to understand experientially how these four foundations can guide you into a deeper sense of ease, stillness and being with what ever arises. You will begin to see more clearly into the impermanent nature of all phenomena, and learn to reside in the present moment where true freedom, peace and ease are!

The invitation is to experience through meditation and body movement how to become less reactive, more calm, and inhabit the present moment more often. We will learn how to live with less stress, anxiety and the myriad of ways we believe our thoughts to be true, which only add to our suffering.

The two days will be held in silence and will be intertwined with the teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, and body movement sessions.

This retreat is an opportunity for silence!
To experience a retreat locally on the indigenous land where Wolf Park resides. It is suitable for anyone who is new to meditation, wanting to incorporate and develop a practice, for experienced practitioners, and for those wanting to gain access into the body~mind connection.

There will be time for Q & A after the last session of each day.

Jacqueline Nelson is a certified and experienced Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, Mindfulness meditation teacher, and a certified MBSR~ Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher. Her style of teaching is influenced and supported by over twenty years of in-depth training and study programs, and personal practice where she has devoted over two years in silent meditation retreats. Her passion for learning Eastern philosophy, meditation, Yoga and contemplative practices led her on pilgrimages to India and Thailand several times. Jacqueline is currently enrolled in the Somatic Experiencing™SE) ®) Trauma Institutes! three year professional training program, and teaches Yoga, mindful body movement classes and meditation locally.

Her offerings reflect the extensive and committed study of the mind~body~heart connection, Somatic expressions of body and mind, anatomy of the body, Yin Yoga, Yoga therapy, Mindfulness “Insight” meditation and contemplative practices.

The body movement sessions she offers are mindful, therapeutic, and alignment based practices. They are steeped in the wisdom teachings of Eastern traditions and Western sciences and are infused with a deep respect and love for the beauty and magic of the natural world and all beings which inhabit it.

Visit to learn more about Jacqueline and her work.


The workshop will be held April 09-10, 2022.
April 09, 9:00am – 4:00pm
April 10, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Program fee structure:
There is a Registration Fee of $50 and an additional Program Fee.

The Program Fee will be offered on a sliding scale of $100- $325 for both days. This ensures the retreat is sustainable and accessible for ALL! This also helps support Wolf Park’s mission to “Save Wolves, Save Wilderness”.

We ask that you please offer at the highest possible rate for which your financial situation allows. This will enable those with limited resources to attend, ensuring the retreat is accessible for everyone who wishes to participate. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Jacqueline for special circumstances.

Your generosity is much appreciated and will allow those whose income is limited to attend, will help to support Wolf Park’s mission and Jacqueline’s offering for this retreat.

Please bring a sack lunch, snacks and water to nourish yourself and stay hydrated throughout the day! A refrigerator is available for your food needs. Hot tea will be available throughout the day. Howl night on Saturday evening is included if participants wish to attend.

Once you register, you will receive additional information via email to help you plan and prepare for your silent retreat experience at Wolf Park!

There is a cap of 25 people for this workshop. 

Refund policy

Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by 12/31/22. If arrangements do not occur, your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]