Awake in the Wild Experience

Mindfulness, nature and art


The Awake in the Wild Experience (AWE) is a mindfulness in nature art installation and outdoor happening.  AWE invites participants to cultivate a deeper connection to the natural world in their cities and neighborhoods. Conceived of by artist Sara Overton, AWE is inspired by the book Awake in the Wild by mindfulness teacher and wilderness guide Mark Coleman.

Visitors will use the nature meditations adapted from Awake in the Wild to engage all senses with nature, inviting a deeper connection with the natural world.  For Los Angeles, Venice landscape architect Pamela Palmer is developing the garden for AWE.  In New York City, Brooklyn landscape architect Tricia Martin and WE Design will create the AWE garden.

Sara Overton

Sara Overton is an artist based in New York City and originated the concept for AWE. Her visual art has been shown internationally, and projects she has founded have partnered with institutions such as the Rubin Museum, the Garrison Institute and UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, integrating mindfulness meditation with hiking, kayaking, and rafting in nature.  Coleman is author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery, and is also a poet. Based in Sausalito, California, he is a teacher at the renowned Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has been leading insight meditation retreats worldwide since 1997. Founder of The Mindfulness Institute, Coleman has taught mindfulness at Google, Facebook, Proctor & Gamble, Gap Inc., and leads mindfulness teacher trainings in Europe and the US. Coleman is an avid outdoor enthusiast and passionate about combining the forces of meditation, silence, and nature.

Tricia Martin

Tricia Martin, LEED AP, is the owner of WE Design, a design/build firm based in Brooklyn, New York. Martin and WE are designing and building the contemplative garden for AWENYC. Martin's skills and interests in environmental and landscape design are demonstrated in the breadth and variety of her endeavors: curating ECOTONES - Mitigating NYC's Contentious Sites for the Landscape Showcase at the Center For Architecture, designing a therapeutic courtyard garden for Phoenix House in upstate New York, and working on various innovative green infrastructure projects throughout New York City.  Martin teaches urban design studios at Columbia University, was a landscape architecture fellow at Design Trust for Public Space and is also past president of the New York City chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Pamela Palmer

Pamela Palmer ASLA, President of ARTECHO Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Venice, CA is collaborating with the Awake in the Wild Experience to design the landscape for AWE in Los Angeles. Her belief that our interface with natural systems and natural phenomena elevates our daily experience and enriches our lives has led to her interest in this collaboration.  Palmer holds a degree in fine arts from UCLA and a master's degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  She has been involved in the design of public and private landscapes in Japan, Europe and the United States for the last twenty-five years.

Rice+Lipka Architects

Rice+Lipka is a platform for art, planning, exhibition and research projects and is directed by Lyn Rice and Astrid Lipka and is serving as consultants to AWE.  The studio’s work includes projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Krannert Art Museum, Parsons The New School for Design, and the Davis Museum among others.  Lyn Rice was a principal-in-charge for one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, Dia:Beacon, and has been cited as an Emerging Voice by ALNY and named part of the Design Vanguard by Architectural Record.  The studio has been recognized with numerous design awards and has collaborated with a range of artists including Robert Irwin, Liam Gillick, Miles Coolidge and Ben Rubin.

Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador. Born to a family of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin channels the wisdom and traditions of his ancestors through his songs. Over the years, he has enjoyed a successful international career as a musician, playing at such prestigious events as WOMAD and for Tibet House at Carnegie Hall, New York. In 2008 Tenzin founded the annual Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia, which showcases Tibetan culture. Through his music and cultural activities such as the Brisbane Festival of Tibet, Himalayan Film Festival and Women with Wisdom concert series (Sydney Opera House, Federation Square) Tenzin shares the Tibetan story of what it really means in being human though his art. In addition to his solo performances, Tenzin is an avid collaborator with musicians from diverse cultures, traditions and genres. With his world music band Tibet2Timbuk2, classical western (with Camerata of St John’s), contemporary (with Philip Glass) and ancient traditional (with didgeridoo master William Barton), Tenzin has released six independent albums and recently collaborated with Philip Glass on the score for the film ‘The Last Dalai Lama?’. With Laurie Anderson, Tenzin is now working on an interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead to be released by the Smithsonian Institution in 2019.

Rubin Kodheli

Rubin Kodheli is a cellist who also composes music and has contributed compositions to the widely acclaimed film Precious (2009) and also composes for modern dance, orchestras and chamber ensembles. He writes music for his band Blues in Space, consisting of electric cello, electric bass and drums. Rubin has performed with many artists, including Philip Glass, Henry Threadgill and Meredith Monk. A highlight of 2018 was a concert performing with Laurie Anderson and Christian McBride at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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