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.

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We’d like to invite you to help us realize AWE.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made through AWE's fiscal sponsor. AWE is a sponsored project of Artspire, a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. (Artspire receives an 8 percent administrative fee on all contributions for its services.)

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution online, please click here.

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution by check, please make the check payable to “Artspire, a Program of NYFA,” and write in the subject line “The Awake in the Wild Experience.”

Please send checks to:

P.O. Box 240
New York, NY 10012

Artspire will acknowledge all donations over $250. For donations under $250, your check or credit card statement will serve as your receipt. If you would like to contribute $2,500 or more, please include the contribution letter found here.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at

Thank you!


If you are a teacher or a member of a school or community group, we welcome your ideas about how your group might participate in AWE and how AWE might serve your community.

Please e-mail us at

Thank you to New World Library for its generous donation of copies of Awake in the Wild to AWE.

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