Camp Calm: 30 Days of Mindfulness

A simple, thoughtful course for learning meditation and other mindfulness skills.
Orientation Lodge
Welcome to Camp! Many of your fellow campers are already here.

The Orientation Lodge is where you learn how Camp Calm works. Please come in, make yourself a tea, and have a seat by the fireplace.

Whenever you're ready, begin with the Welcome to Camp Calm section, then carry on to the other two in order.

(Total time: approx. 20 mins)
1. Welcome to Camp Calm
2. How Camp Calm Works
3. The Heart of Camp: Daily Practice
Meditation Hall
Pull up a cushion and learn the basics of meditation here in the Meditation Hall. What is meditation? How do you practice it? We have answers.

The Meditation Hall sections constitute an essential crash course on the meditation technique we use in Camp Calm. They are meant to be completed before you embark on the Wilderness Trail. 

(Total time: approx. 30 mins)
1. Why Meditate?
2. The Mindful Attitude
3. The Camp Calm Meditation Method
4. How to Meditate
5. "But I Can't Stop Thinking!"
6. Two Ways to Think About Meditation Practice
The Wilderness Trail
The heart of Camp Calm is a 30-day journey to a daily practice. Once you're ready to embark on the path, gather your gear and meet us at the trailhead!

The Wilderness Trail lessons are usually completed at a rate of one a day, so that you get a lesson and a practice in 30 days in a row. This is a great way to form a solid meditation practice. 

If you miss a day, just pick up where you left off -- but try to meditate even on days you don't do a lesson.

Day 1: Two Intentions
Day 2: Why We Sit
Day 3: Receptivity
Day 4: Breathing Naturally
Day 5: Getting Overwhelmed
Day 6: Making Friends With The Mind
Day 7: Watching the Weather
Day 8: The Body is Trying to Tell You Something
Day 9: Mindfulness in Motion
Day 10: Making Space
Day 11: Am I Doing it Right?
Day 12: Letting Go
Day 13: Sleepiness
Day 14: Tiny Sessions
Day 15: The Path From Here
Day 16: Resistance
Day 17: Bless This Mess
Day 18: Stability of Mind
Day 19: Diligence
Day 20: How Much is Enough?
Day 21: So This is That
Day 22: Everything is Connected to the Heart
Day 23: Where Was My Mind Just Now?
Day 24: Relaxing the Body is Relaxing the Mind
Day 25: Stay the Course
Day 26: A New Intuition
Day 27: This Is The Right Moment
Day 28: An Ocean of Wisdom
Day 29: Taking the Reins
Day 30: Freedom
Resource Center
When the going gets tough, the tough get help. Come here any time for tools, trail maps, and survival guides.

Resource Center sections are here for you to use whenever you need. If you are having trouble with a particular aspect of practice, or just want some tips, peruse the headings and jump in wherever you like.
General Meditation Tips
A Trusty Tool: Counting Breaths
Common Difficulties in Meditation
Dealing With Physical Discomfort
Dealing With Restlessness
Dealing With "Monkey Mind"
Dealing With Overwhelm
Dealing With Sleepiness
Dealing With Boredom
Dealing With Frustration
Dealing With Doubt
Dealing With Resistance to Practice
How to Improve: The Main Strategy
What If You're Not Making Progress? (Most Common Reasons)
Q&A Bulletin Board
A Good Day of Practice
The Summit Hike [Bonus Lessons]

Welcome back from the Wilderness Trail, Campers. 

The Summit Hike is an optional series of five lessons meant to give you some more techniques and strategies as you transition to a fully self-directed daily practice. 

Do the lessons at any pace you like. They are longer and a little more advanced than the Wilderness Trail lessons. 

You might want to do one every few days, or once a week, while you continue to practice daily.

The lessons do not prescribe a particular daily practice – that’s up to you now, daily meditator! 
1. Mindfulness of Thinking
2. Turning Towards and Turning Away
3. The Power of Half a Breath
4. Mini and Micro Meditation
5. The Quality That Makes All The Difference
The Campfire
You're never alone at Camp Calm. Join us around the fire to chat, reflect, and ask questions about your practice.

Head to the Camp Calm Discussion Forum to ask questions and chat with others about your practice. You can also Email David if you need anything.
Camp Calm Discussion Forum
Email David
Equipment Shed
Welcome to our quaint shed on the edge of Camp. Any materials you need for your adventure can be found here. 
Certain days on the Wilderness Trail, the practice will call for a guided audio meditation. All of them can be found here.

You can listen to audio files right online using the player, or you may download them to a device for later -- just click the download link beneath the player.
Camp Calm Tracking Sheet
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Basic Guided Meditation
12 mins
Ambient Bodily Sensation Meditation (12 mins).mp3
13 mins
Ambient Bodily Sensation Meditation (18 mins).mp3
19 mins
Relaxation Exercise (12 mins).mp3
13 mins
Getting grounded in the physical (5 min).mp3
6 mins
Meditation With Guided Beginning (17 mins).mp3
18 mins
Long Meditation (27 mins).mp3
28 mins