Wild Blue Mindfulness offers mindfulness retreats, training, and resources for mindfulness in nature practice.
Founder and guiding teacher of Wild Blue Mindfulness is Kimberly Sogge Ph.D (Texas A&M), M.Ed. (McGill University), RYT 200, MYMT (Spirit Rock). Kimberly is a Mindful Self Compassion certified teacher and Registered Psychologist who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has a private practice as a clinical health psychologist and regularly teaches mindfulness meditation courses, mindfulness retreats and mindfulness workshops.
Kimberly has been teaching MSBR and mindfulness skills to the community, organizations, and health care professionals since 2004. Kimberly began teaching mindfulness and MBSR at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, with training from Saki Santorelli and Jon Kabat Zinn of the Massachusetts School of Medicine’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society. Kimberly was in the first cohort to train in the cutting-edge Behavioral Medicine track of the doctoral psychology residency at University of Texas at Austin’s Student Health Center; her early interest in mindfulness was generously supported by the UT-Austin Doctoral Residency and by the UT-Austin Student Health Center.
Prior to graduate school, Kimberly’s original mindfulness teacher was nature herself. Beginning in her childhood, she spent most summers “as close to a feral child as possible”, exploring the wild grasslands and rivers freely with horse companions, being forever formed by a connection with horses, interactions with wildlife, and being held by the landscapes and vast skies of the Western Canadian prairies. Nature has taught her through many other wilderness journeys, including living for a year on a sailboat (East Coast US and Bahamas including two Gulf Stream crossings), backcountry hiking (Canadian Rockies, Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, American Adirondack State Park, California’s Sierra Nevadas, South America’s Santa Cruz trek, Italian Dolomites), canoeing and kayaking (upstate New York, Maine, Broughton Archipelago in British Columbia, Canada), running ultra-marathons in Iceland and Canada, and of course her summer habit of rowing in every free moment on the wild Ottawa/Gatineau Rivers in Canada. To honour what nature has given to her own mindfulness practice, Kimberly has completed two years of training on guiding others in Mindfulness in Nature practice with Mark Coleman (Spirit Rock senior teacher and Awake in the Wild author) to become an Awake in the Wild facilitator.
In the buddhist tradition in which contemporary mindfulness finds its roots, the historical Buddha instructed his first students to settle themselves into practice under a tree. Nature has an important role to play in supporting and nourishing those determined to free themselves from patterns that create suffering. Nature in its aliveness, dynamic flow, interconnection, and vastness offers incredibly wholesome conditions in which we can begin to awaken out of the conditioned patterns of our histories, into deeper connection with our own aliveness, flow, interconnection and vastness. From this renewed awareness, and perhaps re-definition of who we are and where we belong in the world, ethical ways of living with ourselves and the world can naturally emerge. Nature teaches the whole curriculum of awakening, if we can only learn to listen.
May Wild Blue Mindfulness serve your awakening and growth in practice, by freely offering our embodied presence, by sharing our love of the journey of awakening, by drawing on the roots of the Thai Forest tradition, by being challenged by contemporary engaged buddhist practice, by letting the best in psychological science inform us, and as much as possible by re-connecting all of us to the vast and powerful presence of nature.
This place is alive. Are you?