Marianne B. Rowe, MS

Marriage & Family Therapist

Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, Families & Children
Mindfulness Meditation Instruction

Mindfulness Courses

These are the current mindfulness courses being offered. Each course consists of four 90-minute classes and meets at 529 Central Ave., Ste. 201A, Pacific Grove, CA, unless otherwise noted. Please see the listings below for course descriptions, cost, and schedule.

The courses are taught by Marianne B. Rowe, who has studied and practiced Mindfulness Meditation for over 17 years. Each course incorporates teaching, discussion, & experiental practices to develop and sustain Mindful Awareness.

For maximum benefit, participants are asked to attend all 4 classes and maintain a daily meditation practice for the length of the course. There is a No Refund Policy for non-attendance.

Because class size is limited, Advance Registration is required. To register, please register online at Monterey Bay Meditation Studio or call (831) 373-1017.

Being With: Cultivating Attunement & Intimacy in Relationship with Self & Other

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Co-taught with Jennifer Edwards, this retreat focuses on creating deep, authentic connection through practices of Mindful Relating and Authentic Movement. In this safe and comfortable container, participants are guided through ways of engaging the body, mind and heart as sources of awareness and catalysts of attunement. Reflection and mindful discussion offer the opportunity to process what arises in a field of cultivating transparency and vulnerability in relationship.

Fierce Compassion: Setting Boundaries while Maintaining Connection

Wed. evenings, Feb. 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2017
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
$135 (includes Practice Guide/Journal)

For there to be trust in a "yes," there has to be trust that a "no" will be spoken when that's what's true. Setting boundaries is often challenging ... and is an essential part of authentic relating. The heart does not have to close in order to define a limit. This course focuses on specific ways of setting boundaries while maintaining connection. Through guided meditation, teaching, discussion & experiential practices, participants explore the strength & depth of compassion that arises in setting limits skillfully.

Date to be Confirmed
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$135 (includes Practice Guide/Journal)

In this experiential retreat at Asilomar Conference Grounds, we will engage
guided meditation, relational practices, &
mindful dialogue to awaken the heart, activating deeper connection & healing through compassionate awareness & understanding of ourselves and others.

Deep Nourishment: A Spa Day for the Heart & Mind

March 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$135 (includes Practice Guide/Journal)

During this day of retreat at Asilomar Conference Grounds, participants are guided through a process of taking time to slow down and drop-into a container intentionally created for reflection, replenishment and renewal. Through guided meditation, gentle body movement, and relational practices, a sense of spaciousness and connection is nourished & cultivated.

Peace from the Inside Out: Mindful Relationship with Ucomfortable Emotions

Monday evenings, March 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
$135 (includes Practice Guide/Journal)

Anger, depression, & anxiety are strong emotional energies that are part of being human. This course focuses on mindfulness & meditation practices that cultivate a sense of calm, connectedness and well-being, that can assist in reading the "signals" and shifting emotional reactivity to conscious response. With awareness & compassion, these "disturbances of internal peace" can be utilized as guides for what needs tending. Discussion, mindfulness practice, and creativity are actively engaged to cultivate insight and lead to an expanded awareness of choices.

From the Seas & Trees: Receiving Nature's Wisdom Teachings

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sensing a deep connection with the forest and with the ocean can feel like coming home. Bringing consciousness to our relationship with nature cultivates a sense of well-being and peacefulness.
In this day-long retreat at Asilomar Conference Grounds, participants are guided through a series of experiences that focus on deepening awareness and attunement with the natural world.
Our day begins with a meditation to open the heart and mind with a sounding of crystal medicine singing bowls. Then, through awareness, movement, mindfulness and creative practices, there is an invitation to open, listen deeply, and learn from all the expressions of life and living that surround us.

Shining Light on the Shadow: Discovering the Hidden Treasure

Wednesday evenings, April 5 & 19, 2017
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

We all have parts of ourselves that we keep hidden. Whether they are aspects of ourselves that are denied, or those that are not fulfilled, neglecting part of ourselves has a profound impact on how we shape our lives & show up in our relationships. Through guided meditation, experiential practices, & mindful dialogue, participants bring to light & explore the Shadow that is carried. With conscious relationship with this part of ourselves, we can make choices that lead to compassion & integration, in service of cultivating a sense of acceptance & wholeness.

"Drop-in" Screening & Discussion Group: "Mindfulness & the Brain," DVD with Dan Siegel & Jack Kornfield

Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, 2017

$15/session or $90/complete series

Each month, we will view a segment of a 2-day seminar with these leading teachers in the field of psychotherapy, meditation practice, & neurobiology. Dialogue, teaching, guided meditation & practical exercises are engaged to illuminate how mindful awareness may be cultivated & be of benefit in personal & professional lives. This offering is an opportunity for therapists, healthcare professionals & others who are interested in mindfulness & neurobiology to meet in a casual, comfortable setting, connecting with each other through learning & discussion.

Coherence: Living Your Values

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$135 (includes Practice Guide/Journal)

When do you give attention to what matters most to you?
How would you live from the deepest truth you know?
Why is it important to live in alignment with your sense of purpose?
Who would you be if your related from your highest self?
What if you lived the way you want to be remembered?
In this day-long retreat at Asilomar Conference Grounds, participants are guided through a process of gaining clarity about their highest values - what's most important in daily life, work and relationships.
Through meditation, reflective writing, discussion and experiential exercises, we explore the specifics of living our deepest truth and callings in service of cultivating deep satisfaction and well-being.

"Drop-in" Meditation Class

Saturdays: July 15, Aug. 26, Sept. 16, Nov. 18, Dec. 16
9:30-10:30 a.m.

3rd Saturday of Each Month (except Aug. & Oct.)

These meditation classes offer an experience of cultivating mindfulness, lovingkindness, & compassion, as well as an exploration of specific topics related to bringing these qualities into daily life.
Each class in this safe & comfortable setting engages secular teaching, guided meditation practice, and time for discussion, all in service of "being aware and being kind."
July 15: "Cultivating Refuge"
Aug. 26: "Awe!"
Sept. 16: "Navigating Transitions"
Oct.: No Class this Month
Nov. 18: "Forgiveness: Generosity of Heart"
Dec. 16: "Presence"
Classes are appropriate for those who are new to meditation, as well as those with an established practice.

Living with Death: Vulnerability & Mortality

Early 2018 (Dates to be Determined)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Facing the impermanence of our lives activates a primal fear. We structure much of our lives around our relationship with this fear -- trying to deny, abate, delay, & avoid the inevitability of this event. In this course, we explore, with a secular lens, our relationship with death through guided meditation, mindful dialogue, reflective writing, & deep inquiry. Among the questions we consider are: How might acknowledging death affect how we choose to live life? In what ways might this knowing lead to deeper nourishment? What would it be like to live in acceptance of impermanence? What would it be like to explore being with the vulnerability of our mortality?

"Drop-In" Mindful Relating Games for Kids & Their Parents

Sundays: Aug. 27, Sept. 17, Nov. 19, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 pm

These are Drop-in Sessions. No advance registration is required. Games are for ages 8 - Adult. Parents are requested to accompany children under 12 years of age.

In these fun, interactive games, parents and kids have the opportunity to discover what it’s like to relate to what’s happening within and around themselves through mindful awareness, curiosity and kindness.

Each month, games and guided meditations will focus on cultivating a particular quality of being that supports the development of calmness, kindness, resilience and well-being.

August 27: "Being at Ease"
September 17: "Focus"
October: No Games
November 19: "Curiosity"

These events are facilitated by Marianne Rowe, MS, LMFT. As a Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of Mindful Education Project, Marianne has been teaching mindfulness to children and adults since 2007.

Reclaiming Silence

Mondays, Oct. 9 & 23, 2017
5:30-7:00 pm

In the midst of all the noise and calls for attention in daily life, it can be useful to remember that, beneath all the hub and the bub, there is Silence.

"When we make a place for silence, we make room for ourselves. This is simple. And it is radical. ... Silent spaces invite us to go to the inner room -- the room inside ourselves. By making room for silence, we resist the forces of the world which tell us to live an advertised life of surface appearance, instead of a discovered life -- a life lived in contact with our senses, our feelings, our deepest thoughts and values." -- Gunilla Norris

The space, the stillness, the soundlessness on which everything else rests, is always, already here inside each of us.

As we drop into Silence, we can hear the softer voice of wisdom and compassion that connects us more deeply to ourselves and each other.

In this course, we engage guided and silent meditation practice, mindful discussion, and deep inquiry as pathways to accessing and reclaiming this essential part of our being.

Fierce Compassion: Setting Boundaries while Maintaining Connection

Mondays, Nov. 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017
5:30-7:00 pm
$140 (includes Practice Guide & Journal)

For there to be trust in a "yes," there has to be trust that a "no" will be spoken when that's what's true. Setting boundaries is often challenging ... and is an essential part of authentic relating. The heart does not have to close in order to define a limit. This course focuses on specific ways of setting boundaries while maintaining connection. Through guided meditation, teaching, discussion & experiential practices, participants explore the strength & depth of compassion that arises in setting limits skillfully.

Shifting Gears: Mindful Flow through Change and Uncertainy

Wednesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2017
5:30-7:00 pm
$140 (includes Practice Guide & Journal)

Using the qualities of mindful awareness, participants explore
ways of moving through changes -- in health, finances, family, or other elements of life -- so that
the contraction of fear is shifted into an openness that supports growth & well-being. Guided meditation, teaching, & mindful discussion are engaged as vehicles to navigate the natural processes of expansion & evolution.

Mindful Relating: Presence of Mind and Heart

Mondays, Sept. 11, 18, 25, & Oct. 2, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm
$140 (includes Practice Guide & Journal)

Being able to be fully present without judgment or agenda in relationship:
-- Cultivates connection and compassion;
-- Deepens intimacy;
-- Transforms conflicts into deeper understanding.
This course engages teaching, meditation, and specific practices that strengthen qualities of mindful relating. The focus is on evolving reactive patterns into conscious relationship.
The course is taught by Marianne B. Rowe, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for over 30 years, Co-founder of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio, and a Facilitator with specialized training in Intersubjective Meditation.

Waking Up in the Wild: Ocean

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join us at Asilomar Beach for this half-day retreat of exploration and experience: bringing full presence of open senses, heart and mind, surrendering to the awe of the Ocean’s teachings of Waking-Up in the Wild.
Sittin’-in-the-Waves is a meditation practice developed by Marianne Rowe. Different from surfing, swimming or boogie-boarding, this practice is focused on being rather than doing while in the water. It is an amazing experience of exhilaration -- of being moved, splashed and spun-around – and reclaiming balance of the body and mind.
So, grab a wetsuit (bring your own or you can rent one from Sunshine Freestyle Sports) and join us for this opportunity to meditate in Monterey Bay. After our time in the water, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and each other, as we share our perspectives, insights and experiences.
We meet at 10:00 at Asilomar Beach -- look for the blue Monterey Bay Meditation Studio flag.

"Drop-in" Mindful Relating Games

Saturdays, Sept. 16, Nov. 18
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

“The question of how to be in relationship is no other than the question of how to live.” -- John Welwood
What happens when we bring presence, authenticity and acceptance into our way of being with each other?
What happens when we practice and play together in a way that cultivates compassionate awareness of ourselves, each other, and the world?
What happens when we co-create a safe space for developing consciousness, connection, and community?
Come on over and find out. As we interweave mindfulness, compassion and relational practices, we will discover, explore and celebrate relationship at a deeper level.
September 16: Getting their World: Expanding Perspective
November 18: Permeability & Transparency: Opening for Connection
These “Games” are facilitated by Marianne Rowe, MS, a licensed marriage & family therapist, meditation practitioner & teacher, and trained facilitator of Authentic Relating Games & Integral Circling.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
$140 (includes Practice Guide & Journal)

Through teaching, guided meditation and discussion, participants are assisted in cultivating mindful awareness and compassionate presence, as well as meditation practice.
An excellent beginning course for people new to mindfulness meditation, as well as an inspiring refresher for those who want to renew their practice.

Waking Up in the Wild: Weekend Retreat in Big Sur

Oct. 20-22, 2017
Friday, 11:00 a.m. - Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
$700 (Early Bird $650 thru Sept. 20)

This retreat offers an opportunity to open your heart, cultivate spaciousness in your mind, and nourish your soul by stepping outside of routine and familiar into a world of beauty and state of wonder. Bringing curiosity into our relationship with nature, ourselves and each other, allows us to experience what is “underneath” – the silence, stillness and ever-present miracle of simply being here, in this body, in this community, in this universe.
Registration cost includes: camping fees*, meals, activity supplies, park admissions, and guidance by four highly experienced teachers (Marianne Rowe, Katie Dutcher, Patricia Wolff, and Jennifer Edwards).
*Other accommodation arrangements may be made by contacting Fernwood Resort at In order to create and sustain the container for this retreat, no “commuter” option is available. Participants who camp are requested to provide their own tents, sleeping bags, and towels. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
13 CEUs are available for MLFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, Psychologists, and Registered Nurses. More information here.

Cosmos Contemplation

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Free (Monterey Bay Meditation Studio Community Event)

Gazing at the sky, letting-go into the mysteries of the Universe, realizing that we are resting on a small dot in the infinity of space ... this is Cosmos Contemplation, a pathway of awe, humility, and wonder.
On this October night, we will sit in the spaciousness of space, surrounded by the sound of the ocean waves, and open to noticing what arises as we are gently guided into a contemplative journey led by the words of Carl Sagan, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and Victoria Erickson.
We will meet at Asilomar Beach (look for the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio's blue flag).
Please dress warmly and bring water, a flashlight, and a beach towel or mat to lie on.
This is a "drop-in" event; no registration is required.

"Waves of Light"

Dec. 3, 2017
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Free (Monterey Bay Meditation Studio Community Event)

On this night of the Super Moon, we gather by the ocean to reflect on those in our lives, now and in the past, who have inspired our hearts to open in love and compassion. Whether the relationships were easy or challenging, the presence of these beings in our lives is part of who we have become and who we are becoming.
In this season of shining light in the darkness, we offer the gifts of acceptance and remembrance as a way of honoring ourselves, each other and the world around us.
Please dress warmly and bring water, a flashlight, a towel or chair to sit on, and, if you like, a small offering (stone, shell, etc.) for the ocean waves and moonlight.
We will meet at Asilomar Beach (look for Monterey Bay Meditation Studio's blue flag).

Shinrin Yoku: Forest Bathing

Sat., Aug. 5, 2017
4:00 - 5:30
Free: Monterey Bay Meditation Studio's Community Event

Spending quiet, contemplative time in the forest feels, in many ways, like coming home to a peaceful place inside the heart.
The practice of shinrin-yoku (“Forest Bathing”) is a form of nature meditation, an “immersion” into the space of trees, plants and inhabitants of the forest. In this practice, specific invitations are offered to cultivate a deep relationship with the natural world by engaging the senses while noticing the effects of this connection on the body, heart, and spirit.
Research has shown this practice to be significantly beneficial for reducing stress, strengthening the immune system, inspiring creativity, and enhancing a sense of well-being.
Join us for this gentle excursion into the woods to explore and discover ourselves in relationship with the world around us.
No need to register-- just drop in at Veteran's Memorial Park in Monterey. Look for the blue Monterey Bay Meditation Studio flag.