Welcome to the study and application of the perennial wisdom teachings at the Center for Mindfulness and Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. These ancient wisdom teachings are more recently known as the core tenets of a nondual philosophy and perception of life.
Juniper Level Botanic Garden offers a unique setting and quiet refuge for individuals, self-inquiry groups, classes, and retreats to simply notice and behold the impersonal nature of aware presence. At the Center, we call upon many tools to loosen the grip of knowing while realizing there is not a personal self that is able to make choices. Our tools include awareness and presence, open-hearted meditative inquiry, an attitude of not-knowing, silence, walking meditations, community, just to name a few. We welcome what is appearing regardless of the texture.
Established by mindfulness and meditation teacher Anita Avent in 2013, the Center offers occasional individual and group retreats and classes facilitated by Anita with guest speakers including Paul Hedderman, Paul Constant, Jan Frazier, Bob Cergol, Art Ticknor, Jenny Clarke and Doug White. Anita has taught the benefits and techniques of meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 1992.
A Christian pilgrim for more than 45 years, Anita’s perception spontaneously shifted in 2011 revealing a “seeing through the illusion of being a lasting and solid personal self ” thus knowing what had always been the case – this timeless, indivisible, and infinite impersonal awareness shining brightly as the appearance of Anita. She gained nothing upon awakening. After living several years in seclusion, she now points to what is edgeless, ever-present, and unchanging.