Ben Gerig

Ben G.

Englewood, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Personally, I came to meditation after struggling mightily with major depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder into my late twenties. I worked with Dr. Norman Rosenthal, on the east coast, to keep adding tools to my personal care toolbox, even after moving to Colorado (from the gray skies of Indiana).

While in Grad School at CU, I read Doctor Rosenthal's book on Meditation, and I decided to take the plunge and find a qualified instructor to help me learn--I've been meditating twice daily, ever since.

I think the biggest hurdle for new meditators to create a sustainable practice is the "what's in it for me?" of it all...I liken it to brushing my teeth--it's not always clear until my annual checkup, why it's infinitely critical to care for my teeth, diligently twice a day. But with time and commitment, what a difference it makes.

Developing a personal meditation practice is also a lot like trying to get back into shape by attempting to run a 10K--the first month of training is an uphill battle, but if one persists, running becomes one of your best friends, in every conceivable way, indefinitely.

All this to say that my personal meditation practice continues to be a journey, especially wen I decided to I become a Certified Meditation Instructor (McLean Institute) in 2018. My hope is to provide supportive guidance and coaching (not unlike a running buddy for a 10K), in order to pay forward what my Meditation teachers have done for me--namely made my relationship to myself, my family, friends and neighbors a truly nourishing gift, daily--whatever ups and downs present themselves along the way.

If you would ever like to have a complimentary phone chat, I'd be more than happy to answer any questions or provide any additional details about the daily benefits of the Mountain Wisdom Meditation program.

warmest regards,
Ben
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About Ben and the MWM Program:

Greetings! My name is Ben and I’m a Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor. I live in Colorado with my wife Jill and our dog Fletcher! I developed the MWM technique while hiking 487 miles and 29,000 vertical feet on the Colorado Trail!

In 2017, I completed my 200-hour Meditation Teacher Certificate. Since then, I’ve been teaching both workplace and private meditation lessons.

The MWM Program is a combination of both focused-attention and open awareness meditation—the Method is designed to create a sustainable daily practice, that will fit seamlessly into your life.

Mountain Meditation Method- Program:
The Program consists of 5 total lessons over 1 month. We’ll begin with 5 One-Hour lessons in the first month, and then complete 3 monthly 30-min. lessons, thereafter.

Through the Program: You Will Learn:
a. Where, when and how to meditate;
b. the mental, physical and emotional benefits of daily practice;
c. to develop a sustainable personal practice–20 minutes,
twice daily;
d. be invited to participate in 2, personal meditation
check-ins—online or by phone.

I hope to share meditation’s life-changing benefits with you, soon! Please feel free to send me any questions that you have about the MWM program, and I’ll be happy to start a conversation. ~Ben

About Ben G.

Personally, I came to meditation after struggling mightily with major depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder into my late twenties. I worked with Dr. Norman Rosenthal, on the east coast, to keep adding tools to my personal care toolbox, even after moving to Colorado (from the gray skies of Indiana).

While in Grad School at CU, I read Doctor Rosenthal's book on Meditation, and I decided to take the plunge and find a qualified instructor to help me learn--I've been meditating twice daily, ever since.

I think the biggest hurdle for new meditators to create a sustainable practice is the "what's in it for me?" of it all...I liken it to brushing my teeth--it's not always clear until my annual checkup, why it's infinitely critical to care for my teeth, diligently twice a day. But with time and commitment, what a difference it makes.

Developing a personal meditation practice is also a lot like trying to get back into shape by attempting to run a 10K--the first month of training is an uphill battle, but if one persists, running becomes one of your best friends, in every conceivable way, indefinitely.

All this to say that my personal meditation practice continues to be a journey, especially wen I decided to I become a Certified Meditation Instructor (McLean Institute) in 2018. My hope is to provide supportive guidance and coaching (not unlike a running buddy for a 10K), in order to pay forward what my Meditation teachers have done for me--namely made my relationship to myself, my family, friends and neighbors a truly nourishing gift, daily--whatever ups and downs present themselves along the way.

If you would ever like to have a complimentary phone chat, I'd be more than happy to answer any questions or provide any additional details about the daily benefits of the Mountain Wisdom Meditation program.

warmest regards,
Ben
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About Ben and the MWM Program:

Greetings! My name is Ben and I’m a Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor. I live in Colorado with my wife Jill and our dog Fletcher! I developed the MWM technique while hiking 487 miles and 29,000 vertical feet on the Colorado Trail!

In 2017, I completed my 200-hour Meditation Teacher Certificate. Since then, I’ve been teaching both workplace and private meditation lessons.

The MWM Program is a combination of both focused-attention and open awareness meditation—the Method is designed to create a sustainable daily practice, that will fit seamlessly into your life.

Mountain Meditation Method- Program:
The Program consists of 5 total lessons over 1 month. We’ll begin with 5 One-Hour lessons in the first month, and then complete 3 monthly 30-min. lessons, thereafter.

Through the Program: You Will Learn:
a. Where, when and how to meditate;
b. the mental, physical and emotional benefits of daily practice;
c. to develop a sustainable personal practice–20 minutes,
twice daily;
d. be invited to participate in 3, personal meditation
check-ins—online or by phone.

I hope to share meditation’s life-changing benefits with you, soon! Please feel free to send me any questions that you have about the MWM program, and I’ll be happy to start a conversation. ~Ben
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Ben's Bio:

Ben is McLean Meditation Institute Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor and higher education professional.Ben enjoys running and hiking and has completed the 486-mile Colorado Trail with his cattle dog Fletcher!

Meditation’s overwhelmingly positive impacts on his daily life, including increased energy, stress reduction and newly found mental clarity inspired Ben to become a Certified Meditation Instructor. After completing more than 200 hours of formal study and his teacher training intensive, Ben is honored to offer meditation lessons and workshops to those interested in tapping into the transformational benefits of this profoundly life-enhancing practice.

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Jenn
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Ben was great and this session was very relaxing!

Posted Oct 10, 2019
Kim

Ben was warm and knowledgeable. His openness and generosity shone through in such a genuine and tangible way. I will not hesitate to reach out to him again in the future.

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Jill
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Great lesson! Ben had good tips and a very soothing meditation voice.

Posted Aug 13, 2019
Erin
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Have attended several different mediation sessions with Ben. He provides a calm, steady presence, making the mediator feels at ease. Uses a variety of mediation methods and approaches which is enjoyable. Highly recommend!

Posted Aug 3, 2019
Colin
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Ben is an outstanding guide for meditation and mindfulness practice. I appreciate the way he guides through a session and changes the methodology each time so it doesn't feel stale. Sometimes its a mental image to focus on, other times its feeling grounded in your own physical self. I would strongly recommend Ben for mindfulness practice.

Posted Aug 2, 2019
Carrie
Profile-location-online Online

What an awesome experience participating in one of Ben's sessions from a virtual setting! I still felt just as connected as an in person setting - and listening in through headphones made it seem like he was in the same room as me. The nature of my work is to attend meetings from a virtual setting but for the time in Ben's session I was able to completely step away and into my own mind. Highly recommend!

Posted Aug 1, 2019
Colin
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Ben is an outstanding guide for meditation and mindfulness practice. I appreciate the way he guides through a session and changes the methodology each time so it doesn't feel stale. Sometimes its a mental image to focus on, other times its feeling grounded in your own physical self. I would strongly recommend Ben for mindfulness practice.

Posted Aug 1, 2019
Jon
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I highly recommend Ben as a mindfulness/meditation instructor. With a soothing voice and carefully selected language, Ben leads his participants through exercises designed to become in tune with one's body, release tension, and clear the mind. I find each one of his sessions allows me to temporarily disconnect from the external environment, focus on my immediate sensations, and then reconnect to the world feeling rejuvenated. If you're seeking increased mental clarity, infusion of positive energy, or just an escape, I would suggest attending one of Ben's sessions.

Posted Aug 1, 2019
Steve
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I had some meditation coaching sessions with Ben Gerig of Chalk Cliffs Wellness a while back. I already had some meditation experience using audio recordings that I began as part of my concussion recovery, but I suspected there was a deeper and more holistic experience available through a true self-guided meditation practice. Ben helped me overcome some barriers and achieve my own practice by making things very accessible often through sports metaphors. He helped me understand the innately human mechanisms at work during meditation, and helping me feel comfortable and confident in the experiences I was having as I built my practice. Ben created a safe space for me to explore, and provided flexibility to meet my needs.

Posted Jul 30, 2019
Ed R
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Ben took me on as a client when he was first starting his business—and I was impressed. I had been interested in meditation, but was unsure if I would be able to get into it. Ben helped me ease into the practice of meditation over the course of several sessions (with plenty of practice at home). He made me feel comfortable, and I quickly took to his style and approach. Thanks, Ben!

Posted Jul 30, 2019

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Experience

Owner
Apr 2017 - Present

Private Company

My wife Jill and I created a mindfulness business designed to provide yoga and meditation to our local community—focusing on private lessons and group wilderness retreats.

Student Advisor
Mar 2017 - Oct 2019

Harvard Business Analytics Program

• Manage caseload of 120+ Harvard Business Analytics students • Responsible for student retention and academic performance outcomes • Take a consultative coaching approach to students' academic success, by engaging in career driven advising, to achieve targeted professional development and ROI

Education

MA; Journalism and Mass Communication
Aug 2010 - May 2012

University of Colorado

BA; Communication
Aug 2007 - May 2010

University of Colorado

Languages

German

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor
Mar 2018

McLean Meditation Institute

Ben is McLean Meditation Institute Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor. He completed more than 200 hours of formal study and his teacher training intensive from 2017 - 2018.

Awards

Cello Performance Scholarship
Jul 1999

Goshen College

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