Mission Lookout Tower, May 2019

(Updated: July 2018)

This started out as a post blog – which I sent live after my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a 21-day mindfulness retreat with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) in Plum Village back in June 2012 – as a way to share about my retreat experience. Then I kept it going, because it proved a great way to keep me writing, which I love to do. I include my thoughts and experiences relating to my own everyday path of practice in the mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

My name is Nicole Dunn and I am a core member of the Order of Interbeing (OI member) and was ordained by TNH in Estes Park, CO in August of 2007 and given the dharma name True Wonderful Flower. I am 39 years old (as of July 2018) and reside in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where I happily and gratefully practice with the Be Here Now Sangha (community), which I founded in 2002.

I’m a writer and am currently working on my 2nd book (while trying to get my first one published). I’m the director of the Open Way Mindfulness Center, teach mindfulness, help lead and direct local retreats, and serve on our local and statewide sangha boards. I’ve been a hospice volunteer for 15 years and have helped to lead workshops on death and dying. I enjoy community building, meditation, writing, anything having to do with music (playing, singing, listening, live shows, dancing to), hiking, photography, volunteering, traveling, camping, and riding my motorcycle – I also have the best job ever as a grateful nanny for two little boys & a baby girl. I’ve been happily married for over 18 years and have a wonderful 18-year-old stepson. Life is good, truly.


Youtube Channel: In Mindful Motion

My writer’s Facebook Page:

Sound Cloud:

Podcast on Stitcher:

I’m also on twitter @InMindfulMotion

Walk softly, breathe deeply and know that you are beautifully alive.


Banff National Park, September 2017


14 responses to “About

  1. thelastsongiheard

    January 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Hello Nicole,

    I hope you don’t mind me writing this here, but I’m hoping you can help me… this isn’t spam, I promise!

    My name is Richard J. Bartlett and I have my own blog on WordPress, The Last Song I Heard – – which I predominantly write for my son.

    I’m in the process of writing a book about personal beliefs (or lack, thereof) and was wondering if you’d be interested in contributing.

    I’m trying to get viewpoints from a broad range of people, representing a broad range of beliefs, including agnostics and atheists. My goal is for the reader to be presented with new and thought-provoking ideas about our place in the universe and, hopefully, to find some common ground between the different beliefs.

    If you’re interested, you can read more about it here –

    I hope you can contribute – I’d love to read your responses!

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at thelastsongiheard “at”


    Richard J. Bartlett

  2. goingoutwordsandinwords

    January 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Thank you for reaching out Richard. I will take a look at your links and get back to you. I appreciate your wanting to find common ground between differing points of view. I hope your writing adventure goes well.

  3. Cabe Lindsay

    February 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Your blog is so beautifully written and presented, much like the way your meditation circles are held. You are such a humble person, despite being a huge source of light and inspiration. You’re like the sun itself. You’re also like a sunflower, simply wonderful. Thank you for writing. Thank you for showing up to “Be Here Now” all through the years.

  4. goingoutwordsandinwords

    February 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Hello dear friend! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words, they are much appreciated.

  5. smilecalm

    February 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    wonderful to receive your bell of mindfulness to connect with the PV winter retreat, again. closing my eyes i can picture being there, as i have several times during the winter. seems we were ordained in estes park at the same time and place which makes you even more of a dharma sister. may you feel warm, happy and safe, david

  6. goingoutwordsandinwords

    February 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Hello David :) You ordained in Estes Park in 2007 as well eh? How wonderful! I’m so happy to meet you once again on the blogging waves.

  7. nicseventysix

    June 8, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Hello Nicole, my name is Nicole, too : ) I came across your blog through smilecalm’s blog, where you liked his latest post and I liked your Picture. Especially after the Day of Mindfulness in Waldbroel, Germany, last Sunday These beautiful Thich Nhat Hanh Calligraphies stay at a Special place in my heart…Looking Forward to reading more of your blog! So far it’s already amazing.
    nic :)

  8. goingoutwordsandinwords

    June 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Hi Nicole :) Thank you for checking out my blog and for posting! I also really appreciate Thay’s calligraphy. I even bought some calligraphy ink, a pen and brush and special paper to try some out myself – it’s a lot of fun :) Breathe Well, Nicole

  9. Debbie Elder

    February 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Nicole ^_^ The Deer Park Monastery posts are changing my February. As they are written in daily serial form -with so many photo views and honest perspectives of your stay- I do feel I get a little vacation! It’s very refreshing. So much sunshine. <3 Love from Debbie (& see you at Be Here Now…)

  10. goingoutwordsandinwords

    February 21, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Hi Debbie :) Thank you for reading and for posting, I appreciate the support and am happy that the Deer Park posts are offering a little vacation too!

  11. Alison and Don

    April 26, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Hi Nicole, nice to meet you. Your blog is beautiful on all levels <3
    Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. And do please feel free to join the conversation. Cheers, Alison

  12. goingoutwordsandinwords

    April 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hello Alison :) Thank you for checking out my blog and for posting. Happy travels! I’ll be reading along with your adventures.

  13. pumarific

    June 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Hi, I represent a women’s lifestyle brand started as a push for positive and uplifting imagery of woman in today’s media. We saw a lot negative and derogatory things shared through social media and wanted to give women more options in regards in to what type of information that ended up on their pages. My partner Aminah and I, wanted to share information related to positive self imagery, career, education, health and just empowering material. We wanted to highlight the everyday woman therefore, we don’t promote celebrities on our page. We want to motivate and inspire women to be their strong, beautiful and ambitious selves. The idea really evolved, we have 6000 likes in one month and decided to move it to a website and started to develop our own content and material.

    There’s a huge community basis to our project we want to support women related causes, support and campaign for women related grassroots movements. And, eventually build our own brand by building materials, t-shirts, books and etc.. We are really at the beginning stages but, we are growing so quickly that we are looking for talent to contribute to the venture.

    Were looking to feature you and some of your articles/reviews on our website. Please let me know if you are interested you can contact us via email @ or visit our Facebook page

    Thank you,



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