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Healing in Nature Weekend Retreat @ BBRC

June 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - June 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am


This weekend nature-centered mindfulness and meditation retreat is an opportunity to heal, re-connect and re-emerge into a greater sense of wholeness in the beautiful landscape of the San Bernardino Mountains

Through this retreat, we will explore how nature-based practices, our relational connection to the natural world, and related somatic experiencing can support healing and transformation of challenging or traumatic experiences.  

We will have an opportunity to study, practice, and integrate the wisdom of these teachings in the community.  You will have the opportunity to relax and reflect, be led on nature meditations, reflective journaling exercises, and beautiful hikes, all while strengthening your skills to integrate it all into your everyday life.


Example of Daily Schedule:

6am – Wake up bell

6:30 – Meditation

7:15 – Breakfast

8:30 – Morning program

12:00 – Lunch

12:30-2pm – Free time

2:00 – Afternoon program

5:00 – Dinner

6:00 – Evening program

8:30-9:00 – Ready for bed/sleep


What You Will Love:

– Guidance and instruction in all of the actives described above

– Sitting, walking, and playtime in a beautiful wild setting

– Free time for rest

– Evening “community-building” and celebration

– One-on-ones with the teachers

– Delicious plant-based meals, and tea and coffee 

– Your choice of lodging: a single room or outdoor tent site


What You Should Know:

– Our retreat is designed to be enjoyable, not rigorous … and participants are expected to have an open mind and heart as we build our community and share experiences together:

– There will be a flow between alone time and group time, but come prepared to enjoy others, and participate in community and group activities.

Use of silence: every effort is made to support a deep and fruitful retreat, and noble silence can be a valuable part of the process. We will weave periods of silence into the retreat at strategic times, to allow you to go deeper within. Some meals may be in silence.

-We will all share in the community work around meal preparation and cleanup.You will be able to choose your helper/yogi job. Most participants find serving others in this way quite enjoyable, and a great opportunity for practice in action.

-Some mindfulness experience is valuable but not required, and beginners are welcome. Complete mindfulness instructions will be given, appropriate for your level.

-You should be in good health, able to sit and walk outdoors, tolerate the 7,000-foot elevation, and smile through sudden weather changes.

-Bring the necessary clothing and equipment to enjoy being outdoors in a variety of conditions. We will be able to be indoors in inclement weather but otherwise will be sitting, eating and walking outdoors.

-Please note that the center is at 7,000 feet, similar to most ski towns. If you are concerned about acclimating from sea level, please consider a day or two in the Big Bear area before the retreat. You may also want to consider bringing supplements to support acclimation.

-It is important to us that everyone makes a commitment to be present for the entirety of the retreat (from Wednesday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm), so please plan your travel arrangements accordingly! The program starts: Wednesday, June 10th at 5pm, and ends June 15th at 11am

-You will be unplugged and have limited cell phone and wifi reach — during the retreat. Please complete all personal business before you arrive. The staff will have the ability to make and receive emergency calls on your behalf, but the phone is not available for personal use.

If you have any questions, please email Rochelle – rochelle@newmindfullife.com


The cost of the retreat is meant to be as affordable as possible, and consists of the two elements below:

ONE, the actual expenses: renting the center, lodging, food, cooks, insurance, etc:

Food & Lodging Prices

Entire Retreat 6/10-14

Shared Room


Individual Room



TWO, none of these fees above go to compensate your leaders, Rochelle, Justin or Natasha. We are financially compensated for this retreat only through a voluntary donation from you. In the tradition of the Buddha, this is called Dana, and our teachings are offered without a set fee. If you would like to offer a donation, please bring a check or cash. 

We are grateful for this support of our hosting your retreat!

Scholarships: It is our intention that cost not be an impediment, so scholarships of up to $100 are available. To apply for a scholarship, please send us a note with the amount requested, along with the registration form and the remaining amount you need to pay. 


Transportation and Arrivals/Departures:

  • Nearest Airports:
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT) & Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Driving Routes:
  • There are three (3) different routes that lead up the mountain to Big Bear Retreat Center:
  • 1) Highway 330 from San Bernardino (off the 210 Freeway) – This is generally the fastest route up the mountain. However, it is also one of the steepest and windiest;
  • 2) Highway 38 from Redlands (off the 210 Freeway) – This is slightly less steep and windy than Highway 330, but adds an additional 15 – 20 minutes to the trip;
  • 3) Highway 18 from the High Desert (Antelope Valley / Lucerne Valley) – this route is the least steep of all of the mountain roads, but requires an approach from the northern side of the mountains (which can add time for those coming from the southern side (Orange County, San Diego County, etc.).
  • It is highly recommended that you check current traffic and weather conditions as you plan your trip, as these can significantly impact travel times and route choices.
  • RIDESHARING / CARPOOLS – Ridesharing / Carpooling is highly encouraged and is one of the most convenient ways to travel to Big Bear Retreat Center. During the retreat registration process, you will be asked if you are willing to offer a ride, or if you are interested in riding with others. The retreat manager for your specific retreat will coordinate the ridesharing process. Please keep in mind that your fellow retreatants are traveling from near and far, and may be in need of a ride to the retreat. If you can provide a ride for a fellow guest (to, from, or both ways) it is greatly appreciated.


Food and Meals:

  • Three simple, healthy and delicious vegetarian meals a day will be provided from dinner Wednesday night through breakfast on Sunday
  • If you want a snack between meals you can bring a small quantity of packaged, unrefrigerated food.   You can also bring dry beverage mixes (no bottles or cans, please) such as electrolyte sports drinks, or other powdered mixes. 
  • A variety of teas are available all the time, and coffee will be made before and during breakfast, along with milk and sweeteners.
  • Figuring menus and quantities, shopping, organizing, and cooking are complex and crucial tasks for a retreat. We provide simple, wholesome, natural, predominantly organic meals. We will accommodate common and real food allergies such as gluten, soy, but not “preferences.”
  • Make sure to include on the registration form the full details of any allergy or health needs (and we will contact you if they require discussion).


The Instructors

Dr. Rochelle Calvert

Rochelle Calvert has a devoted love to share the power and healing potential of mindfulness, somatic awareness and nature. She has studied and taught mindfulness for the past 16 years and knows personally the transformational potential. Rochelle currently leads courses and retreats in mindfulness, somatic experiencing and Awake in the Wild- nature-based mindfulness. She also facilitates professional trainings in mindfulness for clinicians and travels the country teaching seminars. 

She is a certified mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Teaching Institute and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She has also trained and assisted with Mark Coleman and as an Awake in the Wild meditation teacher. She practices mindfulness-based meditation rooted in the Buddhist Theravada Tradition and practices meditation outside in nature daily.


Natasha Deganello Giraudie

As a child growing up in Venezuela, Natasha learned some of her most valuable lessons outside the classroom – from indigenous people living on their ancestral lands. As an adult, she studied with the Dalai Lama for more than 20 years and had the opportunity to attend nature-based retreats with Thich Naht Han in his monastery. As a professional nature meditation teacher and certified moon guide, she has taught groups from the United Nations, Google and Airbnb as well as medical practitioners, politicians, nonprofit leaders and filmmakers in the US, Latin America and Asia. Natasha is also a documentary filmmaker. Her experiential nature meditation film, Inmanencia, has been selected for festivals around the world from Boulder to Buenos Aires to Bhutan where it won the Audience Choice award. Her current series of short films, One Word, was selected by Robert Redford and the Redford Center as a powerful voice at the intersection of youth, indigenous wisdom and climate resilience.


Justin Michelson

Justin began practicing Insight Meditation in 2000 in Seattle, WA, under the guidance of Rodney Smith.  Over the past 17 years, his practice has led him on travels through numerous meditation groups, retreat centers, and inspiring teachers and teachings.   Several years ago, he was asked by his teacher to begin sharing the Dharma, and subsequently completed a two and half year Dharma leadership program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.  His teachings weave together the essential teachings of the Dharma with a love for the natural world.


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June 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
June 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am
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Big Bear Retreat Center
1000 Sugarpine Rd
Big Bear, CA 92314
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