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Dr. Rochelle (Voth) Calvert
Owner and Clinical Director & Mindfulness Teacher
Classes/Courses Lead: Breath Meditation, S.I.T. Course, Open Awareness Meditation, Dharma Talk, Half-Day Retreat
Dr. Rochelle Calvert (Voth), started New Mindful Life to support bringing mindfulness into the lives of individuals via a center that would support the integration of mindfulness into everyday life in a community setting. The center offers the opportunity to learn about mindfulness, experience mindfulness and be in community mindfully. The center supports bringing mindfulness to groups, individuals, families, clinicians and workplace environments promoting health and well-being. Rochelle and the team at New Mindful Life teach mindfulness through classes, courses, seminars, mindfulness-based therapy, and biofeedback. She is the owner and clinical director of New Mindful Life.
Rochelle’s mindfulness meditation journey begun over 15 years ago. She was introduced to mindfulness via an MBSR course and clinical training and research through UCSD. Over the years she has cultivated her own personal mindfulness practice by establishing a daily mindfulness practice, attending yearly silent retreats and participating in mindfulness trainings. She practices mindfulness based meditation rooted in the Buddhist Theravada Tradition as well as receives regular Zen teachings from Melissa Myzoen Blacker, Guiding Teacher, Abbot for Boundless Way Zen. She is currently certified by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and the Mindfulness Training Institute.
Her mindfulness teaching is offered to support individuals in learning to heal their own suffering. The use of the room space as well as exploration in nature provides a healing setting for clients. She teaches with warmth, compassion, kindness and openness to encourage others to explore the teachings of mindfulness to cultivate a more easeful way of living.
Guiding Teacher & Mindfulness Teacher
Mark Coleman, M.A., founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, is an internationally recognized mindfulness facilitator who has guided students on five continents to find greater peace and fulfillment through nature-based mindfulness practice and mindfulness retreats. The author of Awake in the Wild- Mindfulness in Nature as a path of Self Discovery, and Make Peace with Your Mind, How Mindfulness and Compassion can free you from your inner critic. Mark is also a corporate consultant, individual counselor, poet, wilderness guide, and outdoor adventurer.
Mark Coleman has been studying meditation practices since 1981, primarily within the Insight meditation (Buddhist) tradition. He has been teaching meditation retreats since 1997. His teaching is influenced by studies with many great teachers in the Buddhist tradition as well as from Advaita and Tibetan teachers in Asia and the West, and through his teacher training with Jack Kornfield. Mark primarily teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and teaches nationally, in Europe and India.
He leads backpacking retreats, nature-based retreats, and has taught retreats for environmental activists at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch in New Mexico, and at Knoll Farm in Vermont. In the Bay Area, Mark has a counseling practice, where he integrates his Masters in Clinical Psychology and meditative work and works with people how to integrate their mindfulness practice into daily life.
Mark is a guiding teacher with New Mindful Life, supervising and supporting New Mindful Life meditation studio. He offers authentic, genuine and compassionate teaching that inspires and supports the New Mindful Life community.
Rebecca Luna, MA
Mindfulness and Biofeedback Consultant and Registered Psychologist’s Assistant & Mindfulness Teacher
Classes/Courses Lead: Sound Meditation, Dance Meditation, Breath & Body Meditation, Half-Day Retreat
Rebecca has been exploring mindfulness and yoga for over a decade, which has become the backbone of her daily life. She has practiced with a variety of meditation communities that embodied both Theravada and Zen Buddhist traditions. Her journey towards awakening created a curiosity for the exploration of the human mind, which led to her academic pursuit of obtaining a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Currently, she integrates western psychology and eastern traditions to understand the human experience, which translates to her mindfulness teachings at New Mindful Life.
Matthew Goodman, MA BCB
Mindfulness and Biofeedback Consultant and Registered Psychologist’s Assistant & Mindfulness Teacher
Classes/Courses Lead: Breath & Body Meditation, Half-Day Retreat
Matt has been a meditation and yoga practitioner for 8 years. Matt came to meditation through a Buddhist lens and lived in a Zen monastery in Los Angeles for one year. Since arriving in San Diego, he has received guidance in mindfulness facilitation under Dr. Calvert. Matt has conducted research on mindfulness meditation in elementary schools, and his dissertation is examining how these programs influence executive functioning, emotion regulation, and disease resilience in children. Matt appreciates and teaches mindfulness from both a traditional (Buddhist) and contemporary (secular) context. He has been teaching drop-in mindfulness classes at New Mindful Life over the past year.
Classes Led: Breath & Body Meditation
Laurie is a McLean Meditation Institute® Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor (CMMI) and has been practicing meditation for over 10 years. The McLean Meditation Institute certification program involves 150+ hours of self study and culminates in an 8-day intensive at the Institute in Sedona Arizona.
Laurie came to meditation after overcoming panic and anxiety attacks by utilizing breath/ body awareness and mindfulness techniques; amazed at the transformation she experienced, she continued to explore meditation and mindfulness through growing a meditation practice, attending various meditation classes, and reading books on mindfulness and meditation. After attending two retreats with Sarah McLean she was inspired to share meditation with others and enrolled in the McLean Meditation Institute teacher training.
Laurie has a daily meditation practice and truly believes meditation significantly changed her life; she is delighted to teach meditation to anyone with the curiosity to explore what meditation has to offer. Laurie teaches breath-based, body scan, heart-centered, compassion, and mantra meditations, and daily life mindfulness tools. She currently leads private meditation classes in her home.
Classes/Courses Lead: Silent Meditation, SIT Course (Six Week Introductory Training in Mindfulness)
Meditation has been a part of Jason’s life from a very young age. At around the age of 11, Jason was introduced to meditation practice through a Unitarian Universal Church that his family attended. He immediately had experiences that made a strong impression on him for and the merits of meditation. Over the course of his life he has been studying and practicing various forms of meditation. After graduating from college, Jason moved to San Diego eventually becoming a member of a meditation based community center called Red Lotus Society. This is where Jason was introduced to Buddhist scholars who helped to further deepen his practice. From there, he was able to learn more about Buddhist philosophy and contemplative traditions; and thus, contributing to a more consistent and grounded practice. Soon after becoming a member of this community, he met his wife Rochelle, a clinical psychologist and certified mindfulness meditation teacher. Rochelle introduced Jason to more secular practices like mindfulness, MBSR and Mindful Psychology. Ever since, Rochelle & Jason have been sharing and supporting each other in practice of mindfulness meditation. Jason has recently been accepted and started Mindfulness Training Institute’s Mindfulness Teacher Training, an extensive year long training in teaching Mindfulness.
In additions to Jason passion for meditation and Mindful Living he is an active Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Carmel Valley. As a busy professional on a top Real Estate Team he’s knows first hand the challenges with living mindfully in our Modern hectic world. Jason has strong recognition that conscious living is a personal journey in which one must develop a strong personal practice to be able to carry this type of living with us throughout the day. He strongly believes in the importance of having a safe, supportive, peaceful community with opportunities for daily practice. Jason is excited to support helping develop and support that community at New Mindful Life meditation center.
Alisha Chapin, MA BCBA
Behavior Analyst & Mindfulness Teacher
Classes/Courses Lead: Conscious Conversations, Mindfulness in Poetry
Meditation became a consistent part of my life in 2010 during my Masters in Transpersonal Psychology. It was during this course work that I took Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. The SIT course with Rochelle Calvert again opened my eyes to having an individual experience in the company of others. It is with this mindset that it has become important to me to use mindfulness to deeply listen within a community and to create a place for mindful communication to aid our interpersonal relationships.
My personal practice has morphed since 2010. I began regularly using a body scan technique for meditation, and now I use more varied experiences to tap into present moment awareness. My movement meditations have included dance, Aikido, and walking in nature. I have also practiced yoga Neidra and created art (collage and painting). I journal and read poetry, and I am a Reiki practitioner. All of these require you to be in the moment and responding with acceptance and trust to whatever arises.
Noriko Morita Harth
Classes Led: Open Awareness, Loving Kindness Meditations
Noriko was born in Japan and moved to the States in 1985. Noriko feels that her life transforming journey of discovering and exploring mindfulness and self-compassion practices has allowed a more balanced life and identity between these two cultures. Noriko strongly believes practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, and bringing its principles into her life has and continues to help her grow as a person. She feels passionate about bringing these practices to other people’s lives. It is her mission to share what she has learned, what she continues to learn, to our community. Noriko teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion courses. She also facilitates a weekly mindfulness meditation group session. In addition, Noriko coordinates and offers mindfulness workshops in Japanese to the Japanese community in Southern California. Noriko sees an opportunity, based on her own integration experiences, to introduce mindfulness-based programs to the Japanese communities in the world and to the Japanese people in Japan.
Classes Led: Awareness of Breath and Body, Mindful Movement
Lucas attended his first multi-day meditation retreat in 2002 and has been meditating and cultivating a mindfulness practice ever since. He holds a bilingual teaching credential and has worked in schools and been a teacher in different capacities for many years. For Lucas, mindfulness has been integral to learning new ways of relating to the inevitable stresses of teaching, work, parenting and daily life, as well living life with more presence and connection. Offering classes to support people in experiencing the benefits of mindfulness practice is a true passion and calling. With two kids, he also explores daily how mindfulness informs his roles of father and husband.
Meditation Studio Coordinator & Support
When McKenzie is not managing our studio, she enjoys being in nature as much as possible. Among the plentiful hikes around San Diego, Mount Laguna & Joshua Tree National Park are two of her favorite spots! It is in the forest or on the side of a mountain where McKenzie most connects with her meditative practice. Her love of the natural world and meditative introspection led her on a path to Spain during the summer of 2016. Here, she further cultivated her mindfulness practice while walking 460 miles along the Camino de Santiago. She hopes to bring the insights from her Camino to life in San Diego as well as to help others mindfully gain better understandings of Acceptance and Uncertainty in life.
She is the graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a bachelor’s degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish. She utilizes these skills to create harmonious flow for our office needs and studio coordination. Currently, she is enrolled in the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine pursuing a Doctorate in Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture.