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 high desert landscape of Abiquiu, New Mexico.
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 activities 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 teacher
– 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.
-If you choose to camp, then some camping experience (car camping or backpacking) is helpful, but not required. You can stay as close to the Lodge or as far away as you like.
-You should be in good health, able to sit and walk outdoors, tolerate the 8,500-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.
-It is important to us that everyone makes a commitment to be present for the entirety of the retreat (from Thursday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm), so please plan your travel arrangements accordingly! The program starts: November 19th and ends November 23rd, 2021.
-You will be unplugged and out of cell phone or 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.
For individuals staying in camping, proof of a negative covid test administered within 2 days of arrival at Manzanita Village, with results received by Manzanita Village and New Mindful Life prior to arrival. Individuals without proof of a covid test will not be allowed at the retreat center.
For all individuals staying in lodging, proof of a completed covid vaccination, to be received 10 days or more before the start of the retreat. Individuals without proof of vaccination will not be allowed to stay in the indoor lodging.
If you have any questions, please email Rochelle – firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost of the retreat is meant to be as affordable as possible, and consists of the elements below:
ONE, the actual expenses: renting the center, lodging, food, cooks, insurance, etc:
Food & Lodging Prices
Entire Retreat 11/19-23
Indoor Lodging (shared residence)
TWO, none of these fees above go to compensate your leader, Rochelle. 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!
It is our intention that cost not be an impediment to practice, and sliding fee scale options and scholarships are available. If you cannot afford to attend without a fee reduction, you can ask for a scholarship, please reach out to email@example.com. to discuss options and support.
A deposit of 50% of the retreat cost is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the retreat start date; your credit card will automatically be charged at that time.
Cancellation, and Refund Policies
A refund of 50% of the deposit will be granted for cancellations up to 30 days before the retreat start date (50% of our deposit refundable). No refunds will be granted within 30 days of the retreat start date.
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 training 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.
*50% of the registration total will be run at the time of check-out