Healing with Nature

With Rochelle Calvert, PhD, CMT, SEP

June 13-16


This nature-centered mindfulness meditation retreat is an opportunity to heal, re-connect and re-emerge into a greater sense of wholeness. Through this retreat we will explore how nature-based practices, our relational connection to the natural world, and somatic experiencing can support healing and transformation of challenging or traumatic experiences.  We will deepen our sense of embodied interconnectedness and relational attunement to support us feeling alive, participating fully with all life and opening to support participating with the healing of the Earth.

At 8,600 feet, Lama Foundation retreat center is adjacent to the beautiful 1.5 million acre Carson National Forest in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southern tip of the Rockies just outside Taos, New Mexico.  The landscape is full of fir, spruce, ponderosa pine, juniper, pinon, and sagebrush all of which sit above the majestic Rio Grande River, whose stunning gorge can be seen on Lama’s front porch. We will have an opportunity to study, practice, and integrate the wisdom of these teachings in the community.  There will be time to relax and reflect, be led on nature meditations, reflective journaling exercises and beautiful hikes, all while strengthening your skills to heal, transform trauma and live more fully into life.

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Rochelle Calvert, PhD, CMT, SEP, licensed clinical psychologist, certified mindfulness teacher, somatic experiencing practitioner 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 20 years and knows personally the transformational potential. To share the love of these healing practices she has published a book Healing with Nature: Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma.

Dr. Calvert 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 retreats and seminars. She is the director of the Ecotherapy Program at SouthWestern College and New Earth Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a certified mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Teaching Institute, the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and Awake In The Wild organization.

Rochelle is the founder and clinical director of New Mindful Life, which offers mindfulness, nature-based, and somatic experiencing therapies. She teaches individual meditations with nature that assist in healing from trauma. She supports her clients and takes them into nature with the aid of Bertha Grace, a Sprinter van that serves as a mobile therapy office.

Rochelle now lives in Taos, New Mexico and has a private practice in both Taos New Mexico and San Diego, California. She enjoys spending her free time in nature, hiking, practicing yoga, exploring Indigenous heritage, and resting with trees. She practices mindfulness-based meditation rooted in the Buddhist Theravada Tradition and practices meditation outside in nature daily.

Natalie Lapre (Assistant) is an avid learner, connector, facilitator, and truth seeker. Her professional roots span many industries, but her interest has always resided in understanding the human mind, body, and spirit and their creative expression in the material and more-than-human world. 

Natalie received her mindfulness training and certification through Awake in the Wild, an organization that helps practitioners connect more deeply with the earth through mindfulness-based nature practices. She finds her own solace in nature-based practice, in quieting the mind so that the true beauty of and connectedness with the natural world can take center stage. She believes that this shift in awareness is key if we are to get back our roots, back to ourselves, and back to our true relationship with Mother Earth and all of her creatures. 

Natalie recently opened a group fitness studio with her husband in Taos, NM in the hopes of bringing more health and wellness to the Taos community. Their studio, BOARD30 Taos, focuses on combining various resistance bands & movement techniques that engage the whole body to help increase functional mobility, body awareness, and longevity while decreasing injury and chronic pain. She and her husband hope to add to the studio’s offerings to include workshops and retreats focusing on an array of wellness activities including meditation, breathwork, nutrition, nature connection, and much more.