Loss of a Loved One Weekend Workshop

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August 25-27th, 2017

Loss of a Loved One Weekend Workshop

Spend a weekend with Ted Wiard and other Golden Willow Retreat Counselors and Providers to explore your personal healing journey. Join us to learn about our very human grieving process, and work individually and together to transform and heal.

Hours are as follows:

Friday, August 25th         3 – 6

Saturday, August 26th    8:30 – 4:30

Sunday, August 27th       8:30 – 12

A light breakfast buffet will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

REGISTER

Please email us with questions at info@goldenwillowretreat.org

LODGING –

Discounted lodging including breakfast for this weekend is being provided by the El Pueblo Lodge in Taos.  For reservations call (575) 758-8700 and mention Golden Willow Retreat to receive the special rate.

We look forward to spending this empowering time together.

Butterfly Release Ceremony

We will be holding our third annual Butterfly Release Ceremony at Golden Willow Retreat on Sunday, July 22, 2017 at 10 am.

We invite you to honor a loved one past or present. Many people choose to honor a loved parent, grandparent or child. Perhaps some one you love just graduated from college, high school or kindergarten. Do you have a new baby in the family, honor a new mother!

How does it work?

Donate $25 per person you would like to honor or $100 for five people. You need not be here to participate and you also need not donate to attend. This is an incredibly moving ceremony in which many, many butterflies will be released as Ted Wiard reads the names of the honored people.

Photos will be taken and perhaps video as well.

To donate:

One Butterfly                     Five Butterflies         

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2015

presenters

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Welcome with Tim Rivera, President of Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations & Santa Fe Memorial Gardens.

Introduction by Rev. Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC, Founder of Golden Willow Retreat, and Carol Poteat, authors of “Witnessing Ted”, The Journey to Potential through Grief and Loss”.

LORRAINE 9 – 10:30AM: “La Llorona Weeps: Transformative Healing from Traumatic Grief”

This inspiring presentation explores the legend of La Llorona (the weeping woman), who wanders the river at night wailing for her lost children, a figure embodying the essence of inconsolable grief. Dr. Freedle will explore the legend to elucidate the healing journey of a brave, young teenager from unthinkable loss to transformative healing. Lorraine R. Freedle, Ph.D., ABPdN, CST-T

MIRABAI 10:45 – 11:45AM: “Luminous Night:   Grief as a Spiritual Path”

In this gathering we will share interspiritual teachings from the mystics of various traditions that illumine the connection between loss and spiritual longing. The teachings of the sixteenth century Spanish saints show us how we may approach the radical mystery that often accompanies profound loss as a spiritual opportunity rather than as a problem requiring a solution. By engaging a contemplative in favor of a cathartic approach, we cultivate an environment of emotional safety and deep peace. Mirabai Starr, Author

LUNCH BREAK: 12:15 – 1PM: “Transformation to Service”: Discussion with Panel Speakers

TOM 1:15 – 2:15PM: “Recovering from Sex Addiction in Church and Society: Shame and Transformation”

T. C. Ryan, BSEd, MDiv, DMin, has been an ordained minister for over thirty years. For nineteen years he was the founding and senior pastor of a large church in a suburb of Kansas City, and has extensive experience in congregational and denominational leadership. Dr. Ryan is also a grateful, recovering sex addict. He helps men integrate their spirituality and recovery, leads a local twelve-step recovery group, speaks on recovery, Christian spirituality and compulsive sexual behavior and has been a frequent guest on recovery podcasts. He is the author of Ashamed No More: A Pastor’s Journey Through Sex Addiction (InterVarsity Press, 2012).

PATRICK 2:30- 3:30PM: “Grieving with Crows: What Mother Earth Teaches Us About Loss and Grief”

This presenter explores how loss and grief recovery are part of the common experience of living creatures on this planet. It suggests ways in which Nature can be incorporated into the grief recovery and wellness of the human family. Patrick Haggerson, MA, CADC II

3:45 – 4:30 PM: Group Processing, Closing and Evaluation Collection

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2015

Lorraine R. Freedle, Ph.D., ABPdN, CST-T is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. Dr. Freedle is an award-winning researcher with current research interests in traumatic grief and the healing properties of nature and sandplay. Dr. Freedle is an international presenter who illuminates current theory, neuroscience and the principles of depth psychology with compelling case studies. She is currently the Clinical Director of Pacific Quest, a premier therapeutic wilderness program on the Big Island of Hawaii with a focus on holistic healing.

Mirabai Starr, CGC, Author writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She is an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos and teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Mirabai has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary translations of the 16th century mystics, her collaborations and poetry. She is positioned at the forefront of the emerging Interspiritual Movement as a winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Religion and the Nautilus Gold Award in Western Spirituality. Her newest book is Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation.

Tom C. Ryan, BSEd, MDiv, DMin, has been an ordained minister for over thirty years. The founding and senior pastor of a large church in a suburb of Kansas City, he twice served as moderator of his denomination’s regional governing body. Dr. Ryan is also a grateful, recovering sex addict. He leads two recovery groups, speaks on recovery, Christian spirituality and compulsive sexual behavior and has been a frequent guest on recovery podcasts. He is the author of Ashamed No More: A Pastor’s Journey Through Sex Addiction (InterVarsity Press, 2012).

Patrick Haggerson, MA, CADC II is currently a Spiritual Care Professional at the Betty Ford Center. Patrick has worked with the Alkali Lake Band of First Nations in British Columbia since 2005 in support of their sobriety movement which incorporates the 12-Steps and their Traditional Ceremonies. Patrick is an Alumnus of Golden Willow Retreat.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2015

Presenter Ted Wiardcarol poteat8:30 – 9:00AM: Welcome and Introduction by Rev. Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC, Founder of Golden Willow Retreat and Carol Poteat.
Authors of “Witnessing Ted”, The Journey to Potential through Grief and Loss”.

JES 9 – 9:50AM: “Freeing the Eagle: Letting Go of the Shame, Grieving and Soaring”

The focus of this presentation will be looking at the loss that comes with converting shame to guilt and into action. Shame often insulates the resolution of grief by tying it up with judgment and fear, thus numbing the Grief Process. By looking into the binds that shame creates and the work of grieving the actual process of shame, a view of the value and importance of grieving in healing will be explored. “Jes” Montgomery, MD

SHERRY 10 – 10:50AM: “The Wound and the Healer: Touch and Transformation”

Many have written about The Wounded Healer, this presentation will look at the healing in the wound for the wounded and the healer. Sherry Young, PhD, CSAT Provider Liaison

CHARLIE 11 – 11:50AM: “The Origins and Evidence of Shame”

This presentation will focus on what is false empowerment and what disempowerment looks like and how does it manifest in the child vs the adult. What are the signs? How does shame shape and distort relationships? Finally, how does an adult who has grown up with shame heal and find the way out of these patterns of distortion? Charlie Risien, CSAT; LCDC; ICAAD

LUNCH BREAK: 12 – 1PM: Speaker Discussion and Group Processing
(Silent Auction Closed)

GENEVIEVE 1- 1:50PM: The Alchemy of Yoga

This passionate presenter will bring to light how to turn the lead of shame and pain into the gold of understanding, compassion, and connection. Genevieve Oswald, Anusara Inspired E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor

Tim and Ted 1:50 – 2:30PM:

Ted Wiard LPCC and Tim Rivera will speak about the significance of seamless transfer of care in collaboration with the funeral director and all other providers, demonstrating how proper care impacts the healthy grieving process: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. This discussion will be poignant as isolation by professionals and families leads to personal and professional burnout.

  • 2:45 – 2:30 Announcement of Auction Winners
  • 2:30 – 3PM: Closing Panel Questions and Evaluation Collection

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2015

James C. “Jes” Montgomery, MD began working in the field of Chemical Dependency in 1985 as a Family Physician, gaining certification by the American Society on Addiction Medicine in 1987, becoming Diplomate of the newly formed American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009. In 1992, he returned to LSU Medical Center in New Orleans to complete a psychiatry residency, entering practice as a psychiatrist in 1995 and attaining board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1999. He found his interest in Grief Work on a side-trip to Golden Willow Retreat in 2007 and has incorporated grief work into his presentations, therapeutic work, and personal growth. He was privileged to present at Golden Willow’s first Conference. His is focusing his practice on Intensive Workshops on Grief in Recovery and other specific focused topics.

Sherry Young, PhD, CSAT Provider Liaison, is Sr. Clinical Outreach Director for Elements Behavioral Health for the central US. Her role as clinical educator is to provide educational learning opportunities for licensed therapists and psychologists who treat mental health and addiction disorders, interface with behavioral health professionals to discuss She is a highly skilled educator, strategist in business development, advocate for recovery and personal growth.

Charlie Risien, CSAT, LCDC, ICAADC, MAS, CCJP, AAC is a seasoned Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Supervisor, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, whose focus is trauma and its impact on body, brain, and spirit. Charlie is also certified in Brainspotting and EMDR.

Tim Rivera, Funeral Director is a second generation funeral director and has been serving families in northern New Mexico and Colorado for over thirty years. Tim attended San Francisco State University and San Francisco Mortuary College and is most proud to be part of one of the last family owned funeral homes and crematories in northern New Mexico. Tim is President of Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations & Santa Fe Memorial Gardens serving Santa Fe, Espanola, Taos and Los Alamos. Tim considers himself part of a breed of a progressive funeral service providers and is a licensed Celebrant offering services such as green burial, life celebration services and bereavement support services.

Kellen Weaver Scholarship Fund

Kellen Weaver Scholarship Fund

11800199_1189598824388843_1934060603589363014_nThrough the generosity of the loving mother and family of Kellen Weaver, we have the opportunity to begin a scholarship fund.

The Kellen Weaver Scholarship fund has been created to enable people to partake in a therapeutic and individualized program offered at Golden Willow Retreat.  We have a long history of giving scholarships to our community and those in need, we are moved by this beautiful gesture to support us in this endeavor.

For more information about Kellen Weaver and to donate to this fund please click here. 

Kellen’s loving mother will receive notification of all donations. We, at Golden Willow Retreat, are genuinely touched and all the recipients of scholarships or partial scholarships will be most grateful.

Thank you!

Mail checks to:

Golden Willow Retreat
PO Box 569
Arroyo Hondo, NM
87513


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Benefits of Being a Conference Sponsor

Benefits of Being a Conference Sponsor

FullSizeRender (00000002)Would you like to join the growing group of sponsors for our conference?

 

Why sponsor our upcoming conference: The Path to Truth and Purpose: Transforming Shame ?

All sponsorships will help GWR cover costs for the conference in order to maximize the income from this very special fundraiser. Golden Willow Retreat is a non-profit committed to increasing access to its personalized therapeutic retreats to individuals and families experiencing grief and loss.  A sponsorship will help GWR work towards establishing a scholarship fund for individuals who are unable to afford a retreat or respite. This is a goal dear to GWR’s heart.

Encourager                        $250

Supporter                           $500

Friend                                  $1000

Silver Star                           $5000

Gold Star                            $10,000

All sponsorships are greatly welcomed! Anyone who sponsors will:

Be thanked live at the conference

Be thanked in print on our conference program given to each participant

Be thanked in the Taos News

To become a sponsor you may mail a check to Golden Willow with your registration payment for the conference. You may also choose to use our PayPal button below. Please specify that the donation is a sponsorship.




Butterfly Release

Butterfly Release

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First Annual Butterfly Release Fundraiser for Golden Willow Retreat!

Donate $25 for one butterfly or $100 for 5!

Celebrate your loved ones, past and present, with a butterfly or two. (Or 100!)

Donation must be made by July 15th. You do not need to be present, we will be photographing the event and sharing the photos with all.

If you choose to donate a butterfly, the name of your loved one (and up to one sentence about person) will be read aloud by Ted Wiard LPCC, founder and director of Golden Willow Retreat, as the butterflies launch.

If you are near by, we invite you to join us for this very special event, please do! Directions here.



  Click here to “purchase” one butterfly for $25


 Click here to “purchase” five butterflies for $100

Upcoming Events

Jun
28
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
1
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
5
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
8
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
12
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
15
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
19
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
22
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
26
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]

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Conference: The Path To Truth & Purpose

Conference: The Path To Truth & Purpose


1clipTransforming Shame

October 24rd & 25th, 2015 – Santa Fe, NM
Register by September 1st for Early Bird special rates.

Golden Willow is pleased to announce this important Conference to be held  at the beautiful Kiva Light Center located at Rivera Funeral Home & Santa Fe Memorial Gardens, 417 E. Rodeo Road. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Nestled in the southern part of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, New Mexico’s state capitol, Santa Fe, is an old town, aromatic with sagebrush and alive with magical light and color.  Take an opportunity to stroll Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza or walk the famous Canyon Road to peruse Santa Fe’s well-loved art galleries.

We welcome you to register for this conference featuring locally and nationally renowned speakers including dynamic authors, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and pastors presenting on the very sensitive subject of healing from shame. The two day event includes continental breakfast and lunch and a total of 13 CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers.

For cost and logistics please click here.

Presentations:

Stepping out of Isolation Towards Connection: Ted Wiard LPCC, CGC, Author

This presenter will discuss the creation of a safe container that allows emotional sobriety and connection to Spirit as part of the journey to healing shame.

The Wound and the Healer: Touch and Transformation: Sherry Young, PhD

Many have written about The Wounded Healer, this presentation will look at the healing in the wound for the wounded and the healer.

Luminous Night: Grief as a Spiritual Path: Mirabai Starr, Author

In this gathering we will share interspiritual teachings from the mystics of various traditions that illumine the connection between loss and spiritual longing.  The teachings of the sixteenth century Spanish saints, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, show us how we may approach the radical mystery that often accompanies profound loss as a spiritual opportunity rather than as a problem requiring a solution.  By engaging a contemplative in favor of a cathartic approach, we cultivate an environment of emotional safety and deep peace.

La Llorona Weeps:  Transformative Healing from Traumatic Grief: Lorraine Freedle, Ph.D., ABPdN, CST-T and Board Certified Neuropyschologist

This inspiring presentation explores the legend of La Llorona (the weeping woman), who wanders the river at night wailing for her lost children, a figure embodying the essence of inconsolable grief. Dr. Freedle will explore the legend to elucidate the healing journey of a brave, young teenager from unthinkable loss to transformative healing.

Recovering from Sex Addiction in Church and Society: Shame & Transformation: Tom Ryan, BSEd, MDiv, DMin 

From his experience as a pastor and recovering sex addict, Dr. Ryan will discuss the crucial role of shame in dealing with sex addiction, both in the culture at large and in the church, and how to pursue healthy spiritual transformation.

Freeing the Eagle:  Letting Go of the Shame, Grieving and Soaring: Jes Montgomery, MD

The focus of this presentation will be looking at the loss that comes with converting shame to guilt and into action.  Shame often insulates the resolution of grief by tying it up with judgment and fear, thus numbing the Grief Process.  By looking into the binds that shame creates and the work of grieving the actual process of shame, a view of thevalue and importance of grieving in healing will be explored.

The Origins and Evidence of Shame: Charlie Risien, CSAT, LCDC, ICAADC, MAS ,CCJP, AAC

Falsely empowered or disempowered children grow up with shame.  What is false empowerment?   How does it manifest in the child?  And what does it grow into as an adult?   What does disempowerment between parent and child look like in early childhood and how does this pattern develop in the adolescent?  What are the signs?  And what does false empowerment or disempowerment look like in an adult?  How does shame shape and distort relationships? Finally, how does an adult who has grown up with shame heal and find the way out of these patterns of distortion?

The Alchemy of Yoga: Genevieve Oswald, Yoga Instructor

This passionate presenter will bring to light how to turn the lead of shame and pain into the gold of understanding, compassion, and connection.

Grieving with Crows: What Mother Earth Teaches us about Loss and Grief: Patrick Haggerson, MA, CADC II

This talk explores how loss and grief recovery are part of the common experience of living creatures on this planet. It suggests ways in which Nature can be incorporated into the grief recovery and wellness of the human family.

  • Register by September 1st for Early Bird special rates.
  • Seating is limited to 200 participants.
  • Credit card payments accepted thru PayPal on our secure server: Once you register you will be sent an invoice for the conference based on your participant selection.
  • You may fax completed Registration form to: (575) 776-2824
  • Conference Registration Truth & Purpose downloadPDF Format

Download Printable Registration FormMake checks payable to Golden Willow Retreat and mail to: Post Office Box 569 ~ Arroyo Hondo, NM 87513
Questions? Call  or Contact us at 575-776-2024

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Meet the Presenters

Presenter Ted Wiard

Stepping out of Isolation Towards Connection

This presenter will discuss the creation of a safe container that allows emotional sobriety and connection to Spirit as part of the journey to healing shame.
Bio: Ted Wiard, MA, LPCC, CGC, is the Founder and Director of Golden Willow Retreat in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, an emotional healing center focused on grief, loss and resiliency. He is a licensed clinical therapist, certified grief counselor and ordained minister. Reverend Wiard is a sought-after presenter internationally, has been featured on radio and television, and co-authored the book: “Witnessing Ted: The Journey to Potential through Grief and Loss.”  He has served as the advisor and counselor for different treatment centers across the nation. focusing on grief, loss, recovery, and relapse prevention.  www.goldenwillowretreat.org

Sherry YoungThe Wound and the Healer: Touch and Transformation

Many have written about The Wounded Healer, this presentation will look at the healing in the wound for the wounded and the healer.

Bio: Sherry Young, PhD, CSAT Provider Liaison, is Sr. Clinical Outreach Director for Elements Behavioral Health for the central US.  Her role as clinical educator is to provide educational learning opportunities for licensed therapists and psychologists who treat mental health and addiction disorders, interface with behavioral health professionals to discuss treatment resources, and advocate for clients of those professionals when their clients utilize Elements’ spectrum of treatment resources.  Dr. Young has provided consultation services for business owners regarding targeted internal and external communications and strategy that are focused on targeted growth, and worked for various companies in the Behavioral Health and Addictions field since 2006.  She is a highly skilled educator, strategist in business development, advocate for recovery and personal growth.

Tim Rivera Rivera Funerals and CremationsTim Rivera, Funeral Director is a second generation funeral director and has been serving families in northern New Mexico and Colorado for over thirty years. Tim attended San Francisco State University and San Francisco Mortuary College and is most proud to be part of one of the last family owned funeral homes and crematories in northern New Mexico.  Tim is President of Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations & Santa Fe Memorial Gardens serving Santa Fe, Espanola, Taos and Los Alamos.  Tim considers himself part of a breed of a progressive funeral service providers and is a licensed Celebrant offering services such as green burial, life celebration services and bereavement support services.

4MirabaiLuminous Night: Grief as a Spiritual Path

In this gathering we will share interspiritual teachings from the mystics of various traditions that illumine the connection between loss and spiritual longing.  The teachings of the sixteenth century Spanish saints, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, show us how we may approach the radical mystery that often accompanies profound loss as a spiritual opportunity rather than as a problem requiring a solution.  By engaging a contemplative in favor of a cathartic approach, we cultivate an environment of emotional safety and deep peace.

Bio: Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature.  She is an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos and teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialog.  A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss.  She has received critical acclaim  for her revolutionary new translations of Dark Night of the Soul by sixteenth century Spanish mystic, St. John of the Cross, The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life, by St. Teresa of Avila, and The Showings of Julian of Norwich.  She is author of the 6-volume Sounds True series, Contemplations, Prayers, and Living Wisdom.  Her poetry collection,  Mother of God Similar to Fire, is a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols.  GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam–winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Religion, the Nautilus Gold Award in Western Spirituality, and named one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2012 by Spirituality & Practice–positions Mirabai at the forefront of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.  Her newest book is Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation.

Loraine Freedle, Phd, ABPDN, CST-TLa Llorona Weeps:  Transformative Healing from Traumatic Grief

This inspiring presentation explores the legend of La Llorona (the weeping woman), who wanders the river at night wailing for her lost children, a figure embodying the essence of inconsolable grief. Dr. Freedle will explore the legend to elucidate the healing journey of a brave, young teenager from unthinkable loss to transformative healing.

 Lorraine R. Freedle, Ph.D., ABPdN, CST-T is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. Dr. Freedle is also Clinical Director of Pacific Quest.  She is an award-winning researcher with current research interests in traumatic grief and the healing properties of nature and sandplay.  Dr. Freedle is an international presenter who illuminates current theory, neuroscience and the principles of depth psychology with compelling case studies.

Tom Ryan Presenter“Recovering from Sex Addiction in Church and Society: Shame & Transformation”

From his experience as a pastor and recovering sex addict, Dr. Ryan will discuss the crucial role of shame in dealing with sex addiction, both in the culture at large and in the church, and how to pursue healthy spiritual transformation.
Bio: T. C. Ryan, BSEd, MDiv, DMin, has been an ordained minister for over thirty years. The founding and senior pastor of a large church in a suburb of Kansas City, he twice served as moderator of his denomination’s regional governing body. Dr. Ryan is also a grateful, recovering sex addict. He leads two recovery groups, speaks on recovery, Christian spirituality and compulsive sexual behavior and has been a frequent guest on recovery podcasts. He is the author of Ashamed No More: A Pastor’s Journey Through Sex Addiction (InterVarsity Press, 2012). He and his wife, Pam, have four grown children and currently reside in the Kansas City area.

Jess Montgomery Presenter“Freeing the Eagle:  Letting Go of the Shame, Grieving and Soaring”

The focus of this presentation will be looking at the loss that comes with converting

shame to guilt and into action.  Shame often insulates the resolution of grief by tying it

up with judgment and fear, thus numbing the Grief Process.  By looking into the binds

that shame creates and the work of grieving the actual process of shame, a view of the

value and importance of grieving in healing will be explored.

Bio:James C. “Jes” Montgomery MD began working in the field of Chemical Dependency in 1985 as a Family Physician, gaining certification by the American Society on Addiction Medicine in 1987.  In 1992, he returned to LSU Medical Center in New Orleans to complete a psychiatry residency, entering practice as a psychiatrist in 1995 and attained board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1999.  He also became a Diplomate of the newly formed American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009.   Working full time in the field of addiction since 1987, he received his first training in Treating the Sex Addict in 1988 at Golden Valley and became a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist in 2013.  Since 2003, he has worked in residential addiction treatment, most recently, as the Psychiatric Director of the Gratitude Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health in Hattiesburg, MS. He has embraced aspects of grief throughout his career, beginning with work with Hospice of Acadiana in the 1980’s and continuing with his work with trauma survivors, addicts, and families.

Charlie Risen, CSAT, LCDC,MAS,CCJP,AACThe Origins and Evidence of Shame

Falsely empowered or disempowered children grow up with shame.  What is false

empowerment?   How does it manifest in the child?  And what does it grow into as an adult?   What does disempowerment between parent and child look like in early childhood and how does this pattern develop in the adolescent?  What are the signs?  And what does false empowerment or disempowerment look like in an adult?  How does shame shape and distort relationships? Finally, how does an adult who has grown up with shame heal and find the way out of these patterns of distortion?
Bio: Charlie Risien, CSAT; LCDC; ICAADC; MAS; CCJP; AAC  is a seasoned Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Supervisor, and  Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, whose focus is trauma and its impact on body, brain, and spirit. Charlie is also certified in Brainspotting and EMDR.

GenevieveThe Alchemy of Yoga

This passionate presenter will bring to light how to turn the lead of shame and pain into the gold of understanding, compassion, and connection.

Bio: As an Anusara Inspired E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, Genevieve Oswald loves to live her yoga.  When not rolling around on the floor Genevieve can be found practicing yoga in a myriad of ways; seeking equilibrium in marriage to the man of her dreams, dancing in cooperation as a co-owner of Shree Yoga Taos and Sundara Studios Inc., co-creating with the mysterious source-energy of the divine in her weekly blog: https://unconditioningtheheart.wordpress.com/ balancing work with pleasure while regularly enjoying coffee at her favorite local café, expanding her capacity to communicate effectively when walking her spirited dog, and anywhere else she winds up in this wild ride called life.  Genevieve teaches yoga classes that inspire open-hearted willingness, mindful presence, and the integration of the physical, mental, and emotional bodies to enhance self-awareness and improve the overall quality of one’s life, because a happy life is one worth living.

Patrick Haggerson PresenterGrieving with Crows: What Mother Earth Teaches us about Loss and Grief

This talk explores how loss and grief recovery are part of the common experience of living creatures on this planet. It suggests ways in which Nature can be incorporated into the grief recovery and wellness of the human family.

Bio: Patrick Haggerson, MA, CADC II is currently a Spiritual Care Professional at the Betty Ford Center. Patrick has worked with the Alkali Lake Band of First Nations in British Columbia since 2005 in support of their sobriety movement which incorporates the 12-Steps and their Traditional Ceremonies. Patrick is an Alumnus of Golden Willow Retreat.

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Jun
28
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
1
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
5
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
8
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
12
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
15
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
19
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
22
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
26
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]

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Upcoming Events

Jun
28
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
1
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
5
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
8
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
12
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
15
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
19
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
22
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]
Jul
26
Wed
6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden Willow provides ongoing 6-week Grief Support Group meetings in Taos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. The time and day may change according to demand, but will remain consistent for the duration of the 6[...]
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
As a basis for the on going Grief Support Group, we move through the aspects of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Week 1: Orientation to the grief process Week 2: Denial & Isolation Week 3: Anger[...]

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