Golden Willow Retreat is pleased to announce this important conference to be held on September 30th and October 1st, 2017  in the beautiful Taos Ski Valley.

Join us this summer at Taos Ski Valley, a world-renowned year-round resort, high up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.  Taos Ski Valley offers a variety of experiences to help your soul to unwind from the stresses of the outside world.  It is the perfect location for this conference focused on finding support, both internal and external, in these turbulent times.

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.


Rachel-Cox-1Staying Connected: The use of relationship and reflective capacity in addressing the impact of trauma on the people we work with and ourselves.

We will  deepen our understanding of how working with people who have experienced trauma can create disconnection and isolation in the helper and explore the effects of relationship and reflection as potent antidotes.   

Rachel Cox, LCSW, has worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence for more than 16 years. She is currently the clinical director at Community Against Violence in Taos, NM.  Previously, she has worked as an advocate, sexual assault program coordinator, court appointed special advocate volunteer coordinator, and child and adult therapist. Her experience in direct service informs the guiding principles of her approach to supervision. In her role, Ms. Cox works to facilitate organizational change to improve service quality at a local and statewide level.

PS-DG-16-EditwebresDianne Gray is the CEO of Hospice and Healthcare Communications. She works globally, creating and furthering advocacy, education, and/or mass media initiatives involving all aspects of end-of-life and palliative care.  She is an internationally recognized speaker and an award winning writer/journalist, film producer and programming consultant.  Her motivational keynote talks fuse research with inspiration to discuss the tough and tender topics involved in the provision of quality end of life and grief care. Topics include tech and research as it applies to palliative care, patient/family/clinician communications, spiritual and bereavement care and issues that thwart access and raise barriers to the provision of quality care in end of life. Always she focuses on patient engagement and patient-centric initiatives that build bridges between clinicians and families. 

In additional to being President of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, Dianne is also on the board of International Children’s Palliative Care Network and is co-founder of the American Academy of Pediatrics SOHPM, Parent Advisory Group. Over the past twenty years, she has founded four non-profit organizations, each focused on improving life for seriously ill children and their families. 

Dianne also consults for feature films, tech companies, is a HuffPost contributor, and has appeared on countless radio and television shows. She is currently collaborating with superstars Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky on a newly released CD, LIV ON, which focuses on healing grief through music.

As a catalyst for change, Dianne shares her messages of hope, unconditional love, and the rights of the patient to be as pain free as possible, which drive her tirelessly toward global advocacy for access to proper pain management. As well, she still sits bedside with as many patients as possible, often acting as a resources for family’s facing end of life care for their loved ones.

Throughout, Dianne sees her family’s ten-year pediatric hospice/palliative care experience with her son, Austin (who died in 2005 as a result of a neurodegenerative disorder) as the gift of a lifetime. 

As an aside, she has traveled to 19 countries and over 325 cities in the past nine years– and loves to see who she crosses paths with each and every day! 

PatrickH2013La Madre Sagrada: Nature’s Nurture in Grief Recovery

Patrick will explore examples of how Nature can be helpful in the grief recovery experience. He will share music composed in Nature to express this healing energy.

Patrick Haggerson, M.A. LAADC is currently a spiritual care professional at the Betty Ford Center, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, in Rancho Mirage, CA. He has worked at the Betty Ford Center in various clinical positions for the past 20 years. He began his career in 1989 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Chemical Dependency program and has incorporated music and meditation into his therapeutic practice since the beginning. Patrick has also been part of the faculty of the Native American Training Institute School in Albuquerque, NM for many years. He worked on the Alkali Lake First Nations Reserve in British Columbia from 2005 through 2013 and on the Rosebud Reservation in St. Francis, SD from 2008 through 2011. Patrick is a native New Mexican who grew up in three cultures: Cowboy culture, American Indian culture and Spanish-speaking, New Mexican culture.


Jes Montgomery-37-EditJames 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.   For over 10 years, he has integrated the healing of loss into the treatment of addiction and has presented in numerous venues about the importance of this process. His most recent focus has been integrating technology into the process of addiction treatment and recovery through Envision Hope Treatment and the Envision Recovery Ally program, which provides 24/7 support, monitoring and treatment interventions to persons in treatment and recovery, creating Data Assisted Recovery and Treatment. 

Genevieve 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: balancing work with pleasure while regularly enjoying coffee at her favorite local café, expanding her capacity to communicate effectively when walking her spirited dogs, 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.

unnamedCharlie 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.



unnamed-1Sherry 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.

FullSizeRender-1Hannah Salander is a Licensed Professional Counselor, trained art therapist, Spiritual Director, yoga teacher and hospice chaplain. She has served youth, adults and families for the last ten years healing from loss and trauma in collaboration with many community organizations and through private practice. She worked as a therapist with Golden Willow for five years, and currently lives in Boulder Colorado, and is grateful for continued connection with the Golden Willow family through board participation. Hannah sees the threads of her work and training weaving together to better accompany individuals as they navigate through various life thresholds that ultimately challenge a sense of who we are, what we long for and place our faith in, where we belong, and how we are called.


Student                       $150

General Attendee     $175

CEU  Attendee*         $200

Seating is limited to 200 attendees



Lodging for the conference at The Blake Hotel in Taos Ski Valley.  Rooms are $163/night.  Please call (888) 569-1756 for reservations.