Ted WiardRev. Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC – Author, Founder & Executive Director Golden Willow Retreat

Reverend Ted Wiard along with his wife, Marcella, created Golden Willow from a combined vision of compassion and healing towards all life. Ted is a licensed clinical therapist, certified grief counselor, an ordained minister, a New Mexico certified schoolteacher and a certified tennis professional. Ted’s passion for working with grief, loss, and recovery arose from his own personal losses in which he realized there were very few places to go for support and healing from loss. Working at Betty Ford Center, Ted counseled individuals and families with clinical and spiritual support through the recovery process. He has written numerous articles on the subject of emotional healing, grief, loss and the connection vs. disconnection of spirituality in loss, addiction and relapse prevention. Ted has co-authored the book “Witnessing Ted, The Journey to Potential Though Grief & Loss”, a sensitive guide on the six aspects of grief and the journey to a wiser more authentic life. He is sought out for speaking engagements nationally to offer his inspirational and dynamic message of hope and healing.


Reverend Marcella Wiard, Founder

marcella-wiard2-e1437774404986-225x300As a creative professional, Marcella has expressed her unique design talents in many arenas.  She is an ordained minister offering spiritual support and guidance to individuals who are seeking solutions to life’s challenges, she is also a certified Master Level Reiki Practitioner who works with additional energy related modalities to bring the healing touch to all living creatures. Reiki healing is a natural therapy that gently balances life energies and brings health and well-being to the recipient. One of the greatest Reiki healing health benefits is stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body’s natural healing abilities that improves health. Marcella’s intuition helps participants facilitate an understanding of the mind body connection within that healing process.

Kierston FKiersten Figurski 

Kiersten collaborates with guests to achieve their goals.  She helps design customized programs for guests while coordinating staff and services.  In 2002, she became a licensed, certified professional midwife. After  15 years of catching babies and holding space with women during the intensity, joy and pain of childbirth, she is currently getting her Masters in counseling to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

jimJim Lengerich, LPCC & Spiritual Care Counselor

Jim holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and has been working with individuals and groups for over 15 years. Repeatedly, his experience has shown him the importance of spirituality in a person’s journey to health, wholeness and sense of well being. His approach to healing work begins at the Soul or Spirit level of the person and from that point the healing can progress to the mental, emotional and physical levels. He has trained extensively with various indigenous elders, shamans and medicine people from North, Central and South America in the healing potential available from Spirit through ceremony and ritual. The ceremonies and individual work he performs for our guests assists them to awaken to their true essence with a deeper sense of connection to themselves, nature, their families, communities and Spirit. He is an authorized leader and teacher of various Native American traditional ceremonies as well as Soul Retrieval,Past Life Regression, Dream Interpretation and Body Centered Therapy. He has worked extensively helping individuals, couples and families work through issues of grief and loss. He is certified in Brain spotting, which is most effective in treating and healing victims of trauma and PTSD.

HannaHannah Salander, LPCC

Hannah is a licensed clinical counselor, master’s level art therapist and yoga instructor. Hannah has worked with Golden Willow for nearly five years gratefully supporting individuals who come seeking refuge in this quiet mountain sanctuary. Through a depth of understanding and compassion she helps to gently remind those struggling with grief, and the residue of trauma, that healing, repair, and reclaiming their truest most whole Self is possible. Hannah’s work is anchored in her transpersonal, contemplative and body centered training. She is also currently training as a Spiritual Director and recognizes one’s spiritual journey and longing as a central part of our healing path. Hannah has a private practice in Taos where she counsels adults, children and families, and teaches yoga in the community.

mari taraMari Tara, M.S., Licensed Massage Therapist

In addition to earning a master’s in counseling from the University of Oregon, Mary is a licensed massage therapist. She trained extensively in gestalt and transactional analysis therapies with Jim Simkin and Bob Martin in California and Oregon. as part of her personal journey to integrate Spirit into daily living, Mary came to New Mexico in 1984. She began providing massage, and integrating this with personal growth work. Since 2002 Mary has incorporated the movement of energy and the release of energy blocks in the body as a way of supporting balance and healing. We can become blocked physically, emotionally , and energetically by our life experiences and circumstances. Supporting the opening of these restrictions, with massage , energy work and exploring expressing allows us to more fully experience our true selves. May we all become more conscious beings so that we may live our lives fully, truthfully and awakened.

liz gilbertLiz Gilbert, BCST, Licensed Massage Therapist

Liz is a licensed massage therapist and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST) trained by Michael Shea who is a Somatic Psychologist. Incorporating massage and tissue work with the energy balancing and neural re-patterning available in BCST, she creates a session uniquely designed for each individual. She enjoys working with Golden Willow Retreat Center and the opportunity the program offers for guests to have a deep somatic integration of their emotional experience. Liz has been in practice since 1992.

julie tatoJulie Tato, Meditation Specialist

Julie Studied at IMS with Sharon Salzberg & others for 6 years, and spent 5 years as a resident of the Lama Foundation near Taos. An instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction based on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, she works with youth, individuals with disabilities, those recovering from loss & their families. She is particularly interested in Lovingkindness meditation & daily life practice.

genevieve oswaldGenevieve Oswald, Anusara Yoga Instructor

As an Anusara Inspired E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, Genevieve Oswald loves to live her yoga.  As co-owner of Shree Yoga Taos and Sundara Studios Inc., she 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.  When not rolling around on the floor, Genevieve can be found practicing yoga and dancing, she is co-creating with the mysterious source-energy of the divine in her weekly blog: www.unconditioningtheheart/wordpress.com

182077_10150090760113575_3440731_nClint Murphy, Anusara Yoga Instructor

Clint initially began a yoga practice in 1999 and found a life changing but short lived practice on the mat. A decade later, as life began to change dramatically for him, he returned to yoga as a  grounding practice in an uncertain time. A certified child yoga instructor and graduate of Bea Doyles Anusara immersion, he blends playfulness with an absolute belief in the transformative and healing   powers of yoga, particularly the life affirming teachings of Anusara. “I bow to my teachers, friends and every person with the courage to undergo change, both on and off the mat.”

Upcoming Events

6:00 pm Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Taos Grief Group @ Golden Willow Counseling
Dec 20 @ 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[...]
10:00 am Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Santa Fe Grief Group @ Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
Dec 23 @ 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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