Conference Sessions

2019 Mindfulness Conference Session Descriptions 

Ever since the first New Mexico Leaders in Mindfulness Conference in 2015, we’ve come together each year to look at the faces, forms and functions of mindfulness in our state.

A common theme has always been the exploration of what it means to cross boundaries for inclusion and diversity in purposeful, meaningful ways. Our conversations focus on mindfulness in society, education, business, healthcare, families and more. This year is no exception.

Continue to Check in as Session Descriptions are being added. 



Through the Door : Quantum Change and Transformation

Winged Women  

A deeply experiential workshop led by the Winged Women who are participants in and facilitators of the creative transformation partnership between Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families and Chrysalis NM.

These Winged Women have survived abuse and support one another to thrive in freedom and joy, living into the discovery of what post-traumatic growth looks like. 

We will explore the theory of quantum transformation, and the idea of stepping into change and knowing it can happen with a shift in thought and intention.

We will dance it, meditate it, energize the change we want to see, and write it into its new incarnation, stepping through the door as we claim our deep desires and new stories.



Living with Intention: Building Alliances Across Differences

Maia Duerr

This session is designed for people who wish to reflect on our place in the system of racism and white supremacy, so that we can more effectively challenge these systems and step into liberation together.

We will use mindfulness practices to create a “brave space” in which to explore concepts of…

  •     Intersectionality
  •     Racial conditioning
  •    Ally-ship and Solidarity

The facilitator will guide the group using reflective, engaging, and contemplative practices. Participants will come away with the tools and awareness to be wholehearted community members and allies.

This is an introductory level session, suitable for those who are in the beginning stages of reflecting on racial justice and whiteness. Those with more experience with this topic are also welcome to join and deepen the conversation.

Pre-requisite: an open heart and mind


Mindful Money:  Aligning Your Money with Your Values

Genevieve and Paul Mitchell

The facilitators of this session will ask us to look at how our relationship to money (earning, spending, saving and investing) creates the world we live in. Do our money decisions reflect what we value? What is the story we tell ourselves about money? (Is there enough? Is more better?, Does it have to be this way?). Participants will consider what is "enough" and will leave with new ideas and resources to create their new money story.


Sharing Circle for People of Color Practicing Mindfulness, Yoga, Meditation in Community

Farah Nousheen and Raquel Madrigal of Yoga & Meditation for People of Color

We have heard it asked of us too often: “Why is there a need for yoga and meditation gatherings (or sangha, spiritual community) for people of color only? Doesn’t this cause more division among us?” Without any critical thought, it would appear as so.

In this discussion, we will explore why a people of color spiritual community is necessary for the healing, empowerment, and liberation of people of color.

This session is in the format of a “fish bowl” and thus only self-identified people of color will be able to join the sharing circle. Self-identified white folx are encouraged to attend and to deeply listen and take notes including their questions and reflections to share in other Conference break out sessions or in their own communities.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Who are “people of color” and what does “self-identify” mean? Is it a visible identity, an attitude, a political stance, a racialized experience?
  • Experiences of black people, indigenous people, and people of color (bipoc) in predominantly white spiritual communities that are based in Eastern philosophies (i.e. yoga, Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness, etc.)
  • These practices as “colonized” and culturally appropriated, and in the global context of spiritual suppression and colonization across the world including New Mexico.
  • How is a safe and brave space for POC created and sustained?
  • In terms of practice, how does yoga/meditation for people of color differ from yoga/meditation practiced in meditation centers and yoga studios?
  • What is the role of Asian practitioners, who are more directly impacted by the colonization and commodification of South Asian and East Asian spiritual practices?
  • How else does intersectionality matter in the context of interlocking systems of oppression – racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, colonialism, (im)migration, etc?
  • What are stories of healing, empowerment and liberation that we can share from our POC spiritual community in New Mexico?
  • What do we need from allies, including white identified folx or those not living in New Mexico?



Wisdom Healing Qigong for Health and Vitality

Master Mingtong Gu

Especially in this digital age, most of us feel overwhelmed, too busy, and mentally stressed. In this workshop, Master Mingtong Gu will lead you in the powerful ancient practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong, which combines mindful movement, sound healing, visualization, and meditation to reconnect mind, body and heart with an abundant flow of natural life energy.


Wisdom Healing Qigong for Activists, Professionals and Leaders

Master Mingtong Gu

In this session Master Mingtong Gu will support you to increase your capacity to fulfill your mission on the planet as a professional, leader, or activist. Learn skills to access your inner medicine of mind, body, and heart, release energy blockages to open yourself to deeper levels of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Your personal health and well being extends into the well being of others , the health of our communities, and the well being of the planet.

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