Coming into the Body:

A Meditation Retreat for Women

with Nancy Windheart and Anne Dellenbaugh

and supporting staff Osa Arkin and Jessica Bell, D.O.

Dec. 1-8, 2017

Bodhi Manda Zen Center, Jemez Springs, New Mexico

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Retreat Program

Our bodies are our connection with the primordial and profound Source, the vivifying, intelligent energy of the cosmos. In this retreat, we will focus on developing an experiential understanding of embodiment through a careful exploration of our somatic experience and the gates it offers into the greater whole. We’ll do this through specific body practices designed to guide us into deep relaxation and foster an awakening beyond concepts.

These practices create an inner receptivity that is the foundation of our innate ability to connect freely and openly with all that is. They give us access to the essence of interspecies communication, the natural and fluid opening to other beings, and to the deep knowing, wisdom and awareness that is our birthright as cosmic beings.

In the exploration of our embodiment, we’ll share times of extended silence, the stillness of sitting and walking meditation (both indoors and out), yoga, council circle, ritual and play.  Our home for the retreat will be the beautiful Bodhi Manda Zen Center, in historic Jemez Springs, NM.  The Jemez Mountains are known as one of the most beautiful regions of New Mexico, with natural hot springs (one of which is just a few steps from the retreat rooms), stunning vistas, and wilderness solitude.

We are delighted to be joined on staff in this retreat by three wonderful and talented women: Dr. Jessica Bell, D.O brings her deep understanding of the body to support each retreatant with 2 osteopathic bodywork treatments; Anne (Osa) Arkin, brings a love of food into her work as chef.

We’ll be nourished by simple and delicious meals, the hot springs, the land and community of Bodhi Manda, and the stillness of winter in the mountains.

This retreat will be a small and intimate gathering of women who are called to this path of embodied awakening. Space is limited and we expect that the retreat will fill quickly. Early registration is recommended.

About the Retreat Center

The Bodhi Manda Zen Center is a Buddhist retreat center located in the Jemez mountains of New Mexico, near Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It offers a peaceful and compassionate environment ideal for workshops, seminars, and meditation intensives. While its orientation is chiefly Buddhist, the BMZC’s mission is to provide a setting that supports spiritual growth for all committed seekers.

Located in a high desert river canyon in the stunning and secluded Jemez Mountains, the harmonious practices of Bodhi Manda invite and encourage the cultivation of symbiotic relationship in every aspect of life, while the serene environment supports both visitors and residents in attentively deepening the understanding of our collective ‘true nature.’

What people say about retreats with Anne and Nancy:

I have had the joy and privilege of working with the guides for this special retreat — Anne, Nancy, Jess and Camina.  I know the beautiful qualities of presence, wisdom, skill and care they each bring to their teaching and service to others.  I imagine within the sacred circle of this retreat the gifts of their interwoven support will be beyond my imaginings!

Wendy Walsh, Brunswick, ME, USA

Anne and Nancy bring compassionate holding with sacred knowledge and a love of the wild. These retreats are strong medicine, drink deep.
Laura Forman, United Kingdom

I felt so taken care of in this retreat, and it modeled how to better take care of myself. The practices carefully unfolded so I never felt separated from them…they were organically natural and I felt that I belonged inside all of them.
Shirley Gillotti, CA

Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome women to this retreat from any or no spiritual or religious tradition who wish to participate in the deep practices of silence, meditation, and the supportive container of the retreat program. No previous meditation, yoga, or interspecies communication experience is necessary; however, if you’re not familiar with our work you may wish to click here  for a free joint meditation call facilitated by Anne and Nancy, and Nancy’s free interspecies communication offerings, and see Anne’s website to get a feel for our teaching and programs.

Jemez Springs is about an hour northwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The closest major airport is Albuquerque (ABQ). There will be a shuttle to the retreat center for those who wish to use it (at an additional fee). If you prefer, you may also rent a car.

Winter in the mountains of northern New Mexico is…winter! You can expect snow, cold, and pristine beauty, stillness, and quiet. Prepare for all temperatures and bring warm clothes for outdoors, hiking boots, and layers.

Our accommodations are simple and comfortable dormitory style, with each room housing between 2 and 4 people. Each room has its own sink and toilet; showers are shared. There are a limited number of queen/king rooms with private bath available for an extra fee of $10/night/person.

Our meals will be simple, ayurvedically-inspired, vegetarian, with an emphasis on whole foods and fresh, seasonal, and organic ingredients. Our meals will be designed to nourish and support our bodies and our retreat practices.

Our vegetarian menu can easily accommodate diets that are vegan and gluten-free. If you have questions about your dietary needs, please contact us.

Osteopathy was developed during the late 1800’s by a physician named Andrew Taylor Still, MD. Motivated by the tragic deaths of his children and guided by his belief in the Divine wisdom he saw at work in the natural world, he “saw a small light in the horizon of truth” and discovered the science of Osteopathy. “Osteopathy is to me a very sacred science. It is sacred because it is a healing power through all of nature.”

The Osteopath recognizes that there are healing forces in the body that are inherent, intelligent and unerring. “An intelligent head will soon learn that a soft hand and a gentle move is the hand and head that get the desired result”. Dr. Still was very clear that all people are the “handiwork of God” and must be treated with that level of care and respect.

Treatment using Osteopathy in the Cranial Field involves a gentle hands-on approach to free the areas of the body in which motion has become restricted. We are looking for the health within our patients and are working to support the innate capacity for healing within them. Osteopaths recognize that the body needs to be assessed and treated as a whole because of fluid and tissue continuity. During the treatments, patients may sense a deep state of relaxation (sometimes resulting in sleep), a wide range of other feelings and sensations, or they may feel nothing at all. The patient’s perceptions during treatment do not necessarily equate with treatment response.

Retreat Fee and Registration

Retreat Fee:

$ 2195.00 USD cash or check (if you prefer to pay by credit card, there will be an additional 3% fee.)

Payment Schedule:
$300.00 non-refundable deposit due with registration
$1895.00 due by November 10, 2017

Send payments to:

Nancy Windheart
P.O. Box 6628
Santa Fe, NM 87502 USA

This retreat will be an intimate, deeply supported experience in a small group. Space is limited and we expect this retreat to fill quickly. Early registration is recommended.

  • 7 nights lodging
  • All meals (dinner 12/1-breakfast 12/8)
  • Facilitation and teaching with Anne and Nancy
  • 2 osteopathic bodywork sessions with Jess Bell, D.O.
  • Access to hot springs on Bodhi Manda property
  • Transportation to hiking trails
  • transportation to Jemez Springs (group van shuttle is available at $30 per person each way)
  • queen/king room with private bath ($10 night per person, availability limited)

A non-refundable deposit of $300.00 is required to hold your place for this retreat. All fees are nonrefundable after November 10, 2017.  If we must cancel the retreat you will receive a full refund.

  1. Send us an email and let us know you’re registering: Contact Us
  2. Send your $300 non-refundable deposit via check or money order (made out in US funds) to:

Nancy Windheart
P.O. Box 6628
Santa Fe, NM 87502

If you prefer to use a credit card (3% additional fee) or do a direct bank transfer, contact us and we’ll send you instructions.

3. Upon receipt of your registration email and payment we will confirm your place on the retreat and send you additional trip information.

We have a limited number of partial scholarships available. If you are called to this retreat and would need a scholarship in order to attend, please contact us.

We are committed to finding ways for those with fewer resources to attend our retreats. If you wish to make a donation to the scholarship fund, we would welcome any amount.

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About the Facilitators

Anne Dellenbaugh began guiding wilderness trips in 1983. In 1990 she founded Her Wild Song in the belief that women’s spiritual lives are vitally important and that nourishing our spirits with wind and trees and river and sea is restorative not only to ourselves, but to others around us and even to the Earth herself. Inspired first by the teachings of feminist philosopher Mary Daly and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, from the beginning Anne has combined the insights, principles, and practices of feminism and Buddhism with her work as a wilderness guide and teacher. Anne is particularly interested in the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and the body (our individual bodies and the body of the Earth).

Anne is a registered Maine Guide, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and of the Outdoor Leadership Program at Greenfield (MA) Community College. She holds certifications in canoe and yoga instruction and Wilderness First Responder. She received a BA from Smith College and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She created and named the Ordered Chaos of the Wild and Original Lotus, a contemplative lay community, in 1997. Anne is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, and a former Zen priest. Visit Anne’s website for more information about her work.

Nancy Windheart is an internationally respected animal communicator, animal communication teacher, and Reiki Master-Teacher based in Cornville (near Sedona), Arizona. She teaches animal communication and animal Reiki classes and provides animal communication consultations for clients worldwide. Nancy is a Reiki Master-Teacher and professional member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT 200), and an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church.

In her animal communication classes and retreats, Nancy integrates her training in yoga, Reiki, and meditation to help people become more fully grounded in their bodies, and open to their intuitive, receptive awareness. Nancy guides people to experiences of deep presence, which is the state of being where we are able to receive telepathic communication most clearly.

Nancy’s yoga practice has been most influenced by Rama Jyoti Vernon, and her meditation practice by Buddhist teachers in several traditions. Nancy holds  undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance and is a former professional classical pianist and music professor. She brings her musical experience to the retreat with her Native American flute.

Nancy and Anne’s teaching collaboration originated in the yoga teacher training programs and retreats that they have done together, including those with Amy Weintraub, Angela Farmer, and Rama Jyoti Vernon. They also share a deep resonance with the somatic meditation teachings of the Vajarayana Buddhist tradition as held through Reginald Ray and the Dharma Ocean lineage. Through the years of their collaboration, they have discovered deep inspiration and synergy in creating supportive containers for spiritual practice, intimate connection with the wild and natural world, and the somatic experience of our own human lives.

Through experiencing and sharing these deep practices, they discovered their common calling to help people connect deeply and intimately with themselves and the Spirit within all life. Together, Anne and Nancy bring a synergy of their gifts, experience, and expertise, as well as their love of outdoor adventure, the natural world, and deep spiritual practice to their work as retreat facilitators and trip leaders. Anne and Nancy facilitate wilderness trips in Baja, Mexico, the Green River, Utah, and residential meditation and interspecies communication retreats in New Mexico.

Supporting Staff

Osa Arkin is a dear friend who has been cooking at Bodhi Manda since 2015. Recently retired from 30+ years as a nurse-midwife, she’s been cooking since age 10 and loves to learn, create, and improvise in her cooking for groups. Osa has had a meditation practice in a variety of Buddhist traditions, mostly vipassana, since 2005. We’re delighted to have Osa’s culinary experience and warm spirit with us for this retreat.

Dr. Jess Bell, D.O. is a graduate of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. She has also completed additional residency trainings in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts, and Neuromusculoskeletal /Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at The University of New England in Maine. Dr. Bell has a private integrative medicine practice in Topsham, Maine, which emphasizes therapeutic partnership and self-healing practices including meditation and spirituality. Her patients and nature are her greatest teachers.

Jess will support the retreat with private osteopathic bodywork sessions for each participant, helping us to integrate and more deeply understand our somatic experiences.


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