Moving Into the Light Women’s Retreat

When: 17 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014 (Fri - Sun, 2 nights)
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Venture Retreat Center

Nestled among ancient redwoods and meadows of wildflowers on 22 acres, south of the San Francisco Bay Area, west of San Jose and Silicon Valley, near Pescadero, California. Venture Retreat offers overnight lodging for up to 41 Guests can also camp or bring their RV’s. Larger guest groups may reserve weekdays for day use events, workshops and seminars.

This peaceful, well-managed retreat center and weekend getaway is popular among personal growth and spiritual groups. The center is an ideal setting for youth groups who gather to explore and appreciate nature.

Yoga and meditation groups, artists and writers retreats enjoy the soulful intimacy of this unique California retreat center. We also welcome weddings and commitment ceremonies, family reunions and other celebrations. See more events in this venue
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Melissa Green, MS, MA

Melissa Green, MS, MA has engaged in spiritual practices her entire life and has been meditating since 1996. Currently she is a Happiness Consultant and Holistic Health Counselor who teaches mindfulness meditations, self-care and self-awareness. She is a trained MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher and a certified personal trainer. Her counseling degree from Santa Clara University includes a specialization in Health Psychology with a focus on Mindfulness. Melissa is an entrepreneur with work centered on holistic health counseling for life balance, vitality and happiness, including emphases on stress management and mindfulness in corporate, educational, and health settings. She has also worked at the Process Therapy Institute in Los Gatos and the Community Center for Health and Wellness in Palo Alto as well as in engineering and high tech.

Melissa challenges patterned thinking, while encouraging exploration “outside of the box” with further investigations in “creating our own boxes”. She finds a natural match in counseling and has a remarkable talent of viewing situations from multiple perspectives. Melissa is a bright and gentle, yet firm guide in seeking and exploring the tapestry of our lives. She is a passionate and caring partner to her clients in the journey of realizing their full human potential. She is sensitive to and supportive of investigations in culture and diversity and how they shape and contribute to our being. Melissa embraces the full spectrum of life and offers life skills and tools to enhance trust in our inner wisdom and increase our ability to live our true self that is aligned in body, mind, heart and spirit.

Melissa is compelled to use her voice in empowering and uplifting others in realizing that we are so much more than our conditions. Being raised in a single-parent home below the poverty level in rural Alabama, Melissa embraced education and became the first in her family to go to college. She then trail-blazed her way to higher education and in 1998 became the first African-American to earn an advanced degree in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Notre Dame. Her pioneering thesis was “Developing a Human-Computer Interface to make Higher Education more Accessible to Physically Disabled Students”. She wrote an application that produced a voice-activated mouse; the research was recognized in Scientific American magazine.

With a heartfelt commitment of service to others, she shares inspiration, motivation, humor and compassion through her authentic way of being. Melissa has done extensive volunteer activities, especially with youth over most of her lifetime. She also has worked as an engineer, project manager and consultant in high tech fields. She has trekked around the world, interacting with diverse peoples and cultures and embarked on a two-year backpacking trip spanning over 40 countries. Melissa honors the interconnectedness of mind, body, heart and spirit while acknowledging the relationships among all things. She genuinely believes that light, beauty and wholeness are inherent in each of us. Let it shine!

Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University; Masters of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana; and Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Melissa has an advanced degree in Life Experiences from the big beautiful world!

She completed her MBSR teacher training in 2009 with Bob Stahl, PhD, through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Melissa has also completed the MBSR Professional training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA.

Melissa is an instructor with Mindful Schools working to expand the program to diverse and underserved communities in the Bay Area peninsula and south bay.

She is a certified Healer Within Practice Leader, having completed a medical Qigong training program with Dr. Roger Jahnke at the Kripalu Yoga and Health Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.

She is nationally certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Melissa regularly attends retreats, workshops and conferences for continued education and practice that allow her to offer the best to her clients. See more photos and other events by this presenter