The Gathering

September 12-16, Carson NM


Bring your questions,
Your unsolved riddles,
A spirit of adventure,
And daring.
A willingness to support others,
And to be supported.
And that insatiable curiosity
About what it’s all for,
What holds it together,
And what pulls it apart.
About the acts of daring,
Of joy,
And of Love
That allow us to work with it all


What would it be like to step out of your surroundings and into a place where to realize your greatest self is an absolute possibility?

To walk through a portal into a field replete with loving support, surrounded by wild nature, where every piece of you—your powerful front-facing self, along with your secret fears and yearnings—is welcomed and embraced?

Where no piece of you is too much, or not enough?

Where your wholeness is celebrated, as are the forlorn and weary portions of you that have gotten you here?

Let’s do this thing.

What Is The Gathering?

This ain’t your momma’s self-help retreat.

We’re going to spend Thursday evening through Monday morning (Sept. 12-16) on a quest. For magic. For you.

Throughout, you’ll be held in the fierce and loving shared embrace of the New Mexico high desert and your facilitators: Kel and Mala Madrone.


I am the rock. The steadiness under your feet.
The bridge over the abyss. But the bridges I build are narrow and woven from stories. They sway in the gusts, because part of my work is to help you uncover your courage. Your resilience. Your deep safety. And the massive healing powers of your own gentleness.

I will be your lead facilitator.

(You can learn more about some of my background and training here.)


I am the fall. Into self. Into Love. I am your guide through longing, shame, and all of your outcast and misunderstood places and pieces. I help you feel your expansiveness and connection, and look deep into the eyes of your own beauty with wonder and reverence.

I will be your co-facilitator.

(You can learn more about some of my background and training here.)

Most of the world sees us as a writing coach and freelance writer, and an embodiment specialist and sex educator. Those are our socially polite selves—the personas we for everyday folks.

But step beyond consensus reality and you’ll see what really do…

Come in closer.
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We help people become fully resourced humans.

Workshop Details

That’s what we’re going to help you do—become a fully resourced human.

Someone who:

  • Lives and works from wholeness, yet also can identify, respect, and invoke the full power of your fragments

  • Has strong boundaries that provide protection and free you to give and receive fully

  • Keeps your word, to yourself and others

  • Fosters healthy interpersonal relationships

  • Makes no excuses

  • Know what’s at stake, and what’s not

  • Brings magic to the mundane, and grounding to the mystical

  • Is connected to both your humanity and your super-nature

  • Nurtures self-love and humility

  • Understands and respects your role in nature

  • Has a heart that is strong, supple, and resilient

  • Loves with your whole self

How are we going to make all this happen? We aren’t—you are. We’re going to set the stage—with meditations, group talks, writing exercises, embodiment practices, and lots and lots of loving support.

Every day you’ll engage in both group and individual activities designed to help you get in touch with your full resources. We’ll have raucous group meals where we laugh and share, or you’re welcome to take your plate and dine alone as you reflect and recharge. We’ll unfurl our wings beneath the full bright sun, and we’ll sit out under the stars and whisper stories by firelight. It’ll be like the coolest adult slumber party ever.

You’ll walk away knowing and loving yourself more than you ever have before.

Registration Details

Your registration cost includes:

  • All programming and takeaway materials,

  • On-site housing (private and shared options), and

  • Delicious, nourishing, and lovingly prepared meals, snacks, and drinks for the duration—from Thursday dinner through Monday breakfast.

There are no hidden fees. Just get here. We’ll take care of the rest.

Full registration ranges from $2,100-$2,400,** depending on your housing choice.

** There will be two options to decrease this cost: Save $200 if you pay up front when full registration opens, and receive $100 off if you register with one or more friends or family members (or plain old strangers you’re willing to drag along with you to get the price break).

The full experience will take place at the gorgeous 40-acre Vista Verde retreat center in Carson, New Mexico, which is a stone’s throw from Taos, and down the road from the world famous Ojo Caliente hot springs.

To register, click here. If you’re not paying in full up front, you will be required to pay a $250 deposit. This is non-refundable (unless for some reason the retreat is cancelled or rescheduled) and counts towards your registration cost.

If you want to bring a family member or friend who won’t be participating in the program but wants to stay on-site, contact us.

Travel Details

“Luxury is nothing compared to authenticity.” There’s a reason folks fall so hard for New Mexico. Come and see why.

We’ve put together some basic travel info for you here.


We’ve got answers. Just drop us a note.


“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”

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“Remember your dreams and fight for them.”
-Paolo Coelho



What's the point of withholding?
Of playing small?

Consider this your one-way ticket to the Land of Doing Big Things.

Fasten your seatbelt—
you’re in for a beautiful ride.