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Natalie has been practicing mindful awareness and meditation since 1985 and spent a year living in an ashram in 1989 dedicating herself to intensive practice of meditation and compassion. Her life’s passion is informed by her early discovery that when we give ourselves the time and safe space to open our hearts we are truly held by love. Natalie teaches mindfulness and compassion as a way of being with ourselves fully allowing our humanness and supporting ourselves in the face of challenge. She believes our work is to learn how to become our own best ally so we can embrace our lives more fully.
Natalie worked for 17 years as a Physical Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation and Clinical Specialist for Medical Devices in rehab. After many years treating patients with medical illness she founded Mindful Wellness to place her full focus on helping people discover well being through compassionate awareness.
As a certified teacher of Mindful Self Compassion and the Director of Online Learning for CMSC, Natalie has worked with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer on the Healthcare Advisory Committee, is a mentor in their Sounds True Power of Self Compassion program, and is a co-author and teacher trainer for the Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) program. Natalie teaches nationally and works with varied groups including healthcare teams, corporate groups, and female leaders bringing awareness practices for self-regulation, greater resilience, and self-acceptance. Through Mindful Wellness she offers mindfulness and self-compassion programs, classes, workshops, retreats, and speaking engagements.
Natalie is a certified mindfulness instructor for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, MARC, teaching the MAPs Mindful Awareness Practices classes. She offers MSC and "Deepening MSC" at the Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles. Natalie is also the Director and developer of Corporate Programs at Unplug Meditation studio in L.A.
Personal mindfulness coaching, corporate mindfulness programs, workshops and retreats, compassion training, cultivating positive emotions