UNM Center for Life
4700 Jefferson St. NE
Suite 100
Albuquerque NM 87109


(505) 925-7464

Fax: (505) 925-4539

Clinic Hours: 
Mon.- Fri., 8:00am - 5:00pm 

After Hours Emergencies: Call 911

2017 Holidays
  - January 1, 2017
  - January 16, 2017
  - May 29, 2017
  - July 4, 2017
  - September 4, 2017
  - November 23-24, 2017
  - December 22, 25-26, 2017

Miscellaneous Workshops

The Language of Healing

The Center for Life presents a series of inter-related workshops that will mindfully explore language, communication, self empowerment and writing through the lens of medical experiences.

There is a vast difference between being cured and being healed. These workshops are designed to walk you gently back to your well being and enable you to live to your full potential.

Join Christine Sherwood at The Center For Life in Albuquerque, NM for four introductory workshops March 18/19, each class is four hours in length. You can choose to attend any or all. Each class is $75.00.

Class registration:

Michelle Hale at  or call 505-925-4551

Christine Sherwood, LMT, DHM

Christine has been a teacher in the healing arts since 1995. She facilitates retreats at Ghost Ranch for women who have had cancer. She is the author of Fire & Ash; The Alchemy of Cancer, and Help Me Remember Who I Am.

The Empowered Patient:

Saturday June 3, 9:00am - 1:00pm

One of the most debilitating results of being ill is the loss of power. The vulnerability that ensues is alarmingly uncomfortable and can create fear, anger, and difficulty in the decision making process. This stress impacts the body’s ability to heal by creating a compromised immune and nervous system.

In this second class we will discuss how doctors are trained to diagnose. This training can streamline diagnoses, but it has its shortcomings. As a patient or caregiver we will learn the questions to ask and skillful ways to approach our doctor so we receive the best care they can offer. Through writing and awareness exercises we will examine the repercussions that fear, anxiety, shame and medical trauma can have on our ability to be empowered. We will also explore how we can develop our own authority while speaking with our doctors. Together find solutions that build stronger trust, communication and healthy outcomes within the partnership of you and your physician.

The Compassionate Witness: Being Present with Illness and Death:

Saturday, June 3, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

In this class we will bring awareness to our comfort level with illness, suffering and death. We will investigate where our different belief structures of illness/death arise (family dynamics, life experiences, society). We will explore these conditioned responses so we can gain greater understanding of our physical and emotional feelings while in the presence of illness or death, thus creating more space for compassion and forgiveness. Meditation, writing and interpersonal exercises will be utilized in a supportive and safe environment. By using these tools will allow honest inquiry to reveal our strengths and teach us how to employ these strengths to life's challenges.

Pain Management: Approaching Physical & Emotional Pain through a Focused Mind

Sunday, June 4, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

In this four hour workshop we will investigate why it is that we try our best to flee from our pain and suffering, when in fact, we could do the opposite, and gain a deeper understanding of our lives and the pain we find ourselves in. Moving towards the pain is what lessens our suffering because it is the resistance to not be where we find our self that creates more suffering. With increased acceptance we can learn to “be” with the event we are experiencing. In this class we will utilize proven techniques like meditation, awareness and visualization to guide us deep into our psyche, as well as writing exercises, where we can discover the courage and beauty that lies in opening to all that we experience in our life.

Registration fee is $75 and eligible for UNM employee tuition remission.
UNMH & UNMMG employees receive 10% discount.

Please bring writing materials and a yoga mat or blanket.

To register, contact Michelle at 505-925-4551 or

Tending the Fire; Writing to Heal:

Sunday March 19, 2:00pm-6:00pm

In the fourth class we will experience and develop the benefits of the practice of writing. Simple writing techniques, along with mind/body tracking/meditation and writing prompts, will all support participants to safely "write to heal".

We will learn to allow ourselves an unfiltered voice, free from blame, shame, or self-righteousness and invite the disavowed parts of our self to speak through the written word. Revealing of our deepest thoughts, and knowing they are only for our eyes, can be surprisingly enlightening and leads to greater self-understanding and improved health.

Christine will share from her own works...

Movement, Meditation & Creative Expression for Women 18+

This workshop will include gentle yoga, dance/movement and expressive art. No previous art or dance experience necessary. Using gentle movement, music, meditation and art, you will be able to access core thoughts, emotions, and insights in a safe, supportive environment.

Our world is full of schedules and responsibilities with little time of reprieve and relaxation. We are bombarded daily with technology, heavy work schedules and responsibilities with our family and community. Sometimes, we need to step off the treadmill and meet up with ourselves again. This is an opportunity and invitation to do so. We will begin with gentle yoga and movement, then we will incorporate the use of an art medium to express your inner creativity and experience. We will have a time of meditation as well as discussion and interpretation of your experience. Each session will build on the previous session as you continue to explore your vision for the present and the future.

This workshop is facilitated by Nicole White, CHHC, E-RYT a certified holistic health coach, yoga, movement and meditation instructor, and Dana Darrow, LCSW a licensed clinical psychotherapist. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for working with water-based paint and pastels, and come scent-free for those who are chemically sensitive.

Health Benefits:

Yoga increases flexibility, strength, balance and concentration. Meditation induces relaxation and has been proven to lower blood pressure for some individuals. The use of art has been used by many psychotherapists to access inner thoughts, emotions and insights. When we are in touch with our bodies, thoughts and emotions, we are better able to live healthy, authentic, productive lives.


Upcoming Workshops:

The following saturdays at 3:00pm - 5:00pm:

  • June 10, 2017
  • July 22, 2017
  • August 5, 2017
  • September 2, 2017
  • October 7, 2017
  • November 4, 2017

UNM’s Center For Life
4700 Jefferson St. NE, Ste. 100
Albuquerque, NM

$39 per class, per person, all supplies included.
Eligible for UNM employee tuition remission.
Women 18+

Contact or 505.204.1437 for more information.

Please contact Michelle at or 505-925-4551 to register.