Life Transition Meditation Center

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Life Transition Meditation Center

EIN: 20-0193687


Vision: To use Somatic Meditation to harmonize our physical and subtle energy bodies, enhancing our relationship with the Source and healing our physical, mental, and emotional experience. Mission: To make the principles and techniques of Somatic Meditation accessible, using various teaching formats, to all individuals who are guided to learn the practice. Practice: To commit to working together in the community and individually in releasing the patterns that limit our experience and appreciation of life and each other.

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Executive Director

Ralph Steele

Main address

PO Box 9286

Santa Fe, NM 87504 USA

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LGBTQ people


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Men and boys

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NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Our programs

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Veteran Meditation Retreat

The project is a Veteran Meditation Retreat: a needed project as Veterans have unique challenges, such as the increased risk of suicide with 17 deaths per day, homelessness, and incarceration. According to the U.S. Veterans Administration, many recent veterans suffer from anxiety, insomnia, and substance abuse. Research has shown that meditation interventions are effective in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD; Haider et al. (2021). The VMR will provide participants with pre and post-surveys that will have approval through the Institutional Review Board of the University of New Mexico. Over 135,000 veterans live in New Mexico with post-traumatic stress disorder, but fewer than half seek treatment. Veterans, regardless of discharge status, gender, religion, ethnicity, Two-Spirit, and LGBTQIA+, are invited to experience a meditation retreat organized by Veterans. The project is a blueprint for establishing plans for other states to offer Veteran Meditation Retreats.

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LGBTQ people

Embodying Emotions with Somatic Meditation is an online course offered throughout the year in 7-week increments and offers 14 Continuing Education Units from New Mexico Counseling Therapy & Practice Board.

Complex emotions can lead to feeling adrift in an ocean of toxic stress, with adverse effects impacting our physical and mental health, work performance, and family life. Everyone has a different constitution, genetic makeup, and upbringing that influence our stress resilience and conflict literacy. Working with our emotions takes more than a healthy diet, exercise, spiritual practice, and regular medical check-ups. Our bodies bear the burden of trauma and resulting stress, which needs to be addressed directly.

This class offers teachings and support for individuals to work mindfully with emotions and physical sensations through therapeutic awareness, breath practice, and other tools/skills in order to gain insight into embodiment and transcend difficult emotions.

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The online classes are offered throughout the year in 7-week cycles on Sundays for 2 hours and Fridays for thirty minutes. Additionally offering a monthly all-day retreat online and in person. As well as guide intensive meditation retreats for individuals and couples.

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LGBTQ people
Ethnic and racial groups
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Life Transition Meditation Center

Financial data

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Life Transition Meditation Center

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $32,356
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $35,856
Program Services $0
Administration $27,464
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $27,464

Life Transition Meditation Center

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $25,368
Total Liabilities $25,368
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $4,931


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Ralph Steele

Ralph Steele, LMFT, SEP, ISP. I have been assisting Raja Selvam, PhD, PhD since 2014 in his international trauma certification Integral Somatic Psychology training; I Have been teaching meditation since 1987. He had a meditation-based trauma clinic in Santa Fe, NM, for thirty-two years. He is a Vietnam veteran and has taught meditation since 1987. He completed a year of intensive training as a monk in Myanmar and Thailand. He has studied extensively with Tibetan, Zen, and Thai Forest Masters. Ralph spearheaded retreats for People of Color at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA., and Insight Meditation Society, MA. He founded the first "Elizabeth Kubler-Ross" Hospice Training Program (Associate Degree) at Northern N.M. College in El Rito, NM, in 1986. He is the guiding teacher of Life Transition Meditation Center, a global center based in Santa Fe, where he teaches breath & energy meditation and other intensive meditation practices. Author of his Bio: Tending The Fire

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Life Transition Meditation Center

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2023
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Board chair

Lesley Urquhart


Term: 2023 - 2003

David Hoptman

Self-employed Professional photographer

Margo Chavez-Charles

University of New Mexico

Susan Culpepper

Self- employed Attorney

Millie Carey

Self-employed Certified Life Coach

Jody Payne


Maya Salganek

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Genevieve Hogan

Self-employed Psychologist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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