LaShelle Lowe-Charde is passionate about helping people learn practical skills to access personal transformation and create thriving relationships. Her pursuit of this passion through formal training includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a graduate degree in school psychology (Ed.S.), a year of monastic training (zen buddhism), certification as a trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and three years of training with M.E.T.A. – Mindful Experiential Therapeutic Approaches. Training with M.E.T.A. included a primary focus on Hakomi (body centered therapy) and shorter trainings on dynamics of attachment, trauma modalities, Recreation of the Self, group process, and character theory.

LaShelle founded Wise Heart in 2007 and has offered training and resources to local and international communities since that time. She currently offers online as well as in person training and has developed online programs for students to take on their own.

Through over 20 years of training and experience, LaShelle has created a system of personal transformation and relationship competency called Mindful Compassionate Dialogue (MCD). This system is a reflection of many and varied influences, but primarily draws from an integration of Mindfulness practice, Hakomi, and NVC. MCD identifies 12 Relationship Competencies, each with six specific and doable skills. These competencies are the manifestation of compassionate relating and wise action and arise from nine foundational practices: Attunement, Warmth, Security, Equanimity, Clarity, Concentration, Awareness, Health, & Regulation. At the center of MCD is the intention to benefit all life.

LaShelle offers support and guidance to others from a place of deep gratitude to the very many teachers and mentors she has had along the way and the enormous work others have done over many decades that have served our understanding of what it means to heal and live an awake and fulfilling life.


Leading a discussion group in class.