Mindfulness Coaching Provides Mentoring and Support
Follow up support from a teacher, including one-on-one conversations, is important for continued growth.
As a mindfulness teacher, I offer individual coaching for people beginning a mindfulness practice, or who already have a practice and wish to go deeper.
It is often difficult to sustain a vibrant or consistent practice at home, or on one's own, without the support of a teacher. This is especially true with secular mindfulness programs like MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), which often do not include ongoing support from a teacher or practicing community once classes or trainings have ended.
My credentials as a teacher and coach include:
40 years of meditation training in the Zen tradition.
Ordination as a United Church of Christ minister, with a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.
Certification as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School.
Training as a Co-active coach through the Mindfulness Coaching School.
I have been a mindfulness teacher for 25 years in a variety of contexts, with clients ranging from veterans with PTSD to clergy and rabbis, physicians, activists, educators and psychotherapists.
I have led mindfulness-based kayaking retreats in Alaska since 1994 through my company Inside Passages
As a coach I will be joining with you as a partner in your own deepening understanding.
Since the practice of mindfulness includes all aspects of our lives, and not just time spent in retreat or on the cushion, as a coach I will be joining with you as a partner in your own deepening understanding of the purpose of practice, and in the integration of practice into everyday life.
Mindfulness coaching is not therapy. It is not based on the assumption that we need “fixing”, but rather that each of us is already naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Coaching can help uncover that wholeness, and deepen our core commitment to practice, expressing that commitment in widening circles that encompass every aspect of our lives.
I utilize online scheduling and payment. Some scholarship assistance is available upon request. Sessions are generally done online, using Zoom technology, though one can also choose to do coaching sessions by phone if that is more comfortable for you. I can also do sessions in person for those who live in my local community on Whidbey Island.
New clients are asked to schedule an initial 20-minute consultation (free of charge) to discuss how these sessions work and whether this is a good fit for you.