A few pictures from The Art of Self-Renewal Retreat,

The Franciscan Renewal Center

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Comments from retreats…..

“Loved the one on one time with people and the stories you told!”

“Felt free, validated and a great sense of community.”

“Anyone can benefit no matter where they are in their life.”

“It was a beautiful setting and a peaceful and open atmosphere. We all came in with different ‘stuff’ and expectations and we all gained what we needed. Thank you!”

“A great way to nourish your soul!”

“Loved learning about Inner fire. The gift of this workshop was to honor our own ‘inner fire’ and unique gifts within the container of sacred community. Thank you!”

“So many insights…….deeply enjoyed the exercises and acknowledgments. Powerful stuff! ”

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Come explore the practice of yoga at A Desert Song Healing Arts Center. I taught at A Desert Song for 20 years and am currently on sabbatical. However, this beautiful and peaceful center offers classes for all ages, workshops and Dharma talks. Hope to see you there!

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Here are my choices for some of the most relevant and useful books available. I’ve read them all and they have added great value to my life and to my coaching. Enjoy browsing!

Books I have loved

Community and Belonging

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

Me to We by Craig Keilburger

The New Earth by Eckart Tolle

The Seven Paths by Anasazi Foundation

My Grandfathers Blessing by Rachel Naomi Remen M.D.


If You Want To Write by Brenda Ueland

The Artists Way by Julia Cameron

Drawing on the Artist Within by Betty Edwards

The Art of Possibility by Roemund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

Finger Painting on the Moon by Peter Levitt


Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl M.D.

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown Ph.D.

A Thousand Names for Joy by Byron Katie

Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer Ph.D.


Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf

The Pinocchio Principle; Being the Leader You Were Born To Be by Diane Bolden

The Stake; The Making of a Leader by Henry Kimsey-House

Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Flawless Execution by James Murphy

The Speed of Trust by Steven M.R. Covey


The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Peace in Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Minding the Body, Mending the Mind by Joan Borysenko Ph.D.

The Miracle of Mindfulness; An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

Where Ever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabit-Zinn Ph.D.


The Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Institute

Peace Pilgrim by the Peace Collective

Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Forgiveness, a bold choice by Robin Casarjian

The 5 Things We Cannot Change by David Richo Ph.D.

Personal growth

The Four Fold Way by Angeles Arrien Ph.D.

The Second Half of Life by Angeles Arrien Ph.D.

The Way of Conflict by Deidre Combs D.Min

Learning to Fly by Sebastian Meschenmoser (children’s book)

First You Have to Row a Little Boat by Richard Bode

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed ( raw and insightful)

The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso M.A. and Russ Hudson

Growing Up Again by Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson

Right Action

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey Ph.D.

The Heart Aroused by David Whyte

The Answer to How is Yes by Peter Block

Changing For Good by James Prochaska

Take the Leap by Pema Chodron


Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

Sabbath by Wayne Muller

How Then Shall We Live by Wayne Muller

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd

Times of Transition

The Way of Transition by William Bridges Ph.D.

Managing Transitions by William Bridges Ph.D.

Crossing the Unknown Sea by David Whyte

Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales (survival stories when there appeared no hope)

Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron


Yoga; The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Shiffman

Yoga Wisdom at Work by Maren and Jamie Showkeir

Open Heart, Open Mind by Swami Chetanananda

The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

Quotes I love:

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned in order to have the life that is waiting for us.”
– Joseph Campbell

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”
– Michael Bobak

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
– Aristotle

“There comes a time in our lives when we are called to believe the unbelievable. If we allow ourselves to believe, we open the door to the infinite possibility of who we might become.”
– Ann Linnea

“We are more than what we do, much more than what we accomplish, far more than what we possess.”
– William Arthur Ward

“When you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
– Goethe

“The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust

“Vulnerability is at the core, the heart, the center, of meaningful human experiences.”
– Brene Brown

“The answer to how is yes.”
– Peter Block

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.”
– HH Dalai Lama

“Sometimes everything has to be inscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you.”
– David Whyte

“Move and the way will open.”
– Zen Proverb

“We grow in the shelter of each other”
– Irish Proverb

“People say that trust is essential in business, because controlling people is very expensive. So they seek trust first, and hope to build sensitivity to one another later. This is backward. Trust can only arise where people have deep interest in each other. If we want to develop trust, we must build unbounded sensitivity.”
– Steven M.R. Covey