How to be a human

Not long ago my husband and I were milling around in the kitchen making breakfast and lunches and preparing for school and work. We looked up and saw our 15 year-old on his computer. My husband took a peek as he walked behind my son’s back—we have “no screens before school” policy as we believe […]



Why I’m marching (and hope you’ll join me)

This Saturday, January 21st, more than a million women and men from around the US and the world will be gathering in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington and participating in Sister Marches around the globe (click here to find a Sister March near you).  My good friend journalist/activist Annie Hartnett in Austin […]



What’s your vision for how you want to live?

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Seneca Most people are surprised to hear that I love making a big pot of minestrone soup for my family and neighbors as much as I love getting invited to go to India to speak to a women’s group on […]



Nora’s story: my first retreat

Ever wonder what happens at our Women’s Self-Renewal Retreats? Curious why someone would carve out time, line up child and/or parent care and jump through hoops to get away and spend a weekend with other women? Nora Livesay, a mom and graduate student in the Linguistics PhD program at the University of Minnesota was the […]



7 women’s wisdom: pearls from Kripalu

I’ve been leading retreats for women for 25 years (read why I lead retreats) and every single time I’m amazed by how much I learn and am reminded of by the women who show up in the circle. This past weekend I was at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health—one of my favorite retreat centers […]



5 reasons I take retreats

“From stillness comes discernment.”  Renee Trudeau Stephen Cope, MSW, author and director of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living says retreats don’t change our lives as much as they change where we stand in relationship to our lives—and our capacity to see the hidden possibilities there. I grew up watching my parents take personal retreats–mostly meditation […]



My #1 life balance secret

“Are you listening to your life; what is it trying to tell you?” Renee Trudeau Most people are surprised to hear that I love making a big pot of minestrone soup for my family and friends as much as I love getting invited to go to India to speak to a women’s group on work/life […]



Sisterhood

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”  ― Marianne Williamson I once spoke at a girls empowerment conference to a group of three hundred ten to thirteen-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a small […]



What’s your intention for this summer?

What is your intention for summer 2014? Do you plan to slow down and enjoy unscheduled downtime with your family? Is there a work or creative project you want to complete by the end of August? Do you want to reconnect with those you love and start living more in the present? Maybe you’re exhausted […]



Who am I, really?

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you really are.” Joseph Campbell This past week I was visiting with a friend, a wise and trusted OB-GYN. She shared that she is experiencing some sadness and grief. After many decades, she is preparing to shift her role in her group practice and no longer deliver babies. “It’s […]