8 ways to own your personal power

Jodi, one of our career coaching clients, had a rough week. After she received a disconcerting email from a new business partner, it became clear they were not on the same page. Jodi paused and decided to stop the email tennis match, pick up the phone and set up a walking date with her colleague […]

THE most important question to ask yourself (+ video)

Growing up as the oldest of seven children in a chaotic, creative, often-stressful environment (five boys, two girls), I don’t ever remember anyone asking me, “Renee, what do you need today?” My recollection is I floated through my days and allowed my well-being and mood to be determined by what was going on around me. […]

Let’s lift each other up!

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 group of tweens talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired to share her […]

My word for 2018 is KINDNESS

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” -Albert Schweitzer In early January, I sat on my meditation cushion preparing for my regular morning reflection and asked for a theme word to come to me for 2018. I heard, “Kindness.” My initial reaction was, […]

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 […]