About The Teacher

I founded Nearly Mindful because I believe deeply in the value of self-awareness and emotionally intelligent communication at all levels of life and work. If we are present with who we are, everything changes and the light inside us shines through. 

My latest book When Life Hits the Fan-A Mindful Guide to Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others offers a mindful approach to self-care for family caregivers. The book and my work with those who care for others come from my own experience as a caregiver.

I am here to share this with others to help them see that self-awareness leads to finding our inner source of joy, even in the most difficult circumstances. When we let our own light shine it is mirrored in those we love and all around us.

I became a certified Life and Mindfulness Coach after training with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center in their Mindful Awareness Practices program, Dr. Rick Hanson's Positive Neuroplasticity Practitioner program, and Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).

My deepest desire as a teacher is to help others see that we all have happiness and joy in our hearts and how to bring it to the surface more regularly.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Rest and inner calm. Karen

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.