Personal Growth Workshops

Quiet Your Inner Critic & Calm Your Anxious Mind

Negative self-talk—and the worry it generates—is a powerful inhibitor of confidence, well-being & success.

When we strengthen the voice of our Inner Coach, we’re much better able to support resilience, courage, and a positive mindset.

Through guided meditations, interactive exercises, and demonstrations, this workshop teaches:

  • Strategies that shift negative self-talk to positive, supportive self-talk
  • Tools that build self-confidence and boost your spirit
  • Mindfulness techniques that promote self-compassion & greater well-being
  • The neuroscience of transforming thoughts that undermine into thoughts that foster growth, gratitude & forward movement

Open your mind and heart to a nonjudgmental, compassionate, internal coaching voice and return home inspired and empowered to live a life with less stress and more joy.

For 22 years we have had the privilege of leading an annual program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA.

Getting Free from the Shadow of Shame

Shame is that feeling of being inherently flawed, damaged and defective.

Shame keeps us prisoners of self-doubt. It dampens our spontaneity and drains our life energy. Shame is a mighty force, but it can be changed. The antidote to shame is compassion. Compassion is an energy source that promotes understanding, acceptance and generosity of spirit for oneself and others.

This workshop is designed to accomplish the following:
  • Identify the shape shame has taken in your life and identify the patterns that maintain it
  • Reveal shame as an inaccurate image of you, created by mirrors that distort
  • Desolve shame’s toxic effect through a series of experiential exercises
  • Help you develop a new perspective on your life’s journey that promotes self-acceptance and self-respect
  • Leaves you with a greater sense of compassion for yourself and others

This workshop is for those of you who struggle with high degrees of self-criticism, with persistent guilt or inadequacy and with body hate and/or distorted eating patterns. It will help you to create healthier and more intimate relationships with yourself and others, and to increase your satisfaction in living the life that is yours.


We are bombarded daily with images of thinness, encouraging us to turn our bodies into war zones rather than sanctuaries.

The discrepancy between the idealized body and our real body leaves many of us vulnerable to body shame and self-hate. Living in a critical family can challenge the development of positive self-esteem, resulting in a poor self-image and body criticism. Body shame, disordered eating patterns, and self-hate are results of struggling with these factors as well as attempts to cope with them.

In this workshop, we will:
  • Use guided imagery, inner-child work, writing and small group discussions to understand the relationship between body shame, disordered eating patterns and self-hate
  • Explore how food and weight obsessions can be attempts to deal with childhood wounds and current stressors
  • Establish a safe environment in which to approach these vulnerable issues and teach a framework for healing
  • Practice self-compassion and learn strategies for transforming self-criticism into self-esteem and body acceptance

This workshop is for people who struggle to feel good about their bodies, for those who have conflicting thoughts about food and weight, for those who live with shame related to body image and food behaviors, and for professionals seeking to understand these issues.