Dharma means truth.

In a world brimming with uncertainty and complexity, what can we truly rely on?

Most of us move through life leaning into pleasant experience—"I like it…I want it"—and leaning away from unpleasant experience—"I don't like it…I don't want it."

While this may work temporarily, it never lasts. Things keep changing—the stock market rises and falls, we get or lose the perfect job, our relationships sweeten or sour, the very thing that once delighted us now disappoints.

The radical premise of Buddhist teaching is that resting in the truth—learning to be present, attentive and receptive to our moment-to-moment experience—is the doorway to freedom and joy.

The 2,600 year old Buddhist path offers a powerful set of practices for cultivating ways to meet the world that enrich our life and deepen our experience of purpose, perspective and possibility.

In addition to her work in coaching and leadership development, Pamela also offers classes, retreats and workshops on Buddhist teachings and meditation practice.


Ongoing Wednesday Evening Group in San Francisco

This drop-in group meets from 7-9pm on Wednesday evenings at the Unitarian Church in San Francisco: 1187 Franklin Street (between Geary and O'Farrell). The group begins with guided meditation, followed by chanting, a dharma talk and discussion. All are welcome.
Click to register or call 415-994-5951.

May - December 2017:
Bodhisattva Leadership: An 8-Month Community of Practice

This 8-month program begins and ends with a weekend retreat. In between there will be monthly half-day meetings, bridge-line calls, and small group sessions. The focus will be on cultivating the Bodhisattva precepts: not killing/cherishing life; not stealing/being generous, not lying/speaking truth, not misusing sexuality/honoring relationships, and not using intoxicants/clarity of heart-mind. In addition to talks, reading and focused practice, we will also take up small group projects to support the active expression of the precepts in the world. Registration is by application and is open to those with at least two years of meditation practice and two overnight retreats who are able to make a full commitment to the program over time.
Click here to register or for more information.

June 12 - 15, 2017:
Bodhisattva Leadership: Inspiration from the Life of the Buddha

This four-day workshop at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery will introduce a model of Bodhisattva Leadership based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and stories from the life of the Buddha. Our time together will weave talks, meditation, reflection, interactive exercises and ritual. You will leave with a fresh vision of your personal leadership journey, a clear articulation of your leadership aspirations, new insights, practices and perspectives to inspire you. Open to those in both formal and informal leadership roles. Mail and online reservations open mid-February, 2017. Phone reservations open mid-March, 2017. 
Click here to register or for more information.

August 2 - 6, 2017:
5-Day Silent Insight Meditation Retreat
with Andrea Fella

A traditional, silent mindfulness retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This retreat will alternate in sitting and walking meditations, it will include instructions, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Registration opens on April 2, 2017. 
Click here to register or for more information.  
Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 4/23/17 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in mid-May if they have been accepted or are on the waiting list. 

November 24 - 26, 2017:
Bodhisattva Leadership: Cultivating Clarity, Courage, Commitment, Compassion & Curiosity

This overnight weekend workshop will be offered through the 1440 Multiversity in the Santa Cruz Mountains (www.1440.org), south of San Francisco. Our time together will weave silence, reflection, interactive engagement and ritual. We will explore sources of leadership inspiration and aspiration and move toward understanding how to embody an “appropriate response” to the unique challenges of our time.
For more information email: renee@appropriateresponse.com

December 27 - January 3, 2018:
New Year’s Meditation Retreat at Spirit Rock
with Eugene Cash, Spring Washam, Alexis Santos and Nikki Mirghafori

This will be a traditional, silent meditation retreat, alternating periods of sitting and walking with dharma talks, movement and practice discussion with the teachers. 
Click here to register or for more information.