Mindful Non-Profit Leadership Training Program (MNL)

This eight-month training program will be geared toward those in leadership positions working in social and environmental justice, education, health care, and other non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. It will cultivate the mindful leadership skills of focus, clarity, emotional regulation, compassion, self-awareness, and well-being for non-profit leaders in the social change sector.

Through mindfulness curriculum, meditation instruction, group discussions, and practice opportunities, participants will cultivate skills and behaviors that can be applied directly to their personal and professional lives. By developing and incorporating these intentional practices, participants will strengthen professional relationships and workplace environments, expanding impact beyond their own learning for the broader benefit of their work and organization.


  • A certificate and training program for Directors, Executive Directors, Board Members, C-level leaders, or equivalent, of non-profit organizations, within the San Francisco Bay Area. 
  • Commitment: three 2-day commuter retreats, three 1-day retreats, monthly virtual meetings & self-study.
  • Cohort community & peer support is a foundational component of the program to support ongoing mindfulness skill development and integration.
  • Participation is limited to 40 participants.
  • Accommodations are not available at Spirit Rock for the commuter and day retreats. Although Spirit Rock staff have not personally viewed or vetted them, as a courtesy to our out-of-town guests, we suggest you check out these nearby accommodations. All sessions in the training program will be held at Spirit Rock.
  • Participation in the program will be confirmed once program requirements are verified.


  • October 4-5, 2019; 10:00am - 4:30pm - Opening Weekend Commuter Retreat with Pamela Weiss & Jozen Tamori Gibson
  • October 2019 - January 2020- Foundational Buddhist Teachings Online Course with Mark Coleman
  • November - Zoom meeting with Mark Coleman
  • December - Zoom meeting with Mark Coleman
  • January 24-25, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm with Pamela Weiss & Jozen Tamori Gibson
  • February 22, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm with Konda Mason
  • March 14, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm with Oren Jay Sofer
  • April 18, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm with Jozen Tamori Gibson and guest teacher
  • May 29 - May 30, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm - Closing Weekend Commuter Retreat with Pamela Weiss & Jozen Tamori Gibson


  • The program fee is based on a sliding scale of $2000 - $850.
  • Registration is limited to those who work:
    • at a non-profit organization; non-profit ID will be required at registration;
    • as a Director, Board Member (with approval of the Board), a C-Level position, or equivalent level within the organization;
    • in the San Francisco Bay Area; this includes the East Bay, San Francisco, South Bay, Sonoma, and Marin;
  • Maximum of 2 participants per organization.
  • Participation in the program will be confirmed once program requirements are verified. Be sure you meet the requirements! Contact if you have any questions regarding these requirements.


Lead Trainers: Pamela Weiss, Jozen Tamori Gibson
Supporting Faculty: Mark Coleman, Konda Mason, Oren Jay Sofer

Pamela Weiss is an executive coach and founder of Appropriate Response, a company that has brought the power of mindful awareness to hundreds of leaders inside organizations such as Genentech,, and Pixar.  She is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and co-leads Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program.

Jozen Tamori Gibson is the Board Chair and a sangha facilitator with the Brooklyn Zen Center, member of the New York Insight Meditation Center’s Teachers Council, and mentor for the Awake Youth Project. Jozen’s work is infused with trainings in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma, yoga, Qigong, and insight dialogue.

Mark Coleman, MA, has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 1997, and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature, and is the author of Awake in the Wild, Make Peace with Your Mind, and From Suffering to Peace.

Konda Mason was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in 1982, and her love for Vipassana began in 1996, working with Jack Kornfield. Konda's dharma training includes the East Bay Meditation Center's Commit2Dharma Program, Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders and 2020 Teacher Training Programs. She serves on the Spirit Rock Board of Directors, and is also a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist, and the Co-Founder and former CEO of Impact Hub Oakland.

Oren Jay Sofer, SEP, holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is trained in Somatic Experiencing™, Nonviolent Communication, and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. Oren is the founder of Next Step Dharma, and author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.




The intention of the foundation that supports this training is to impact non-profit leaders in social change sectors for the benefit of their work and organization.

Limited partial scholarship support is available; maximum 1 recipient per non-profit organization.

  • To request a partial scholarship, please contact, including the following information:
    • Name
    • Name of organization
    • Organization non-profit id
    • Position in organization
    • Location of organization
    • Intention for utilizing this training to impact your organization and social change

CANCELLATION FEES for Professional Training Programs:

  • 50% of paid fees -- >4 weeks from program start
  • No refund -- <4 weeks from program start



 Please email the Trainings Program Coordinator.

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