Mindful Non-Profit Leadership Training Program (MNL)

Begins October 2019—Registration Now Open!

This training program cultivates 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 develop skills and behaviors that can be applied directly to their personal and professional lives. By cultivating and incorporating these intentional practices, participants will strengthen professional relationships and workplace environments, expanding impact beyond their own learning for the broader benefit of one’s work and organization.


  • A 6-month 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. Limited to two leaders per organization.
  • Commitment: two 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 30 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.


  • Opening Weekend Retreat with Pamela Weiss & Jozen Gibson: Friday, October 4 – Saturday, October 5, 2019; 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Day Retreat with Mark Coleman - Inner Critic: Friday, December 6*, 2019; 10:00am - 4:30pm (date updated)
  • Day Retreat with Oren Jay Sofer - Wise Communication: Friday, January 10, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Day Retreat with Nikki Mirghafori- Mindful Leadership: Friday, February 7, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Closing Weekend Retreat with Pamela Weiss & Jozen Gibson: Friday, March 13 - Saturday, March 14, 2020; 10:00am - 4:30pm


  • 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, 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;
  • A maximum of 2 participants per organization are invited to participate.
  • 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.


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

Scholarship applicants will be notified of approval on a rolling basis beginning May 9th.


CANCELLATION FEES for Professional Training Programs:

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


Program lead training teachers: Pam Weiss, Jozen Gibson

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 Director of Community and Youth Engagement and sangha facilitator with the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC), and Program Director for the Awake Youth Project.

Teaching faculty also includes: Mark Coleman, Nikki Mirghafori, Oren Jay Sofer

Mark Coleman, MA, is a psychotherapist, life-coach, and mindfulness consultant to corporations.  He is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and his books include Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and Make Peace with your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic.

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD., is a Stanford-trained compassion cultivation instructor and a UCLA-trained mindfulness facilitator. She is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and serves on the Board of Directors at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.

Oren J. Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer, SEP, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, a Nonviolent Communication Trainer, and a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. He is the author of the book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.



 Please email the Trainings Program Coordinator.

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