Patricia has led workshops and retreats throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. for children, professionals, students and adults, from beginners to advanced practitioners of meditation and authentic presence in everyday life. Through these simple yet profound practices, people of all ages and backgrounds can gain confidence in their innate intelligence and worth and lead more full, productive and compassionate lives.
Patricia holds a J.D. degree and has spent her professional life in law, mediation, restorative justice, and non-profit leadership. She brings mindfulness techniques into these fields as part of the natural process of transforming organizational culture and working with conflict. She works with private clients and groups who wish to gain tools for improving the quality of their lives, work, and relationships with others.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Amy has held diverse positions including General Manager of Ceremony Operations for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, CEO of the YMCA Tauranga in New Zealand, COO of Caerus Associates (a government R&D contractor), Vice President of Administration of an enterprise software company, Arthur Andersen Business Consultant, and founder of Knead a Massage Inc. (www.kneadamassage.com), a successful affordable massage studio which was acquired in its second year of operations.
She is also a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and is raising Henley, her 14th puppy. Amy, a native Washingtonian, lives in Bethesda with her daughter Blythe, their cat Latte, and their career change dog Nexus.