Rita was an insightful and astute adviser who has helped me change my life for the better. She has a calming presence and wisdom that I very much appreciate. It makes learning easier when one has a great deal of respect for the teacher! I also appreciated the spirited debate around my (many) questions; Rita's patience and willingness to explore were very impressive.
I have successfully achieved two goals: practicing my sitting meditation every day, and incorporating mindfulness into additional aspects of my everyday life. I believe this has changed my leadership style both at work and at home; I am feeling more present in my interactions, and gaining awareness when my mind becomes distracted. I am also making an effort to experience more gratitude throughout my life.
~Chris, CEO, Healthcare Company
I was feeling overwhelmed, scattered, a bit lost, anxious and chomping at the bit for something to change. The program (and daily practice) helped to ground me, lighten the anxiousness that had stalled me, cleared some of the muddiness in my thinking and helped me to feel more connected to who I am and what I want. The program also reinforced that I do have a "process" and that that process is unique, valuable and ok!
I absolutely loved working with Rita. I greatly appreciated the thoughtfulness behind how Rita structured the program as well as her incredible compassion and gentleness in working with me when I wandered and took some detours along the way! It is so cliche but Rita truly did meet me where I was...with no judgment. Rita met my resistance with empathy and my muddled thoughts with patience. She let me wander but always brought me back to the purpose and the process. My favorite aspect of the program were our conversations. I clearly need to talk things out and have some processing time...our conversations were cathartic, illuminating and hugely helpful.
~Ali, Executive Director, Mayer-Phillips Foundation
Over a period of 5 months I saw improvements in every facet of my life. My perspective changed and I learned to be mindful of my thoughts and behavior -- and to use that to change my behavior. Those behavior changes resulted in a calmer, and more aware me. I was able adjust my habits and style in a way that made things less stressful, less exhausting, and less jumbled.
I liked the evolution of the program; I feel like we did it just right so that the program changed with me as my needs and understanding changed. The regular (but non-invasive) email communications were great to keep me on track between meetings.
~Lynn, Owner, Baby Doe's Clothing
When I signed up to work with Rita, my organizations were in a state of constant change (flux), personnel crisis and quite often, employees were putting out fires due to a lack of structure, and focus. I was at the end of my emotional tolerance and this opportunity to work with Rita could not have come at a better time.
The program with Rita benefited me in that I realized the harder I ran, the more I drove the businesses and the employees and the less work and *detailed* work was getting completed. What Rita helped me understand is that if I slowed down and became a more mindful leader, others would slow down and actually increase output, detail, minimize crises and overall, create a much more enjoyable environment for all employees — as well as for myself.
What I enjoyed most about this program was the learning and the changes that I went through -- and continue to work on. I also enjoyed watching how the changes in my interactions and leadership can change individuals and the organization.
~Chad, President and CEO, Family of Companies: Relevant Play, Capital 2 Thrive, Authentic Labs and Rocks 122
I was feeling crazy busy as I had just wrapped up a launch and was headed into two weeks of training with my coach, amidst the "beginning of year" busy-ness. Rita is a talented teacher and guide in the world of mindfulness. She is a calming and wise being, and helps me slow down. Over the past year of working with Rita, I have learned more about my own rhythm and how much I really love to make space for mindfulness in my life. I have learned that I'm more productive in my life when I am making mindfulness space.
The biggest take away for us is incorporating moments of silence and stillness into our day. We pack our kids days very full and it was awesome to see the change in the kids with just a few moments of silence. Rita was super professional and fit our very specific needs of doing a 45 minute workshop with grades 6 through 9. It was nice that Rita gave out her plan beforehand and was flexible when she came to St. Mary's. The kids were engaged and followed her directions well. We loved kicking off our summer with mindfulness and gratitude. Rita helped frame our summer theme of "Attitude of Gratitude".
~Barbara, Director of Student Services, The Challenge Foundation
Rita has taught me precious tools to work with every day concerning stress and anxiety. I am so much more aware of my body, my breathing and my feelings and how to shift those things that are no longer serving me. She can help change ones life with her beautiful mindfulness program!
~Jodi, Founder, Jodi Holman Image Consulting
The group program benefitted me because it was a reminder to be mindful. It is so easy to get caught up on day to day activities and it is hard to stay focused and present in the moment. Rita is great. She sends regular emails to remind you to be mindful and to relax. It is nice getting these emails to remind you to slow down.
~Kim (High Tech Leader)
It was a super busy start to the year with a lot of balls in the air. I was excited to try and slow life down, and improve my focus. I tried to keep pretty open minded about it as I had never done a program like this before. It gave me useful information, tools, tips and most importantly for me, reminders to pause and practice. I feel calm and more in control. ~Matthew (Entrepreneur)
The day after attending one of Rita's workshops, I had to organize a company meeting, a situation that usually fills me with anxiety. As the set-up was happening, my boss came over to see how I was doing. When noticing how calm I was, he asked " Are you on medication?" (joking, of course). My response was "No, I'm practicing mindfulness!" Because I was. And it helps! That is what working with Rita is like. She is inspiring, generous, educational and meaningful!
~Mary (High Tech Professional)
I found the importance of starting my day in stillness...if anyone has the opportunity to work with Rita, jump on it.
~Patsy (Healthcare Professional)