In an ongoing practice of leading a balanced and peaceful life I have participated in a variety of workshops and trainings in my adult life. Among the most powerful have been those guided by Paula Coyne.

In 2012, I was one of 10 participants in a 2 year Art of Peace training circle guided by Paula and her husband Patrick.  During this time we learned ancient earth wisdom tools for discovering our true nature and living in wholeness and balance.  I cannot say enough about how these teachings have and continue to guide me, and about the impeccable integrity with which we were taught.

In addition, I attended Paula’s 8 week MBSR course in 2019.  Although I have done some mindfulness training in the past, I found that Paula’s teaching style made the practice uniquely  accessible. I use these tools daily in my professional life as an emergency room and clinical  pediatrician, but find them equally, if not more, valuable, in my personal relationships.

Paula is an insightful, humble and generous teacher who leads with powerful compassion.  She possesses a gift of inspiring us to explore the depths of ourselves and to meet our edges with loving strictness and non judgement. She has a way of shining a light on the limitless possibilities each of us possess, and also seems to know just when some playfulness is needed.

Paula has taught me that living a life of wholeness and balance is not about being at a stillpoint.    Rather, it is a constant dance of recognizing when we are out of balance and having tools to find our way back.

~ Marlieke van Tyn, MD

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