Gretchen Castle, General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consulation – World Office

Valerie Brown takes the reader on a compelling path of self-discovery, where every page relays spiritual insights that feel like your own. This journey is one you can take in the comfort of your chair, yet the depth of her spiritual search will inspire and accompany you on your own journey. As a pilgrim, you encounter the world with fresh eyes, letting go of encumbrances, releasing fear, venturing inside and allowing the experience to guide you to a new and fresh experience of life. It is about “training the heart to be attentive” and “falling in love with the world,” with all its challenge and beauty. A precious read!

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, Director, Oasis Institute, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts

Rich in cultural and spiritual diversity, Valerie Brown’s book, The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel, demonstrates the many ways in which mindfulness enhances both the inner and outer journeys. The book offers the reader an experience that is personal and global, culturally and spiritually diverse, filled with practical travel tips and enriched…Continue Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk whose lifelong efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr, to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967

This travel journal is a metaphor for opening up to the unexpected, the disappointments and joys of the present moment, just as one finds while traveling the path of life. The insightful discoveries that Valerie shares are evidence that with right mindfulness of body and mind, our outward journey can inform our capacity to travel…Continue Reading

Christopher Germer, Clinical Instructor Harvard Medical School

This inspiring book makes a strong case for school leaders to include mindfulness in their personal and professional lives.  Based on solid research and enhanced by compelling examples of real people, it shows how school leaders can feel more grounded, connected, clear and focused.  Mindfulness makes leaders more effective with relatively little effort, but be advised…Continue Reading

Joseph Goldstein, Co-Founder, Insight Meditation Society

In The Mindful School Leader, Brown and Olson offer with remarkable clarity and depth a thorough introduction to the practice of meditation, the science behind its benefits, and many firsthand accounts of lives and work situations transformed through this practice. Although this book was written for those in leadership roles in education, it will be…Continue Reading