Grace Ogden is a longtime Mindfulness Meditation teacher who draws on a nearly 30-year practice of mindfulness and meditation for her teaching. She holds the honor of Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society where she received her advanced formal training. She lives the work in daily life and appreciates how group learning supports each person’s efforts to improve health and well-being. She knows mindfulness is an unparalleled tool for genuine self-care and she delights in helping other people discover its benefits for their own lives and those of others around them.
Her intensive study of mindfulness began with the renowned Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh in 1989 and her other major influences include the Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chödrön, B. Alan Wallace and Mark Epstein, MD. A co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, Sharon Salzberg continues to guide and advise her. Grace has taught all aspects of mindfulness for many years and leads an ongoing weekly meditation group in Maryland.
Grace has spent her 30-year career bringing the advances in mind-body medicine and related healing practices into mainstream understanding and adoption. She helped introduce Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness-based stress reduction program to the mental health community and brought mindfulness and meditation to large, public audiences at Washington National Cathedral, where she founded and directed the women’s spirituality conference Sacred Circles.
Principal of the strategic consulting firm Grace Productions, Grace works to accelerate positive transformation for the common good. Focused on mind-body health, spirituality and social change, her many clients and associates include HarperOne, the Omega Institute, the National Catholic School of Social Service and Oneness-Family School. She advises social-minded executives and professionals on branding, strategy and outreach to expand the impact of their work. Her firm co-sponsors events that promote wisdom and community. In 2007, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University recognized Grace for national leadership in interfaith women’s spirituality.