Retreat Teachers


Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown, of Afro-Cuban descent, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She is an international retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life. She is an ordained Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  Her books include, The Mindful School Leader:  Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014).  She leads an annual pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, Spain to celebrate the power of place.