About us

Reflection, Renewal, Resilience

In our increasingly fast-paced, technologically connected world, the demands of life seem endless. Chronic stress is pervasive and is taking its toll on mental and physical health, relationships, and overall well-being.As the pace of life increases, endless information and distraction contributes to increasing levels of stress and anxiety. Drowning in “to do” lists, we have lost our capacity to ride the waves of awareness that can carry us to calmer seas of clarity and connection. Alarming levels of stress point to a need to cultivate inner capacities including mindfulness, courage, and resilience.

Stillwaters invites ancient and enduring practices and aspirations for education and human flourishing. This includes contemplative practices that open the heart and integrate the capacity of mind to see and to cultivate what is true, beautiful, and overall good.

Embracing the need for renewal through both solitude and community, Stillwaters intentionally creates learning spaces to re-discover innate capacities for mindful awareness through scientifically sound, research-based approaches to:

  • Build stress resilience
  • Enhance health and immune function
  • Discover a deep sense of meaning and purpose
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Deepen relationships
  • Sharpen skills for self-awareness, self-reflection, self-regulation, and self-care
  • Develop skills and practices for focus and deep listening
  • Explore and practice mindfulness and mind-body skills
  • Explore pathways for creativity, healing, and growth

Learn more about Kay’s work in mindfulness and self-reflection, and her inside/out “SLOW” approach which has evolved to include a variety of mindfulness-based programs, contact Kay by clicking here.

Stillwaters. . . restoring the soul of health and education through mindfulness-based personal and professional development programs.

The simple act of slowing down becomes a powerful teacher in the midst of the hectic pace of modern life, so programs offered by Stillwaters are, by design, SLOW. This SLOW process and framework is informed by Kay’s training as a facilitator of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and by her Courage to Teach TeacherLeader Fellowship. Mindfulness-based educational offerings are designed to cultivate our innate human capacity for wholehearted awareness. They focus on inner resources for self-reflection and on practices that train our capacity to pay attention to present moment experience with a sense of openness, curiosity and acceptance.

Stillwaters mindfulness-based approach to wholehearted renewal and professional development flows out of the complex interplay and framework of SLOW:


SLOW re-minds participants to bring mindfulness and self-reflection into their daily lives. The healing powers of mind renewal come through both formal mindfulness practices and courage invitations rooted in soul-deep connections inspired through poetry, story, and creative self-expression. Mindfulness feeds self-reflection and self-reflection feeds mindfulness. The interplay of mindfulness and self-reflective practice moves throughout the SLOW process in order to settle the mind, listen to the body, open the heart, and wait for the soul.

Core Values


Stillwaters core values connect and undergird the following guiding beliefs:

  • Integrative renewal invites wholeness.  Healthy renewal begins with the mind!
  • Health, vocational vitality, meaning, and purpose spring forth from wholeness.
  • Wholeness involves a complex interplay of mind, body, heart, soul, and relationships.
  • Wholeness and vitality come through an inside/out approach to life and well-being.
  • Wholeness and integrity are grounded in mindfulness and our capacity to hold tension in life-giving ways.  Intention + Attention = Healthy Tension.
  • Diversity is to be celebrated. We’re all crazy good in one way or another!
  • No matter what, there is more right with you than wrong with you. Beauty can be found in imperfection.
  • Laughter and tears offer glimpses of the soul.  Life is good, life is difficult, and life is full!
  • Life is filled with infinite possibilities. Renewal illuminates pathways to wholeness.