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About Ruth King

Ruth King is a nation wide Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author and consultant. She is a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, core teacher in the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and the founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC.

In former years, King managed training and organizational development divisions at Levi Strauss and Intel corporations where she coached leaders on transformative leadership, workplace trauma, stress reduction, diversity awareness, and the emotional and cultural implications of mergers, acquisitions, and severe downsizing. Currently recognized as a mindful mentor, trainer of trainers and consultant to consultants, King works with organizations and teams to foster environments of genuine inclusion, emotional well-being, and mindful leadership.

King is the creator of the Mindful of Race Training — A Stimulus for Social Healing and Leadership, the DVD program Mindful Approaches to Cultural Competency, and the audio program Embracing the Mad Mind — Cultivating Calm in Chaos. King is also the author of The Emotional Wisdom Cards, Soothing The Inner Flames of Rage — Meditations That Educate the Heart and Transform the Mind, and Healing Rage–Women Making Inner Peace Possible. In his foreword, Jack Kornfield writes:

“King has articulated the painful history, patterns and traps of a raging heart and offers the skillful means for liberation in their very midst. This is revolutionary work.”

A sampling of King’s book, specifically her meditation guidance, became an Oprah Magazine Nugget in July 2007, and among her many endorsements, Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winner for The Color Purple says:

“Healing Rage is a classic self-help book filled with passion, earthiness and wisdom… Ruth King’s desire for our wellness and freedom radiates throughout. This is a book that can change your life.”

The knowledge and inspiration that inhabits Healing Rage is derived from King’s personal life and from creating and teaching the Healing Rage and Generational Healing retreats for over 15 years. A world traveler, King has been influenced by the cultures of China, the Philippines, Europe, Cuba, Brazil, Scandinavia, and India, and for several years, she led cross-cultural awareness tours to Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa.

King has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, CA (1992), where she also served as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

King, of African American heritage, Elder, great grandmother, and native Californian, living over 25 years in the Bay Area, currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with her life partner, Dr. Barbara Riley, and cat, Mr. Socks.

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It was a great honor and JOY to host you and Cindy here at Davidson. Your presence, in the words of one faculty attendee, brought the energy of a bodhisattva. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and skillful practices with us. The tea time and lecture planted many seeds of goodness that I trust will continue to ripen on campus. I hope that Davidson can continue to be in partnership with your work. Peace, and every good blessing. – Elizabeth Welliver, Chaplain’s Office Fellow | Davidson College ’16
Thanks for providing Building the Village for me to participate with other women of color in creating a world filled with positive and nurturing people. This was exactly what we needed after the loss of a key political player to suicide. Thanks for being there for us. – Sandra Murray, Ph.D., School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA

With Ruth’s professional warmth and illuminating guidance, we explored deeply and peeled many layers of the onion. Her gift to our group was a new series of memories that reinforced the beauty and promise of genuine, authentic leadership. – Maeve Richard, Formally, Director of Finance, Levi Strauss & Company, and Assistant Treasurer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. San Francisco, CA

“After the twin towers collapsed you offered a one day healing workshop to process our feelings during that time. I came to that workshop. It was beyond helpful. A lot got worked through after that. As a child of parents who fled countries where persecution ruled their life, it was a great offering on your part. Thank you.”

Mindfulness Communities

  • Cooper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT
  • Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, LA, CA
  • Insight LA, CA
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
  • East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland, CA
  • Buddhafest, Washington, DC
  • New York Insight, NY
  • Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC
  • Meditation Teacher Training Institute, DC
  • Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte, NC
  • Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, VA
  • Insight Meditation Center, Santa Cruz, CA
  • GAIA House, Devon, UK
  • Insight London, UK
  • Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz

Corporate Clients

  • Red Ventures
  • Genentech Corp, A Member of the Roche Group
  • Intel Corporation
  • Moore & Van Allen PLLC
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • The GAP
  • Best Buy
  • Levi Strauss
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Sun Microsystems
  • The Automobile Association of America

Not for Profit clients

  • Davidson College
  • The Overlake School
  • City Schoolyard Gardens
  • Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
  • Duke University
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Habitat for Humanities
  • International Coach Federation
  • League of Black Women
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy
  • Levi Strauss Foundation

Municipal clients

  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • Port of Oakland
  • AC Transit