About Ruth King

Ruth King is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, and an emotional wisdom author and life coach. She is on the Teacher's Council at Insight Meditation Community of Washington and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is 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 designed diversity awareness programs and consulted to leaders on cultural change initiatives, including the behavioral implications of mergers and acquisitions.

A world traveler, King’s work has been influenced by many cultures. Her intuitive style weave the fields of Western psychology, Buddhist philosophy, leadership development, systems theory, diversity awareness, mindfulness meditation, and fun!

Currently recognized as a trainer of trainers and consultant to consultants, King teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program, which blends mindfulness principles and meditation with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential. Both dynamic and compassionate, King speaks to the heart of her audiences with authenticity and joy.

King has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA, and is the author of several publications including Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible and Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out. Review other influences here.

King, heart activist, African American, and native Californian, living over 25 years in the Bay Area, currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with life partner, Dr. Barbara Riley, and cat, Mr. Socks.


In her presence, people from all walks of life can feel the depth of her own personal journey and spiritual practice. It’s through this profound transmission of wisdom that opens hearts and minds to forgiveness, compassion, and kindness. We had sell-out events each year and everyone who has attended Ruth’s events have come away feeling inspired, empowered, and whole. — La Sarmiento, IMCW Events Manager

Guiding a group inquiry into the intricate issues of race requires wisdom, compassion and a highly refined sense of humor. Ruth King embodies all these qualities. What she offers those willing to explore these issues is nothing short of magic. — Jonathan Foust, Founder, Meditation Teacher Training Institute, and Guiding Teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington

I genuinely benefited from your ability to help people be better human beings. —Dommie T. Oswald, Vocational Rehab Supervisor, Seattle, WA

Volunteers with Insight on the Inside spent a morning with Ruth King. The workshop was clear and informative but more than that Ruth’s skill in teasing out our understanding and growth was inspired. It was a very moving experience. — Carolyn Stachowski, Insight on the Inside - a prison meditation project

Thank you for sharing your considerable wisdom, humor and truths with our Charlottesville community. I was incredibly moved by your teachings, both the message and how it was delivered. I saw so much transformation in others and myself over the course of the retreat. Thanks so much and may we see you again before too long. — Zan Tewksbury, Director, Human Rights Commission, Office of Human Rights, Charlottesville, VA 

This training exceeded my hopes and wishes in every way, and I am enormously grateful for what you have helped to facilitate in the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and larger communities. It was not only healing for me personally, but I am excited about all the energy and new leadership in the room — many good seeds were planted, with many people stepping forward to tend the beds. Know how very grateful we are. — Kristina Nell Weaver, Teacher, Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, VA

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