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About Ruth King

Ruth King is the Founder of Mindful of Race Institute, LLC, and is a celebrated author, educator, and meditation teacher.

Formally an organizational development consultant to Intel and Levi Strauss corporations, King currently teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program to leaders, teams, and organizations, weaving mindfulness-based principles with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential.

King teaches mindfulness meditation retreats worldwide and develops meditation practitioners at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, CA, and is the author of several publications including her most recent, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out.

King's work is also featured in the 2021 publications of Chicken Soup for the Soul's I'm Speaking Now: Black women share their truth, and Nautilus Book Award Gold Recipient Black & Buddhist: What Buddhism can teach us about race, resilience, transformation, and freedom.

King - Elder, Heart Activist, African American with Choctaw roots, and native Californian, currently reside on the unceded territory of the Catawba indigenous nations in Charlotte, NC, with wife, Dr. Barbara Riley.

Both provocative and compassionate, King speaks to the heart of her audiences with audacity, authenticity and joy.

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From Our Clients

JoAnna Hardy

JOANNA HARDY, AUTHOR & FOUNDER OF MEDITATION COALITION

I served as a Guided Teacher for a community struggling with issues around race, misogyny and hierarchy. Through doing Ruth's training we had to open up to tough conversations and realities and dig in. Ruth King's work has been life changing to me and the communities I serve. 

JoAnna Hardy

TARA BRACH, AUTHOR RADICAL COMPASSION

Ruth's work offers us healing medicine for the suffering of racism. She not only helps us understand the complexity of our great racial divide, but she also offers core practices, reflections, and actions that give us hope for transformation.

SETH VAN DER SWAAGH, INDUSTRY DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING SALES AT GOOGLE

The training was very well received. I found some of your lessons rather profound… In particular, the insight into dominant and subordinate group dynamics is incredible. In addition, your book is one of the best I've read on the work needed to transform racism, and I find myself underlining passages and reading things back to my wife regularly, and I heard from many others on the team who really appreciated it.

BEN RUBIN, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO AT TEN PERCENT HAPPIER

The Brave Space core teachings are powerful. And as an organization that is at the intersection of racial equity work and mindfulness, the approach that you brought was a powerful pairing for folks at Ten Percent Happier.

NOVELETTE DEMERCADO, FOUNDER, BETA COACHING AND CONSULTING

If you’re considering this exploration, it’s worth your while and your time to dedicate the 12 months to unpacking what it is to be a racialized being and to bring mindfulness to it.

RON RAWALD, SR. MD & HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL RE, CERBERUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

One of the hard truths of reading Ruth’s book was learning that I was partially colorblind, but in a bad way. I could not see my own whiteness. Coming from a small town in Indiana and ending up on Wall street, I never felt I had any advantages. But I did! I now understand white privilege within me and our industry. This is why I invited Ruth to support us in having this conversation.

Tanisha Pleasant

TANISH PLEASANT, MBA, Director of Equity Strategy, Strive Together

In our year together, Ruth did a great job drawing the connection between mindfulness and race equity work, and showing us how to remain grounded, strategic, and systemic while doing this important work.

Tanisha Pleasant
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