Green Gulch Farm: stunning, peaceful Zen center and farm just north of San Francisco. It’s easy to go and stay for a few nights in their Wheelwright Guest Center.
Esalen Institute: you cannot beat the gorgeous views here, or the selection of personal growth workshops.
Omega Institute: great selection of personal growth teachers and workshops.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center: silent overnight retreats and many wonderful day long workshop options. They daytime workshops are a great way to get started. Spirituality very grounded in the modern, western world.


Rockwood Leadership Institute : training retreats and workshops for leaders in the nonprofit sector.
Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership: weekend leadership retreats for young women that teach skills ranging from public speaking to negotiation, with great faculty.
Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education: programs include traditional executive MBA’s, but also short term programs for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs.
Women’s Leadership Coaching : Excellent group leadership and professional development programs for corporate women.
Coaches Training Institute . I trained as a coach here, and recommend this highly experiential program. You can take the whole two year training, or just do the initial parts a la carte. Coaching skills are not just for professional coaches – they enhance your work as a manager, colleague, and communicator.