Diane Dreher


Diane Dreher, Ph.D., is a best-selling author, teacher, and positive psychology coach. Her books, The Tao of Inner Peace, The Tao of Personal Leadership, The Tao of Womanhood, Inner Gardening, and Your Personal Renaissance, apply insights from Eastern and Western philosophy to the challenges of contemporary life.

Her books have been translated into ten languages and her work has been featured in media outlets including USA Today, Entrepreneur, Redbook, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Science of Mind, radio and TV talk shows, and web sites on leadership and personal growth.

Dreher has a Ph.D. in Renaissance English literature from UCLA as well as credentials in spiritual counseling and holistic health. She is professor of English and associate director of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University in northern California.

Dr. Diane Dreher believes that our greatest natural resources are within us, that by discovering our strengths, we can re-connect with our dreams, create new possibilities, and make a positive difference in the world.

Your Personal Renaissance

When writing her book, Your Personal Renaissance , Dr. Dreher studied over one hundred Renaissance artists, writers, innovators, scientists, and saints. She learned that Leonardo da Vinci, Elizabeth I, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Galileo, Milton, Teresa of Avila, and other remarkable men and women felt called to make their own personal contribution to the world. They began discovering their callings by using their strengths, the same path taken by successful artists, writers, and innovators today.

With Renaissance practices validated by current research in psychology and neuroscience, Your Personal Renaissance , shows how you can find your own true calling, bringing greater joy and meaning to your life.

Selected Works

"A most helpful book for finding both your passion and your calling for life."
--Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear
"A simple and comprehensive vision of personal and planetary peace...Dreher's examples work as meditations as well as road maps"
--Minneapolis Star Tribune