Your Personal Renaissance

"Seeking your calling is a process of discovery that continues throughout your life, informed by your questions, your conflicts, and your deepest dreams. It is the journey known by many names, from Homer's Odyssey to the pilgrimage in Dante's Divine Comedy and the quests of the knights of the round table, to the vision quests of Native Americans and the path of the Chinese sage, Lao Tzu. Abraham Maslow called it self-actualization. Joseph Campbell knew it as 'the hero's journey.' It is the dynamic voyage of self-discovery central to the Renaissance, and it is our journey, yours and mine, as we seek to live with greater joy and purpose, becoming more deeply, more authentically ourselves."
--Diane Dreher,
Your Personal Renaissance

Coaching, Workshops, Events

Are you frustrated looking at the path head? Having trouble moving forward with your writing? Or facing major challenges in your life?

PERSONAL COACHING for writers and people in seasons of change

Writing Coaching

As your writing coach, I can help you:
• Discover your personal strengths as a writer.
• Develop realistic writing goals and effective strategies for reaching them
• Maintain a productive writing schedule.
• Overcome roadblocks and resistance.
• Locate valuable resources to support you in your writing.
• Celebrate your victories and keep moving forward with positive momentum.

Positive Psychology Coaching
Are you feeling blocked and frustrated, ready for a positive change in your life?

If you're ready for your own Personal Renaissance , my coaching strategies, drawn from the lives of Renaissance artists, scientists, and saints plus the latest research in positive psychology, can help you discover your strengths, detach from distractions, and find greater joy and meaning in life.

To schedule a complimentary coaching call,
contact: ddreher@​

Classes, Talks, and Retreats


April 6, 2015, 12-1:30 p.m.
Talk: "Leading with Compassion: A Moral Compass for Our Time," Ethics at Noon Forum,
Santa Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Past Events

Retreat: April 12, 2014: Finding Your Calling Day Retreat, Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, CA

Retreat and Signing: October 4, 2013: Your Personal Renaissance: Women’s Retreat, St. Simon’s Church. Los Altos, CA

Workshop and Signing: December 11, 2013: Your Personal Renaissance: Workshop and book signing, St. Mary’s Church, Los Gatos, CA

Class: Your Personal Renaissance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 25-June 7,
Santa Clara University
contact: registrar@​

Spring 2012

Class: Your Personal Renaissance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26-June 8,
Santa Clara University
contact: registrar@​

Winter and Spring 2010

Class: Your Personal Renaissance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 30-June 3, 11:50 a.m-1:35 p.m.
Santa Clara University
contact: registrar@​

Class: Finding Your Calling

Wednesday, January 27, February 3, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Cribari Center, The Villages
Contact Nicole Marciano,
Osher Lifelong Learning Program
nmarciano@​ (408)554-2382

Seminar: The Tao of Personal Leadership
Thursday, January 14, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
California Agricultural Leadership
Santa Clara University
contact Greg Baker gbaker@​


Book Signing and Talk

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 11:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.
Humanist Society Forum, Mitchell Park Community Center,
3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Class: Finding Your Calling

Saturday, October 17, 2009, 11:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m.
Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Contact Nicole Marciano,
Osher Lifelong Learning Program
nmarciano@​ (408)554-2382

Conference on Meditation and Health

Friday, October 30, 2009
Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Contact Jenny Riccoboni for details
jriccoboni@​ (408)551-1981

Day Retreat and Book Signing

April 4, 2009, 9:30 a.m.--4:00 p.m.
Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 325-5614

Conference Presentation on "Vocation: A Renaissance Paradigm Regained"

May 2, 2009, time to be announced
Northern California Renaissance Conference, San Jose State University, San Jose CA (408) 924-4594


Book Signing and Talk by Diane Dreher with Live Music by Michelle Chappel

September 8, 2008 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95010 (831) 462-4415

Talk and Book Signing: Finding Your Calling

September 12, 2008 7:00-9:00 p.m.
St. Simon's Church, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA. Contact: Josie Melo (650) 868-1212; josiemelo@​

Day Retreat: Finding Your Calling

September 27, 2008 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Presentation Center, 19480 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Contact: Jane Heatherington (408) 354-2346; jane.heatherington@​

Workshop: Finding Your Calling

October 4, 2008 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Santa Clara University OLLI, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. Contact: Nicole Marciano (408) 554-2382; nmarciano@​

Media Events

TV Interview

May 13, 2008 7:00-7:30 p.m. "Minding Your Business" with Gary Shara. San Jose, CA Comcast Community Access Channel 15.

Radio Interviews

June 19, 2008 10:00 a.m. Central. "Valder Beebe Show, "A New Kind of Spiritual Talk Show."KXVI Texas. Podcast:

August 7, 2008 12:00 noon Pacific, 2:00 p.m. Central
"A Balanced Life" with Beth Aldrich. 106.9 FM-HD Channel 3 Seattle; Contact Talk Online Radio​listen.htm.

Monday, September 22, 2008 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time/​11 a.m. Pacific

"Positive Living" with Patricia Raskin. Listen and learn when Diane discusses how to transcend personal challenges and confusion to transform our lives--whether we're changing careers, getting divorced, retiring, stuck in a mindless routine, worn out by competing demands, or just confused about what's next. Don't miss this awe-inspiring interview on or on-demand at this link.

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