Responses to Your Personal Renaissance

“Diane Dreher speaks to a deep longing for meaningful life work that is unrequited for so many. She does so with grace, power, and fascinating stories. Her deep knowledge and clear, strong voice make Dreher the perfect guide. I urge you to join her for a life-changing journey.”
--Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip.

“A most helpful book for finding both your passion and calling for life.”
--Gerald G. Jampolsky, M. D., author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear and coauthor of A Mini Course for Life.

“Even if you have found your calling, you'll revel in Diane Dreher's book, in the richness of the tapestries of stories, historical and current. In this significant gift to the world, you'll delight in discovering how much like the Renaissance men and women you are, or are on the way to becoming. You'll cherish your own personal gifts even more or rediscover forgotten gifts and dreams. ”
--Mardeene B. Mitchell, Writer, writing/​publishing book developer/​collaborator, Founder of Visionaries to Light,

“We’re all searching for more passion and meaning in life. In this brilliant book, Diane provides a spiritual compass for the journey to create a life that fits skin tight over your true self.”
--Jerry Lynch, author of The Way of the Champion,

“In Your Personal Renaissance, Diane Dreher acts as a wise, compassionate, buoyant life coach, directing our energies away from what dulls and diminishes us and toward those desires that have always
given us zest and a sense of accomplishment. And it’s also such a delight to read that I can’t imagine anyone finishing it without feeling the joy she
promises. It’s a book, and outlook, much needed in these times.”
--Ron Hansen, author of A Stay Against Confusion and Atticus.

“Imagine being able to talk to Renaissance leaders like Galileo and Michelangelo as you figure out your true calling. That is what Dr. Dreher’s breakthrough book offers. A must-read if you’re in the process of discovering—or rediscovering—who you are.”
--Michelle Chappel, Ph.D., international singer-songwriter, and creativity consultant.

“Diane Dreher invites us to wisely use the wisdom of the Renaissance to transform our lives and embrace our deepest purpose, gracing us with practical inspiration and motivating insight on every page.”
--Gloria De Gaetano, founder, the Parent Coaching Institute


Welcome to a description of my books.

My writing combines insights from Eastern and Western philosophy with the latest research in positive psychology to help us discover greater joy and meaning in life. I love learning, discovering new connections, and sharing these insights in my writing, workshops, and coaching.

After earning my Master's degree in Counseling with a health psychology emphasis at Santa Clara University, I'm now working on two new books, a collection of meditations with Juan Velasco and a book about the effects of the natural world on our personal health and well being.

Your Personal Renaissance combines the lost wisdom of the Renaissance with groundbreaking research in positive psychology to help you find your calling in life. Drawing insights from the lives of Leonardo da Vinci, Queen Elizabeth I, Galileo, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, St. Teresa of Avila, and other artists, innovators, scientists, and saints, this book offers a powerful plan to help you overcome stress, obstacles, and negativity to become more joyously and authentically yourself.

ISBN: 978-1-60094-001-9

"Great leaders inspire us with a vision of further possibilities. They share their vision and challenge us to develop our own, joining with us to fulfill our highest human potential. Great leaders have always had the vision of living systems, the wisdom of Tao."
--Diane Dreher, The Tao of Personal Leadership

ISBN: 0887308376

The Tao of Inner Peace demystifies the Tao and reveals how it can be a powerful source of growth and inspiration--an indispensable tool for facing the challenges of the 21st century.

ISBN: 0-452-28199-7

"As a self-help book that affirms women's right... to help themselves to greater serenity and agency, this is one of the best and most thoughtful of such books in several years."

ISBN: 0688166296

"If you want to feel the magic of gardening and discover a new path to your own garden within, read this beautiful book."
--Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of Conscious Living

ISBN: 0-06-008428-6

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