Jen_MedHello! I am Jennifer New — author and writer, yogi and somatic guide, mother, university administrator, facilitator, K12 education transformer, frustrated home owner, and gratitude practitioner.

I am the author of three books, loads of articles, a bevy of annual reports, and hundreds of blog posts.

I am certified as a 500-hour yoga teacher in the Kripalu style and also as a TRE provider.

I get excited when I have the chance to facilitate conversations, meetings, retreats, and workshops.

I write to think my way out of a shambles AND I write to create change.

I am a lousy meditator but I still do it.

I am convinced that of all of the strings in the gnarled tangle of this world, education is the one to tug on because it can ultimately untangle the others.

I believe in our national parks and in the healing power of standing in front of the ocean or sitting on a stone overlooking a valley.

I am at my best when I’m part of a lively container of fellow travelers but have plenty of leeway to be myself.

I tend toward the forest as opposed to the single tree (though I do have my own favorite tree at Point Reyes National Seashore).

I know what darkness feels like and I honor yours.

My strengths are Strategic, Connectedness, Intellection, Empathy, and Input.

I am convinced by the power of a home-cooked meal.

I am a dog person who has been claimed by one very ornery cat.

Yes, I’d love to meet you! Please contact me regarding writing, yoga & TRE, workshops, freelance projects … or anything else at


A note about the art:  This print is by Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) and shows an ama — Japanese female free divers who collect pearls and whose tradition goes back to at least the 8th century. They speak to me as a clan of women who abide with the ocean, who are adventurous and seek beauty. In the center of the print is an octopus, a creature known for its highly complex nervous system and its ability to regenerate lost limbs. The pack of sphere carrying warriors are the troublesome quantity in this image, not the octopus, as they are in a trance of anger and an us/them mentality — the men against the solo ama, the men against the invertebrate. We seek to leave the roaring pack of us/them and to listen to our central nervous systems so that we can swim freely in search of life’s beauty.