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What is Mindfulness-Based Coaching?

I help people and organizations bring full expression to their creative potential, while also supporting them to skillfully meet life with care.

Rooted in Buddhist principles, mindfulness-based coaching recognizes our innate capacities for compassionate wisdom, as well as the interconnected nature of life. A mindful alignment of your purpose, values and presence becomes the basis for energizing and guiding transformational change.

PURPOSE        Honor your purpose by expressing your mission and passions in the world.

VALUES           Live your values by actively demonstrating what most matters to you.

PRESENCE       Embody presence by nurturing compassionate awareness, from the inside out.

Coaching for Small Businesses

Coaching for Small Businesses

Supporting small businesses that love what they make or offer, and are ready to experience their full creative potential.

Coaching for Leaders

Coaching for Leaders

Supporting leaders called to make a difference and guide through innovative, compassionate and embodied presence.

Coaching for Individuals

Coaching for Individuals

Partnering with people who know they have a great deal to share, even if they presently feel stuck or lost.

“Drawing from 20+ years of studies in the Vipassana tradition of Buddhism (a.k.a. Insight Meditation), my aim is to honor each client’s unique ways of contributing to the world, and to support them in kindly releasing habits and thought patterns that hinder those capacities.” – Ashley Dahl, MSW, CMT-P

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Mindfulness Mentoring Packages

I offer one-on-one guidance in both mindfulness meditation and nature meditation. Whether you’re just beginning to explore meditation, deepening your practice, or wanting to apply mindfulness in more areas of life,  mentoring can be a wonderful support. 


These packages are for people who would like to:

  • Grow a sustainable meditation or nature practice
  • More deeply connect with and be resourced by the natural world
  • Refresh (or resurrect) a practice
  • Boost emotional & physical resiliency
  • Reduce distractibility, strengthen concentration
  • Apply mindfulness to challenging situations & relationships
  • Embody mindfulness in more facets of life
  • Nurture a kinder relationship, and inner dialogue, with oneself
  • Reduce stress & effectively regulate emotions
  • Weave principles of non-violent communication into difficult conversations
  • Support a medical or therapeutic treatment plan with complimentary practices

Health and Wellness Professionals

Designed for therapists, yoga professionals and other wellness providers seeking to:

  • Integrate mindfulness meditation into self-care routines
  • Turn to the natural world to calm, replenish and feel joy
  • Mitigate compassion fatigue
  • Integrate non-violent communication principles into client and colleague communication
  • Partner with clients from a compassionate & embodied presence
  • Learn simple mindfulness and meditation techniques that can be weaved into work with individuals and groups
  • Respond to professional challenges, rather than react
  • Apply mindfulness to business and professional ethics

(Learn more about mindfulness-based resiliency trainings specifically for health and wellness professionals here.)


These packages help professionals:

  • Grow a personal meditation and/or nature practice
  • Deepen one’s natural wisdom and capacity for perspective
  • Lead from an embodied, compassionate & powerful presence
  • Reduce distractibility, strengthen concentration
  • Lower stress & effectively regulate emotions
  • Release unhelpful habits & conditioning
  • Foster steadiness of mind, increasing capacity to respond rather than react
  • Cultivate healthy boundaries & work-life balance
  • Effectively communicate with compassion & skillfulness
  • Integrate principles of non-violent communication into the workplace
  • Learn work-friendly mindfulness techniques
  • Apply mindfulness to challenging situations, relationships & professional ethics

(Learn more about bringing mindfulness to your place of work here.)

Mentoring can be held in-person in Portland and by phone or video chat anywhere. Single (twenty and fifty-minute) consultations also available. All packages for individuals, and health professionals who serve underserved populations, are available on a sliding scale. Contact Ashley to schedule or learn more.

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Heart at Work

Good for business, people & communities.

Based on current trends, Americans on average will spend more than 90,000 hours of their lives working. As many people and employers increasingly appreciate, that is too many hours to take for granted. Mindfulness can help. Heart at Work is a special program bringing mindfulness to businesses, workspaces and leadership teams.

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There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.

– Rumi

Ashley Dahl

Founder Ashley Dahl, MSW, CMT-P

A champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into daily life and relationships. She brings humor and a presence of calm thoughtfulness as she blends the teachings of wisdom traditions and science with modern culture. Ashley earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington.She has been practicing meditation in the vipassana (insight) tradition for over 20 years. Ashley is an accredited Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute and certified through International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She also completed a year-long apprenticeship Teacher Training with Mark Coleman focused on bringing contemplative practices into nature and the wilderness.

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