Sharon Coleman in Green HeadshotSharon’s mission is to inspire you to a radical change of mindset—a vision of possibility, abundance and connection. Her approach as a coach, teacher and retreat leader blends Gestalt psychotherapy, nonviolent communication, mindfulness and other change technologies to help you open the door to the life you want.


Significant Professional Experiences

  • Management Consultant specializing in leadership, career development, teams, and the dynamics of change in organizations.  Sharon has been quoted in the New York Times and has published articles in several business journals.
  • Founder of Coleman Executive Development, a consulting company with clients such as General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Chase Manhattan Bank, Avon Products, and more.
  • Ph.D. in clinical psychology and psychotherapist in private practice.
  • Ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh into the Order of Interbeing and founded Berkshire Mountain Sangha, a mindfulness practice community in his tradition.

Inspirational Teachers

  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist master, teacher, author and poet
  • Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Non-violent Communication
  • Tara Brach, mindfulness teacher and author
  • Robert Gonzales, teacher of Living Empathy.
  • Jean Houston, speaker, author and researcher of human potential
  • Richard Schwartz, founder of Internal Family Systems.

The Buddha instructed his followers: “Be a lamp unto yourself.” By this he meant that only you can decide if a teaching is valid, based on your experience, based on your results when you put it into practice.


What People Are Saying

I have less stress and more confidence when I need to have a difficult conversation with someone.  And, I am also more able to shift thought patterns and negative communication habits in the moment. Most importantly, we stopped feeling the need to go to a couples’ therapist, because we are confident that we can handle our communication on our own.

Lev Natan

Sharon Coleman is a master of letting a class know where she’s heading with them and keeping them on track. And I applaud the overall objective of learning how to express oneself authentically without making the other person wrong. I will admit that the goal is a not easy to achieve, but there are enough little successes along the way to keep making the effort.

I recommend giving yourself the opportunity to hear and to practice (in a safe environment) Sharon’s ideas for changing your approach in dealing with the people in your life!

Lenox, MA

This workshop broadened and deepened my emotional awareness and communication, and has continued to enrich the relationships I hold most dearly in my life. It has also served to bridge a divide with those people with whom I struggle to connect.

Jesse Carter
Great Barrington, MA

These tools are simple and effective and Sharon delivers them in such an inviting, deep, and fun way!  I am amazed to find how much more skillful I am about navigating my own emotional world and how I can extend that same compassion to all my relationships.

Sheffield, MA

Sharon Coleman offers a very interesting and informative course. We all have to deal with this issue as we advance through life. It provides a construct for dealing with difficult relationships in all aspects of our lives, and it provides a framework for moving ahead in a positive manner. It is very much worthy of consideration.

Larry Strauss
Lenox, MA

I have an increased capacity for gratitude, forgiveness and acceptance. Even in these very challenging times, I experience a quiet presence in the face of the noise of the world…..

Susie Kaufman
Stockbridge, MA

Has made me clear and KIND in asking for what I want. Her workshops could benefit teens, parents, corporate America, anyone with a heart!

Deb Koffman
Housatonic, MA

Since taking “Conflict as a Doorway to Radical Connection,” I feel more connected to my feelings and needs and able to communicate more honestly and clearly with others. I’ve also found I’m less reactive in the moment, and more able to ask others about what they’re feeling & needing (and listen!). I’m experiencing less drama, less stress and more connection. Sharon is so skillful and relaxed in her approach to teaching NVC—it just sunk in!

P. Slattery
Pittsfield, MA