About Esther

Maintaining a wide and open stance in the midst of life's twists is not necessarily easy. Fortunately a growing body of research demonstrates the effectiveness of simple practices in mindfulness and contemplation.

These practices can be learned. With some patience and compassionate support we can become more aware, awake and renewed. Calyx Contemplative Care provides that support -- offering the tools and resources you need, to help you find your center. 

This business grows out of Esther's twenty-five years as a university educator, designing programs to support the holistic development of her students. She's spent more than two decades honing her skills in mindfulness practices. Hundreds have graduated from her courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): the gold-standard curriculum for awareness training. She trained with the founding institution for this work (University of Massachusetts' Center for Mindfulness), and is the only certified MBSR instructor in Lane County, Oregon and one of only a small handful of certified instructors in the entire state.


Esther is also an interfaith, board-certified health care chaplain, a lay-ordained Soto Zen minister, and a published author.