Diana is a frequent public speaker. She conducts workshops, dharma discussions, and worship services on mindfulness, wellness, healing, compassion, and spirituality.
She has led workshops or appeared as a guest speaker at churches, yoga studios, meditation sanghas, addiction recovery and treatment organizations, wellness centers, spiritual retreats, and mental health service organizations, and she enjoys opportunities to engage with universities, libraries, hospitals, and various nonprofit programs.
Contact Diana for booking and scheduling information.
2018 NASW Indiana Annual Conference
Monday October 1, 2018
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Workshop: “Working the Front Lines of Grief”
Workshop summary: Every family has, or will, experience the loss of a loved one. As such, social workers understand that they do not deal with any one person or family in a vacuum. The background emotional history, including the sorrows and struggles that accompany human suffering, must be dealt with for effective problem-solving resolutions. Grief issues can arise regardless of whether working in hospitals, schools, businesses, or individual homes. Understanding the role of grief and healing within families and communities, as well as for individuals, couples, and children, is an important tool for social workers who often find themselves on the front lines of traumatic intervention.
“Practicing Compassion: When It’s Difficult To Do So!”
Sunday, October 7, 2018
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Heartland Unitarian Universalist Church
9870 North Michigan Road
Carmel, IN 46032
Join Diana for this thought-provoking worship service on how to live our highest values, especially during life challenges. Free and open to the public.
Before I Die Festival: “Healing Grief in Community”
Sunday, October 28, 2018
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
2120 North Fee Lane
Bloomington, IN 47408
Diana will be presenting a healing workshop as part of this community festival. Free and open to the public.
Heart Guide IPPY Award Ceremony – May 2018
Diana and daughter, Indigo Ensign, at the 2018 IPPY Awards. Photo by Andrew Lipovsky.
The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPYs”) are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles released each year. In May of 2018, Diana and daughter Indigo traveled to New York City to accept a gold medal for her latest book, Heart Guide.
Diana’s talk, “Handling Grief and Loss,” at the Deaconess Linda E. White Hospice House, touched on a broad spectrum of grief and loss scenarios. She gently but candidly discussed feelings and thoughts that I am sure many in the room felt but never allowed themselves to articulate to anyone in fear that they were not “normal.” She presented a variety of ways to deal with loss that could appeal to anyone. Candid engagement from the audience reflected the continued need for these types of seminars. Great talk and presentation.
—Kathy Clodfelter, Executive Director, Deaconess VNA Plus Home Care and Hospice
“Diana was a guest speaker at Oaklandon UU Church on the topic of spiritual wellness. Her talk was down to earth and filled with practical tips for how people can maintain calm and inner balance. There was much positive feedback afterwards, and we are eager to have Diana come back and speak to us again.”
—Kaye McSpadden, Oaklandon UU Church
“Diana’s workshop is excellent! Her affirming, peaceful presence is quite empowering. I took home some excellent tools, which I started using the same day. I committed to a 21 day practice of one of the Qigong meditations, which I have been doing, as well as visualizing to help me get to sleep. This workshop contains a great deal of wisdom, which can be used in many daily situations. Her book is an additional resource to continue using as a reference.”
—Marolyn Knight, retired clinical social worker
“Diana’s ‘Why the Work We Do Matters’ worship service was a spot-on message at Heartland UU Church, where we gather to make a difference and not just feel good inside. She walked us through the different ways that our vocations and avocations matter and inspired us with words and examples from history and today.”
– Martin DeAgostino, Heartland Unitarian Universalist Church
“Diana brings a calm and welcoming presence to her workshops that invite participants to engage the subject at hand with her as a dance of dialogue and practice instead of a one-way lecture. Her ability to both go with the flow of what arises from the group in the moment and at the same time keep the session on track makes for a spacious and comfortable environment for exploring deeper topics.”
—Kenetha J. Staton, MS, CTS Program Manager and Assistant to the Director
“Diana’s Inner Journey workshop helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life. Diana creates a welcoming and accepting space that allows others to feel comfortable and at ease. The topics discussed and the tools given were not only helpful in my journey towards healing, but in taking care of myself in everyday life. I would highly recommend this class for anyone interested in living a life filled with inner peace and joy.”
—Jenny Winklemann Ramey, workshop participant
“This workshop offered a safe place for me to explore grief and healing. Diana delivered a variety of simple tools that I can take back into my life to use to help navigate grief or any difficult circumstance. Her compassion and generosity of spirit encourage me to sign up for any workshop she offers.”
—Lori Robinson, Massage Therapist, M.S., Sports Medicine
“A friend invited me to Diana’s workshop at the last minute. Thank goodness I said yes. The energy of Diana and the group was sweet and healing. We shared, drummed, meditated and learned a couple of energy moves. I am now reading Diana’s book, Traveling Spirit, that was included with the workshop.” —Kathy E., workshop participant