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Ruth King

Ruth King is the Founder of Mindful of Race Institute, LLC, and is a celebrated author, educator, and meditation teacher.


Formally an organizational development consultant to Intel and Levi Strauss corporations, King currently teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program to leaders, teams, and organizations, weaving mindfulness-based principles with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential.


King teaches mindfulness meditation retreats worldwide and develops meditation practitioners at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, CA, and is the author of several publications including her most recent, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out.


King’s work is also featured in the 2021 publications of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s I’m Speaking Now: Black women share their truth, and Nautilus Book Award Gold Recipient Black & Buddhist: What Buddhism can teach us about race, resilience, transformation, and freedom


King – Elder, Heart Activist, African American with Choctaw roots, and native Californian, currently reside on the unceded territory of the Catawba indigenous nations in Charlotte, NC, with wife, Dr. Barbara Riley, and our Pit Bull Terrier, Buddy.


Both provocative and compassionate, King speaks to the heart of her audiences with audacity, authenticity and joy.