To become a mother is to enter a dharma door.

Dharma Mamas is a community for mindful mothers. We hold retreats and share stories of women who have passed through the dharma door of motherhood using mindfulness as a compass and guide. These mothers nurture themselves, their children, relationships, families and communities with a foundation of mindful awareness.

Through interviews, articles, personal essays, creative writing and poetry, we celebrate all the moments­ of mindful parenting, motherhood and womanhood. Every moment is an opportunity to wake up to the present moment.

Dharma Mamas was founded in November 2014 when a group of mindful mamas, who practice in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, gathered for a weekend retreat to share, celebrate, nourish and strengthen our self-care.




Leslie  writes to enhance her mindfulness practice. which led her to create the Dharma Mamas blog. Through writing, she connects deeply to her self and her non-self, her joys and desires, her fears and worries. She is on an imperfectly perfect quest to mindfully raise her two teens with her husband Kenley, a dharma teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s lineage. A lover of nature, hiking, organic living and being with her family, Leslie also really likes to stay in, read a good book, write, make stuff, and soak in the tub. Leslie lives in Ojai, California and works as a marketing consultant, social media manager and writer. She has an MFA in Poetry from New College of California, San Francisco where she also studied letterpress printing. Leslie blogs here and at www.heartlunge.com.