Carol O’Dowd, MPA, M.DIV, MI, RP

Carol O'Dowd
Carol O’Dowd, MPA, MDIV, MI, RP

Carol combines western and eastern approaches to guide individuals and groups to deal effectively with change, and manage success. For the past 15 years, she has led workshops and retreats in the United States, Thailand, and Indonesia. She is frequently invited back as a speaker. She blends her training and experience in public administration as a former city manager with her spiritual training in Japan to be ordained as a Buddhist priest. She has supplemented her degrees with certifications in Japanese Psychology, Applied Existential Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness Instruction to support her work as a Registered Psychotherapist. Combining Eastern and Western views she offers mindfulness and awareness training for dealing with stress, being productive, and discovering freedom and happiness.

Carol earned a Masters of Divinity fromNaropa Universityin 2006, a Masters in Public Administration from Florida State University 1975, and a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology, the University of South Florida in 1973.

Additional training and continuing education include:

  •  Workshop – Brain to Brain, Body to Body: The Interpersonal Nature of Shame, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute 2019
  • Courses: Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy 2016,  Horticultural Therapy Techniques 2017
  • Courses: Individual, Couples and Group Training, Boulder Psychotherapy Institute 2015 – 2017
  • Coursework in Addiction Counseling, Family Mediation 2013, 2014
  • Body-Centered Psychotherapy Class, Colorado School for Family Therapy 2011
  • Summer Seminar and online courses,Institute of Buddhist Studies 2001, 2004
  • Executive Leadership Seminars, (Menninger 1999; Aspen Institute 1990; University of Colorado 1989)

Inspired by spending time in Indonesia offering talks there to non-profits (Yayasans) as well as leading mindfulness classes and providing counseling in the Kerobokan Prison, she is exploring ways to provide support loved ones to those incarcerated. She is planning the publication of her book, Tearing Down Walls.


See Carol’s Resume

Her workshops, talks and the book she is writing focus on how to find freedom and escape from prisons, including the ones we create for ourselves.