Kathy Black is a life coach who believes that a life well-lived is based on inner awareness and self-love. A native Rhode Islander, she has ventured far and wide to expand her self-awareness -- from studying with a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk in Prague to living in a Hindu ashram in Australia to practicing New Thought philosophy here in RI. Kathy shares her life perspective at kathysblack.com as well as in the Thrive section of the Providence Journal. A leader of women's retreats, she's also developed spiritual care initiatives for elders, taught personal development classes, and supervised for the Harvard Divinity School's field education program. She holds a degree in social work and a comprehensive life coaching certification. Kathy has two grown children, one loving husband, a small flock of hens, and enjoys section-hiking RI's North-South trail with her dog.