Sue Schleifer



Sue Schleifer lives in Lafayette, La. Through her company, Oak Communications, she provides life and executive coaching and management consulting services to individuals and organizations throughout the country. She writes a monthly e-newsletter and has written for newspapers. She co-designed and facilitates ongoing Writing Down Dementia workshops for adults with loved ones suffering dementia. The Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust is her first book.


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The Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust

How did a Santa Barbara, Calif., native end up living south of the South? Just what happens to a beginning student of Zen as she sits down on a cushion and watches her mind? How is a Zen retreat like a vacation? These are a few questions posed and artfully explored in this journey of self-discovery.

“What is going on here?” is the question Schleifer asks herself when visiting her aging mom; hiking in northern Thailand to hill tribe villages; navigating a rain-swelled creek bed in South Africa; crossing a desolate plains checkpoint between Chile and Argentina; and eating four-bowl meals at a Zen retreat. Her discoveries become ours in this clear and poignant account of inner and outer journeys.


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