the Presence Point

Sarah did an excellent job guiding our team through a recent team-building workshop. Despite many challenges, MIFH really shines, but medical work is still overwhelming. It was, therefore, quite helpful to have a few hours devoted to looking at how we are taking care of ourselves and each other. To take the time to acknowledge group strengths is actually quite strengthening! Learning breathing exercises and how to acknowledge each other with a smile and a nod helped demonstrate how we can increase awareness of support without having to 'do' anything - which is necessary in an already stressed environment. Since the workshop, I have noticed folks going out of their way to smile at each other, stop and check-in and acknowledge each other’s hard work. In short, Sarah was upbeat, bright and enthusiastic (but not overly so) and it was a warm, engaging, re-energizing workshop. This hit the mark!

K.J. Nurse Practitioner, Montpelier Integrative Family Medicine, Central Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont Health Network

It’s time for YOU! Sarah Lipton’s presence-centered contemplative training and leadership mentoring has changed the way I perceive myself and recognize where I am, helped me clarify what I want and prioritize my actions, and has taught me to appreciate my achievements with joy and confidence. I've worked with Sarah for nearly a year and am so grateful for her support. Sarah has become my most trusted personal and professional resource.

Shawn Shouldice, Public Relations Strategist at Capital Connections, Montpelier, VT

Working with Sarah has been a great blessing in my life. Her approach helped me navigate a challenging business opportunity as I merged practices with a retiring financial advisor. The complexities associated with differences in substance and style, in relationships with clients and staff, and even business development models between my partner and I were staggering, Sarah's unique approach to mentoring, involving contemplation and life mapping, helped me to work through priorities, identify support structures and capacities, and close doors on those areas of my life and practice that were blocking progress. She helped me identify my core objectives, which allowed me to reshuffle priorities and chart a purpose driven path forward. While the answers are inside ourselves, and maybe I could have worked through it on my own, I could not have done as quickly and clearly without Sarah's mentorship. The end result of our work together was a highly successful retirement transition of my former business partner, strengthened relationships with clients and staff, and a concrete view of ideal clients and practice strengths that allow me to grow in healthy ways, well into the future. If you have a major leadership transition in front of you, working with Sarah is one of the best things you could do.

Gabe Lajeunesse, Financial Advisor, Montpelier, VT

It is fascinating to me how each time I sit in the experience of Sarah’s six step meditation it feels both familiar and new at the same time. These steps have a beautiful way of meeting me exactly where I’m at in that particular moment…one session it may be the nourishment of landing back into my body, another time it may be the joy of reflecting on how much has shifted through our work together or the inspiration for full expression of my next dream. I am so grateful for this valuable and insightful tool!

Jenny Dunham, Dunham Brothers Painting, Cabot, VT

Sarah is very skilled in empowering her clients to rouse the powers of stillness and intuitive self-reflection. Using the awareness of commonplace feelings (your feet on the floor, legs on the chair), she guides you to deeply look at your feelings, goals, motivations, and abilities in the same gentle, positive, friendly, yet ordinary way. By showing you how to develop a practice of making your inner workings accessible, you begin to see quickly what is helpful, and what is maybe getting you stuck. You can approach your opportunities and obstacles in a dignified and elegant way.

Jim Katz, Northgate Software, Inc., Boston, MA

The work I have explored with Sarah through her mapping process has revealed new pathways of thinking, professional opportunities, and skills necessary to manage the transitions I am facing. I have found the exercises meaningful and illuminating, and Sarah's skillful leadership has helped me uncover new passions, abilities and interests. I am excited to greet this new phase of my life and career, and know I am capable of making a great transition, thanks to all I have learned from The Presence Point.

Sandy Barry, Portland, ME

Being with Sarah is a transmission. Those in leadership positions are conditioned to think they need to have the right answers, the plan, and the way forward. However, The Presence Point challenges individuals and organizations to take an approach that is more radical. When we encounter a person who is naturally vibrant and aware, we are compelled to look to them for direction. But how do we become this kind of person? Sarah works not by building up her clients' credentials, but through helping them train in fearless authenticity, which includes a willingness to be vulnerable. Her approach teaches that, in fact, vulnerability is a fundamental ingredient to inspiring and leading others. To work this deeply, many people require a mentor and guide. Sarah's warm and gentle style supports people to make this kind of daring leap.

Sara Lewis, PhD, MSW, University of Oregon

Sarah is my Leadership Mentor, but what she does is much more than helping me be a better leader. She helps me find perspective on my various projects, generate a positive and kind attitude to my many activities and to myself, and most importantly reminds me of the importance for staying present in my work life and personal life. We have all seen coaching that integrates mindfulness, but Sarah's expertise in this is outstanding. The benefits are vast and powerful. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to do what they do much much better.

In my meetings with Sarah, I get a feeling of an expanded space. It's as if my mind has more room to move than before we talk. Through practicing with her, just being where I am, I can see new possibilities in that space and new directions to go. The claustrophobia of my working environment dissolves, and I get a glimpse, however fleetingly, of my own freedom. Then Sarah provides a way to practice being where I am so I can get back to that space and freedom when I need it most.

Jim Infantino, Slabmedia, Boston, MA

Sarah's leadership mentoring skills are exceptional. She has a unique ability to draw out insights through conversation, art, guided meditation, and creative exploration of past and present relationships in business. Ultimately, my sessions with her resulted in a new, more creative direction for my business. As a side benefit, we are continuing to work together collaboratively on projects that involve storytelling through different forms of digital media.

Lee Purcell, Owner, Lightspeed Publishing, LLC

Sarah was instrumental in “heart storming” with my partner and me to develop a logo for our Acupuncture business. Sarah’s in-the-moment presence and attention to what we most wanted to convey with our logo was unwavering. We came away with the perfect product!

Amy Wheeler, The Acupuncture Works, St. Johnsbury, VT

Sarah Lipton has been a compassionate and sharp mentor to me. She can guide people into their own wisdom with genuine friendly leadership. Her sunny disposition allowed me to hear her advice even when I wasn’t particularly open. The best advice I received from her was: “You have to let things fall apart.” On that occasion, she gave me permission to feel where I was and accept my experience. Her technique of bringing mindfulness of the body into daily life has uplifted some grey situations for me, enabling me to have more attention in my life, and at the same time experiencing the brilliance of my surroundings.

Emma Cataford, Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia

I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sarah on numerous occasions. In her leadership role, she has impressed me more than once with her ability to face challenging situations with a calm presence and strong integrity. Sarah carries an energy that has beautiful depth and understanding, which she compliments quite nicely with her excellent organizational skills and extensive knowledge. I highly recommend her, she is a great asset and resource to everyone she works with.

Mary Mulally, Montpelier, VT