About Greg

About Greg

Short Story

I am a mindfulness coach, teacher and facilitator.

I founded The Power of Presence in 2008 to bring to the world what was hidden in the monasteries—techniques to relax the body and focus the mind and touch eternity. In my teaching, I add neuroscience and positive psychology.

To benefit from mindfulness you don’t have to shave your head and disappear for 7 years.  You just have to train your mind–regularly and properly.  Simple–but not easy.  That’s why for millennia teachers have been guides, mirrors and support on this path. I am forever indebted to mine.

Here’s what I learned: “I am not a perfect monk…but I am a happy monk.”

Acknowledging imperfection is wisdom.  Recognizing our power to influence our mental and emotional states is terrifying and, ultimately,  liberating.

That’s what work with clients boils down to:

-Acknowledge reality

-Practice calm, courage, compassion and connectivity.  In short,  feel good.

Because it’s almost impossible to do this on your own, let me help.  I’ll give you the gifts my teachers gave me.

Not perfection, just me.

Below is the long version of how I came to this point.


Long Story

I have been interested in the depth and breadth of what is possible for human beings for as long as I can remember. As a child my curiosity led me away from home so often Mom pinned a note on my shirt:  “My name is Greg Burdulis.  Please call my mom at 256-0893.”

My senior year of high school was in Switzerland.

My interest in the natural world led me to guiding wilderness canoe and mountaineering trips—which paid for college, where I investigated the deeper layers of human experience while studying psychology, counseling and dance.

Exploring the breadth of human experience, I traveled in Central and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. I rode freight trains, soloed mountains and the Great Pyramid of Cheops, and did famine relief work in the Sahara.

Expanding creativity, I made a living as a storyteller.  And volunteered for hospice.

I danced on and choreographed for the low-flying trapeze.

Articles about my hospice experiences and travels and teaching with Matthew Fox were published in national journals. Newspapers wrote warmly about my dance.  A fiction piece was published in a literary journal.

In hopes of understanding the spiritual dimension of life I gained a Masters of Spirituality degree. What I learned about compassion and the inter-web of life motivated me to reach out more toward others. I trained and served as a chaplain.

I learned that “study” only goes so far.  I was hungry to completely immerse myself in spirituality. I lived in Asia for 9 years, studying philosophy and practicing meditation.

Meditation is hard work. I thought being a monk might magically make meditation easier and hurry up the process.  Nope.

However, I experienced profound fulfillment and elated, but serene states of freedom. I knew from direct experience that time didn’t exist and realized the transience of all phenomena. I could see that pain is inevitable in life and suffering is optional. I connected with our tremendous human potential for positive change.

My father was dying. I returned to the States. I saw being a happy hermit was no longer the challenge. Being a happy, peaceful layman and husband while contributing to society are the new challenges.

What I experienced as a monk is invaluable. It changed my life profoundly for the better…and still does.  My work is to help others learn what I did. This is one way to contribute to the inter-web of life.

I’ve been consulting regularly at one of the hottest ad agencies in the world. Stress and pressure are extreme. Though employees don’t have the benefit of a cave, they are learning mindfulness, concentration, patience, perseverance, appreciation, the power of intention and the vigor of happiness.

They look better, smile more, and manage stress effectively.

They are happier…and everyone around them is better off.

After all, we’re all in this together.

The Facts

     Education & Training

2017  Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice, Mindfulness at the Center, Indianapolis IN

2014  Professional Coaching Certification, International Coaching Federation

2104  Certification in Fearless Leaders Coaching & Facilitation, CO

2012  Certification from Body and Movement Program, Newfield Network, Boulder, CO

2012  Graduate of Coaching Certification Program, Newfield Network, Boulder, CO

1999  Chaplaincy Training; Pastoral Education, 5 units, Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI

1994  M.A. Spirituality; Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality, Oakland, CA

1982  B.S. Counseling and Education; The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

     Meditation Training

25,000 + hours of practice

Daily practice—25 years

Intensive meditation practice; Burma, 2001-07


Currently developing “Monk and Shrink”; an online, discreet forum to bring mindfulness, psychiatry and companionship to adults who suffer mood disorders

Design and facilitate courses at Google, eBay, Facebook, Eli Lilly… in US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Korea…

Instruct live, online mindfulness sessions and courses; eMindful.com

Write and record “Mindfulness Resources” for women with advanced breast cancer for Novartis

Introduce and lead mindfulness sessions; WisdomLabs and Salesforce

Keynote for Nutrition Business Journal Summit CA, and Social Ventures Network, MA

“Monk” Consultant; engage employees in mindfulness and broaden their perspectives through group sessions and individual meetings—Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, Boulder, CO

Teach Vipassana meditation; Thailand, Burma, USA

Choreograph and dance for Cycropia Aerial Dance Inc., Madison, WI

Facilitate with Julia Cameron; The Artist’s Way—Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Taos, NM

Teach and travel with Matthew Fox; Creation Spirituality, Europe and Philippines
Teach Yoga, AZ, WI, India and Nepal

Volunteer; Hospice Family Care, Tucson, AZ

Tell stories professionally; Arizona Commission on the Arts, USA, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru

Manage grain shipments at desert airport; European Economic Community, El Fasher, the Sudan

Guide mountaineering, canoeing and whitewater trips, USA

Facilitate Wilderness Therapy with At-Risk Youth, Santa Fe Mt. Center, NM

Thanks for getting this far!  You’ve learned a lot about me. Please contact me so I can learn about you.

More About My Work

A Selection of Happy Clients

And others:

Senter and Perficio (Netherlands), Amsara (France), Massmart  (S. Africa), Bluebell (S. Korea) etc.

Professional Accreditation