Support for Caregivers

The Diana Dowds (1971-2012) Mindfulness Retreat Scholarship Fund

Care providers working with difficult-to-treat populations can experience burnout. Dr. Linehan started Mindfulness Retreats as one way to provide care and renewal for therapists. Diana Dowds will be remembered fondly by the many lives she touched. In her honor, a memorial scholarship fund has been established to provide for individuals requiring financial assistance to attend a Mindfulness Retreat.

Diana Dowds, MA, was a lifelong resident of the California Port of Los Angeles communities, spending the last 20 years of her life in San Pedro, CA with her husband, Timothy Sullivan. She worked in a number of jobs into her early twenties, but it was her love for the care and assistance of others which led to her pursuit of a professional standing in psychotherapy as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Following years of heart-felt contribution to the town she made her home, including the formation of the Harbor Free Clinic in San Pedro, she was able to open the Help Shop, her own private practice and, ultimately, the Peninsula Family Wellness Center, the partnership she was operating at the time of her passing.

Diana attended her first Mindfulness Retreat at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks in Tucson, Arizona facilitated by Pat Hawk, Roshi, and Marsha Linehan, Roshi, in February 2011. She strived to maintain her Mindfulness practice as a foundation for her psychotherapy practice. Many of us who attended the 2012 Tucson, Arizona retreat, came to know Diana through the intimacy of silence, a way we come to know someone during a silent retreat.