top of page


Coaching is a unique type of conversation that supports you in becoming unstuck and re-inspired. The point is not to eliminate missteps, false starts, and uncertainty but to see them as allies on any creative journey.


As Anne Lamott says in her book Bird by Bird, "The only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really, shitty first drafts." Here's Neil Gershenfeld, named one of the 40 modern-day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry: "Everything I've ever worked on has failed. But in failing, something better happened."





Schedule a free consultation today.

Thank you! I'll be in touch shortly.

I’ve created a coaching model that blends Zen Buddhist meditation techniques (attention) with traditional International Coaching Federation (ICF) questioning methods (intention).


Meditation uncovers the depth and possibility of each moment, while coaching clarifies a compelling path forward. This blended approach helps individuals:

  • Develop the ability to approach challenges in new ways, leading to innovative solutions;

  • Embrace not-knowing to uncover new ways forward;

  • Rediscover unique strengths, resilience, and creative potential—personally and professionally;

  • Deepen listening and team-building skills to enhance relationship-rich collaboration and strategic thinking.


Each session begins with a brief meditation, and I often assign readings and reflective writing exercises between sessions. Coaching can be particularly helpful when:

  • Navigating career/life transitions;

  • Faced with project or team management challenges;

  • Starting or completing writing projects; 

  • Dealing with difficult or toxic work environments. 

About me: I'm a Zen teacher, ICF-trained coach, educator, and writer, and have worked extensively in academia and the nonprofit sector as an organizational developer. My books include Meaningful Grading: a Guide for Faculty in the Arts, and No Better Place: a New Zen Primer. I've published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in assorted literary and academic journals.

Electronic payment for sessions is currently available only by PayPal.

"The very nature of innovation is to act as if you're on to something, as if it's going to work, as if you have a right to be here. Along the way, you can discover what doesn't work on your way to finding out what does."   
—Seth Godin, author & entrepreneu


“I have so much gratitude and deep appreciation for the coaching sessions I have with Hoag. His presence inspires trust in me and I feel that he cares. During our sessions he is an attentive listener and asks thoughtful questions; beyond our sessions he shares resources that I find useful and provides accountability check-ins. He helps me think more expansively."

—Electra Eleftheriadou, PhD, Educational Consultant, and Equity and Inclusion Facilitator

"As a writer, I cannot recommend Hoag highly enough. His coaching style allows for growth, space, and structure. What an effective structure. Having been coached by Hoag for over a year, he consistently helps me think through educational, personal, and professional writing projects. His deep understanding of meditation and mindfulness practice creates an atmosphere of steady confidence and calm. Thanks, Hoag!"

—Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PsyD, LP, FACH, co-author of Smith's Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method

"I reached out to Hoag during a crossroads in my career. He helped me think through my possible paths forward and ultimately led me through the process of making a big decision, which proved to be the right one. Hoag asks powerful questions and was especially skilled in helping me think through the job application process, job interview questions, and first steps after starting a new position. I can't recommend him enough."

—Mark Pleiss, author of the short story collection April Warnings, & Director, Simpson College Teaching and Learning Center

"I decided to work with Hoag after being an avid follower of his newsletter, Zen Sun Weekly.  His writing, brimming with wisdom of Zen philosophy, resonated with me so much that I knew I wanted to work with him specifically. The space that Hoag held for me during our sessions allowed me to open to exciting new ideas for my business and my life. There is a clarity he brings to his work that I believe can benefit anyone looking to make meaningful changes."

—Jonathan Mathew, Health Coach & Mindfulness Teacher, Recenter Health

bottom of page