Book Cover for The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

A Mindfulness Guide for Women

The Gift of Presence is a gift for us all – filled with practical insights and fascinating science about the power of mindfulness. By interviewing over one hundred women from diverse backgrounds, Caroline Welch has gathered real life examples of how being present enriches our lives, allows us to find purpose and meaning, to recharge and renew ourselves, and to pivot when we need to course-correct. Inspiring, well-written and wise, it’s a must-read for women of all ages.”

— Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global


Overwhelmed by the demands of family, work, and multiple responsibilities, many women find themselves feeling scattered, and distracted. In this eye-opening book, Co-founder and CEO of the Mindsight Institute, Caroline Welch takes readers on a mindfulness journey to help them de-stress and cultivate inner peace. According to Welch, you do not need countless hours sitting in silence to be more present in your life--the key is to practice mindfulness wherever you are and whenever you can.

The Gift of Presence guides readers in developing four innate capacities we all possess that will allow us to become more resilient and centered in our lives—even when life is throwing all that it has at us:

Presence: the ability to remain firmly in the present moment; to be fully aware of what's happening as it's happening.

Purpose: the personal meaning that gets us going and gives direction to our lives.

Pivoting: an openness to change that allows us to switch direction if that is what is needed.

Pacing: the awareness that it is impossible to do everything we want or need to do all at once; the ability to take life one step at a time.

This life-changing book reveals that you already hold in your hands the keys to a more harmonious life--you simply need to look within.

The Gift of Presence releases on March 17, 2020.

Join Caroline Welch and Dr. Adriana Copeland for a week-long nature immersion and mindfulness retreat in France!


Caroline S. Welch Co-Founder of the Mindsight Institute


Caroline Welch is co-founder and chief executive officer of the Mindsight Institute in Santa Monica, California, and Co-founder of an educational entertainment startup in New York City. She offers lectures and workshops to enhance well-being in our personal and professional lives. Caroline began her mindfulness practice forty years ago while working in Japan.

Caroline’s first book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women, is now available for pre-order. Its release date is March 17, 2020.

Born on a working dairy farm, Caroline’s first trip out of Darien, Wisconsin was to Shiraz, Iran on a high school exchange program. That was the beginning of her love of travel and exploration which has included climbing Mount Kenya, teaching English in Japan for three years, and backpacking through 25 different countries.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, with a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, Caroline started her legal career as a corporate litigator. She has served as a Los Angeles County court appointed mediator, in-house counsel at MGM Studios, and vice president of litigation at Spelling Entertainment Group.

Caroline is an avid watercolorist. She and her husband live in Santa Monica with their dog Charlie, and have two adult children.

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