Our Dialogue Facilitators
Jean Holsten

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”

- Marianne Williamson
(A Return to Love, 1992)

Jean Holsten is the Director of Dialogue Programs for Bread of Life, a community-benefit educational non-profit. She is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of California currently on inactive status. Jean works with individuals and groups looking for a more efficient, productive and meaningful way to engage with others in business, government, community and political work. Her work as an environmental and land use attorney working with citizen groups and government officials led her to learn dialogue skills and practices. She has offered trainings and facilitation services to business leaders, government leaders, church leaders, youth, social activists and anyone interested in engaging more meaningful dialogue.

With a group of dialogue practitioners, Jean has recently created the Dynamic Dialogue™ program and is offering this program to organizations and individuals seeking to improve the ways they interact with others to better meet the complex needs of our constantly changing world. Jean has been a trainer and facilitator in the Contemplative Dialogue/Active Engagement/Mindful Leadership work for more than a decade. Jean has been part of an international team working with the Government of Albert in Canada. Jean continues to work with another team training professional students to work in cross-cultural, multi-discipline projects through the University of California. She spends most of her time in California working with individuals and groups for local, regional and statewide government, non-profit and for-profit businesses and faith based communities.

Jean can be reached at the Bread of Life Center, 650 El Camino Ave,, Sacramento, CA 95815 (916) 648-1803 or jean@breadoflife.org.


Sandra Lommasson

"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."

- Frederick Buechner

Sandra Lommasson is the founder and Executive Director of Bread of Life and a spiritual director.  Her passion is creating processes and pathways for awakening to the depth dimension of life in the everyday moments where we are each met by "something more." Since 1996 she has been involved in the formation of spiritual directors and leaders of religious and public organizations. Sandra also serves as a retreat leader and Dynamic DialogueTM facilitator and mentor. She has published several articles on spiritual direction and served on the Council of Spiritual Directors International from 1999-2005. She is mother to two grown children and delights in five (soon to be six) very special grandchildren. She was formed as a spiritual director and then as a supervisor through Mercy Center, Burlingame.