Meet Paulette Pipe
Meditation Teacher, Radio Host, Retreat Facilitator, Ordained Minister, Keeper of the Flame
An ice-breaker I use in retreats and workshops is called, ‘If You Knew Me, You Would Know’, where participants share three things about themselves that someone who knew them would know.
So in the spirit of that introduction, but not limited to three things, here are some details that "if you knew me you would know":
I am a meditation teacher, radio host, retreat facilitator, and ordained minister.
For almost ten years, I hosted Touching the Stillness, a lively and popular meditation and prayer practices radio program on the Unity Online Radio Network. (Archived podcasts are available of the Unity Online Radio broadcast which aired from 2008 to 2018). I now produce the show independently and current episodes of Touching the Stillness podcasts are available here, or most places where you subscribe to podcasts.
I draw from a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices to help usher me into stillness. Some of my favourites include the practice of Silence, yoga, mudra meditation, journaling, drumming, and spending quality time in nature-- especially being by the ocean.
Sacred dance is another one of my absolute favorite ways to touch the stillness, and I created a meditation program called Dance Your Own Dance which uses various genres of sacred lyrical, upbeat, and popular music to move participants into a deep experience of stillness.
I design and facilitate retreats, teach workshops, and make keynote presentations at third-party events, sharing my gift and passion for meditation practices with others in the United States and abroad.
I currently serve as Keeper of the Flame, for the Board of Trustees of Unity's Association of centers and leaders, known as Unity Worldwide Ministries where, in addition to being the Board's Spiritual Adviser, I hold sacred prayerful space during its deliberations, discussions and decision-making process. I am also serve as Keeper of the Flame for the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, of which I’ve been a member since 2018.
I dedicate at least one day a month to engaging in Silence that includes a media & electronics fast. I began this Sacred Sabbath practice back in 2000 and have maintained it ever since.
A bit about my background
I previously served as the manager of Unity Events and Retreats at Unity Village, creating new retreats and workshops and providing excellent guest services for visiting retreat presenters and retreat participants. During that time I also established the Touching the Stillness Silent Retreat, which became an extremely popular annual event, that Touching the Stillness Ministries now hosts each year.
I was formerly the Spiritual Director of the UK Unity headquarters, where I managed its Silent Unity prayer ministry; headed its national Spiritual Education Program; organized and facilitated retreats around the U.K., and performed other typical ministerial duties.
My career, before answering the call to ministry, was as a professional fund-raising manager (Development Officer) for a number of medium-sized national UK charities, including Motability (a charity for disabled drivers), the Down’s Syndrome Association, and the Women’s Institute (WI) where I was also merchandising manager of its trading arm, WI Enterprises.
Prior to that, I was a qualified business and trade magazine journalist, who once got nominated for a prestigious industry award, the name of which eludes me now!
I hold a BA in Ministerial Studies; a Certificate in Fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I was Born and raised in London, England, and now live in Lee’s Summit, MO in the United States.
Things I love which revive my spirit
I love, love, love to dance – but nothing choreographed, otherwise I appear uncoordinated and as skittish as a doe!
I resonate with the sound of the drumbeat in inexplicable ways; and love drumming on my djembe African drum as a way to unwind or prepare for prayer.
I love to sing out loud but, in consideration of others, I do most of my warbling in the shower!
I love being by the water, particularly by the ocean, a lake, or a waterfall.
I absolutely love good quality dark chocolate, almost as much as I love champagne; and I don’t have to wait for a special occasion to delve into that chocolate box or pop a cork!
The journalist in me loves to tell stories, while the Piscean in me loves to daydream…
A few key things on my bucket list I'd like to do...
Travel extensively through Hawaii, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia; and visit the Greek Islands (which were on my doorstep when I lived in the UK!).
Have Afternoon Tea with Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Toni Morrison. I’d also love to have afternoon Tea at the Plaza, in New York too; so perhaps the four of us could just meet up together there for tea and posh sandwiches;
Enjoy a Champagne and Chocolates flight in a hot air balloon;
Walk the labyrinth by candlelight at Chartres Cathedral, in Chartres, France.
The Formal Bio.
Rev. Paulette Pipe is a masterful meditation teacher/facilitator, best known as the host of “Touching the Stillness”, a lively meditation and spiritual practices radio program which initially aired on the Unity Online Radio Network from 2008 to 2018. (Podcasts archived).
With her distinctive gift of affirmative healing prayer, and meditation that stirs the soul, she masterfully creates rich, sacred experiences from a range of traditional and unexpected mindful and meditation practices.
Formerly Spiritual Director of the UK Unity headquarters, and then manager of the Retreats department at Unity Village, today Rev. Paulette heads Touching the Stillness Ministries, a vibrant organization she created to make meditation and mindfulness both practical and accessible for daily application.
In addition to hosting her radio show, this sought-after speaker also leads retreats, workshops, and extended meditations at venues in the United States and abroad.
Rev. Paulette holds the role of Keeper of the Flame on Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Board of Trustees where she maintains a sacred prayer space—generally doing so in silence—during the board’s deliberations and decision-making process at all of its board meetings; and is the liturgist for the assembly during the organization’s Annual General Meeting. She is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundation, where she also serves as its Keeper of the Flame during online meetings and events.
A British-born native, she currently resides in Lee’s Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas City.