Kimberley Snow

In Buddha's Kitchen

Meditation & Writing Workshops & Retreats


Kimberley Snow
Kimberley Snow

author of

It Changes

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Coming from World Parade Books in November

Kimberley Snow grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina, and has lived in a number of places including North Dakota and North Carolina where she worked with J.B. Rhine at Duke University's Department of Parapsychology. She worked her way through graduate school as a chef, eventually becoming executive chef at the Kentucky Horse Center in Lexington, Ky. After completing a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, she took a job teaching in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she helped to found the Women's Studies Program. Two of her books, Writing Yourself Home and Keys to the Open Gate (Conari) grew out of her involvement with Women's Studies. Over time she moved on to teach other classes at UCSB: Writing, Science Fiction, Women's Science Fiction, and, in 2003, "The Art of Peace."

Her play, Multiple , won first prize in the 1986 Jacksonville University 17th Annual Playwrighting Contest. Dragon Soup & Other Intense Sensations, a play about restaurant life, was produced at The Mandalay restaurant in Santa Barbara which served the same meal being prepared in the play.

In early 1991, she and her husband, the poet Barry Spacks, moved to a Tibetan Buddhist community in Northern California where she spent the next six years studying with Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, working in the kitchen, setting up a website for the community, and editing dharma books.

Her best-selling memoir, In Buddha's Kitchen, Cooking, Being Cooked, and other Adventures in a Retreat Center, (Shambhala, 2003) chronicles her life as a chef in a Tibetan Gonpa. It has been translated into Spanish, Korean and Chinese.

Since 2007 she has been the Program Director for the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, founded by Alan Wallace. She and her husband, the original inspiration for the character Leo (all the good parts, he claims), live in Santa Barbara, CA. Together they lead workshops and retreats which combine writing and meditation.