Finding the sweet spot

Building a Culture of Well-being

Comfort Consulting helps you invest in your team's capacity, from the inside out. In any workplace -- nonprofit, corporate, government -- humans need to feel connected before they can work effectively together. 

Top 10 Free To Do's for Team Health

"We must establish a personal connection with each other...

...Connection before content. Without relatedness, no work can occur."   

-- Peter Block, author of Flawless Consulting

Consulting, Training, Speaking

→"Take Five: Why 5-minute Brain Breaks Bring Productivity & Joy" (this talk can be 30-90 minutes as an interactive lunch, workshop, or keynote) 

→ Mental Health Tune-Up: Quick-fix, 3-hour investment in your team with self-care, teamwork and burnout prevention. 

→ Coaching HR managers on providing wellness benefits, committee best practices and other support systems

→Skills workshops, eg. Building Fundraising Diversity, Inconvenient Truths about Nonprofit Boards, Storytelling for Greater Impact, Team Types.

→Embedding Wellness & Teamwork In Any Conference or Retreat

  • Designing humane agendas along with interactive keynotes, breakouts
  • Providing thematic icebreakers, team builders, healthy tools and/or wellness breaks throughout day

Icebreakers Don't Have To Suck

Many of you hate icebreakers. But they don't have to suck! Click here for more ideas.

icebreaker ideas

Comfort colleagues speak out


Susan's hybrid skills coached me through an inflection point in my tenure as Executive Director. I was navigating internal organizational challenges and external barriers at the federal level. Susan applied her 25+ years managing non-profits, navigating shifting landscapes and fundraising (always fundraising) to lay a more sustainable course for GHF. Most importantly, she integrated it with my personal health and family goals, all in a few short months.

--Amy Livingston, Global Health Foundation

Fundraise WELL

As my first boss in the nonprofit field 15 years ago, Susan developed my voice as a grant writer and instilled in me the power of storytelling. 

These essential lessons informed who I am as a fundraiser today. Supported by Susan's early coaching and continued mentorship I recently stepped into my first development director role! 

-- Anne Morgan, Humanities Washington

Do everything WELL

Back in the 90s, Susan introduced our unwilling office staff to “chair yoga” and “mindfulness” and we all groaned. 

Today, my best days begin with a meditative walk through the quiet, snowy woods, and I understand why Susan embraced early mind-body-spirit integration as a burnout prevention tool.

--Rani Sheaffer, Maine Conservation Voters


Is your name really Comfort?

Yes. I come from a family of Coach Comforts (my dad was a champion NCAA swim coach, my brother was a high school baseball coach, and my mom was a star physical therapist). My coaching isn't usually THAT physical, but as the photo to the left shows, I do love getting people upside down (and therefore outside of their "comfort zone"). 

Why do you focus on wellness?

Two reasons: 1) We must bring out best selves to this world-changing work, and as a movement, self-care isn't our strong suit.  2) Supporting each other on physical and mental health opportunities at work can build stronger teams. 

Where and how does this happen?

  • Trainings: In-person preferred
  • Coaching: In-person or Hangout/Skype
  • Consulting: Customized organizational development or "expert" pair of hands 
  • Speaking & Conferences: available for lunchtime or keynote addresses

Outlive the Bastards

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. ... Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
Edward Abbey