The Well Life Foundation was founded by Briana and Peter Borten in late 2016, of a desire to provide the same coaching tools and services they developed for their Dragontree family to an even wider audience, including those for whom personal coaching services were financially out of reach.
The Well Life Foundation provides grants to nonprofit and community organizations, small business start up grants, and scholarships to women-owned, women-run, and women-serving organizations that awaken dreams, empower women, and inspire peace throughout the community and collective.

Get to know us…

Briana and Dr. Peter Borten
Founders of The Dragontree and The Well Life Foundation

Briana and Dr. Peter Borten have a mission of creating a more peaceful world by helping people establish peaceful, meaningful lives. They are the authors of the popular Rituals for Living Dreambook and the founders of The Dragontree, a wellness organization with holistic spas in Portland and Boulder; online courses; natural body care products; and resources for vibrant living. As practitioners of Eastern medicine, they utilize this ancient wisdom to inform a balanced approach to the modern world.

Nancy Schmidt
Executive Director of The Well Life Foundation

Nancy joined The Well Life Foundation in Feb 2020 as the executive director. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world, and has a passion for community building, connection, and inspiring others to help those in need..

Board of Directors

Kimberly Pendleton, Ph.D.
Dr. Kimberly Pendleton is a Women’s Studies Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a Women’s Empowerment Coach at Kimberly Pendleton Creative, LLC. She is the creator of the signature course, UNCOVER, which helps women reclaim their bodies and experience sexual healing & awakening. Her research focuses on sexual freedom and global sex trafficking, and she has been published in the peer reviewed academic journal New Formations. Her dissertation, Captivated, was the winner of three research fellowships, including one that sponsored research in the red light district of Kolkata, India. Pendleton is devoted to making the world a safer place for all to experience freedom, healing, and wholeness. Her coaching certifications come from the Dragontree Life Coaching Program and the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality, her PhD is from George Washington University and her MA is from Yale. She has volunteered and worked at International Justice Mission, an anti-trafficking organization, and Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit that seeks asylum for victims of gender-based violence, as well as helped to organize local women’s circles and #MeToo workshops in Washington, DC. 
Kay Douglas
Kay Douglas is a senior consultant, mediator, and trainer working for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Prior to coming to TASB, she served on the Huntsville ISD board of Trustees for sixteen years and is a graduate of Leadership TASB. Kay received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Columbia University and her law degree from the University of Houston. After working in the General Counsel’s Office of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, she was a prosecutor for 13 years in Walker County and trained prosecutors across the country.
Heather Wells (Secretary)
Heather has 14 years experience working with nonprofits as a Certified Research Administrator and Program Manager. She was the first ED of The Well Life Foundation.
Briana Borten (Chair) Peter Borten

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