After meditating for many years and experiencing teachers and methods from different Buddhist traditions, Gretchen met Lama Ole Nydahl in 1996 and co-founded the Portland Diamond Way Buddhist Center two months later. She works as a dietitian and counselor in private practice specializing in eating disorders, as well as a spiritual director, a kind of counseling that focuses on spirituality. She has taught health related topics and hatha yoga for many years and began teaching meditation to beginners in 2000. She has been teaching in Diamond Way centers since 2006. She and her husband, Jim, have been happily together since 1982.