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Embodied Coach School

A 125-Hour 5-Month Somatic Coach Training
Starting January 21, 2022

I am absolutely thrilled to be offering the Embodied Coach Training again in 2022. It truly “embodies” everything I’ve learned and everything I stand for as a somatic practitioner. To be able to teach it to a group of committed colleagues continues to be a dream come true.

Would you like to join me? Here are some of the details…

Who will benefit from this training?

This course is specially designed for coaches who want to empower their practice and help their clients with a more embodied approach. It’s also a great fit for those interested in coaching, such as therapists or other wellness practitioners, who want to add a dynamic new skill to their practice. You don’t necessarily have to be coaching professionally, but coaching should be a passion of yours.

“We move through space like we move through life.”

– Stuart Heller

Why this particular training?

Because you can’t find what I’ll be teaching anywhere else. I’ve spent the last fifteen years studying the principles of embodied coaching. I’ve learned from masters in coaching and embodiment teachers, but I had to go to many different sources to find what I needed. This culminated when in 2020 I became a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. I’ve combined everything I’ve learned so far (because I’ll never stop learning!) into this course.

I believe in somatic coaching. It cuts beneath superficial conversations to a space of deep learning and profound transformation. Most coach trainings focus on exploring and transforming thoughts, beliefs and ideas. They help clients see another way of looking at or solving a problem. Or they show how one’s limiting beliefs are holding them back. This is only one phase of the transformation. Although powerful during the session, the transformation doesn’t last.

As human beings, most of us live in our conditioned habituated self, doing the same things we have always done, reacting in the same ways we always react. Our habitual self is deeply ingrained. With somatic coaching, we can become aware of our conditioned behaviors and responses, appreciate the intent to protect us over the years and create more options to make lasting changes.  

This is the power of an embodied approach to healing and transformation that I want to teach you.

“The human body is not an instrument to be used, but a realm of one’s being to be experienced, explored and thereby educated.”

– Thomas Hanna

How will this somatic training help you become a more effective coach?

This course is designed to grow your capacity to access your own embodied world and support your clients in doing the same. You will develop the skill to see more clearly how people unconsciously react to situations in their life and support them to bring these reactions into awareness. This empowers them to make new choices and take more life-affirming action.

In this course you will:

  • Learn how to coach holistically — opening up new possibilities, in your personal and professional life.
  • Practice how to use the body as a powerful gateway into anybody’s world, helping them take their life to a new level of depth.
  • Hone your ability to be with clients in the moment, tuning in to a deeper level of experience and opening up the space for important new insights and profound transformation. 
  • Increase your physical, emotional and mental acuity — heightening the strength, creativity and resilience you already possess. 
  • Activate your vertical development — increasing your choice of action, fluidity and freedom.
  • Gain insight into your own embodied presence as you practice new techniques to support your own embodied experience and awareness.
  • Develop a wider range of options in using your physical presence to heighten your impact in the world.
  • Get and practice the tools for deep healing and transformation all within a supportive group of like-minded women.

“Become body language literate.”

– Mark Walsh


  • Tanya Savko, MA, NADD-DDS Behavior Consultant and Family Coach

    Tanya Savko, MA, NADD-DDS
    Behavior Consultant & Family Coach

    Medford, Oregon

    I have benefited so much from Maria’s Embodied Coach School, both personally and professionally. I have become more aware of how my body responds to stress and how it communicates my needs, and I now have the knowledge of how to check in with it. Professionally, this program has taught me new ways to support my clients and help them gain awareness of somatic sensations in themselves, and what they can learn from that. This program also helped me to gain insight about my career path and other important elements of my life. I highly recommend working with Maria in any capacity, but for anyone considering a career in wellness, coaching, or counseling, the Embodied Coach School imparts life-changing knowledge and skills you won’t find anywhere else – which will enhance your career and the work you do with your clients in amazing ways.

  • Sunny Brown, MA LPC, Life Align Counseling & Coaching

    Sunny Brown, MA, LPC
    Life Align Counseling & Coaching

    Ashland, Oregon

    A few years ago I was lucky to attend some weekend long somatic coach trainings by Maria. They were amazing but only gave me a taste of the world of somatic work. I wanted more.

    So, when I heard Maria had started her Embodied Coach School, I was eager to sign up and jump in! Maria did not disappoint. She has a warm, creative leadership style that is both empathic and humble, while igniting growth and self-efficacy in her coachees.

    It is evident that Maria has spent years gathering experience and wisdom to teach such a program as well as holding a continued passion about what she teaches.


  • Petra Batek, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Director of Clinical Services

    Petra Batek, MSW, LCSW
    Assistant Director of Clinical Services

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    As a therapist who has been practicing for over 20 years, I experienced the Embodied Coach School as transformative.  Maria’s skills as a facilitator, teacher, and coach are profound.  I left each Coach School session with ideas for how to refine my embodied practice, both personally and professionally.  I have integrated these learnings with clients, many of whom have reported experiencing noticeably positive shifts in the life areas that brought them to seek healing work.  Maria’s wise, collaborative, and compassionate facilitation allowed our coaching group to experience a deeply safe and connected learning space.  Each member’s unique developmental stage as a coach/practitioner and approach to integrating emerging skill sets felt welcomed and celebrated.  It was amazing to see the growth we all achieved over the time we spent together!

Where will you learn?

From the comfort of your own home or office. This highly interactive training will take place via Zoom and you will have access to all of your learning materials via an online platform.

When will we meet?

This course is broken into 8 progressive modules. In order to make it easy for busy professionals to attend, the live, interactive training will occur on eight pre-designated 3-day weekends over the course of the next five months. We’ll meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm (PST).

Here’s the Schedule:

January 21, 22, 23
February 4, 5, 6
February 18, 19, 20
March  4, 5, 6 
March 18, 19, 20
April 1, 2, 3 
April 15, 16, 17
May 13, 14, 15

We will have an additional bonus 5-hour coaching practice scheduled once the school has started.

Please know that if you do miss a training, you will receive access to videos and training materials that were covered.

How do you join?

Please contact me directly to let me know I should hold a spot for you. I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding this training.

There are two payment options:

  • Save 10% and pay only $2790 if you pay the full amount by December 31, 2021.
  • Or if you prefer to make payments, you can hold your spot with a $500 deposit made by December 31, 2021, and five monthly $520 payments on the 15th of each month from January – May (which comes to a total of $3100 for the entire course).

“Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story.”

– Gabrielle Roth

Let's get started with 30 free minutes

I invite you to learn more about me and my coaching and counseling services. Please contact me to schedule an “It starts with you!” 30-minute complimentary consultation with me, in-person, by phone or via video consultation, so we can explore our partnership.


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