Holistic Health for Educators: Five Month Online Coaching Program
Feel as fresh in December as you do in August!
online group coaching program is specifically designed to support your health
and well-being—mind, body and spirit—all semester long!
As someone who was an educator for over
15 years, teaching everything from kindergarten to college, I know and deeply
understand the challenges of maintaining your health, well-being and balance
throughout the school year.
I remember how glowing everyone always
looked on the first day back to school at the end of summer—well-rested,
nourished, happy, optimistic . . .
And I also remember that sensation of
almost immediately feeling back on the “hamster wheel” with so much to do every
day and feeling like no matter how much did, it was never enough. December was
always a rough month where I was often sick, exhausted, and completely
overwhelmed. I know there were some years where I really wondered how I was
going to make it to the end. Sound familiar?
HAVE to be this way.
take small steps on a daily basis to better support your health and well-being
so that maybe, just maybe you can feel as fresh and energetic in
December as you do in August. Or at least happy and healthy!
So how do you
make this happen? With support and guidance and prioritizing your health and
well-being, knowing that you can’t give from an empty cup. And trusting
that taking time to focus on your health and self-care will allow you to show
up the way you want to show up for the world—your students, your
colleagues, and your loved ones.
Who is this program for?
I’ve specifically designed this program to meet the needs of K-12 educators, higher education faculty and academics, education administrators, and support faculty at all levels.
How this program will support YOU:
Twice a month zoom group calls where I’ll offer practical tips and suggestions that you can apply immediately
Personalized guidance in how to make small changes that yield big results
Opportunities to set goals/action steps to keep you on track with your health and well-being
Ongoing accountability, encouragement, and connection so that you can really feel your best all semester long
And the support and wisdom of your fellow group members who know exactly what you’re going through!
As an upgrade, you will have the option of one-on-one support from me should you desire more specific direction and attention on your health goals.
The support and approach has to be HOLISTIC—how do you support your mind, body and spirit?
That’s why I created a signature program that focuses on NOURISHING the WHOLE PERSON. This program will address your health and well-being from the following angles:
Establish more clarity and confidence around your FOOD/NUTRITION choices and routines so that you can feel more energized, balanced, and nourished all day long.
Practice effective strategies to support better quality SLEEP/REST because sleep is essential to having more energy, less cravings, and more resilience in handling everyday challenges.
Create the healthy SCHEDULE/HABITS/ROUTINES that allows you to move through your day with greater ease, energy, and focus.
Prioritize more daily MOVEMENT into your routine so that you can be more present in your body, relieve stress, and feel stronger.
Cultivate ways to have moments of meaningful CONNECTION TO SELF in the form self-care practices, self-love mindset, expressions of creativity, and opportunities for pleasure and joy.
Focus on our MINDSET and creating more mindfulness, practice slowing down, and cultivating rest.
Continue to build meaningful CONNECTION TO OTHERS (your larger community, your personal and professional relationships, your school community including colleagues and students) from a place of authenticity, giving from the overflow, and healthy boundaries.
Continue to develop and nurture your sense of PURPOSE/MISSION/LEADERSHIP because I know you went into education because of your passion to make a difference in this world!
What you get when you invest in
yourself and the program:
This is an online group so that we can meet from the convenience of our homes.
We’ll have two video group coaching calls a month for support, accountability and clear guidance to meet your health and wellness goals.
You will also have access to monthly video modules to support your ongoing well-being that you can listen to or watch any time (works great as a “mental health” break!)
A private Facebook group page to get ongoing support
And lastly, accountability partners to help you stay on track.
If you want to learn how to truly take care of yourself no matter what the school year throws at you, then let’s set up a 15-minute Clarity Callphone conversation to see if this program is the right fit for you!
This program launches mid-August 2019, so please connect with me soon to get started!
“Michelle has a breadth of knowledge on holistic healing but what
sets her apart is her care for her clients. She’s gotten me through a major
health crisis and I wouldn’t be where I am today professionally or personally
without her.” –AZ, university professor
“Michelle is the most intuitive and attentive practitioner I’ve
ever worked with and has given me very usable and helpful advice. I’ve already
made great strides toward all of my health goals and look forward to continuing
to work with her in the future.” –AO, grant writer
“I started with Michelle a bit over 2 months ago. In 2015 I had
gained 20 pounds in 6 months of emotional eating, and I was struggling with
food cravings, insomnia and anxiety. Michelle helped me improve my sleep and
then we found easy-to-prepare balanced meals that I enjoyed. Once I started
eating these meals, my emotional eating and cravings disappeared! My anxiety
also disappeared and I lost 14 pounds since January 1st. I’m loving food, never
hungry, and I feel normal! Best investment I’ve made!” –T.C. community college
“Michelle is outstanding. I am constantly learning new things
about my nutrition every time I see her. It is rare to find someone who
embodies everything from the technical understanding to the empathetic
ear…and Michelle does just that. I look forward to our meetings and have
enjoyed every step of this journey with her. Thank you Michelle for sharing
your love of food and health with me!”–SN, dance teacher/artist
I want to
make sure you know the VALUE of what you are getting with this online program:
One one-hour 1:1 coaching session with Michelle ($350 value)
10 bi-weekly group coaching calls ($1250 value)
Monthly online modules/trainings, which you will have lifetime access to ($1600 value)
A high-vibe, private Facebook group where we can stay connected in between calls daily for support and accountability ($800 value)
also have the opportunity to add on monthly 1:1 coaching calls with Michelle
(for an additional fee).
The value of
this program is $4000 BUT I’m committed to helping as many people as possible
and want it to be affordable, so I when I launch this program next year in
2020, it will be an investment of $2400.
However, since this is a beta-program, I am offering it a half-price so that means YOU can enroll in the group for the fall semester for just $1200 OR 5 monthly payments of $280/month.
I am committed to empowering progressive leaders in actively achieving health, well being, and balance so that they can lead others in making positive changes.
My vision includes:
1. Working with progressive leaders one-on-one on their health goals.
2. Starting small online groups at a price point that the average employee in a progressive company or organization can invest in to invest in their health.
3. Workshops and seminars in organizations and companies on wellness and health and self-care.
4. Continuing with a lot of great free content available to a wide audience.
I am so fired up about this!
It feels so good to finally be sharing this with you all!
So if you or someone you know is a progressive leader in a company, non-profit, educational setting, think tank, start-up, or any other progressive organization and would be open to either having a quick phone conversation with me or answering a few questions via an anonymous questionnaire, please let me know. Or if you know about cool organizations—local, national or international—that are doing amazing things and you want me to know about them, please share! You don’t need to know anyone there—with the help of my awesome intern, I’m amassing a database of organizations and causes.
I feel so passionate about
this new direction with my practice. Thank you for any of your support!
Causes I feel committed to
include but are not limited to (and in no particular order):
Women’s Rights (including reproductive rights, domestic violence, intersectional feminism)
Racial and Social Justice
LGBTQ+ rights and representation
Food (organic farming, food justice, food safety)
Housing and homelessness
Inmate and ex-inmate support services
Progressive political organizations
Arts (dance, music, visual, drama)
A little back story . . .
It’s the two year anniversary of the Woman’s March on Washington. For those of you who don’t know, I went to Washington, D.C. in January 2017 to show up for what I stand for, to make my body seen and my voice heard. I showed up because I have the privilege to be able to do so—a flexible work schedule, no kids or ailing parents to care for, and the financial ability, although not easy, to do so. I had to go.
after the election I woke up with such heavy grief, and the depression stayed
with me for days. I am not one prone to depression so this inability to work,
to get dressed, to shower, to eat, to move was new to me. I functioned but it
was like moving through a molasses of grief, bewilderment and fear.
And I could see
it in my clients as well. In the weeks leading up to the election, the amount
of stress-eating, over-drinking, and fear was often spoken about by my clients.
I was trying to support them, helping them focus on self-care in the midst of
it all, but I understood their challenges.
A few days after the election, I started to pull myself out and being the person that I am—full of fire, determination, and optimism—I started to take positive action.
I started small, creating a free online self-care Facebook group called “Self-Care is a Radical Act of Love” and instead of accepting payment, I asked participants, if they could afford it, to donate to their favorite charity. Part of my mission with the group was “we need to take care of ourselves so that we are able to take care of others and be positive agents of change.” I knew if I was struggling, others would be too and might benefit from the support.
(By the way, I’ve reopened the group so that it is live and going again! It’s free and you can join HERE!)
Right now I’m going to pause and answer the
question that might be in some of your minds . . . Why am I talking about politics on my health coaching business website?
The truth for me is that this election and the
shifts that have occurred the past two years go way beyond politics. This is
not about red/blue or which side of the aisle one supports. This is about important
values that I hold dear and that I am willing to stand up FOR. The election of
2017 made one thing very clear to me. I am an agent of positive change.
Now what was I going to do about it?
So flash forward to the
present, January 2019. This is what I’m excited to share with you and where I
need your help . . . See above!!!
October is a poignant month for me. You see, my mom passed away on October 15, 1995 from complications from metastatic breast cancer. I was 21 years old. She was only 48.
Way too young. Both of us. Me, too young to lose my mother. My mother, way too young to die.
And ironically October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, I like to call it BREAST HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH instead.
This is more than an abstract pink-ribbon month for me. It’s personal. For me, I’d rather focus on having a healthy and balanced body.
At the age of 21 I made a choice. I was not going to go down the road of my mother’s body. I was going to do what I could, on a daily basis, to take good care of myself. I realized I had two choices: I could choose FEAR or I could choose LOVE. I chose LOVE. Love for myself, my body, my breasts, my health, my future.
And so, decades before I would eventually become a holistic health coach and nutrition consultant, I started to pay attention to my health in a way most 21-year-olds don’t. For years I’ve been clearing out potential carcinogens like harmful beauty products and cleaning supplies, unnecessary plastics, toxic food, and even harmful stress and mindsets (and people). I wasn’t anywhere near perfect (and I’m still not) but I have been making a conscious effort to be mindful of what goes on my body, in body, near my body.
Let me take a moment to tell you a little about my mom because I don’t want her to be defined by how she died. My mom was a strong woman and taught my sister and me to be strong women, too. She put herself through college at UC Santa Barbara and taught high school her entire adult life (first home economics and then history when they began to phase out home ec classes). She loved to shop and had a great eye for color. She was a fantastic gift giver and would shower us with presents at Christmas, often with gifts she had been collecting for us all year. She was actually very “crafty” and made all sorts of decorations (many of which we still have). She loved going to Hawaii, visiting historical sites, and planning amazing trips for our family. She could be incredibly “thrifty” but also was incredibly generous. We didn’t always agree (what mother and daughter do?) but I never doubted that she loved us deeply. Or that she continues to watch over us.
This is a picture of my family at my sister’s graduation from high school, just four months before we’d lose our mother. (My sister asked me to crop it! LOL!)
Each year I choose a different way to honor and celebrate my mother and this year it is the form of hosting a pop up event focusing on breast health and safer, cleaner beauty. Please join me. Here are all the details:
Thursday, November 1: 7:00 p.m. in Oakland, CA (exact location TBA)
At this small, intimate event we will address:
How our personal care products are affecting our health and may contribute to cancer risk, autoimmune issues, hormonal imbalance, allergies, and many other health concerns.
How to make cleaner, safer choices in terms of our beauty products, foods, and self-care practices.
How to read labels on your beauty products and what to look for. (Bring one or two of your favorites and we can take a look together!)
We’ll also have to sample a line of non-toxic makeup and skincare from Beautycounter! It’ll be fun to play with some of our favorite products and hear what this B Corporation is doing to move the market to safety!
***This is a FREE event but please RSVP HERE so that we can plan the space accordingly!**
Can’t make the event but want to make difference . . . please consider making a donation to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). BCPP works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. They are a founding member and national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition working to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.
I’m thrilled to be putting together an exclusive new online group called Nourish Yourself. There is currently a group running, but the next one will start August 2017. I am excited about creating a really dynamic, positive, focused group of women who will support each other in self-care practices, truly nourishing ourselves, and cultivating our mind-body-spirit connection so that we can show up powerfully in the world.
I’m calling the group Nourish Yourselfbecause I think these times are calling for us to nourish ourselves in so many ways—food, movement, sleep, creativity, joy, and self-love. I also think we are more powerful together, which is why I want to create a group experience.
Having facilitated and participated in many groups over the years, I know how fantastic a well-guided group can be when we compassionately hold each other accountable, draw on our collective wisdom, celebrate the positive steps forward, and raise each other up.
What you will get out of the group:
★ Discover a personal solution that works for you because one size does not fit all!
★ Develop a platform for personal growth and transformation that addresses your thoughts, feelings, habits, and patterns to create new ones that help you achieve your goals around health and nutrition.
★ Practice ways to let go of guilt and fear around eating and instead really enjoy and celebrate food.
★ Learn to feel more confident in your ability to create nourishing meals or meal plans that support your body, mind and spirit.
★ Focus on gratitude for our body, enthusiasm for making small changes that lead to big results, and creating awareness about what we really need and want.
★ Explore various ways to nourish yourself and bring more joy to every day.
Email me at [email protected] if you are interested in adding yourself to the waiting list for the next group!
Welcome to a cleaner, fresher you! Next cleanse starts soon: Summer date TBD!
Do you need a clean start? Feeling run down, frazzled and like anything you eat doesn’t work for you? Curious about doing a cleanse but want support from professionals? Prefer the support and convenience of an online group?
This 3 week program is designed to help you gain energy, lose foods that aren’t serving you, and give your body a break from fatigue, fuzziness and feeling flustered. Our food-based cleanse will help you clean out the cobwebs and focus on all the great foods that give you energy, focus and vitality! And we promise no starving, no fancy powders or supplements!
Give your body a break. We will meet you where you are!
Embark on a fresh, new journey while gaining knowledge about what triggers your body, the best foods for you personally, and how to feel confident in your food choices
Gain nutrient density and lose some excess weight
Reduce inflammation throughout your body, including your digestive system and joints
Enjoy eating real food while cleansing your body. No starving on this plan! And no expensive supplements or powders.
Get group support from two nutrition professionals: Michelle Dwyer and Amy Griffith, both health coaches and nutrition consultants, are excited to support you through this dynamic and convenient online clean eating circle!
Listen to our webinar here to find out more about how cleansing can help you detox your body, reduce inflammation, and transform your health!