YOUR KIND WORDS
"If you are looking for a coach who stands right there on your side, who believes in you, and who challenges you to be all you can be, then Melissa is the coach for you. She combines strong intuition, years of her own study, and a high level of coaching skills. Melissa has a natural sense for how to balance curiosity and openness with holding you to what you want to create. I hired her to help me with a major life transition and I not only value every session, but my transition has more life and fire than I could have imagined before."
"Melissa's steady and inviting presence helps create a sacred space for clients to process their deep challenges and opportunities. She asks powerful questions, then becomes the mirror through which her clients’ strengths and goodness are generously illuminated. I highly recommend her as coach for anyone seeking to realize a more purposeful and thriving life."
"I have participated in at least 4 workshops with Melissa over the last few years, as well as receiving personal coaching. In the workshops, she was always very prepared, organized, and very attentive, not to mention, fun! I've really gotten a much better understanding of Ayurvedic principles than I ever had which is still manifesting in my life body, mind and soul. In our one-on-one work, I gained meaningful insight into my needs to feel clear, light, and accomplished as I have transitioned into retirement and "empty-nesting". She listened so well, she heard things I didn't even know I said! "
"Melissa has been very helpful in giving me tools to find ways to be an effective and efficient leader in my business, without compromising what’s important in my personal life. I look forward to future coaching sessions as I continue to do the work in creating a beautiful life."
"Melissa is a delightful combination of strength, wisdom, and joyous humor. She is an unwavering truth-teller and truth-seeker."
"Melissa and I have coached together a number of times over the last year. She helped me find the space for quiet reflection, as well as room to imagine multiple possibilities. Melissa uses simple questions in a powerful way, encouraging careful consideration that goes well below the surface. She is also ready to share the joy with you, with her wonderful laugh!"
" The wonderful teachers, the excellent workshops, the beautiful space - everything about Melissa's studio encourages calm and joyful practice. It also fosters a community of such loving and lovely souls, and I know that began with Melissa & Rita and the intention they brought to it. I’m so grateful for all the connections I have made at the studio."
"Melissa is such a warm and wise presence. When I started working with her, I felt I needed to sharpen my focus and break through chronic obstacles which prevented me from achieving a daily quantum shift from good to great. She asked clarifying questions, helped me vision my desired outcomes, and develop strategies for developing a way of measuring and accounting for subtle shifts and improvements in my overall function. Now, rather than bringing my “b game” to my work and my life, I am bringing my “A game”, resulting in a much better sense of personal clarity, health and work focus. All this, in a fun accepting, and nurturant coaching relationship. I highly recommend Melissa’s coaching; everyone i know loves her, and she is widely recognized for her special talent."
"I had never done anything like this before I sat down with Melissa. I came to her coaching practice at a time in my life where I felt like so much was out of my control. Through our sessions, she helped me to break down my frustrations to their core issues and from there build out actionable steps to move forward. Sometimes things can seem so large and amorphous. Melissa helped me to realize that, when you have the courage to look the issues in the face, and answer the difficult questions, you really have the power to write your own story."
"Melissa’s workshops are a treat to attend. I’ve participated in several, from discovering and fulfilling one’s purpose and aspirations to how to find balance with Ayurveda. She is well prepared for every topic she presents, but it’s more than that. Melissa can answer questions whether closely or only vaguely related to the material because she has studied the subjects in depth. And while preparedness and knowledge are important, it’s her warmth and enthusiasm that will keep me coming back. Finally, I have no doubt that she lives what she teaches. Recently, she had taken her dogs to the vet and planned to run them home and grab our class handouts before teaching our workshop, but the road was blocked. She arrived at the studio without class handouts and with her two dogs. Nevertheless, she laughed about the circumstances, joyfully and professionally taught the class, introduced us to her dogs during the intermission, and emailed the handouts immediately after class. In several moments of mayhem I’ve had since then, I remembered Melissa’s calm-despite-the-chaos demeanor and relaxed."
"I’ve known Melissa for 30 years. Not casually. Not just an acquaintance. But as someone I easily call ‘best friend’. And throughout these past 30 years I’ve been gifted with her gifts. She’s helped me navigate life transitions, career trajectories, and romantic uncertainties. She has helped me cope with loss and celebrated with me during times of triumph. I’ve found myself in situations where I ask myself, “What would Melissa do?” (WWMD) and more often than not the answer presents itself pretty quickly. And it’s not because she’s fixing anything for me or purports to have all the answers, but it’s because she’s instilled in me a confidence in myself and the ability to let my heart be open to all possibilities. Illuminate Guidance is an extension of the gifts Melissa has long possessed and I’m thrilled she’s creating the framework to share them with the world."