Private Coaching

---> If you are a mom and entrepreneur in or near Santa Cruz, CA, you might want to start by checking out the MAMAPRENEUR BUSINESS INCUBATOR group program I run at Luma Yoga.

---> If you’re either not local to Santa Cruz or are simply looking for more individualized support with a personal or professional challenge in your life, private coaching may be the better option for you. In that case, read on!

Does this sound like you?

You are beginning to suspect that there is more to your life than what you’ve got going on right now. In fact, you can feel it...

That’s why you’ve been reading Brene Brown books, watching Marie Forleo TV, subscribing to the Dear Sugar podcast, and catching Super Soul Sunday every week. It’s this feeling gnawing at you that deep inside there is a woman you’ve been DYING to become. Maybe it’s some version of a woman you once were, or maybe it’s a woman you’ve always imagined you could be.

The woman who knows what she wants and gets it.
The woman who doesn’t spend years trying to make a decision, but instead acts swiftly, decisively, and effectively.
The woman who doesn’t get hooked in others’ expectations and society’s obligations, but listens instead to her own, wise voice.
The woman who rises above the siren call of perfectionism and allows an evolving, imperfect process to carry her forward.
The woman who is brave enough to be scared, and DO IT ANYWAY.


You might even have something brewing, a specific dream,
for example:

  • To find your voice and selfhood again after a big life change like marriage, divorce, illness, having a child, moving, facing an "empty nest," etc. etc.

  • To bring more fulfillment, fun, and healthy communication into your romantic relationship.

  • To stop taking clients through your boss and start taking them for yourself, on your own terms, with unlimited creative freedom, and without all the workplace drama.

  • To switch career paths altogether, leaving the I.T. job to finally launch that homemade beauty product company you’ve always talked about.

  • To stop producing income altogether and - god forbid - allow your partner to support you while you birth your next big thing (and yes, still be a feminist.)

  • To retire early and discover what brilliance is left to be discovered in your the-best-is-yet-to-come third act.


But you are afraid, understandably!

What about money?
What will your parents/partner/co-workers/friends think?
What if it's a totally unrealistic idea? Can it really work?
What if you're not good enough? Not clever enough? Not disciplined enough?


These are the kinds of questions I see holding women like you back all the time. If you could just see a little further down the path. . . just know that everything was going to work out alright, it would feel a little safer taking that first step. If there wasn’t just so much damned uncertainty. . .

But no matter how much you meditate or go to yoga or journal, you can’t seem to make the hesitation go away or access the confidence you need to move forward. What’s worse is that YOU’RE the kind of gal all your friends come to for advice, so why can’t you get the same clarity for yourself?

The good news is that all it takes to get to that place is to tap into your INNER WILD WOMAN. And no, I’m not talking about Coachella or flower crowns.


I’m talking about getting in touch with the version of yourself that just knows. The wild part. The wise part. The part that doesn’t need anyone else’s approval.


When you live and work from your inner wild woman, you always know what to do next. You feel good about each step and you run on instinct, clarity, and joy INSTEAD of fear, uncertainty and scarcity.

I call her your inner wild woman because you are getting in touch with the type of instinctual wisdom you see in nature, or heck….even in your own house.

Your young child doesn’t consider what they are going to do next, they just do it….they feel it because they are still wild and haven’t learned all of the rules of society that tame our wildness and keep us totally out of touch with our intuition.

Your dog doesn’t worry about “what he’s going to do with his life” or what his “life purpose” is, he just KNOWS.

That’s what I am here to help you do. You are going to get in touch with your inner wildness and KNOW, in your gut, the right path for you in a way you never have before.


Enter, the "Know Your Next" Mentorship Program!

a 6 month experience designed to help you hop off the carousel of indecision and step confidently onto your path of clarity, direction, and calm.


You might not think that being out of touch with your inner wild woman is doing much damage in your life, but I’m sure you’ve felt the effects. Things like…


Spending THOUSANDS of dollars on a degree that you will never end up actually using because you let fear and obligation lead the way and never got around to figuring out what your HEART wanted.
Losing yourself in a relationship that went on way too long, and then feeling embarrassed about the time you wasted with someone you knew wasn’t right for you.
Buying a product or course with the intention of starting your “next big thing,” but losing steam before even really getting started.
Snapping at your partner and yelling at your kids (even though you’re “not that kind of mom”) because you’re walking around in a perpetual state of overwhelm.
Watching your work performance slide slowly into the toilet as you care less and less about this job that you once hoped would feel so right.
Putting others’ needs before yours AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN because it’s easier to use your family as an excuse instead of launching your own damn dream.


I don’t say this to scare you, just to share with you how not being in touch with the woman you really want to be is having on your life. It matters. But I think you know that already, or you wouldn’t still be reading.

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to seek it out or have a guru point it out to you. You don’t have to spend a few weeks in the forest or spend 30k on some immersion program. It’s all inside you. I’m just here to help you bring it out. Because once your inner wild woman is out, she’s yours forever.

I know what you are thinking:


This sounds good but is it possible for ME? How do I know things will actually change?


You’ll change because you will learn how to make good choices for yourself. You will gain the confidence to know (at the risk of sounding like a makeup commercial) that you’re worth it. I have a 6th sense for this stuff, and I will call out your bullshit for you. I’ll be able to tell what is holding you back, and then guide you to identify what, exactly, it is that you want instead.

Even if you’re convinced that you don’t know what you want instead. I promise. YOU DO.

In fact during your free consultation - before we even start the coaching program - I guarantee you will become 100% clearer on what it is you truly want. Knowing that is half the battle! Then all you have to do is take small steps to get there, which, if you’re aligned with “the flow of the Tao,” (aka, what wants to happen), should be relatively easy.

You will know where you’re going. You will know how to get there. No more wondering. No more thinking about it, talking about it endlessly to anyone who will listen, staying awake at night worrying and wondering. You will be On. Your. Way



Here’s how it works:

  • We work together for six months.

  • During that time, you get 10, hour-long private sessions (over the phone OR in person at Luma Yoga in downtown Santa Cruz - your choice) as well as personalized assignments and UNLIMITED email support in between sessions.

  • The first session is dedicated to discovering your vision for an ideal future (I have a super cool way to get you in touch with this) and then setting clear intentions for how to get there.

  • Each subsequent session is about checking in with progress, feeling into what is the next best action to take towards your intentions, breaking that action into a bite-sized step you'll take THAT WEEK, and then following through on that action with my support via email as needed until we talk again.

  • At the conclusion of our six months together, we will harvest your progress, celebrate your accomplishments, and send you off with a clear path forward. You'll be ready to fly out on your own and carry on the good work!


This is different than other coaching programs you’ve done because I’m not here to fix anything for you or tell you the “five magic steps to unlock your true potential.” The truth is that I don’t actually know what you should do next.


But YOU do.


It’s my job to create a space where you can find your way back to your own wisdom.

This is different than talking to your partner or mom or best friend because all of those people have a vested interest in what you decide. I am an impartial, uninvolved, objective listener, and I do this for hundreds of women each year, so my perspective is, quite frankly, pretty bomb.


Ok, let’s review.

You get:

  • 10, hour-long private sessions over six months
  • Unlimited email support in between sessions
  • Personalized assignments and strategies

You learn:

  • How to know yourself again.

  • How to trust yourself.

  • How to envision what YOU really want - without all the noise of other people’s opinions and society’s ideas about who you are.

  • How to take concrete, practical action steps towards that vision.


And once you know this - I mean really KNOW this with your inner knowing - you have it forever.

Because I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but once you’ve had the realization that you’re not living as the woman you truly want to be - once you’ve awoken your inner wild woman - there’s no going back. She will keep inviting you, enticing you, seducing you with what else is possible.

You might think you can carry on the way things are and a year from now they will still be the same, but I’m here to tell you that things never stay the same.

They get worse or they get better.

And now that you’ve admitted to yourself that you’re capable of so much more, your satisfaction with your current work and way of life will diminish at an increasing pace.

For example, some women come to me at the beginning of their “awakening,” ready to get on the path to realizing their dream. In this case, we can save them thousands of dollars and even more time and energy that might have been wasted spinning their wheels and investing in degrees or programs or travel in an attempt to still the ever-growing yearning in their heart.

But sometimes they wait years and years until something forces them to take action - like getting fired, divorced or sick.

As an old mentor of mine used to say, “Yes, maybe we all have to hit rock bottom before we’re willing to change, but how high can you make your bottom?”

So it’s up to you. How badly do you want this? How long are you willing to wait? How much are you willing to sacrifice before putting yourself and your dreams as a priority?

Let’s start now.

*** Your Investment is $3,000 for six months of private Coaching ***


If you are ready to get clarity on the next step in your work life, fill out an application for a free, 30-minute consultation. I only take two new clients per month, so don't delay!

Get started on the path to living the life you've been dying live TODAY.


Check out these results:


When I met Melanie, my husband and I had BOTH just taken the scary plunge into full-time self-employment. Even though I had been teaching yoga for over 10 years, I couldn't yet see a way to turn it into an actual, sustainable career - especially while still being as present of a mom as my teenagers needed me to be.

In the six months that Melanie and I worked together, I:

  • filled my private yoga teaching practice to my goal number, 
  • streamlined the back end of my business so I could spend more time teaching,
  • more than TRIPLED my monthly income, 
  • AND was somehow still able to spend more time than ever before with my family.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but it turns out it IS possible to make a living doing this! I'm so glad I invested in this coaching support. It has already paid for itself and then some - plus, it was so much fun!

Robin Penney,

Yoga Instructor

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I had the structure of what a happy life is supposed to be like: a husband, a successful business, a community, and a house. But it had been years since I had truly lived a genuine, happy and authentic life.

With Melanie’s support, I was able to distill down what was truly important. I compassionately finalized my divorce, started living unapologetically as a bisexual, queer and polyamorous woman, interviewed for and landed my dream job, moved to a city I am in love with, and am doing the work I truly believe I was born to do!

In short, Melanie helped me transition my worldview from living in scarcity and “not enough” to one of abundance. She helped me clarify exactly what I want my life to look like and then call in the right ingredients to create it.

Kathleen Lee,

Fertility Acupuncturist

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I came to Melanie for support getting my business back on track after having my first baby. I LOVED becoming a mother, but I worried that the momentum I had lost on maternity leave would be too difficult to regain. Melanie helped me bring my whole self to my work in a way that I had never been able do before, while still having time to be a mother AND tend to myself. I learned to articulate what I do clearly and to stand in my value, which brought in many more clients and new opportunities that continue to grow even today.

Beyond her incredibly sharp skills as a coach, Melanie brings something essential to her empowerment work: the generosity of heart and total commitment to support other women's success.  Melanie has a kind of solidarity that cuts across all divides, and that is why she has all my trust.

Magali Morales,

Spiritual Counselor, Astrologer, and Shamanic Practitioner


Prior to starting this "Wild Woman" journey, I felt trapped, anxious and scared about which direction to take my life. Since working with Melanie, I quit my job and now take clients only on my own terms! I have more independence, freedom, time and flexibility than ever before. I have learned how to create effective strategies for personal accountability, decision making, and communicating my truth with the world. I now enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, feel more confident, and experience a deeper sense of connectedness to my life purpose.

Jessica Mead,

Speech Language Pathologist