What We Offer

Founded by Master Certified Coach, Psychotherapist, and Buddhist Chaplain Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC, Mindfulness Coaching School was created to offer the integration of:

  • Engaged Mindfulness
  • Positive Psychology
  • Right Speech
  • Wellness Practices
  • EMDR
  • Somatic Coaching Skills
  • Holistic Business Principles
  • All of our classes offer ICF Core Competency CCEs


So, what exactly does a coach do?

Ann-Marie gives this answer,
“I help people remember how amazing they are.”

Coaching is a big, deep, creative, and connective practice. It’s as rich and vast as you are willing to be. The process of becoming a coach is transformative. You remember how amazing you are, and in turn can help others do the same.

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as, “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

This is particularly important in today’s uncertain, ever-changing, and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her own life and work via the belief that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the Coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.”

“In a world that reinvents itself on a daily basis, we empower students and credentialed coaches to adapt, integrate, and flourish from the inside out, for the betterment of all sentient beings.”

– Ann-Marie McKelvey, MCS Founder & Director

Let’s look at what that means…

In a world that reinvents itself on a daily basis…
Have you ever felt like a whole week has happened and it’s only been one day? We, as individuals and as a collective, are evolving at an exponential rate. Our world is rapidly changing. With the immediate connectivity of technology and social media, what is there (besides our own self-imposed limitations) to hold us back anymore?

we empower students and credentialed coaches…
Whether you are a fully credentialed coach, a licensed therapist, someone brand new to coaching, or someone who’s taken a few classes, our curriculum will meet you where you are and empower you to live your potential.

to adapt, integrate, and flourish from the inside out…
Our intention is to support you on your path, to inspire you to embody and realize the resiliency, awareness, and connection it takes to live the good life. We believe that true change comes from within, and that global change happens on an individual basis.

for the betterment of all sentient beings…
We are all in this together, quite literally! When the well-being of others is at the forefront of action and inspiration, the beauty of humanity and its potential is apparent. Coaching is quickly becoming a powerful way to inspire and actualize change. To reference a quote from Ghandi, to help others be the change they wish to see in the world.

What does our logo represent?

This is the Kanji (Japanese character) for the word mindfulness. It combines the ideograms for now (the present moment/that which covers all things) and heart/mind (the pairing of love and wisdom).

In 2016, Ann-Marie and Brittany attended a calligraphy workshop with renowned calligrapher and translator Kazuaki Tanahashi. Inspired by the meaning and beauty of this Kanji, they decided to incorporate it into the Mindfulness Coaching School’s logo.

The strength of heart and mind acting as one in the present moment felt like the perfect inspirational symbol for the mission of the school.
Our History

In April 2015 the Mindfulness Coaching School was founded by Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC. She was already teaching and coaching, and knew how much she loved both. Ann-Marie realized the best way for her to live in a world with more kindness, compassion, and respect, that also supported her endeavor to live in an engaged and mindful way, was to teach more. One thing led to another, and the Mindfulness Coaching School came into being…

The school exceeded its five-year plan in just about nine months. Ann-Marie wasn’t alone in wanting to create and live in a more compassionate world. There are humans around the planet seeking the same, who have been coming to the school to co-create and realize that dream. One of them might be you.

About Founder & Director Ann-Marie


The readings for Skillful Means were amazing and opened wonderful insights and discussions. I learned a lot about myself, both personally and professionally.
Lara T. AbreuB.A., M.A.Pleasanton, CA