And If Natalie Goldberg Were Your Coach… Mindful Writing and Coaching

Nat smilingCreated and taught in English by Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC
ICF Master Certified Coach and Registered Mentor Coach
Buddhist Chaplain • Psychotherapist • EMDR Consultant

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Based on the writing and teachings of best-selling author Natalie Goldberg.

A Growth Mindset is required to move through resistance and to birth change. Mindful writing through the lens of coaching directly supports the development of Growth Mindset.

“In 2003 I was freshly divorced and ready to reinvent my life. Excitement and curiosity lived in me, yet I was scared because I didn’t have confidence in my next steps. Then, Writing Down the Bones magically appeared on my kitchen table one evening with a note that said ‘Read Me.’ So I did.

A few months later I experienced my first of eight writing retreats with Natalie Goldberg. It was five days. We meditated. We walked. We wrote. Life became spacious again. Thirteen years later I continue working with Natalie and the teachings she so generously gives. I asked for her blessings to develop and teach this class. Her zen bones response; ‘Of course. Go for it! Sounds great!'” ~Ann-Marie McKelvey

Kazuaki Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg and Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.

• Cultivate a Mindful Writing Practice for yourself and your coaching clients
• Explore the Seven Coaching Attitudes of Mindful Writing
• Embracing your Inner Writing Archetypes with a Growth Mindset
• Learn how to facilitate mindful writing groups and retreats

“With Ann-Marie’s guidance and encouragement, this class unlocked my writing and honed my listening skills. Listening to my colleagues’ writings was a deep experience, and writing exercises in class broke my fear. Many of Ann-Marie’s sayings from class are now written on my office walls and I am writing daily in a way that is helping me explore my mind. Thank you Ann-Marie!”
-Nancy G. Murray, DrPH, MA, ACC, CHWC
Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Director of Wellness Programs at American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Purchasing your books through our website will endow a portion of the amount paid to support student scholarships and the growth of our global community. Follow links below or visit our Bookstore to purchase through our Amazon Affiliate account. Thank you for your generosity!
Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within – by Natalie Goldberg
The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life – by Natalie Goldberg
• Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – by Carol Dweck
• Three fast writing pens
• Three composition books or spiral notebooks


Contact Hours: 12 hours over 8 sessions
Where: Anywhere! Connect via phone or computer.
Tuition: $675 OR 2 payments of $347.50
ICF Core Competencies/CCEs: 12
Optional: 12 EMDRIA CEUs and/or Counseling CEUs via New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board

All things that manifest must pass.
Continue with vigor.

Last words of Buddha

Upcoming Schedule –


Please email or call (505) 989-3374 to express your interest in this class!
We have a wait list growing, and as soon as we reach capacity will schedule the next course.

Thank you!

And If Natalie Goldberg Were Your Coach… is part of the Mindfulness Coaching School curriculum to become a credentialed coach. It is offered one time per year and is limited to 14 students. This class is ICF approved for CCEs and is part of the ICF ACSTH program. Ann-Marie is also a CEU Provider through the State of New Mexico, and offers optional counseling CEUs.

To qualify for CCEs, CEUs and/or Class Credits toward Credentialing
You MUST attend 80% of the required, live class contact hours and complete a Course Evaluation Questionnaire in order to receive credit and/or CCEs or CEUs for the course. Students will be asked to indicate presence at the start and close of each class. Make-ups are not possible. We cannot provide CCEs, CEUs or a Certificate of Completion to anyone who does not attend the minimum number of class hours required.

Note Regarding State Boards
Ann-Marie is a CEU Provider through the state of New Mexico. It has been our experience that most state boards accept CEUs from the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. It is up to the individual participant to verify acceptance with their state board.

Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy
• 15 or more days prior to the start of class: Mindfulness Coaching School retains a $100.00 fee for all cancellations.
• 14-8 days prior to the start of class: Mindfulness Coaching School retains a $150.00 fee for all cancellations.
• 7-3 days prior to the start of class: Mindfulness Coaching School retains half of class tuition paid.
• 2 days or less prior to the start of class: Mindfulness Coaching School retains all tuition paid.
• Optional counseling CEUs are non-refundable and non-transferrable.