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My Journey

Apr 30, 2019

By Dalida Turkovic, PCC
(MCS Alumna and founder of the Beijing Mindfulness Centre)

Some years ago, close to a decade now, I began learning from my coach and mentor Ann-Marie McKelvey. Through her coaching I learned how to use the present moment awareness to identify the next steps and actions. From Ann-Marie’s coaching I found out that anxiety, anger, sadness or fear present themselves as messengers on how to navigate with clarity the needs behind the emotions. Step by step I was moving forward into the realms that were unthinkable by my rational mind: publishing a book, opening a mindfulness center, becoming financially independent.

After seeing the value of mindfulness and coaching in my personal life I celebrated Ann-Marie’s decision to start the Mindfulness Coaching School which offers ICF accreditation and immediately started the process of becoming an accredited Mindfulness, Wellness and Somatic Coach.

In coaching we use powerful questions, metaphors, active listening, meta views and a variety of other coaching tools to enable clients to utilize their full potential. Mindfulness and coaching are two skills that have complimentary focus on using awareness as a stepping stone toward behavioral change.

At MCS, my curiosity to learn how to bridge mindfulness and coaching was satiated with each program: S-T-R-E-T-C-H, The Art of Engaged Mindfulness, Right Speech, Skillful Means, Mindful Eating-Mindful Life (to name a few), one after the other classes were adding pieces of the puzzle on how to coach mindfully and be a mindfulness and somatic coach.

Through the support of the community the process of becoming an accredited practitioner brought inspiration to be an ambassador of mindfulness coaching. I have since recommended the MCS program to many. I am still receiving their impressions on what MCS means to them and their growth as a coach:

I would like to say many times thank you – long due actually – for having suggested that I embark on a new career with coaching and take classes with the Mindfulness Coaching School. This has been a wonderful and inspiring journey for me.  ~ T.M., a student of MCS, now ICF accredited coach

[Dalida], I decided to sign up for Right Speech after Skillful Means, I need and want to make my dream come true and become who I might have been. And so one day, I can show […] how great and strong I am!  ~ C.K., a student of MCS, now ICF accredited coach

I am always inspired to hear from fellow mindfulness and somatic coaches and recommend the programs at MCS and coaching with Ann-Marie wholeheartedly to anybody who wants to take both mindfulness and coaching practice to the next level.

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I’m very happy and grateful for participating in The Dynamic Trio. I now have knowledge and experience of coaching with additional dimensions; EMDR and positive psychology work amazingly well together. I loved the holistic approach of coaching, this was just what I was looking for (moving the focus and energy from head to body)! I want to thank everyone who participated in this wonderful class – I enjoyed learning, working, laughing and crying with my class mates very much – such an open environment supports everyone’s development greatly! Thank you, Ann-Marie, for sharing your wisdom and kindness and being absolute inspiration for me!
Katrin KaurApprentice Wellness Coach
STRETCH does just that…it stretches your understanding of what a coach is/does, it stretches your thoughts and insights about yourself and your journey and it stretches your bonds with your classmates to learn from their collective experiences and knowledge. This was an enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable class that really pushed you to think from a variety of perspectives and to also really think about who you are, the story you tell and why. I am sad it is over.
Lara T. AbreuStudent CoachPleasanton, California
Mindfulness appears in many forms these days. In The Art of Engaged Mindfulness Ann-Marie takes us on an exploration of wisdom, understanding and practice, which nurtures the depth of our engagement with this powerful way of living.
Christy Endicott, LICSW
The Mindfulness Coaching School has been an amazing resource for me on many levels. I took S-T-R-E-T-C-H! when Ann Marie suggested it would be a great addition to what we’d been working on in our coaching sessions. The class was so inspiring I decided to become a coach myself! I’ve taken 6 classes already and plan to take more. I love Ann Marie’s style of teaching; the academic aspect, the mindful/spiritual piece and the opportunity to work with other like-minded people during homework sessions. Ann Marie is a bottomless source of knowledge and inspiration and I am forever grateful!
Mimi PullenAcupuncturist, Herbalist & Wellness Coach
Meg is a great coach and teacher. She has very kind presence and incorporates variety of exercises and approaches to coaching which makes learning fun and interesting. The NVC proves to be the language of life and I love to see all of us really live this language with people around us.
Srdjan VukcevicFounder and CEO, Blue CoachPodgorica, Montenegro
Amazing class. Read more
Anthony J. Christmann
Skillful Means is a fantastic course. If you are ready to dive into coaching, this class is fun and important!
Cassandra CabreraStudent CoachBoynton Beach, FL
This course [Body Electric] gives a wonderful overview of how much the body affects us and how to use that knowledge to help move the coaching process along.
Lisa Matovich-BrookeSenior StudentBillings, MT
Ann-Marie is a fabulous teacher and mentor. She is a superb coach who models coaching skills and mindset throughout the learning process. Coaching is an exciting profession and Ann-Marie’s passion for coaching is contagious. I have made more changes in my life in the 6 months I’ve been taking classes with Ann-Marie than I have ever made in an entire year. I am now more confident and more energized in my work. I am so happy that I’ve taken the leap into coaching with Ann-Marie leading the way!
Christy EndicottLICSW, Psychotherapist, Wellness/Mindfulness Coach
This class taught me a lot more than I expected. I worked through some really hard issues in my writing and came out on the other side, with amazing insights and feeling very accomplished. The instructor worked seamlessly, incorporating coaching and writing skills into each class, demonstrating how therapeutic writing can be and how to incorporate it in coaching our clients.
Sue ShibleyStudent CoachDallas, TX