The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.
Michéle engages you in direct experience for social and emotional wellbeing inside and out. She facilitates with a presence and wonder which collaborates with your inner resources and natural world. Her style supports genuine Self-compassion and courage to emerge from within. The journey is grounded in experiential learning, nature-based practices and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Her approach is authentic, relational, and holistic. She integrates breath, body, movement and sound, respects inner wisdom and welcomes common humanity without judgment. She is well-informed of the impact life experience has on an individual, and the adaptations humans make for survival and belonging needs. The interconnectedness of the inner world (thinking mind, visual mind, physical body, emotions) and external world are meant to be interdependent. A conscious and caring relationship with oneself is vital to apply authentic personal change in the world and to sustain wellbeing.
Michéle's personal healing journey and life transformation combined with formal education and professional training are the foundation for her holistic sense of self. She has an open, non-judgmental heart and courageously compassionate presence. She is highly regarded as genuine with remarkable perception.
With over 20 years of hands-on experience Michéle mindfully develops and facilitates transformational experiences for groups and individuals founded in the proven methods of experiential learning, Self-leadership and Self-compassion. She believes meaningful growth and connection with oneself, others and nature comes from direct experience and should be accessible to everyone. Each and every human has the capacity and inner wisdom to grow and heal in a way that works for them, regardless of past experience and/or limitations (real or perceived). Her personal life transformation inspired her strength as an engaged listener with authenticity and collaboration in the healing process.
Her practice serves a wide range of communities, offering tailored programs, retreats and workshops that meet each individual's needs.
Develop and facilitate experiential programs to meet client needs for various purpose and populations:
Single-day to multi-day events
Groups of 4 to 250+ with multiple facilitators
Trainings, personal transformation, retreats, workshops, team building, challenge courses, organizational development, board meetings, volunteerism, etc
Clients are healthcare professionals, facilitators, first responders, corporations, non-profits, dignitaries, volunteers, employees, teachers, students, youth-at-risk, and people affected by trauma, addiction, incarceration, and disabilities.
Co-founder, practitioner and facilitator to a community oriented, healing centered approach for women who struggle with homelessness, addiction, and/or developmental trauma. Participants engage in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Neuro-feedback, 1-to-1 coaching, and IFS groups as the foundation to increase mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Certified IFS Practitioner (Level 3)
Facilitate and teach IFS in private practice with individuals and groups
Developed Nature-based IFS workshops and training for therapists and practitioners
Program Assistant to Dick Schwartz, Pam Krause, Chris Burris, Mary Kruger, Kathy Cox, & Jory Agate
Continuous learning with numerous personal and professional workshops, retreats, trainings and consult groups
Farming 4 Hunger
Developed and implemented an IFS-experiential learning program for men who were incarcerated.
In collaboration with Farming 4 Hunger the program evolved with a multi-dimensional approach which utilized lived experience in the justice system as peer support to increase resiliency to adversity for youth and reduced recidivism rates for adult men.
This women's group was created at the request of Judge Chandlee for the women in the Calvert County Adult Treatment Court program: Breaking the Cycle of Addition. The initial 8-week trial (2018) was met with great resistance as participants are court ordered to attend. This weekly women's group now continues at the request and free-will of the court program graduates who welcome and warm court-ordered attendees. The focus is based on relationship with oneself from a curious and compassionate place with self-acceptance and courageous response-ability.
Heal Your Life Workshop Leader, Life Coach and Teacher-Teacher (TT)
Facilitated weekly and weekend workshops, and a 5-day training to certify workshop leaders based on the transformational methods of Louise Hay; learning to love yourself, mind-body connection, inner child work, mirror work, releasing old emotions, forgiveness, and creating self-talk. Authorized by Hay House, Inc.
Training & Education
• Certified Internal Family Systems Practitioner (Level 3)
• Certified Holistic Spiritual Counselor and Life Coach
• Certified Heal Your Life® Teacher, Life Coach and Teacher-Teacher
• Certified Challenge Course and Team-building Facilitator with advanced trainings
• Certified Intentional Peer Support Trainer
• Chakra Yoga
• Trul Kohr Tibetan Yoga
• Movements of Grace
• Certified Healing Breathwork Practitioner
• Mindful Self-compassion Teacher
MS Experiential Education, Focus in Nature-based Therapies, Minnesota State University
BA, Human Development breadth Recreational Therapy, Prescott College
Recreation, Leadership, and Programming, Catonsville Community College
AS in Music and Video Business AIFL