holistic life Coaching
I welcome you into a thought-provoking and creative partnership to uncover new possibilities for how you live your life.
Become more easeful, fulfilled, and liberated
Discover your own internal sense of directionality and decision-making
Connect to your deep knowing, inner power, and personal stability
Gain new perspectives on yourself, your experiences, and your habits of mind. Drawing insights from adult developmental psychology, social and cultural sciences, and Integral approaches.
Cultivate new life practices from the contemplative, healing, and philosophical traditions. Drawing inspiration from meditation and eastern traditions, energy medicine and the nervous system, and Enneagram.
Experience new ways of being and trusting yourself through our relationship. Drawing intuition from embodiment and movement, shadow dynamics and archetypes, and the subtle body and play.
For teams, groups, and co-founders who need to deepen their relationships and find flow. Whether it is clearing the air, navigating conflict, transitioning power, or simply having more successful communication overall — I help you release tension, build trust, and start anew.
Lay the groundwork for innovation
Excel in your shared missions
Improve overall effectiveness
Have powerful conversations that build trust, create clarity, and foster alignment
Many relationships and teams lack trust. Often this is because there isn’t enough genuine relating. When relationship is replaced with transaction we lose our ability for generative creativity and true innovation. Over time, the energy becomes heavy, dull, stifling. People become antsy or apathetic.
Central to growing trust is allowing what is most real for people, what is actually happening (yet seldom expressed), to enter the shared space of the group. Then it can be worked with and worked through. These uncomfortable conversations are where trust blossoms.
When teams embrace this level of reality, relating in a genuine and expansive way, they more readily find flow, create better more robust solutions, become more innovative, and improve their ability to manage their energy. Engagement is renewed.
Integral Facilitation &
Developmental Psychology & Group Dynamics
Embodiment, Awareness, & Energetic Techniques
Meditation for Everyone
Brooklyn Yoga Project
185 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Wednesdays, 8:00 am - 8:45 am (no class 9/25)
Join me for a highly guided approach to meditation to help you begin or improve your own practice. Learn to calm the mind, ground in the body, and work with visualization; cultivate an ability to make friends with your experience. Class time will be split between instruction, discussion, and practice - we will not meditate for the whole class time and we will not sit in silence. Wear clothing you can sit in comfortably. Pay what you can.
Appropriate for all.
To inquire about private meditation instruction please contact me using the form below.
You’re invited into my humanity and expertise.
Hi there. I’m an interdisciplinarian at heart and by training. I’m interested in how I can be of most service to you by calling upon my various skillsets and experiences based upon the moment we find ourselves in together. To this end I have crafted my own unique methodology that flexes and flows with each individual client interaction.
I’m trained as a Sociologist (Ph.D.), Developmental Coach, Integral Facilitator, Critical Theorist (M.A.), and Usui Reiki Master. I also teach meditation and practice in a Tibetan Buddhist Lineage. I have been formally cultivating my mind-body awareness since 2005. One of my biggest influences is Adult Developmental Psychology which is a body of research that comes largely out of Harvard (e.g. Robert Kegan’s and Kurt Fischer’s work). When I say ‘development’ or ‘developmental’, I am referring to that body of research and methods for actively developing the ability to handle more complexity throughout adulthood and become more whole. My Integral Facilitator certification, which is basically Jedi training, includes conflict mediation and group dynamics. My academic work focuses on identity development, embodiment, social dynamics, and emotions.
Praise & Testimonials
Director of Advocacy
“Dara is one of the most adept listeners I have ever worked with. In working with a variety of modalities, through intuition and attention, Dara created an environment of trust, presence, and growth which allowed me to feel a resonance that called me to more fully occupy the space of my ancestral work while creating and holding space for all of the relationships in my life. As an advocate and teacher, I have found a new sense of power and resiliency in managing change.”
“Dara is a calming force of kindness, empathy and understanding. She leads by listening and genuinely hearing you out before adding her intellect to the discussion. During this past year of working with her, I've learned so much about how to lead in your feminine power. How to be more mindful and practiced. How to revel in the ups and downs. Dara encourages you to be your best self while constantly learning and growing her own skill set. I believe the future is female, and Dara is one sister who will help guide that culture transformation. Thank you for your strength.”
Head of Platform
“Dara has helped me to understand and know myself more, especially my own feelings and how they show up in my physical body. . . If you are seeking to know yourself more, Dara can guide you through that exploration to both expected and profound, unexpected places.”
Senior Content Strategist
“Working with Dara was one of the most inspiring and growth inducing partnerships of my career. She's the perfect balance of heart and intellect, and super fun to be around. Her ability to express herself authentically instantly made me feel comfortable to be who I am around her. No detours, no frills, just truth.”
Director of Special projects
"Working with Dara was a joy. She's open and engaged, she's passionate and bright. She brought out the best in me (and my team) through her belief in our potential. She's a wonderful human who makes it effortless to move beyond the typical constraints of client relationships. She is the future of work."
SVP Global Brand & Marketing
"Two words immediately come to mind when I consider what it's like working alongside Dara... brilliant and kind. These two attributes are inextricably linked within Dara's personality. The complexity and breadth of what she's capable of handling is unlike anything I've encountered in my 20+ years leading teams. She is highly capable of solving multi-dimensional problems and she becomes more engaged and alive in the face of obstacles. Her ability to listen with an open heart/mind and truly understand people allows for genuine trust to be built and breakthrough ideas emerge, almost naturally, in the presence of her leadership."
Founder & Author
"What can be said about Dara but that's she one of a kind? One of the most earnest, sharp, studied, empathetic, and wise colleagues I've ever known. Her writing is fantastic. Her comfort and steady hand with clients is sought after. Her partnership is intense, playful, and joyful. You need Dara. So many cultures do."
Dara sits down (and walks around) with Joseph White, Director of Workplace Strategy, Design, and Management at Herman Miller. They discuss everything from the corruption of the cubicle to what people need and want in their workplaces today. Here are some highlights of their conversation.
Dara sits down with Culture Amp's VP of People and Experience, Julie Rogers to talk all things People Ops: from how the function is evolving to what the world is in need of. Here are some highlights of their conversation.
Dara is thoughtfully growing her practice. If you would like to schedule a 20-minute consultation with her please get in touch.