I offer support, perspective, and guidance to people who want to shed younger, more constraining versions of themselves.
You're invited into a thought-provoking and creative relationship that potentiates new avenues for development in your life. Our work together welcomes you into new ways of being for a richer, more easeful, more powerful, and more fulfilling you.
Gain new perspectives on yourself, your experiences, and your habits of mind. Drawing insights from:
Adult Developmental Psychology
Social & Cultural Sciences
Quantum & Theoretical Physics
Cultivate new life practices from the contemplative, healing, and philosophical traditions. Drawing inspiration from:
Meditation & Eastern Traditions
Energy Medicine & Nervous System
Integral Frameworks & Enneagram
Experience new ways of being and trusting yourself through our relationship. Drawing intuition from:
Embodiment & Movement
Shadow Dynamics & Language
The Subtle Body & Play
Curious about group coaching and facilitation?
I work with teams to liberate conflict, grow trust, build connection, and improve overall effectiveness.
Many teams lack trust. 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 team. Then it can be worked with and worked through. When that happens everyone can exercise their powers of discernment and practical judgement in a more informed and transparent way. This is where trust blossoms.
When teams embrace this level of reality they more readily find their flow, create better more robust solutions, become more innovative, and improve their ability to manage their energy.
I am passionate about facilitating these breakthroughs.
coaching & facilitation
with Dara Blumenthal, PhD
Dara is an Integral Facilitator, Developmental Coach, and culture consultant who is committed to helping people and teams expand who they are and what they can achieve.
She draws on her experiences as a sociologist, cultural theorist, scholar of identity and embodiment, educator, mind-body awareness practitioner, Usui Reiki Master, meditator, and organization designer in her work with individuals and teams.
Dara's academic research focuses on fear, anxiety, shame, and embarrassment, as well as, sameness, difference, and ethics, as lived through embodied self-identity. Her Doctoral research is published as a book and you can read her Master's thesis here.
Dara holds a PhD in Sociology, an MA in Critical Theory (both from University of Kent, UK), and a BA in Mind-Body Awareness & Embodied Identity (from New York University). She is a Certified Integral Facilitator® with Ten Directions. Addistionally, in 2018 Dara is serving as a panel member for the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Dara lives in Brooklyn, NY and works with people and organizations all over the world.
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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.