I am a National Board (NBHWC) certified Health and Wellness Coach with specialties in integrative health practices and peace studies. I founded The Nurtured Life in 2003, a Maryland-based wellness service to build mindful life practices into everyday living. As a mother and connected community member with an academic background in education, I recognized the need for holistic early childhood education and designed The Nurtured Life to offer guidance to families in communication, physiological awareness, natural world connection, and whole foods sustenance. The role of The Nurtured Life naturally broadened to become a nexus for practical and emotional family support with the launch of a whole foods purchasing cooperative, a network of peer support, and coaching services for parents and families. In 2008, I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Diane Finlayson and, in 2009, a certificate in pregnancy yoga to integrate yoga practices into family care.
In adulthood I began to explored my unique abilities as a neurodiverse individual with new found curiosity. As someone who has struggled throughout life with dyslexia, I began to recognize how my neurodivergent sensitivities help me to tune into my internal and external environments, which provides insight between details and the whole picture. This serves me in guiding others in healing practices that are responsive to mind and body. In 2018, I completed a Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health and formally became a wellness coach.
In 2019, my family moved from my hometown in Maryland to the coast of Maine. From Orland, Maine, The Nurtured Life has evolved as a wellness coaching service for clients across the country and includes workshops on attuning to our inner and outer realities to build supportive, sustainable lifestyles.
My academic research has examined the effects of hegemonic white patriarchy on spirituality and human development. As an American and woman of Iranian heritage, I recognized both socially and personally the harm caused by racial structures and the need to actively cultivate a culture of wellbeing. My education continued through a 2021 Master of Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the University of Maine. Today, I combine my knowledge in health coaching, peace studies, and wisdom traditions to offer coaching around barriers to individual wellbeing and collective peace, equity, and social justice.