Holistic Hope - a Group Coaching Weekend Oct 27th & 28th in Santa Cruz, CA

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Lifestyle Guidance

Stress got the better of me and then chronic neck pain consumed me. My own journey out of chronic pain to finding a healthy lifestyle has given me insight into many challenges life throws our way. Personal experience and education enables me to bring a high level of empathy, respect, and understanding to my clients.

We will work at the nervous system level - first learning about the physiology of stress and then adding gentle movement that’s been designed by experts in neuroplasticity. You will rewire your habitual pathways, move with more ease, and therefore experience life more fully.

Wellness Experience

I have found that wellness likes to whisper. Well tended it will whisper for many years. If and when necessary wellness screams. Then the echoes heard vibrating through the body, mind, and spirit can no longer be ignored. Wellness loves to connect and engage with others, as well as be fortified with nourishing nutrients.

Active Coaching

My education and training completes my coaching arsenal – allowing me to provide you, the client, with the tools and methods you need to gracefully transform and achieve your health, life, 

business and spiritual goals. You are the program!

Be Well, Mary Ellen Hannon

Group Coaching about life health and business

Holistic Hope - a Group Coaching Weekend for Women

A weekend about Hope & Networking and not business-as-usual!

You know you could use inspiration, even help, yet you struggle to identify precisely what you need. Then this weekend is for you.

Please  join us in our interactive workshops designed by professionals to focus  on how to “strengthen and support your intention to act, so that you can play your best part, whatever that may be.” *

Together we will take a journey that is both serious and nourishing as we engage in collaborative, energetic embodiment sessions that will help you find inspiration and facilitate personal transformation. This weekend you will be encouraged to be present, to go deep and then to level-up.

We will emphasize Group Coaching -  like rounds of speed dating - with focused sessions spanning intent, creativity, and awareness to light a path to your future. Together we can evolve, change our patterns and move forward to better balance health, business, and life.

This weekend is about Hope and Networking. It is not business-as-usual. We will emphasize interactivity as well as providing an opportunity to meet one on one with the Health, Business and Life Coaches. 

“...each of us has something significant to offer...In rising to the challenge of playing our best role, we discover something precious that both enriches our lives and adds to the healing world. An oyster, in response to trauma,  grows a pearl.” *

Do you have a fierce desire to learn and grow? Then join us to create a joint environment where we will connect more deeply to our own visions, to share our insights and experiences, and to move forward with purpose and intent.

In a literal and figurative sense, you are our program.

Joanna Macy the coauthor of Active Hope who inspired this workshop.


Lunch, Dinner and Snacks (special dietary needs will be addressed) and Yoga, Qigong, and Somatic Movement Classes. You will also receive copies of The Floor Is Your Friend and E-Book of Complementary Alternative Medicine.

Opportunity for Complimentary One-on-One Coaching Sessions


Steph Jacobs, Holistic Business Coach, is an Emmy™-award winning television producer and former Fortune 100 business executive who is a professional facilitator, startup coach, and mentor at one of Silicon Valley’s leading incubators. At the age of 66 she decided to toss white male privilege to the wind and transition full time to a new life as a California girl. 

Mary Ellen Hannon, AADP Certified Nutrition Coach and founder of SomaQi©, has a BA in Health Sciences with 20 years of experience in the Wellness Industry and 30 years experience in International Business. She is the author of Complementary Alternative  Medicine. Mary Ellen teaches self-regulation of the nervous system to  to relieve and to prevent chronic stress and pain.

“My personal  transformations through chronic neck pain, divorce, and a major career  change all required me to reinvent myself. I am comfortable in the  transformation process that requires you to go inside to bring about  lasting and meaningful change.“


Cindy  Walker, Holistic Life Coach, has been passionately involved in yoga and wellness for over 25 years. She took her yoga off the mat a few years  ago when she became a Martha Beck Life Coach. Cindy thinks of  life coaching as essentially “Yoga of the Mind“. She holds advanced  certifications in many yoga styles and leads yoga teacher trainings. She  has a BA in Movement Therapy/Psychology, and has received Yoga Alliance ERYT 500 Hour & YACEP Certifications.

Nancy Ellen Abrams is a philosopher of science, lawyer, and visionary. Her prize-winning book, A God That Could Be Real, unites science and spirituality in a radically new Big Picture for our  future. Having coauthored two books with a leading astrophysicist about the meaning of the scientific universe, she realized that spiritual ambiguity and cynicism are reasonable reactions to obsolete approaches to spirituality that conflict with modern knowledge. Her answer: wrap  your mind around the reality of the universe, use cosmological ideas as expansive metaphors to re-envision our world and ourselves, and develop a  lasting spirituality in harmony with scientific reality. 

Shelly Errington is a cultural anthropologist, a photographer, a documentary film maker and a published cartoonist: she is the author of The Floor Is Your Friend.  She believes that serious playfulness and playful seriousness are  fundamental to the creation of good work, whether written or visual.  Shelly will share insights about the habits of mind and body that enable the creative process to flourish. 

Dr. Tonya Fleck ND, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center. Her graduate work was in Marriage and  Family Therapy. She is passionate about people experiencing freedom in  their health and vitality. She partners with her patients to discover and to remove underlying obstacles to cure. She has been practicing medicine for 14 years.



Kent Bond, MA, ERYT 500, creator of Willow Glen Yoga in San Jose, California is a well respected Senior Yogi from the Bay Area. With many years of Yoga teaching, practice and study in several lineages of Yoga, Kent has developed a singular teaching style that is informative, challenging and uplifting. He has extensive and ongoing studies in the White Lotus tradition with Ganga White and Tracey Rich, including advanced and undergraduate teaching certifications from this prestigious center. Kent is an ongoing member of their teacher training staff. Kent leads specialized workshops in the USA and Europe.

Irene Ericksen first experienced yoga in Hawaii and years later she trained 500 Hours with local author and yoga teacher Mark Stephens. She has taught a wide variety of yoga styles to a diverse group of students. She currently loves helping clients with environmental design incorporating elements of Shastra – designs intended to integrate architecture with nature.

Nick Loffree, founder of Bionic Qigong, is a teacher of Mindful Movement for Self Healing. Specializing in Chinese Energy Medicine or Qigong. Nick creates integrative practices drawing from many styles of Qigong, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Meditation, Breath-Work, and Yoga to create truly unique and adaptive programs for health, healing and transformation. Nick is a Senior Instructor with the world renowned school, Holden Qi Gong, as well as a Qigong instructor with Silicon Valley’s premiere mindfulness destination, 1440 Multiversity. 

Full Workshop Schedule

What are my parking options? 

Best all day parking is at Locust Street Garage - best rates and closest parking.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Steph Jacobs email her at steph@sejsolutions.com

Mary Ellen Hannon email her at maryellen@shaktinutrition.com or call 408.807.8515

Where to stay?

We can offer you a special rate (call 831.600.8880 and mention Holistic Hope) at The Pacific Blue Inn B&B, Santa Cruz!  Promoting green living and a healthy outlook on life, the Inn is  located on Pacific Avenue within walking distance to the best Santa Cruz  has to offer. Inspired by the NY Times article “36 Hours Santa Cruz”  the founders of the Inn set out to create an environment that would  allow visitors to take advantage of the best of Santa Cruz all within  walking distance of their accommodations. Nestled halfway between Santa  Cruz’s world famous Beach Boardwalk and the bustling Downtown area,  Pacific Blue Inn offers you a quiet secluded courtyard hotel room to get  the perfect nights sleep,

Cancellation Policy

We  will gladly refund your registration fee less a $50 administrative fee  if canceling on or before October 20, 2018. Because of our commitment to  our event location and catering, if you cancel October 21 or later, 50%  of the workshop fee will be refunded. If you cancel within 24 hours of  the workshop, we are unable to refund any portion of your registration  fee.

Oct 27th & 28th Santa Cruz, CA at the Food Lounge

"Wellness likes to whisper. Well tended it will whisper for many years. If and when necessary wellness screams. Then the echoes heard vibrating through the body, mind, and spirit can no longer be ignored."  

               Price $180 - $240

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