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Truth. Integrity. Joy. This is why I coach. For you to inhabit your self.
To consciously connect to your strength. To live with passion and energy.
From here, you can achieve anything.

What's the big deal about coaching?How do I make coaching special?Why work with me?Contact me for a free session

WHAT IS COACHING?

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Coaching is focusing on you in the here and now, on your vision of who you want to be and what you want to do. I support you in gaining clarity and making your vision a reality, in getting you unstuck and going again, in making the changes you want for your life. Coaching is also space to breathe, listen, reflect and gain fresh perspective, a journey of growth. As your coach, I enable you to reconnect to your needs and to know yourself better. I encourage you to find your own voice and live a balanced, healthy and authentic life. I provide the structure, the techniques, the support and the challenge and you come with your honesty and commitment to yourself and your potential.
Coaching is not therapy: I don't diagnose or analyze you, and we don’t talk at length about the past, though we use emotional issues and difficulties as an opportunity for transformation. Coaching actually helps you take distance from your thoughts and emotions. And in this space, insights happen: your thinking improves, your feelings transform, and you can be more you. Through coaching you gain in clarity and confidence, make the best decisions, solve your dilemmas and fulfill goals big and small, ultimately transforming your life and work.
Coaching is self-directed: I won't give you advice; you discover your own answers effortlessly!  Coaching is about awareness, responsibility and choice. In fact, you will see that you are fully capable and you have access to all the internal resources you need for finding peace and achieving success, at all times. And this is the key to living your potential: together we uncover what is real in you, we give it power and you achieve the results you want from a place of trust and true connection to yourself.

What others say

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  • While with trepidation, at first, I found the coaching process very uplifting and eye-opening.  I feel that there were always unanswered questions in my head that sat and to which I never found answers. But through Macarena's gentle but firm manner, I was able to answer all of them.  A work in progress, but this coaching has laid a good foundation for a self-discovery process.  I would love to come back to Macarena one day and go through the process again. Thank you, Macarena!

    Lisa Bell, Cape Town

  • I feel a deep sense of satisfaction that I have gone through a significant journey which has provided me with invaluable ‘tools’ to live my life more harmoniously. The major value for me was the shifting of attitudes and moving from a place of feeling de-motivated, stuck, in a rut and generally negative, to feeling more at peace and in harmony with where I am. Macarena is professional, focused and totally “there” without in any way being rigid, and has a wonderfully infectious warmth, energy and enthusiasm!

    Deborah Glover, Cape Town

  • The coaching with Macarena was a blessing and I now bear the fruits of it in my life. I am so grateful to her. She has been of tremendous help to connect with myself, learn about myself and progress in my transformation towards who I really am. Go for it, clearly you won't regret it.

    Timon Van Lidth, Burkina Faso

  • For years I've worked on overcoming personal blocks that prevented my life from progressing. In Macarena I've found a coach who listens, reflects, guides and supports with complete, unfaltering presence and care. Her superb coaching skills, combined with her intelligence and intuition are helping me shed long-held, unhelpful beliefs and habits. In this difficult task, she helps me keep my foot on the pedal to keep moving through this transformation. I can't thank her enough.

    Erika Singh, United Kingdom

  • Macarena has a lightness of being, transposed with a seriousness and professionalism that pushes to achieve only the best for her clients. She provides a safe environment in which to discover unwanted habits, blockages and barriers, and helps you discover ways to help heal, grow and become who you really want to be.... She will be your number one cheerleader in the process! I got so much more out of the coaching journey than I ever imagined and am so thankful that I discovered her. Thank you Macarena for giving me the space to discover and see myself in a completely new way!

    Tertia Dixon, Cape Town

  • Macarena's warmth, compassion and enthusiasm, complemented by her razor-sharp insights and creative, holistic, skillful approach makes her incredibly good at what she does. Working with her has created this new space for me to really step into my life and do what I want to be doing.

    Darlene Corry, Ireland

  • It's hard to explain how big a difference Macarena's coaching made to my life, my relationships, my self worth, my business... When comparing "before" and "after", I believe that it is a gift that everyone deserves. You don't know what you don't know, but digging deeper and looking at things in your life from an alternate perspective can mean the difference between existing or thriving.

    Nadine Tsemach, Cape Town, Cape Town

  • Macarena is someone I call on regularly to coach me through decisions or to help me find my centre whenever I lose it. I value her authenticity and her willingness to really hear me without judging or forcing anything. This creates a space in which I am able to find the insights and the renewed energy I am looking for.

    Russel Brownlee, Cape Town

  • I started my coaching with Macarena [at a time when] I wanted to find direction in my business but my personal life kept creating obstacles that got in the way. My life changed: I released myself from a marriage that wasn't serving me, I continued with my studies, my career took off like a rocket, and my life is filled with bliss and joy. Macarena supported me in all the decisions I made and was a rock for me during those difficult times. Thank you Macarena for launching me into a new world filled with endless possibilities. My journey with you is priceless.

    Sharyn Driver, Cape Town

  • I have experienced Macarena as a steel-clear, full-truthed, warm-hearted warrior of a coach. [She is ] a to-be-trusted professional coach with the ability to walk with you in a wide range of situations, who will support you but WILL NOT accommodate your self-sabotage or relentless empty talking in order to keep everything the same. If you chose to be coached by her be ready to start changing for real.

    Undine Whande, Cape Town

HOW I WORK

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We usually start by defining truly inspiring goals that you want to accomplish. We then create a plan and focus on these goals for approximately three months in weekly one-hour sessions via Skype or telephone. The length of our coaching will depend on how big your goals are! Through deep listening, powerful questions and awareness techniques, I stretch you to think, feel and act in ways that relax and re-energize you. I keep you motivated and focused, and you do what you feel inspired to do, every week, to bring yourself closer to your goals. My motto is ‘Become who you are. Live from your power.’: the more we know our truth and the more we inhabit ourselves with integrity,the stronger and freer we are
to live as we are and do what we dream of in this world. This is why I work with both neuroscience (results and goals) and mindfulness (self-awareness and presence) based approaches. In my sessions we can go as deep or as far as you want to go, depending on your needs and preferences. And because coaching is a journey, I also help you deal with obstacles and habits, painful thought patterns and feelings that you encounter along the way to achieving your dreams.
And given that often internal coherence extends to the body, I am also offering private Pilates sessions to those willing to transform their mind-body connection.
  • ‘To be a complete human being, to be a totality and experience wholeness, to be able to experience all possibilities and all potential for a human being, first we need to be ourselves’

    A.H. Almaas

  • ‘Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculptor of his own brain’

    Santiago Ramón y Cajal

ABOUT ME

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My first love was international development, and for over 15 years I worked for international aid agencies, consulting companies and non-profits, dealing with big global issues of poverty, inequality, health and rights. With Master's degrees in Development Economics and in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research, I have taken very seriously my training in the economic, political, social and public health aspects of human development. But life has a way of teaching us its own lessons too - and after some painful life experiences and a rewarding internal journey, I added the personal dimension to my lifelong learning of what it means to be fully human. I read, I inquired, I listened to myself and others, I also studied yoga in depth, for years.
I was eventually also coached, and being a pragmatist at heart, I resonated with the very tangible clarity and forward energy that coaching brought me. I understood three things, that still drive me today: striving to know myself is the first step towards living the life I want; assuming responsibility for my own growth liberates me; achieving coherence of body, mind and soul is key to being in my power. I wanted to contribute to people’s lives with what I knew. I wanted a straightforward and great tool to do this, and I trained professionally as a Coach. I now support people at different levels (life, corporate and community) to wake up to your personal strength, access your true voice, get rid of what you're not, and live and function in an authentic and healthy manner.

FROM MY BLOG

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How we let the light in

11-Nov

This interests me lately, as I watch how long-held truths are being dismantled, how veils are being pulled back, how more and more cracks are opening and truths are being voiced everywhere. As I watch this happening around me, with my clients, in myself. What interests me is this: How ...

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Connection makes us all healthy

08-Jun

You probably heard already that brain and body are connected, right? Well, it turns out that the powerful forces that keep our bodies healthy are in essence the same forces that keep our individual brains healthy, and the ‘cultures’ in which we operate (our homes, our workplaces, our institutions) thriving. ...

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Neural integration for wellbeing and harmony – It’s all connected!

16-May

You know when they say that a choir’s harmony and power is the result of all the individual voices, each with their own range, weight and tone, coming together, creating that magic…? Well, this same principle seems to apply to us as humans: research is finding that our performance, health, ...

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Conversations with a Zen Coach (Part I)

16-Sep

As a coach I get asked curious questions about the Zen Coaching side of me, so I thought it would be a good idea to answer them here too! So here goes Part I!   1. What is Zen Coaching? People usually come to coaching when they feel stuck or ...

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CONTACT

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