A self-described truthseeker, Kelli has always been interested in the edges and deep wells of life. As a life coach and mindfulness teacher, empowering others to trust in their own process and resourcefulness is her primary motivation for serving people. By taking risks and falling down, she has learned to trust her own experience, coming to the conclusion that our life purpose is to live life awake and aligned with personal core values.
After many years as a case manager for youth at risk on the mean streets of Hollywood and in the addiction and recovery field, she left social services to explore her creative side by earning a degree in graphic design. Being self-employed suited her independent nature and she started a graphic arts and clothing line company in downtown Los Angeles selling cutting edge clothing to artists and celebrities. While this was a very fulfilling period in her life, she longed to connect with people on a deeper more personal level and became a professional life coach in 2006. It was during this time Kelli discovered the Buddhist teachings and started meditating which has become a life long spiritual practice.
She has attended over 25 trainings and silent retreats with renowned teachers like Joseph Goldstein, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg and many more. She’s passionate about meditation, the Dharma and loves sharing these powerful teachings that have profoundly impacted her life.
Trained through the MBSR Teacher Training, at Brown University Mindfulness Center and the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she is a Brown University Level 1 Qualified MBSR Teacher offering the full 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, a secular and evidence-based stress reduction program developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, PhD.
Kelli is a Certified Professional Coach and Leadership graduate through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). She served 5 years as Program Director, Vice President and President for the Greater Austin Chapter of the International Coaches Federation, which is the governing body of coaches around the world and is recognized as a certified coach by The International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is the owner of True Nature Life Coaching and has been coaching people in living intentionally awake and true to their nature for over 14 years.
She is a 200 hour registered Integrative Yoga Therapist and certified as a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher whose trained to teach people how to work with anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks.
In 2016 she and her partner created Dharma Ranch, a beautiful retreat center located in San Marcos Tx hosting wellness workshops and ongoing yoga and meditation classes.
In her spare time, Kelli loves to landscape, exercise, and take hiking adventures with her life partner and 3 dogs. Music, art, dancing, people, yoga and meditation are her places for encounter.