About Ilse

We are all just walking each other home.

--Ram Dass

Believing deeply that every moment is a multi-faceted jewel of infinite possibilities to create meaning — I meet you where you are, with non-judgmental, unconditional acceptance for who you are. I open space for you to explore your personal aspirations and visions. I offer you evidence-based tools and techniques, combined with traditional contemplative mindfulness and self-compassion practices, to guide you toward creating meaning and fulfillment in your own life.


In my coaching practice, I draw from both personal experience as well as formal education and training. I have  a masters in Buddhist studies from Maitripa College, where I trained in contemplative practices and focused specifically on interfaith chaplaincy and pastoral care. My own reckoning with grief and loss has inspired me to turn and face this complex and universal experience, to walk with those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, or are themselves at the end of life. This calling led me to earn a End of Life Doula Professional Certificate through the University of Vermont Lerner College of Medicine. Currently, I am pursuing certification through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Mindfulness Coaching School as a Mindfulness and Somatic Coach. 


Previously, I worked as a professional writer and editor, part of that time spent advocating for and exploring evidence-based approaches to addiction recovery, with an interest in Harm Reduction methodologies. Aside from my coaching practice, I also founded and built two small businesses (one retail and one in manufacturing). These days, I live on Lake Auburn in Maine, with my family and my sweet pup, Timber.


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