Testimonials

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  • "Thank you, Shadi, for your listening ear and generous spirit. You helped me sort through my confusion, trust my inner voice and follow my heart. I left our session excited and empowered. Thank you for your support!"
    Rachid A. Hassani
    Designer, Proprietor of Bay-Ti in Petaluma
  • "Shadi's understanding of the human dilemma is profound, and the times I have called on her in my desperation of the moment, she has been right there, smart as a whip and warm with compassion. She gets me! And has helped me face what I had to face with both compassion and Truth! Thank you, Shadi!"
    Carolyn North
    Dancer, Visionary, Writer, Community Builder
  • "I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the experience and support Shadi provided me during the 6 months I worked with her. Shadi is an amazing coach and human being. She is warm, patient, inclusive, a wonderful listener and has a great sense of humor. She provided me a safe place to work through professional and personal hurdles, at the same time keeping a big picture perspective in mind. I would recommend Shadi to all who are looking for direction of any kind. I hope to continue working with Shadi in the future. I am so thankful for this growth opportunity."
    Jenny Copeland
    Area Director, North Bay Children's Center
  • "Shadi's warmth and sincerity allow one to gently and comfortably open up and delve into core issues. Her coaching sessions quickly get to the heart of the matter where she provides valuable tools and techniques that really transform."
    John Crowley
    Founder of Aqus Cafe & Community Organizer
  • "Shadi worked with our organization twice and both times we were stunned by the level of professionalism, as well as, grace with which she carries herself. It felt reassuring to have someone who meet you more than halfway with your needs and actively listens. Given the experiences she provided us, I would highly recommend her to any person, business, or organization, and would gladly work with her in the near future."
    Dustin DeMatteo
    Staff Member, Daily Acts
  • "Shadi brings a level of warmth, fun and creativity to working with groups that equally matches her wisdom and experience. Both times that she has worked with Daily Acts, our team walked away feeling more inspired, empowered and connected to each other and the power of our work."
    Trathen Heckman
    Executive Director, Daily Acts
  • "Shadi embodies the essence of a coach: she cares deeply for the well-being of her clients and is paramount to their success. Her passion is palpable; her energy is impossible to ignore. She is definitely someone you want to have in your corner. I walked into a welcoming space of possibility and walked out feeling inspired and unstoppable. Shadi guided the session with thought-provoking and insightful conversation, facilitating deep connections and unlocking doors I didn't even know were there. I have struggled with self-doubt for as long as I can remember, yet Shadi helped me break through that and acknowledge my potential within hours. I would strongly recommend a session with Shadi to anyone looking for their own kind of remedy."
    Misha Herbert
    Artist, Visionary, Caregiver
  • "Shadi had done a workshop with the staff at Daily Acts, and it was incredibly inspiring. she knew how to use beautiful imagery and stories to weave a path of discovery. After a while of sharing and connecting, we were able to get to the core of our challenges and shift our thinking to a more positive and enlightened approach."
    Marie Kneemeyer
    Staff Member, Daily Acts
  • "Working with Shadi was a true inspiration and delight for Daily Acts staff and myself. Her blend of personal stories and inquiry to help team members reflect on finding their voice and passion was both courageous and contagious in a touching and insightful way. weaving in some song and a basket of Rumi quotes for spontaneous divination make for an experience that stuck with team members for weeks."
    Trathen Heckman
    Executive Director, Daily Acts
  • "I have worked with Shadi twice in group situations: once with a business and once with a non-profit. Shadi has a wonderful way of encouraging participation while guiding the discussion in constructive ways. She has excellent insight that we have all found to be very helpful."
    Mike Gorman
    Partner, Creekside Partners
  • "Working with Shadi has truly been a blessing in my life. Shadi uses her wonderful insights, thoughtful questions, and intuition to guide her sessions, and get to core issues. She is compassionate, perceptive, patient, and caring, all while guiding me to grasp crucial issues impacting my life and helping me focus on what is really important to me. Shadi provides a supportive and safe environment where I was free to laugh and cry (which I did a lot of both) without judgment, and I am forever grateful to Shadi and her guidance."
    Adrianne Kubes
  • "Coaching sessions with Shadi have been a journey of exploration resulting in increased respect and appreciation for myself. Shadi understood my scheduling challenges and designed the sessions and assignments not to be an additional source of stress. For me the sessions were enjoyable and I believe resulted in a better me."
    Rowshi Pejooh
  • "When I originally came to Shadi, I was dealing with much of anxiety, confusion about myself, and a heavy load from my past. Talking to her every time was a pleasure which brought so much peace and comfort to my life. I learned how to analyze my problems, how to deal with them and how to let go of my difficult past. I discovered so much about myself that I never knew. She taught me how to concentrate on my positive points and strengthen them, while correcting the negative thoughts. It was an amazing and enlightening journey that made me a happier and better person that I am today. I want to sincerely thank her for everything she did for me."
    Mina B.
  • "Among her many remarkable qualities, Shadi is extraordinarily perceptive, an astute and sensitive listener who gets to heart of the matter very quickly. She has no trouble identifying the blocks that are holding you back, and she addresses them in a gentle and most effective way. I had been struggling with issues of confidence and self-esteem, and Shadi not only pinpointed the sources of my negative self-perceptions but offered her heartfelt encouragement and relentless positivity in challenging them and undoing their effects, helping me to recognize and begin appreciating my own value -- a priceless gift for someone who has never been able to get there on his own. Thank you, Shadi!"
    James C.
  • Shadi's coaching style is gentle and intuitive. She uses her innate gifts of understanding and generosity of spirit to inspire and provoke thought. She leaves me feeling hopeful, powerful, and accountable. All of our sessions to date have given me invaluable tools to use in my journey to self-love, as well as the confidence to continue taking bold steps forward. Thank you Shadi!"
    Sherri Hanson
  • "Shadi cuts through to the core of the issue. She is gentle, humorous, smart, very nurturing and yet very clear and firm. My session with her was so illuminating! She enabled me, through questioning and discussion, to discover the "problem" for myself, and even to come up with the solution."
    Val Richman
  • "Shadi has a combination of aptitude and expertise rarely found in one person. She is able to balance her practical side together with her spirituality. Whether you are prone to lean on one or the other, she knows how to reach you. It suffices her to listen, to recognize the direction it needs to take. In three visits, Shadi was able to work out a plan for me to follow without suffocating the other obligations that I have for my family and work."
  • "Shadi's guidance is very sensitive and subtle. One feels that the discoveries and decisions are truly personal and therefore one's own responsibility."
    Kathkeen Hannah
    Ceramic artist & Art Curator
  • "Shadi encouraged open communication and honesty in our expression, which helped to put the group emotionally at ease and let us visit some potentially "hot button" topics without conflict. Ultimately we came away from the day with concrete decisions towards a shared vision, optimism for the future, and a renewed understanding of the value of our organization."
    Pam Williams
    Analy High School Education Foundation
  • "Shadi is an incredible coach. Her questions are thoughtful, on point and free of judgement. She makes me feel at ease to go deep and explore facets within I have suppressed or ignored."
    Josiane Cohanim
    Painter and Writer
  • "After only two sessions, Shadi helped me determine my goal and start up a plan to reach it. Shadi helped me find clarity, believe in myself, and recognize my abilities which gave me the strength to take a step and move forward with the change I had to make, but was too scared to do anything about."
    Anonymous per client request
  • "Shadi is one of those rare individuals who combines organizational development knowledge, group facilitation skills and innate understanding of individuals to create solutions that are not only satisfactory but pleasant. She can see the simple truths about us and is able to weave these together into a satisfactory strategic direction."
    Jeff Muchow
    Vice President of Quality & Engineering, Xandex, Inc.
  • "The organization needed to restore harmony, trust, enthusiasm and a renewal of our vision, mission and values, and buy-in from the larger group --internal and within the community. Shadi provided a safe environment for honest participation, sharing of opposing views without friction or negative feelings. Shadi's listening and feedback skills along with her clear understanding of small and group dynamics were invaluable."
    Val Richman
    Executive Director - Petaluma Art Center
  • "In thinking about how to describe Shadi, I would say she is a Renaissance Woman, in the sense of being a highly cultivated and multi-talented person. As a consultant, Shadi is insightful and constructive, sensitive and compassionate, warm and supportive, and genuinely cares about the well-being of others."
    Mary Luttrell
    Management Consulting Services
  • "I had brilliant conversations with Shadi where I felt safe, vulnerable, and more seen and heard than I ever have before. Shadi asked powerful questions, listened to me and as a result increased my emotional awareness, wisdom and creativity that I already possess, rather than giving me advice."
    Anonymous per client request