About Me

Mar-y-Sol Salinas-McCoy

Transpersonal Life Coach & Consultant

Guide For Life

Get To Know Me

A Little Bit About Myself

I’m Mar-y-Sol (pronounced maud-ee-sol – it means Sea & Sun in Spanish) and I’m the founder of Essential Wisdom Coaching. As a transpersonal life coach & consultant, I facilitate growth and transformation in people who seek to nurture their authentic selves and show up more fully in life. In my free time, I enjoy living a fully embodied life that includes spontaneous dancing, cultivating a transcendental gardening practice via a backyard organic vegetable garden, reading nonfiction & research articles, creating beauty in multiple physical & symbolic forms, and spending quality time with family & friends.

My Mission & Approach

My approach to working with clients is based on the belief that everyone has an Essential Wisdom™ that encompasses the essence of their true self and that fully nurturing and embodying this essence is essential to our overall growth and development. In my coaching work, I utilize a transpersonal approach to help guide clients in the development, nurturing, and use of their Essential Wisdom™, while also offering skills-focused assessments and targeted training when necessary, with the overall goal of supporting clients’ overall growth and development.

I am passionate about helping others grow into their whole self and enjoy exploring the vast ways that people tap into their Essential Wisdom along their path of growth. While guiding others, I continue to work on my own Essential Wisdom so I can be of greater service to others as my authentic, joyous self.

Areas Of Specialty

Personal Growth

Transpersonal Leadership

Intuition Guidance

Navigating Changes

life balance

Goal Success

Life Purpose


Somatic Practices

Guided Meditation

Ecotherapeutic Practices

Worldview Explorations

Professional Background


In addition to coaching, I have over 20 years’ experience in the field of education and personal development. Some of the roles in which I have served include:

  • Corporate wellness speaker
  • Professional development trainer in academic & corporate settings
  • Director of Student Affairs 
  • Assistant Director of Academic & Career Support Services
  • Montessori teaching (PreK-6th grade)
  • Disability support services
  • Conducting various learning strategies workshops
  • Teaching college-level student development and internship courses
  • Providing academic support services to learners of all ages and professions
  • Program and curriculum development & assessment
  • Implementation of college retention strategies and initiatives
  • Process improvement based on data-driven analysis
  • Coaching and mentoring individuals and teams from a transpersonal, whole-person approach

Education & Certifications

B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Concordia University, Portland

Ph.D. Student in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies

*Having completed all Ph.D. coursework, I am currently working on my dissertation proposal where my research is focused on examining embodied intuition in the development, expression, and trajectory of leadership.

Additional Training

As a life-long learner, I’m always looking for new ways to grow so that I can better support clients on their journey. Some of my additional trainings are below:

Life Experience

My Own Journey To Self Discovery

My ability to facilitate meaningful and lasting growth in others follows my own healing & growth journey. Receiving support from others when faced with challenges, during life transitions, and as I navigated my professional career inspired me to help others.

I believe that YOUR growth is limitless!

The individualized deep work that happens in coaching sessions often results in immense shifts in all areas of life in a much shorter timeframe than a DIY approach. If you are committed to your growth and development, working with me is a valuable investment in your future.