About

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.

Mar-y-Sol Salinas-McCoy, M.Ed.


founder, essential wisdom coaching
integral & Transpersonal Coach | consultant

I’m Mar-y-Sol (pronounced maud-ee-sol – it means Sea & Sun in Spanish) and I’m the founder of Essential Wisdom Coaching. In this role, I facilitate growth and transformation in people who seek to nurture their authentic selves and show up more fully in life.

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 an integral & 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.

In my free time, I enjoy living a fully embodied life that includes spontaneous dancing, cultivating what I like to call 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 ability to facilitate meaningful and lasting growth in others follows my own growth journey and deep personal and professional transformation. As a life-long learner, I’m always looking for new ways to grow so that I can better support clients on their journey.

You can learn more about my professional qualifications below.

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.

Coaching Certifications:

  • Master Life Coach
  • Meditation Coach & Facilitator
  • Goal Success Coach
  • Life Purpose Coach
  • Happiness Life Coach
  • Professional Life Coach

Additional Trainings:

  • C3: Consciousness, Communication, and Change, Institute of Noetic Sciences
  • Worldview Explorations™ Curriculum Facilitator Training, Institute of Noetic Sciences
  • Foundations of Noetic Leadership, Institute of Noetic Sciences
  • Possibility Accelerator Experience, Institute of Noetic Sciences
  • Foundations of Chicana/o/x Psychology, Institute of Chicana/o Psychology
  • Embodying the Mystery, Strozzi Institute
  • Integrative Somatic Parts Work – Level 1, The Embody Lab
  • Integrative Somatic Parts Work – Level 2, The Embody Lab

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