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Self-Help Classes

All the self-help classes offered by Melissa are aimed towards one goal: Helping you release the need for fear, helping you embrace experience, and realize your full potential.
While at first glance it may seem like these are three distinct goals, in effect they are all facets of a single gem: The experience of a love-based paradigm.

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Self-Help Classes: Reiki level one

Reiki & Energy Work

Channel greater energy and love into your life

Related Links: Enroll | Reviews | Melissa’s Reiki Lineage

Have you ever instinctively put your hands over areas that hurt? Everyone has a well of energy inside of them, connecting them to something vast and abundantly replenishing. Many of us just need a reminder of who we really are at heart, and what we are truly capable of in manifesting our intentions and dreams. Join us in recalling your power; and let the world rejoice in your unique flame of light and love!

[wproto_toggles][toggle title=”Why study energy work?”]Everyone has their personal reason for pursuing learning. Many times, we fall into something or we just feel like it sounds like a good idea. Intuition is a powerful leader! For Melissa, studying Reiki became instrumental in her learning to relax, to open to support, and to connect more genuinely and deeply with others.Melissa’s Reiki I graduates after 7 weeks reported learning Reiki and energy work has helped them to:

  • “stay present, set my intentions and to be more aware of boundaries”
  • “maintain a newer awareness of skills… in the realm of creating a more intentional safe space and way to relate to [clients] other than through words”
  • gain a “better understanding and connection to universal energy”
  • “[heal] myself through Reiki”
  • “[change] my entire outlook on life. I am more calm, grounded, happy, present, relaxed, and aware of my and others emotions and what they mean”
  • “better understand my body and its limits and capabilities, also how it may be trying to communicate with me through certain ailments”
  • “[channel] Reiki into situations, rooms, relationships, whenever it feels appropriate”
  • “how to preserve and seal in my energy and the energy of my patient, so there is no loss of energy”
  • “It has helped me in getting my back on the path of reflection, and of creating possibilities!”
  • “being able to ground and center”
  • “feel much more attuned to feeling/sensing energy than I did before in myself and others”
  • “realize I need to have a lot more self-love and care”
  • “more mindful of my thoughts and my inner dialogue”
  • “view past and current relationships with more clarity and understanding”
  • “be less fearful”

[/toggle][toggle title=”What makes this Reiki course unique?”]While most Reiki classes are taught in a day or over a weekend, Melissa chooses to teach each level over a number of weeks. Her reason for doing this is three-fold:


Reiki is a type of energy work; and as such, Melissa believes it’s important for students to have a strong understanding of energy work mechanics. This increases individual sense of safety, confidence and clarity in what can otherwise be completely unfamiliar and, as such, uncomfortable territory.


It can take time and practice for people to effectively open and understand their extra-sensory perception. Melissa has found a 7-week course that couples shared experience and supervision in class with home-play provides the necessary support for individuals to find their successful entry point into the work.


More experience makes for more knowledgeable and committed practitioners. Time-tested proof (gained through practice) is the only surefire way to build confidence in the benefits of this practice.[/toggle][toggle title=”Why invest in a 7-week course?”]In entering the world of energy work, you are discovering a whole other side of yourself, the ways in which you connect to others, the stories you’ve carried with you, the message of your emotions and ailments. Give yourself plenty of time to listen, to explore, to apply and to witness. This is an unfolding–you are unfolding; energy work is an approach to that unfolding. Learning to encourage and water your being is a lifelong journey, no need to rush it. Enjoy it![/toggle][/wproto_toggles]

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Self-Help Classes: Compassionate Communication

Compassionate Communication

Resolve differences by learning to connect through the heart

Related Links: Enroll | CNVC.org | Nonviolent Communication (Book)

[wproto_toggles][toggle title=”Why study Compassionate Communication (NVC)?”]Compassionate Communication is another name for psychologist Marshall Rosenberg’s method of connecting from the heart, “Nonviolent Communication.” It’s a system that’s rooted in the belief that everyone shares the same universal needs. As such, NVC would maintain that everything we say and do is simply a reflection of these needs, and whether or not they are being met.

For Melissa, personally, studying NVC opened the gate to understanding that having needs does not make one ‘needy;’ and, in fact, it is only through acknowledging our needs that we can genuinely connect with ourselves and others. Her students report that some of the most valuable lessons realized through their study of Compassionate Communication have included learning to:

  • “pause.”
  • understand “[t]hat compassionate communication is words filtered through the heart before passing through the mouth.”
  • “repeat back what you heard [as] helpful to both the person you are relaying to and yourself, so that you become a more active listener.”
  • emphathize on a deeper level”
  • “be present and receive the message from whomever I am engaging with and respond appropriately.”
  • “to communicate my needs while identifying the other person’s needs, so that both of us felt satisfied with the outcome.”

[/toggle][toggle title=”How is this workshop different from reading the book?”]Learning is a multifaceted event that, to be effective, can require reading, reflecting, active participation and feedback. While self-study is essential, this workshop takes understanding to the next level by integrating learning through:


Each week participants will pre-read a different chapter of Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” before coming together as a group to discuss and practice the methods therein outlined.


Pre-study includes reflection questions that help participants (1) assimilate the reading; (2) recall real-life examples relevant to the material; and (3) practice on their own with the model.


Each class has two parts: (1) connecting with one another through check-in and closing, and (2) Actively working the model through group exercise. Everything done in class provides an opportunity to experience NVC in action.


Participants have the option to lead a class through check-in, provided exercises, and closing. Doing so allows students the opportunity to both provide constructive and honest feedback to the facilitator and other participants, as well as receive feedback on their practice.

[/toggle][toggle title=”How is NVC being used worldwide?”]People in over 65 countries (and growing) are practicing NVC as a means of peace making in personal, organizational and political situations. The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is a global organization that supports the learning and sharing of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The organization works to contribute to “more sustainable, compassionate, and ‘life-serving’ human relations in the realms of personal change, interpersonal relationship and in social systems and structures, such as business/economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping.

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Required reading: “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life,” by Marshall Rosenberg.