Naraya Stein

My Passion

JourneyMapping® is a synthesis of knowledge that comes from my 35+ years as a Life and Leadership coach, wellness professional, organizational consultant and passionate truth seeker. My intention in creating JourneyMapping is to provide a thoughtful, fun, creative and intelligent framework for visioning.

Evolving one’s life is a journey that takes courage, vulnerability, self-awareness and dedication. We humans are complex, and this only increases by midlife given all our diverse life experiences. I approach each individual with curiosity so I can learn what you need, what you want and what makes you tick.

My Story

There is no doubt my approach to visioning and coaching have been shaped by my own life experiences and experiments.

I lived in a yoga center, Kripalu, for 10 years beginning in 1983, age 20. I worked as a manager and learned the organizational side of running a large holistic program center. At Kripalu I gained holistic lifestyle practices that continue to be the foundation of my life today including yoga, pranayama (breathing),  meditation, healthy diet, self-care practices and listening to my heart.

I have firsthand experience with many approaches to personal development, healing and spirituality including workshops, retreats, psychotherapy, leadership trainings, wilderness immersions, medicine journies, ecstatic dance and world travel.

I have also learned a lot from my relationships including step-parenting 3 wonderful kids who have grown up into creative, generous and loving adults.

It’s been a long road for me to find inner peace and there has been no magic bullet (that’s been lasting). What has been effective is a holistic, integrative approach. As a sensitive person who is a survivor of early trauma, I continue to do a lot of self-care to stay balanced.

One important chapter of my life focused on cultural sensitivity and diversity. I learned just how much I don’t know! I have come to value conversations with people who are different from me, and the ways we can grow each other, if we are willing to listen.

I love nature, gardens, local organic food and the simpler things in life. I lived in Santa Fe, NM for 27 years and have recently moved north to Taos. I am loving this small mountain town rich in spirit and good people. I am outdoors most days with my dog doing adventures such as hiking, mountain biking, XC skiing and trail running. 

My Education & Training

I have a BA in pre-medical studies and a certificate in Hakomi Integrative Somatics with a specialty in trauma. I have facilited thousands of client sessions as a life coach and massage and Hakomi therapist. I also worked as an organizational consultant faciliting leadership development, strategic planning and collaborative approaches to change.

I am trained in organizational learning and systems thinking, Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, Mindful Facilitation, Diversity and Inclusion and Nonviolent Communication. I also studied at the Coaches Training Institutute.

I am an LMT and Kripalu Yoga teacher. Additionally I have studied Ayurveda, medicine journey integration and Buddhist philosophy and meditation.