in Santa Cruz
for youth and adults
In private sessions, I work with youth and adults one-on-one and in groups. We meet in my peaceful backyard on the West Side of Santa Cruz to practice wellness and find more mind-body harmony.
All youth and adults can benefit from practicing mindfulness and wellness.
This program is an especially great fit for people who experience:
Overwhelm with academic or extracurricular demands
Anxiety or depression
Difficulty maintaining good grades
Overwork from high achievement
Physical tension or discomfort
Addiction to electronic devices and/or social media
Issues with body image
Bullying or harassment from peers
Unhealthy eating habits or relationship with exercise
High emotional or environmental sensitivity
Difficulty with appropriate social responses
Stagnation in achieving personal or academic goals
Difficulty being still or relaxing, i.e. overactive or “high-strung”
A lack of purpose or connection to the world around them
Trouble regulating emotions
A tendency to feel guilt or shame, or to be too hard on themselves
Feeling inauthentic, or as though they are not the person they wish to be
**and** those who are well and thriving and just need a time and place to have fun and relax!
Everyone's experience in the Mindful & Well program is individual, and personalized according to their needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss specific needs for you or your child/students.
Private Session Rates
Each session is personalized to meet the needs of the individuals. Mindfulness and wellness coaching includes any combination of meditation, mindful movement, heartfulness practices, connection with nature, wellness strategies, journaling, intention-setting, discussion, and other practices.
Private session rates are on a sliding scale, allowing you to pay what you can afford.
Mindful & Well also offers scholarships for low-income families and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Please send me an email at for more info!
Families of 2-3 people
Individual Sessions (1 person)
or other groups of two
Groups of 3-5 people
or families of 4-5
In the Mindful & Well program, we practice:
In the Mindful & Well program, we practice:
Mindfulness is becoming aware and accepting of the present moment, without judgment. It can be practiced throughout the day, whether in a seated meditation or during a high-stakes exam or work project. It has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, increase focus and resilience, and improve sleep and self-confidence, among other benefits.
The developments of our modern world have unfortunately put our nervous systems into overdrive. To restore our bodies to a more natural state, we learn wellness practices that help us better connect with ourselves and the Earth. This includes strategies like grounding, yoga and embodied movement, use of nature's healing elements, and more.
Connecting with Our True Selves
We all experience shame, negative habits of behavior, or ways in which our life does not truly align with our deepest wants. In our modern world, there are a lot of external pressures shaping us and our kids. As we work to break those down and find out what our true self desires, we release emotional burdens and welcome positive change.
About Emily Listmann
Founder of Mindful & Well Education
Hi! I'm Emily. I was a middle and high school Social Studies teacher in the Bay
Area for four years after obtaining my Master in Teaching from Stanford University.
Before that, I taught English in the public schools in Spain, SAT Prep at Kaplan, and
I operated my own tutoring business. Through these years of experience working in
the educational system, I became acutely aware of the toxic levels of stress, anxiety, and
depression faced by youth and adults. It was all too common to see my
students show up to school sleep deprived, anxious, stressed, and confused instead of nourished
and self-assured. Similarly, teachers (myself included) were overworked and under-resourced, and parents were overwhelmed with the pressure to help their kids achieve success.
I was compelled to create Mindful & Well as an antidote to this epidemic of toxic stress, and to support youth and adults in a way I wasn't able to do as a full-time teacher. In the Mindful & Well program, I guide youth and adults toward mind-body wellness. The program is based on four tenets: mindfulness, heartfulness, natural wellness, and connection to our true selves. Not only have these helped me immensely, but they are scientifically proven methods for reducing stress and finding mind-body harmony.
Whether you or a child in your life is healing from physical or emotional stresses, or you simply want to learn more about wellness strategies such as mindfulness or heartfulness, I am here to help. My approach to teaching is collaborative, compassionate, and responsive to other's unique needs. It's important to me to build a positive rapport with students and ensure that they feel comfortable, supported, and accepted for who they are. The Mindful & Well curriculum reflects that approach and is inclusive for all types of learners.
My experience in education includes:
Master in Arts in Teaching from Stanford University
Graduate of the Mindful Schools Educator Essentials Program, as well as the Mindfulness Fundamentals Course
Creator of a mindfulness course for grades 7 & 8 at Woodland School (Portola Valley, CA)
9th grade mentor and advisor, focusing in social-emotional learning at Summit Preparatory High School (Redwood City, CA)
7th + 8th grade mentor and advisor in social-emotional learning at Woodland School
Curriculum Head of the Social Studies Department for grades K-8 at Woodland School
Middle school Social Studies teacher at Woodland School
High school Social Studies teacher at Summit Preparatory High School
Training in social-emotional education from the Institute for Social-Emotional Learning
Over six years of private tutoring experience
English Teacher in the public schools in San Sebastian, Spain
SAT Test Prep Teacher and Tutor for Kaplan Test Prep
Emily is a wonderful person, kind and compassionate, sweet and gentle. She made meditating fun for the kids, and had many exciting ways to teach mindfulness. I don’t think they will ever forget the experience or Emily. I truly believe that mindfulness is an essential teaching that children can greatly benefit from alongside the more academic pursuits we tend to emphasize. The beautiful outdoor setting was relaxing and peaceful. Thank you Emily!
Anna, mother of two girls
I like that Emily is so gentle and kind. I also like her because she really helped me meditate and be calm. The seats are comfy and it was fun. The garden was really pretty and I liked sitting outside. My favorite thing was when we were stretching... and I miss you.
Clara, 8 years old
Emily really connects with her students. She gets to know them as people and pays close attention to their feelings. She has experience with kids with learning differences and knows how to relate to them. She is warm and supportive, and helps kids calm down when they are feeling stressed.