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Private Coaching

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

Toxic stress

Anxiety or depression

Difficulty maintaining good grades

Overwork from high achievement

Physical tension or discomfort

Addiction to electronic devices and/or social media

Difficulty sleeping

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.

The Setting

Mindful & Well is based in my welcoming home. With a private backyard canyon in nature, the location is ideal for the program. It is conveniently located on the West Side of Santa Cruz. 



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 

60 minutes

Sliding Scale


90 minutes

Sliding Scale







Groups of 3-5 people

or families of 4-5

Ready to sign up, or just have some questions?

In the Mindful & Well program, we practice: 

In the Mindful & Well program, we practice:

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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.

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Heartfulness is the practice of cultivating positive mind states such as compassion, gratitude, and kindness. It helps us connect to ourselves and others more fluidly, and to view the circumstances in our life with acceptance and through a positive lens.

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Natural Wellness

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
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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.

Barbara, mother of two boys

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Looking for a group setting for you, your child or teen? See current Mindful & Well courses and workshops. 

Courses &
Weekend Workshops
For youth ages 11+ and adults
Located at Escalona Dr. on the
West Side of Santa Cruz
Online Coaching
For youth ages 11+
and adults

Prefer to meet online? Read more about Mindful & Well online coaching.

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