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.

In the Mindful & Well program, we practice: 

In the Mindful & Well program, we practice:

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Mindfulness is all about becoming aware and accepting of our experience. The Mindful & Well program uses a variety of mindful practices that are 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 better connect to ourselves and others, and to view the circumstances in our life with acceptance.

Natural Living

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, nourishing foods, and more.

Connecting with Our True Selves

There are many societal pressures and messaging that influence us. Connecting to our true self means examining those beliefs we've picked up, and shedding those that don't serve us. This process helps us identify what truly makes us happy and fulfilled, so we can invite more of it into our life.

About Emily Listmann

Founder of Mindful & Well

Hi! I'm Emily. Mindful & Well was born from my own journey in wellness and self-

growth. I was suffering from chronic stress and anxiety, while stuck in a job and a

lifestyle that wasn't right for me. As a result, I developed numerous health

issues that ultimately left me no choice but to scale back my career and re-examine my



I spent years on a mission to find wellness and peace of mind. I tried everything-- all the

wellness fads and programs and healers. Eventually, I came to realize that there was no quick fix and no

magic pill to wellness. True, sustainable wellness began within, through building my own mindful awareness. From there, the clarity I gained allowed me to formulate my unique approach to mind-body-spirit wellness. 


All that I teach at Mindful & Well is based in accessing this inner awareness. The education I provide is really a support system for youth and adults to create their own wellness formula that works for them, accompanied by research-backed approaches to healthy living. 


I am a Cornell University-certified wellness coach with an MA in Teaching from Stanford University. I have training in teaching mindfulness through Mindful Schools, as well as many years of personal and professional experience in wellness education. 


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. <3

My experience includes:

  • Cornell University-certified wellness coach
  • 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

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. 


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

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

Book a Session

Or Free 20-minute Phone Call


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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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