The Brief Bio: 

Mara Wai, M.Ed. is a body-mind coach who supports clients in discomfort, transition or are yearning for a life with purpose and meaning, to access intuitive messages to heal discomfort, discern their own path and take decisive action to live a more purposeful, meaningful life. Mara also teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Management for the Penn Program for Mindfulness.

Some details:

I have spent much of my adult life learning how to strengthen my ability to perceive my own intuitive messages and to help others do the same. Inner knowing has helped me to:

  • maneuver through the grief and post-traumatic stress symptoms I
    experienced after my brother’s unexpected death

  • steer into an uncertain and unexpected career path
  • navigate the process of dissolving chronic symptoms of depression,
    anxiety, insomnia and fatigue

  • plot the journey of becoming a mother in an unconventional way
  • repair damaged relationships, skillfully maneuver the complexity of
    others, and know when it was time to let go of those that no longer

  • I even used my inner knowing more recently to recover and heal from a
      back injury. I use it every day to navigate through life from a place of
     balance and presence.

With an increasing desire to support others to do the same, I became a mind-body coach with a dedication to connect people to their innate wisdom. I believe that we all have the capacity to know exactly what is best for ourselves, and that we can unlearn what we were taught to believe about how to be, and relearn how to pay attention to the
wisdom messages that are always available to us, that come through
our mind, body and emotions.

I want to share the powerful, life-changing tools I have learned with you.

Since 2005, I have worked for the Penn Program for Mindfulness where I facilitate Mindfulness-based Stress Management and other mindfulness-based programs, and I am currently the Associate Director of the Program. I began studying and practicing yoga in 1993 and mindfulness-based forms of meditation in 2005. I started coaching in 2014 and am a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and an endorsed mind-body coach via Mind Body Coach University under the tutelage of Abigail Steidley. I completed advanced training in Integrative Energy Therapy, am a Reiki Master and am currently training in energy reading with Beverly Belling. I draw inspiration in my coaching work from my Quaker faith and practice. My life's work is to continue to awaken to my own inner knowing and to support others to do the same.


Click here to see what people say about coaching with Mara


Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
-- Hippocrates