Coaching and Facilitation for Emotional Development and Generative Solutions
"Courageous authenticity and an unapologetic presence that’s empowering and liberating…Maria is a indispensable and magnificent resource."
Author of The Elegant Self
"Maria Bailey is elegant and attuned. I have rarely met someone with her capacity to listen, digest and reflect back what she sees in a way that allows for insight and transformation to arise. With just the right mix of love and ferocity, she will guide you back to your own wisdom, your inner guide, and your heart’s desire. Whatever it is that you want more of in your life, Maria can help you get it!"
Principal, KN Literary Arts
"Maria’s ability to see and feel both the group dynamic and the necessary intervention is organic and unforced and at the same time exactly what is required at that moment. She models a way of being that allows us to be more of who we are and be more skillful in our way of relating with each other, helping us exhibit and inhabit a range of “ways of being” – how to be playful and serious, fierce and vulnerable, confused and clear.
Any individual or group who gets the chance to work with Maria will be transformed in a useful and powerful way."
Owner, Green Mesa Consulting
"Working with Maria allowed me to learn insights about myself and to significantly grow as an individual, positively impactimg my career, friendships and marriage. Her sincere and authentic approach to coaching allowed me to be extremely vulnerable and open up about topics and ideas I had previously not felt comfortable exploring. She has a special ability to provide profound insights that trigger self-realizations and “ah ha” moments and exercises developed by Maria required me to think outside the box and challenge my day to day actions. I am very grateful for my positive experience with Maria and recommend her as a coach to anyone who is truly ready to invest time and energy to improve themselves."
Director of Account Management, GNS Healthcare
GET TO KNOW MARIA BAILEY
A Venezuelan adult development facilitator and coach, Zen priest and former model who supports others in living and loving fiercely.
Maria Bailey is a certified Integral Coach and Integral Faciliatory who incorporates the wildly glorious and different parts of being human. She works with individuals, facilitates groups and is in love with the shadow aspects of group dynamics and how they can be improved by enlivening connections and communication.
Informed by the concepts of Zen Buddhism, Maria helps individuals and groups identify where they are most uncomfortable; because this can be difficult through the cognitive, discursive mind alone, she follows a somatic and body-centered pathway that helps people understand their own feelings, projections, and beliefs—moving from first person to second person to a meta-approach. In Maria’s words, “Your expression is part of the collective and is adding to the collective; our shadows trigger one another’s.”
Maria’s approach to individual and collective evolution is to guide people through the mystery and to unravel it, thread by thread. This includes teaching individuals and groups to grieve what needs to be grieved, to slow down, to self-regulate, and to cultivate embodied presence so that people can engage the most pressing questions of our time.
Maria Bailey has been a student of mindfulness, adult development, and interpersonal dynamics for 20 years. Her interests range from personal development to women’s issues to the study and contemplation of death to leadership to diversity to understanding the shadow dynamics of groups. Her background is rich and varied, ranging from being an actress and professional international model to a radio and TV host to a conflict mediator, teacher and coach.
Maria offers possibility, inspiration, enthusiasm, guidance, grounding, love, kindness, strength, and modeling for an expanded and integrated new way of being. She is a spark of hope for something that whispers deep within others. She is a guide, a visionary, and a fellow traveler into the deep forests and landscapes of the unimagined.
Maria’s work is informed by an integral framework, which dissects reality into four quadrants: In any given moment there is an internal experience, an external expression of this experience, our shared experience, and the structures of what we are creating collectively.
Clients are usually good at examining the structures in their lives, but often fail to check in with themselves. People behave inside what they know; having only a set of puzzle pieces, they try to fit them into the bigger picture.
Maria’s system is all about leading people into the varied dimensions of their experience. She leads them into the unknown by urging them to pay attention to the pieces of the puzzle they may not have. Clients find clarity through a series of specific questions: “What is my puzzle? What is the piece I am looking for? What will the piece tell me? How do I recognize it?”
Then, her clients go through a kind of unhinging process. They imagine what the puzzle might look like when it’s done, as well as the experience they are seeking to bring to life.
By identifying the experience they are seeking, they can identify areas of their life where it is already present. Then they can go back to the puzzle and apply what they know, both cognitively and kinesthetically. This opens doors to find the elusive new pieces of the puzzle...the ones they didn’t previously have access to.
Maria’s clients know their genius, are already successful, and understand that with the right guidance, they will find a way. They are looking for “the way in.” Many of these people are at the management level or higher in their profession. They are especially attentive to the need for innovation in their company culture and in their own evolution.
Maria helps them to leverage their skills to discover new ones. She disrupts the familiarity in their lives and enables them to reframe potential “threats” as opportunities for growth. Maria’s approach is to integrate mind/cognitive discernment with gut wisdom and intuition. This enables her clients to no longer be victims and hostages of mind-based fears and to develop greater perspectives to transcend them.
In Maria’s approach, there is no fixing or surgical removal of anything in a client’s life. She urges clients not to throw away whole parts of themselves, but to celebrate them...to find even more puzzle pieces.
Working with groups, Maria uncovers unseen dynamics that hold teams back. With her expertise, teams grow to be more congruent, functional and creative.
“In imagining the unimaginable, we discover what we need.”
Three Foundational Elements Of Maria’s Coaching
Aligning To Purpose – Have integrity to pursue what matters most
Building Emotional Intelligence – Be more emotionally aware, know how to boldly articulate yourself, and be congruent and direct with yourself and others
Generating Value – Develop yourself to learn to thrive in relationships, grow your economic engine and broaden your organizational impact