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We so enjoyed meeting up with Dan, from Discovery Coaching to chat about what he’s offering with his coaching practice. If you are looking for someone to support you in a powerful way, Dan could be the person – he’s really a delight!  Read on to learn more about him and Discovery Coaching

VH:  From where do you hail?

Dan: I hailed from Southern California 26 years ago. The last 15 years I lived at Venice Beach. Loved it there and spent most of my growing up (and adult) years on at or on the beach and quite a bit in the water. Still love Venice with its rich diversity.

VH:  How did you land on Vashon?

Dan: Well, my ex-wife and myself were scouting out the Seattle area as a place to live and ferrying around the sound looking at communities. We didn’t have Vashon on our list but one day when we got to Southworth we asked the person in the booth what island that was over there (Vashon). When we asked about it she told us it was full of Birkenstock wearing hippies. We
decided to go take a look and ended up staying at the Burton Inn for 3 days, meeting some nice folks including a Realtor and within 6 months we had an old farm house, Llamas, chickens, Swans, dogs and cats. The rest is history.

VH:  Tell us all about Discovery Coaching

Dan: My offering has to do with helping people to identify their Core Gifts, helping them to identify the barriers to reaching important goals in the lives and identifying and reconnecting with the shadow parts that we all have that get in the way of us feeling whole. Each of these processes and practices are what I consider to be on the one hand restorative (the reconnecting with lost parts and becoming whole part) and by becoming whole having new lenses with which to view the world. A richer more expansive view that opens up new possibilities regardless of age. I will be providing workshops, individual coaching and opportunities to focus on one or all of three processes; The Immunity to Change process, The Core gift Interview and exploring our shadow sides. As David Whyte (a well know poet) says the key conversations in our lives occur at the junction of recognizing who are and who we would like to be. The point where these two places meet is a rich place for conversation and

VH:  What inspired you to start this business?

Dan: I’ve been on the island for 26 years and for a lot of that time I was very involved. I was a mental health counselor, director of student services for the school district, co-founded a non-profit to support youth and young adults with disabilities among other things.

At one point I decided that I needed to have a different experience and so for the past 4 years I’ve been working on an intense project at a high school in Seattle focusing on race and equity work. This was (still is to a lesser degree) an amazing experience and loved it as it connected strongly with my core values but it was energy and heart intensive. As I began to transition from that work I decided it was time to reengage with the community and the work that I began to be drawn to seemed somehow
relevant to Vashon. I want to share whatever I have to offer at “home.”

VH:  What is your superpower?

Dan: To be able to traverse the vast reaches of both my interior landscape and that of the world around me without moving!

VH:  When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?

Dan: I still have very close and very dear old friends in LA that I don’t get to see very often so when they come to visit I like to spend as much time as possible alone with them. Still, how can one not go to Thriftway (a community gathering place) The Hardware Store to hang out and connect with friends and Sporty’s for major pancake eating?

VH:  What’s next for your business?

Dan: Next is now, as I described in a previous question. Starting my new venture and seeing where it takes me excites me.

VH:  What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂

Dan: A cool chair to practice guitar on (10 bucks).


Thank you so much Dan!  Be sure to visit the Discovery Coaching website to learn more about working with Dan.

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