Coaching & Retreats


“I hear you.” © Quinn McDonald, 2014. Collage using Monsoon Papers.

Will Coaching Help You Change Your Life?

Life coaching is a powerful tool; it can help you change your life. Whether you want to be heard at work or by your family, or when you need to make hard decisions, life and creativity coaching creates a supportive environment that allows you to explore what you really want and then take steps to create it.

Through writing, teaching and coaching, I feel useful when I can inspire, inform and support others in finding clarity around what skills they already possess and what amazing potential they long to unlock.

You don’t find meaning in life. You make it. We create our lives by the decisions we make. Coaching gives you the tools to create the life you want and live the life you have imagined. You are not a victim of circumstance, you can change and choose your relationships and your goals.

During coaching you will discover what is important to you, who you want to be, and who you are now. I create small, positive steps to help you on the road to discovery. From time to time, we will look back at the distance you have traveled to create the life you want.

When Is the Best Time for Coaching?

Don’t wait for life to settle down or until you feel better to start coaching. I have been trained in coaching “in the middle of everything” because there is no perfect time to start coaching. It’s in the rushed, panicked, fearful times that coaching can be a saving GPS system for your life’s journey.

What’s the Difference between Life Coaching and Creativity Coaching?

Often, the difference between life coaching and creativity coaching is you. Business career goals are different from creative career goals. Sometimes, the difference is the struggle the creative feels in being different, separated from the world. Creatives also have specific discipline practices that need support and accountability.

Try a sample session
Call 480-286-6220 in Phoenix to schedule your one-hour sample session. (What time is it in Phoenix?) Not a packaged demonstration or a sales pitch, this one-hour coaching session tackles the issues you want help with now.

At the end of the sample session, there is “homework”—an action to help the learning ripen. You’ll have time to ask any questions you have.

There is no pressure to sign up after the coaching sample or when you send in your homework.


“Raven.” © Quinn McDonald, 2014. Typography collage on paper.

Price: $125.  If you become a client, the $125 is deducted from your first invoice.

How Does Coaching Work?
Coaching works best when it is designed for you. It should be both useful and convenient. I offer two different packages:

Three-times a month coaching
Three, one-hour phone sessions a month. There is homework each time. Email is added to ask questions big success.

Price: $360.00 a month, payable via check, credit card or PayPal.

Just-in-Time coaching (One hour)
Use a one-hour session to focus on a specific problem, work intensely for a short time, or as a check in when 3 x a month coaching is completed.

Price: $125 a session, payable via check, credit card or PayPal.

What makes coaching convenient for you?

  • Coaching is tax-deductible as an education expense.
  • Coaching is done on the phone, so you don’t have to waste time driving or finding a parking lot.
  • Evening and early-morning hours let you schedule your coaching for a time when you are focused and have privacy.
  • You can be anywhere. Skype allows coaching to take place internationally for free or very low-cost.

business-CoachWhy did I choose to be a coach?
One morning, during walking meditation,  tikkun olam, (healing or repairing the world) suddenly became a clear idea. It replaced the helpless feeling that there was a lot wrong with the world.  Helping people find their creative skills, self-awareness and deep joy is the work I was called to do. The work is long, frustrating, and so rewarding.

I began the work by helping exhibiting and performing artists run their business with clarity and purpose. “Business” business-coachshouldn’t be a bad word to an artist, any more than “creativity” should frighten a business.

I completed the co-active coaching coursework at Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 2003. After completing the training, I studied with Eric Maisel for a year, then completed my coaching certification at the Creativity Coaching Association.

I’ve been a life and creativity coach since 2003, and have more than 10,000 hours of coaching experience. I’m a member of the International Coaching Federation and the Creativity Coaching Association.