Praise for 1:1 Sessions

I am so thankful I worked through this with you instead of just existing.
- S.D.

Ann Marie Paul

Sensuality Coach

United States


I feel beyond fortunate to have been a recipient of Shelby’s incredible gifts. I have never met someone who is SO present and able to take people as deep as they are ready to go. The first time I worked with her I was in disbelief at how she was able to hold space for me to help me come to my deepest truths. The word that comes to mind when I think of working with Shelby is nourished. She has an ability in every session to help my mind, body and soul feel so held and so filled up with love, that it makes even going through the toughest darkest stuff, actually somewhat pleasurable. Shelby is also an incredible educator and I always feel like there is something I learn from her whenever I work with her. Please do your heart and soul a favor and work with this incredible woman.

– Brooke Hayes, Sex Love and Relationship Coach, Encenitas, California


I turned to Shelby for coaching at a time when I felt incredibly vulnerable.  A huge issue from my past that I thought I had healed from had reared its head again, and I felt shame, alone and not sure if I could belong.  Shelby held me with such incredible tenderness and compassion, and I felt 100% seen and heard in all of my pain, but also in all of my aliveness.  Through my work with Shelby I took back my power, and had the courage to speak my truth. The work with Shelby continued to vibrate and unfold in me long after the sessions finished - I went from a hot wavering mess to feeling strong and vibrant.  I feel very blessed to have experienced the power, wisdom and gentleness of Shelby’s presence and skills and, as a coach myself, I truly appreciate Shelby as one of the very, very best.

– SJ Chapman, Executive Coach and Organisational Development Consultant, Melbourne, Australia


I am so grateful to Shelby and her intuition for guiding me through moments where I needed strong breakthroughs. Her ability to hold presence and safety have allowed for me to see things I couldn't on my own. Discoveries about myself that would have taken years if I tried to find them on my own only took a matter of moments to uncover. She is a life guide and angel that provides such a safe, non-judgmental space to become free of past pains and to move forward to joy."

– Shaunna Brallier,  Sex and Love Coach, San Diego, California

Chris Keaton

Filmmaker & Visual Storyteller

Indiana, United States

I understand and know that I am worthy of being loved and I am loved by many now more than ever. You helped me get here. Thank you!

– T. L. Portland, Oregon.

I am happy to be healing with her.
- R.D.

I originally worked with Shelby doing somatic therapy to process my intense stress and PTSD. She has helped me in many ways; from teaching me to notice my window of tolerance and to be gentle with myself, to breathing exercises and grounding techniques. I’ve learned that I do not need to re-traumatize myself in therapy…. I am happy to be healing with her.

– R. D. Portland, Oregon

My sessions with Shelby have all been calming and productive. I am in a very stressful period of my life and Shelby has given me many great tools for dealing with that. She is insightful and non-judgmental. While she has facilitated some important revelations during our sessions, I always leave with techniques for further discovery and resolution.

– P.G. Mexico

I felt safe to say what I had previously felt embarrassed or uncomfortable saying.
- S.B.

Shelby made me feel safe to say and go places that I needed to, but hesitated to go. She knew how far to push me and asked me the right questions. I felt safe to say what I had previously felt embarrassed or uncomfortable saying. Never did I feel even slightly judged. I also really appreciated Shelby’s candidness and how real she was with me and our relationship.

– S.B. Portland, Oregon


Shelby is utterly present during sessions and a true master at what she does. She cares deeply for her clients, and it shows. As a result of working with her, I've been able to move forward in situations where I've previously felt stuck, and experienced the huge relief and permission to not have to be perfect! I've experienced a deep, profound connection to myself, in Shelby's presence. If you have a chance to work with Shelby, I highly, highly recommend it. Thank you Shelby, for being such a loving, gifted, dedicated and passionate practitioner.
– Roshni Dominic, Coach, United Kingdom

I left our sessions feeling like my progress and new insights were things to be celebrated.
- Anonymous

In working with Shelby for one-on-one counseling, I instantly felt a comfortable kinship and could easily move into the rhythm of our sessions. I was really interested in working with someone who was skilled in somatic therapy, so I could investigate my questions and experience through more than my words or thoughts – but also through sensations in my body as a way to have more information about my emotions, patterns, and a clearer intimacy with my own intuition. My experience was that Shelby’s listening and guidance accomplished that goal and curiosity. I always felt empowered through our work together, and left our sessions feeling like my progress and new insights were things to be celebrated. I also felt like I left our sessions with more tools to work with on my own, throughout my real-to-life moments of contraction — things that were simple enough to remember, a visualization to practice or a physical pathway to assist me in uncovering my own insights or enact change in my life in big and small ways.

- Anonymous

PRAISE FOR teaching


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Tantra Mama



I’ve had the privilege of working with Shelby during my preparation as a coach in sex, love and relationships. She is an amazing space holder that has helped me embrace my insecurities. During my work with her, she helped me accept parts of me that have been unacceptable for so many years.

I have huge insecurities around my body and the way I look, but after working with her I could finally understand that all those fears are based on ideas I have been carrying around due to trauma. She helped me realize how beautiful and loved I am by those around me. She helped me get in contact with a sense of belonging and love that I wasn’t able to feel before.

Her knowledge around trauma blows my mind. I feel so honored of having a chance to work with her since she has helped me so much in my growth and development. I am a better, more connected person thanks to her.

– Nina Garza, Sex, love and relationship coach, Mexico

I loved your coaching development calls, the trauma workshops, and then getting to see you work in person with a student one day at the retreat. I’ve been blown away by your work and especially by the compassionate, wise presence you’ve cultivated inside yourself and that you bring forward into the world.

Your trauma workshops changed my life in such a huge way! Understanding the window of tolerance and nervous system and how to work with it was a huge piece for me that has helped me profoundly, I’m so grateful for what you created and offered! I know it would be a blessing for anyone like it was for me to receive your high-quality teaching and transmission. 

– Lily Romaine Shank. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Massage and Shiatsu Therapist.


She taught me how to  watch the 'internal mind chatter' that goes on inside the mind when someone else is speaking. I've heard this before but didn't fully understand the extent to which it affected my ability to show up and truly listen to someone until she explained it.  Having coached thousands of people, I consider myself a seasoned listener.

She encouraged listening to someone with a clear mind, giving them your full attention. Trusting in yourself that you will retain what's important and trusting that your response will be what it needs to be in the moment. This was a stretch outside my comfort zone for me as the nature of my job involves a lot of documentation.  I now have more confidence in my memory. My customer satisfaction has improved. I'm able to listen to family and loved ones from a clearer and more open space. I find that I'm able to now better able to see the big picture of what people are saying because I'm not getting hung up on something they said prior to their actual point.

I highly recommend working with Shelby in any capacity. For me, a reason her teaching was so impactful is that she truly embodies what she teaches and the transmission is palpable. She makes you want to learn more in the best way possible.

Casey Hall Health Educator - Case Management Specialist; Health and Physical Educator BS; Adapted Physical Activity, MS, CAPE, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

I loved the Deepening Dharma retreat. I really connected more deeply with my inner self, and am consequently able to be more present with my loved ones, as well as with myself. Shelby's guidance was gentle, graceful and effective! She helped me love and accept myself more through this retreat. I am so grateful.

– Donna Carroll, Ecstatic Dance Leadership Founder, Oakland, CA

"The Deepening Dharma: 6 week online meditation retreat created and guided by Shelby Leigh was a very effective way to learn more about mindfulness practice in general, understand its purpose within your own life, and put it into practice in a very practical, affordable and real life way. Going into the retreat I was very nervous that I would be too immature in my practice to keep up, and feel like I didn't belong, since I have never been on a meditation retreat before. I can say that I felt perfectly comfortable, engaged and inspired by the teachings from Shelby, and that it would be appropriate for anybody who is interested in a retreat. The fact that it was online and something you did at your own pace was a great way to incorporate it into your daily life and make it something more lasting without being too overwhelming. But there was also a very gentle component of being held accountable which made it stick for me. I would highly recommend this online meditation retreat for anyone who wants to deepen their mindfulness practice and who doesn't have the time to attend a retreat in person. It was absolutely worth it!"

– Aaron Keith Saari, Co-Owner and Physical Therapist at, Portland, Oregon

Deepening Dharma was a wonderful experience that helped me discover how meditation can fit into my life. It gave me the structure and support to take on the daunting task of starting a meditation practice, while allowing me the flexibility and permission to discover and create a practice that meets my unique needs. Shelby's gentle and compassionate teaching style made this experience feel warm and welcoming and her ability to model true self-compassion was inspiring. I'd recommend this retreat to anyone who is looking to create or go deeper with their own practice but isn't sure where or how to start.

– Caitlin Capistran, Doctor of Physical Therapy / owner of Feeling Centered Bodywork, Portland Oregon

I have a hard time being vulnerable with people, but it feels very natural with Shelby.
- Hillary Chase

Hillary Chase

I met Shelby on a wilderness retreat in New Mexico. She was one of the dharma leaders, while I was attending. It was an amazing retreat, full of self-discovery and healing. I have learned from her that we can be with the unknown and still be happy. I like how we communicate together. I have a hard time being vulnerable with people, but it feels very natural with Shelby. She is a strong and tender person, full of wisdom and laughter. I am very glad to have her as a friend and life mentor.

- Hillary Chase, Singer-Songwriter, Massachusetts

It was difficult for me to commit to myself. I was solid and then I wasn't. I was hard on myself. I judged myself on how I was breathing or wasn't. My thoughts were so scattered most times. I couldn't stop my brain from overthinking everything. I then got frustrated and didn't practice. Then I'd practice and have a good day. I celebrated those good days.  I am learning to believe that I am enough just as I am. 

I'm so grateful that I have this course to revisit whenever I want. This is an amazing gift that you've given me. 

– Nancie Abbott, New Seasons, Portland, Oregon

Prior to registering for my first retreat with Shelby, I was curious how the remote format would work. It turned out to be a wonderful alternative to the typical 'in person' retreat, which my work/family/life balance doesn't always allow for. Shelby made me feel like I was an important part of the retreat group (our sangha), and she was remarkably supportive and responsive when I did have a thought or question. The experience was an enriching one for me. I look forward to my next retreat with Shelby!

– Bryan, Civil Engineer, St Louis

I really love the way that the Deepening Dharma retreat incorporates the teachings into our everyday lives.  I have attended quite a few retreats in person, but never one online- I wasn’t sure how I would like this aspect, but this ended up being a such an advantage in that I was able to take each week’s teachings and apply them to my regular, “non-retreat” life, which is always the challenge after leaving retreat and returning home.  As an introvert who hates phone calls, I was nervous about the partner work, but I ended up finding this to be incredibly valuable as I built a strong connection to my partner; it not only helped with my meditation and mindfulness practice, but also with my personal and professional growth.  Shelby has a very real gift for teaching and for listening deeply- her ability to connect with each of us (even virtually) is a testament to this.  The group was very supportive and encouraging, and for the first time in a long time I maintained a consistent home meditation practice each day.  Thanks, Shelby!  

– Alexis Saari, Social Worker, Providence Health & Services, Oak Grove, Oregon