My name is Pamela Yates, I'm a working artist who has maintained a holistic coaching practice since 2004. In my coaching practice I provide Creativity and Human Experience Coaching and have worked with individual clients locally and around the world. I work individually with each client via email, phone and video calling (via Skype). The name of my coaching practice, Circle Pathways, evolves from my experience and training in restorative healing practices which can be applied to any area of life in ways that are helpful, insightful, grounding and respectful towards the client's natural wisdom which is the birthright of every human being. If you'd like to chat informally about whether this friendly, gentle and practical support for your creative visions, work and dreams is right for you, please drop me an email. I would be happy to answer any questions and there's absolutely no obligation.. We can chat via email or phone whichever is more comfortable for you. 

Our style of working together

Pamela Yates

Pamela Yates

I work individually with each client, our sessions are private and confidential. In our work together a client might choose to decide to discover, clarify and name their most important dreams and goals; we might work together to identify and embrace great strengths, personal gifts with respect to personality and experiences, and personal wisdom that can support the client's success. Clients explore past and present struggles and barriers that could be less than helpful to success in the present and future. This work is done with support from a coach who will help clarify dreams, goals and next steps in the areas of life that are most important. In my role as a coach, the client gets support that sometimes can't be provided by family members and friends who often, with the best of intentions, would prefer that their loved one make choices they perceive as safe or secure or appropriate when what the client longs to do is explore her own ordinary or outrageous or impossible dreams. She may wish a change in lifestyle or vocation or career or location which might alarm those around her. Sometimes is just is the right time for a person to explore their life, their choices, new options, inner visions and dreams. I believe it's important to listen to that call. Nothing in nature stands still, everything moves in a circle and is always changing. When we are open to changing and growing we are doing what comes naturally. Listening to your inner wisdom, with judicious reality checking, is a great place to start. As a coach I can listen and provide support, friendly accountability, open questions in an environment of inquiry about your goals, dreams, visions and the unknown. The client makes all decisions about goals in our work together and the speed at which they want to work. 

Sample areas of interest and self-discovery by clients...   new beginnings     wellness and healing    re-empowerment    rituals for soothing  clarity    doohickeys    journalling    procrastination    creative tenacity    risk-taking    observing inner dialogues    community and companionship    befriending barriers and minimizing obstacles    

Coaching style

My style of coaching spills out from a holistic cultural worldview that is compassionate, gentle and respectful. That's not to say the work that clients engage in is easy, and in my role I often hold their feet to the fire and help clients remember and reconnect with goals that are important to them. The work can feel peaceful and exhilarating, healing and challenging, funny and frightening, joyful and heartbreaking and often, all of these. Of course! we are complex human beings! And clients already know in their hearts and minds that breaking new ground to start fresh, to re-fresh, re-generate, nurture and grow a creative view of life and whatever work we choose to engage in, can sometimes be exciting and rewarding and difficult and challenging, too. But we each choose: rather a life lived than not to reach for a life well-lived.

My clients have confronted doubts and fears about their creative visions, dreams and goals. But it is work worth doing! Your creative work is to live your own life and it is worth the investment of your time, energy and passion!  The structure, foundation and emotional environment of my coaching practice is guided by the wisdom, practical tools and teachings of the ancient restorative Circle Process. These principles and teachings provide powerful tools to bring adventure, support, awareness and soothing to your relationship with your creative self. All of life is about creativity, all of life follow natural law, there is no passive standing still, in the natural world change is constant. In human life change is constant. As a Human Experience Coach I provide biased support, validation and encouragement on the life journey of my clients - and that support is importantly biased because I am totally on my client's team! My coaching style and its gentle quality is also informed by my life experiences and principles gained from walking a spiritual lifeway, twenty-nine years in the world of twelve-step recovery programs and my recovery from direct and indirect experiences of violence.

How we structure our sessions

The format for our work together is simple and it looks like this: we begin with an email and then a 60-minute monthly phone chat (either by phone or video call via Skype or Google Hangouts) with follow-up emails between phone chats. The cost is $95.00 per month. For new clients there is an initial two-month commitment, the cost is $190, this two-month commitment allows time for the client to get started, dig in and see progress in ways that are not possible during one month. 

If this coaching work sounds like something you'd like to do then drop me an email at pamela@pamelayates.com and tell me a little bit about yourself and what you'd like to accomplish in our work together. I'll respond via email with some questions to help get us started. You can contact me to arrange to pay by mail, or phone, or you may pay via credit card via the secure link at the bottom of this page, or via PayPay.  

Drop me an email if you have questions or if you would like to arrange an informational phone chat.

I look forward to hearing from you! Drop me a note and let's get started! 

Credentials, community experience and training

  • Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) five-day training provided by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute and The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, an evidence-based trauma awareness and resilience facilitator training program, 2012.

  • Art on Fridays, weekly art activities for women and children, Eagle's Nest, Women of Nations American Indian emergency shelter for battered women and their children.

  • Everything Has A Spirit, a community circle.

  • Family Mediation Bridge Training, William Mitchell College of Law and Conflict Resolution Center, Minneapolis, 2010, mediating parenting time, family and divorce, power balancing, domestic violence, tax/financial concerns.

  • Circle Keeper training with the late Chuck Robertson, Sr., Kay Longtin and Mark LaPointe, Jamie Williams, Oscar Reed, Ruth YellowHawk, Harley Eagle and St. Paul's Dispute Resolution Center, 2006.

  • Peacekeeping Circles in School and Community Settings, facilitator training by National Restorative Justice Training Institute, Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, University of Minnesota

  • Peacemaking Circle Keeper for Sentencing Circles facilitator, training by Community Circles Washington County, Judge Gary Schurer, Kay Longtin and Mark LaPointe.

  • The Wakanheza Project workshop facilitator training, lending a hand to children and families, training by Donald Gault, Kathy Hedin and Darlene Simmons of the Ramsey County Public Health Department, 2006.

  • Transformative mediator trained in Civil Mediation through Dispute Resolution Center, St. Paul, Minn (Minnesota Statute 494), 2005.

Training with Dr. Eric Maisel, internationally recognized expert on coaching for creativity and new paradigms for emotional and mental wellness . 

  • Human Experience Specialist Training

  • Meaning Coaching Training

  • Life Purpose and Meaning Boot Camps

  • Advanced Creativity Coaching

  • Creativity Coach Training

Formal education in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.
Working, selling artist.
Personal successful journey of recovery from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, teenage rape, family of origin domestic violence, intergenerational trauma, homelessness and alcohol addiction. Grateful for thirty plus years of continuous sobriety and personal recovery following the principles of 12-Step programs, the restorative circle and indigenous lifeway.

Group activities offered

For most community facilities the workshops are provided free of charge except for cost of supplies which are provided without markup. I love this work and can facilitate gatherings including fun, adventuresome craft and art workshops in the community. These workshops can accommodate small groups of 6-10 or as many as 30 individuals
including young people age 10 and up, youth and adults. Activities can include art and craft projects, storytelling, Talking Circles and presentations. Participants explore creativity using paint, collage, beading, fabrics, jewelry making (earrings, bracelets, charms and necklaces), make a dream catcher, experience relaxation meditation and visualization, or combinations of these activities. Participants and locations include folks from colleges, schools, faith groups, shelters and group residences, addiction and other recovery and wellness centers. 

Caring disclaimer, coaching is not therapy

I do not provide nor am I licensed or trained to provide professional therapy or counseling. If you think professional counseling would be helpful to you I encourage you to check out that possibility with a licensed professional. Working with a licensed psychologist, elders and a coach has been very helpful to me on parts of my journey, I know firsthand the power and beauty of these types of opportunities to grow, heal and explore. While working with a licensed therapist or similar professional you can also engage in our creativity coaching work together. It’s completely up to you to decide what feels right for you. If you’re unsure discuss this option with your licensed therapist or similar professional.

Individual Coaching