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Our holistic approach to optimal health and performance empowers you to discover your true potential.


Everything we do is about finding your freedom.


Why “Après”? Because “after” coaching, you will find your line.   


Inspired by riding mountains and surfing oceans, Après Coaching Sessions are a nod to the discipline and diligence necessary to master these epic environments, the freedom found in doing so, and the reward of post-excursion celebrations known as après-ski. Après Sessions, on and off the mountain, are holistic meaning an integrated whole experience.


Holistic health coaching considers the whole human system to spearhead what we find in the state of “flow” resulting in optimal performance and wellness in all realms of life.


Joni Madere - Teach. Coach. Consult.



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Find Your Next Why

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When we are stoked and mostly slaying it at life, we have no doubt discovered that notorious “why” – our own unique “why” that makes us tick. If you are reading this, chances are you already know and you’re in your flow. But change is constant, and as lovers of life, we know we must remain adaptable, light on our feet, evolve, and enthusiastically look to what’s next.

What’s next is that next “why” that always pops up around the next corner.

Discovering our initial “why” was the way to uncover our truths, set intentions, make change happen, and meet goals. If you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about – no big deal – just ask. Once we get to those initial truths, why we want to do what we want to do, it takes some serious grit.

We have to look at a hell of lot of things we don’t really want to look at in order to move through the darker more challenging spaces. It is the only way to “follow the light” as the fluffier parts of wellness world like to advise. Yay. You’ve got your why. You’ve moved thru some serious shit. You are on your way.  Only to find a brand new crop of soon to be unearthed truths that will want to emerge from the next dark corner. Sounds frustrating. Yep. It is. So it’s ok to scream bloody murder in the street for all to hear. Let it pass. Breathe. Put your big-girl pants back on - and strut.

Yep. This is your next big opportunity to ask yourself, "why". Why is this coming up? Why is this happening? Why is the Universe handing me another doozie? Why do I even want this? What was I thinking? And that’s just the beginning. But YOUR why is the way. As a holistic health practitioner, coach and consultant, I am your neutral sounding board. Let’s session it and get to the root of this next truth so that we aren’t wasting precious time. Your why really really matters. Let’s work smart – today. Then you can spend a lot more of this lovely life getting outside, traveling the world, going to dance class, eating doughnuts. Seriously.

Essentially, just when we think we know why… we inevitably emerge into the next set of unknowns. These little buds will eventually pop up whether we are ready for them or not. If we haven’t looked at all realms, they will pop up again and again. And as one of my teachers likes to say, they will be back – with friends! So with that, it never hurts to continue to seek out our own self-awareness, go deep, gently unlock the truths, and find ways to gracefully stroll through them, streamline them, and bloom into the next phase.


1.  Gain an outside neutral perspective as it is mostly impossible to see outside of ourselves, see past ourselves, and get out of our own way. If this is way too much for the ego to handle, it’s your world and you can stay right where you are… the choice is 100% yours. If you are feeling like “Hell yeah! I am so frickin’ ready.” – find your holistic health coach – someone you can really have fun with, but who will also hold you to owning your shit - and you just might discover an even deeper truth you were not even aware of that has been temporarily holding you back within a certain realm of life.

2.  Discovering that deeper truth allows you to gain perspective – again – pivot, and watch the positives ripple out into all of your experiences. Wow. Yes, it’s true. Solutions often exist in seemingly unrelated areas. No one is safe from blind spots. Everything is connected.

3.  The ripple affect, much like a wave, moves through your entire life affecting not only all realms of your experience, but also the experiences of those around you. If that matters to you at all, becoming aware and shifting your mindset can bring you - and your peeps – all that you desire.

Everything is connected. I will say it over and over. How you do anything is how you do everything - from transitioning from one yoga pose to another to taking care of tenants moving in and out of your rental homes.  So finding neutral support is just another graceful way of creating space in order to reveal blind spots - step one. Your holistic health truly depends on step one. Second, since you are already a rockstar, implementing small changes, little tweaks here and there, is absolute in order to discover the whole-hearted “why’s” over and over again taking ourselves from where we are now, to where we want to be. Today. Tomorrow. Next lifetime ;)

When we are so entangled within our own day-to-days, stories, melodramas, dramas, patterns, neural pathways, samskaras, and those ludicrous conventional timelines, it can be almost impossible to break out of the cycle even if you are a seriously driven high performer.

The most successful, brightest, creative, and yes, especially the happiest people, are continually finding new ways to remain open, move through current experiences, and then the next phase, and the next, because yup, there is always a next phase. 

We all know the old adage that “change is the only thing that is constant”. Even our cells regenerate every seven years. So our physical being alone goes through plenty of constant change for us to manage. Beyond the physical, we are also constantly moving through mental and emotional change and challenge as well. The highest performing, and more notably the most at peace individuals, are willing to look at the big picture, accept it, and take the necessary steps to optimize their health, wellness, performance and wellbeing – over and over.  This is one part of how they arrived at where they are today… often along with a little or even a lot of luck and support along the way. But wherever you are, start where you are. Find your next why.

Holistic health includes nutrition, hydration & physical health, movement & exercise, home and work environments, relationships – all kinds, social life & community, your version of spirituality, creativity, career, finances, continuing education, mental health, emotional health, and overall joy. These are the basics. Within each we must find ways to level up, challenge, and stretch ourselves in order to progress. Without progression we are stagnant. Last I checked, and especially if you are reading this, you definitely are not into that.

No one is perfect. No one knows exactly what is going on. No one has it all figured out all of the time. Find your sounding board. Find your next why. Session it. You're amazing.



While many within business and career are left-brain dominant, it is so refreshing to continually meet those also leaning into working from another realm. Those who collaborate, share, listen, learn, support and allow for that leftover percentage of space available after “I”, “You”, and “We”. The space where we not only co-author our experiences, but co-allow for a little more expansion.

Much like the saying about the gods laughing while you make plans…

We believe in planning, visualization and taking action. But while you dive deep into spreadsheets, networking events, claiming barely-there friendships, going super hard after potential clients until they formulate or oops disappear, doing what you know to be THE way because of what you were taught in school… are you actually shutting out another entire realm of possibility? By living and working solely from a place society deems civilized, we more often than not lose creativity and gain fear.

Get quiet and pretend you know nothing about anything. Listen. Listen deeply. To others. To yourself. What do you hear? Trust that.

A pack of wolves doesn’t have a plan per se. They run, they protect, they are intensely relational by nature and highly involved with their mates, their young, and their pack. Keen, sensing, playful, devoted. Loyal, hard-working, reliable, yet know when to rest. Diligent yet simultaneously BE-ing. Wolves adapt to constantly changing circumstances. They are deeply intuitive. As humans we have lost a sense of trust, trusting ourselves, and therefore one another. We have lost much in the way of elemental experience allowing for further cultivation of intuition. There is a re-wilding within all of us that desperately needs to take place in order to evolve and progress. While this is not a women-specific post, the book Women Who Run With Wolves comes to mind as we continue to collaborate with like-minded folks who understand that this is about oh so much more than anyone’s bottom line. You know who you are. Thank You. Thank you. Thank you.

Questions about running with wolves and running your team, family, and yourself toward peak-to-peak performance? #SessionIt

When seeking guidance, don't ever listen to the tiny-hearted. Be kind to them, heap them with blessing, cajole them, but do not follow their advice. -Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves




Mia Togo, Life Coach and Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Mentor, grew up with a love of equestrian which taught her in roaming the great outdoors that the world is so much bigger than herself. From competing in equestrian to becoming a professional dancer in Los Angeles, she fostered grit and determination allowing herself to live a very free life. However, she also found that all the success in the world could not power through some of her biggest losses, deepest wounds, negative self-talk, and ultimately her shadow side.

Working with a very gifted coach for many years (since passed, Mona Miller) she gathered the tools necessary, along with a personal and professional commitment to her yoga practice, to gain further clarity and stand in her truths.

We all have a shadow side. It doesn’t go away. We all have areas of life that are affected by it. It is also to be cherished as it is what gives contrast to our bright lights. So finding tools to manage what our other practices may not always cut through can be the key to following the light.

Working with Mona Miller, and continuing that same work day-to-day, she found her path to true freedom. Success on the outside often does not equate to success on the inside. All the travel and clothes, accolades and certifications, and athletic, business and artistic accomplishments in the world can only bring so much freedom. Why should you settle?  #SessionIt

Additional insight into Mia Too and her heartfelt work now live on YogaPoetica “Both Sides Now”.




Everyone wants to be a start up business these days. Understandable.  Especially if you run in our circles of freedom fighters.

But have you ever been a part of any start-up team? Especially within a more progressive business model? Have you put in the hours? Have you honed optimal performance in any one area of life? Have you become really really clear on who you are, what your purpose is, where you are now, and where you want to be?  

Navigating start-up business can be heaven and hell all at once - much like rock climbing.

Learning to maintain your center, breathe, honing a key skill such as full-blown grit, as well as soft skills that allow you long term vision, creativity, and of equal importance, vulnerability, which is quite key in finding support and community - all are essential. This will not happen overnight. Experience is everything.  And simultaneously, do you have, at your fingertips, a second set of eyes and a neutral ear to listen, support and guide you? Even if you do, family and friends, business advisors, and mentors can be awesome, but the necessary neutrality along with the skills to truly take you from peak performance to peak-to-peak performance are key. A start-up coach provides!

We decided to bring Alex McAfee into the Aprés Coaching collective as start-up coach and consultant given his vast climbing experience which refined the initial skill sets necessary to become a successful entrepreneur himself before becoming a truly independent start-up coach, consultant and advisor. Not to mention our soft spot for his commitment to supporting those with our same “make good happen” credo in place. His start-up experience within wellness, yoga, fashion and technology is truly a progressive mix where we at Aprés believe we are all headed. Here’s to future… we, too, have Alex to thank!

Learn more about how climbing trained Alex for working within startups HERE and HERE  🚀

Outside of coaching, Alex is also CEO & Founder of Conrad Men’s, a super hot custom leather bag line for men which includes meditation cushions – we love. He is also Founder of SeekRetreat, an online yoga retreat booking destination.

Below: Alex soloing in Mallorca last summer.  Above: Living out of his VW van some time in the 90’s making his dreams of climbing for life come true.




While we are in full support of men and women equally, a lot of attention is being brought to the roles of women in business given the recent U.S. presidential election.

The majority of people who work in holistic coaching, wellness, personal development, health care, and related realms happen to be women.  Women striving - we can only assume by their chosen professions - to make the world a better place. 

The world truly needs, now more than ever, the “soft skills” both women and men have to offer.  Much like any athlete, practicing is the only way to improve and expand upon those skills.

”Knowledge, education and experience – whether in the mountains or in business – are crucial, but so is developing soft skills." -John Winsor, CEO at Speakeasy Guild

The soft skills according to John Winsor include:







A few more to consider…






And, the ability to show vs. tell.

So while we are still in winter mode, NOW is great time to reassess your goals as well as your skills, especially your soft skills.  Do so before spring blooms, rolling right into summer... a sea of outdoor events, kids out of school, and enjoying the sunshine... so that you can perform at your best throughout this year.

How can you cultivate further self-awareness in order to continually reassess and improve upon your skill sets?

What are your goals?

And how can you meet them while keeping your health and sanity in check AND while continuing to make a difference? 

Man or woman, we are all connected, and a second set of eyes on your future will take you from where you are now to where you want to be.