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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

Make New Turns Today

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.

The Herbal Face Food

Super Anti-oxidant Skin Serum and Lotions

Organic • Raw • Plants • Edible

Reduce sunspots, acne, eczema, blackheads, pore size, fine lines and wrinkles

Inquires about my skincare have led me to this post. I’m no beauty maven. I have spent a LOT of time outdoors in my life. I was raised in the 70's and 80's when sun damage was not much of a concern and sunscreen was only used to prevent sunburn those first few days at the neighborhood pool.

I spent my 20's outside in the mountains in Jackson Hole at elevation all day every day. Literally.

I LOVE sunshine. It is our number one source of Vitamin D and so good for the soul. I have also spent as many hours as possible in the intensely salty ocean waters surfing. My days of daily surfing were primarily along the Los Angeles coastline, where the oceans are unfortunately far from being free of toxins. I am also fair, and while I do not burn easily, my skin tone is more subject to damage than others.

Essentially, my skin has taken a beating. It is far from flawless. But at least I have lived! I have certainly used skincare and cosmetics with known toxins and without. Mostly without for the last couple decades. I do not use Botox or related, have never had any peels or related, nor acupuncture or whatever else exists out there to release wrinkles. And honestly, have only experienced two professional facials in my entire life. Currently, I only use a few very simple 100% ‘of the earth’ products that also happen to be very affordable. Happy to share.

My #1's toward skin health are: Nutrition, Hydration, Exercise, Sleep, several modalities toward Stress Reduction, and Self-Care. Ask me about these basics toward skin health and overall wellness.

In 2013, as I first began my switch from living and breathing wellness to teaching, coaching and consulting within wellness, I spent some time with the owner of The Herbal Face Food learning about his product and working for him: hands-on producing the product all the way to shipping it out the door. I know his personal story and what motivated him to create The Herbal Face Food. I can also share every single ingredient as well as where they are sourced.

I first tried the introductory regular strength Herbal Face Food serum and after using one 1 oz bottle...

I watched the sun damage on the bridge of my nose where my sunglasses sit DISAPPEAR.

I thought I would never get rid of that tan line! Friends at my yoga studio in Santa Monica commented that my skin looked different – and great. I only used one more 1 oz bottle and then with an unexpected move across the country due to a broken leg, it kinda just fell off my radar. Years later, summer 2017, I had a couple of sun spots spring up while living back at high elevation and decided to give it another test drive. I wanted to use it consistently for 4-6 months to see what would happen. Result: one of the spots is completely gone and the other is continually fading.

I don’t know about you, but for me, seeing is believing. I would personally never endorse a product I have not first used for a noteworthy length of time. As I mentioned, there are only a few skin care items on my list – ask me - and I am very happy with the quality and simplicity. The results, along with the fact that it is so clean that it is truly edible, speak volumes. Yes, you can actually ingest this product. My only warning is that it can sting especially the first few times you use it. There are three different strengths. I suggest you approach your spice level like ordering spicy food.

The Herbal Face Food line has expanded to include Herbal Face Cleansing Lotion and Herbal Body Food. Contact me with any questions. Take care of yourself, live large, and find your freedom.  -Joni


Is THIS Holistic Health Coaching for You?

I love when I hear about a fellow holistic coach: “Man, she’s really strict.” Good on her. Or him. They are being a coach. Would you expect anything less from a professional football coach? 

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The thing about this work is that you already have the understanding that no matter who you are, there is an area, maybe two, perhaps even three, where you are officially “over it”. You are fed up your own stories. You are sick and tired of continual drama that yep – you are in part responsible for – and ready to own. You are ready to commit to due diligence and climb that hill.

This is something to celebrate in and of itself. And hey High Performers - this level of holistic work is about understanding that no matter how “successful” you are on the outside, change is inevitable and constant, so there are always areas where each and every one of us can not only tune in to, but turn up the volume. 

Tune into THIS to learn whether this style of holistic coaching is for you:


This style of holistic coaching is for you if you…

            …are ready to hone in on every single realm of life and tweak this & that to move from where you are now to where you want to be

            …want to become more potent at what you do

            …are ready to step up not only for yourself, but as an example for those you touch each day

            …are killing it at life except one little area in the back of your head that is driving you nuts

            ...personal and professional development is something you LOVE to geek out on

            …understand that there are no hacks. You just have to do the things. And there are always more things. And they change and ebb and flow with time.

            ….want to eloquently integrate your own personal development into all of your personal and professional relationships

            …want to collaborate towards a global consciousness of collective change

            ….want to locate a network of people to support you, guide you, teach you, coach you and your teams from where you are now to where you want to be

            …want to identify what is no longer serving you - today

            …are open-minded, open-hearted, know there is always more to learn, willing to look at yourself completely, with acceptance, and become, or remain, open to receive - even when sitting in the "hot seat"

            …want to find your very own unique version of true freedom


This style of holistic coaching work is NOT for you if you…

            …are looking for a quick fix (although sometimes small changes create massive transformations in very little time – awesome to witness)

            …think you already know everything there is to know about yourself, your loved ones, your business, your career, and it’s about changing someone else

            …are set on changing someone else

            …think you have tried everything

            …are not open to trying new things or even same/similar things you have tried in the past

            …prefer to stay stuck in your story

            …are “the boss” in some or all facets of life and unwilling to be coachable

            …do not want to challenge yourself

            …do not want to step out of your comfort zones or take risks

            …do not feel you could use a neutral eye on areas that are disturbing the peace

            …are not craving connection

            …are not interested in relationships based on truth

            …are not interested in being part of a greater collective consciousness

            …do not want to BE the change in this world

            …have no desire to live free

Intentions 2018

I have personally experienced confusion on what “setting an intention” means. I get it. It’s confusing. 

Here at Après Sessions our holistic coaching sessions most certainly involve taking action. In case you didn’t know, in ski towns, après is verb.


Words don’t actually mean a thing without action behind them. People make unkempt promises (a.k.a. resolutions this time of year) to themselves, and therefore to others, all the time. So don’t even worry about that. The gold is in manifesting, which involves not only taking action, but also the intentions behind the actions.

...FEELINGS. Intentions have to do with those oh so gooey feelings we don’t always want to mess with. You can push them aside and hope they go away, but trust me they will come back, often in a very similar form creating more unrest versus peace. So. What are ya gonna do about it?

First, get clear on how you want to feel. If you met your goal, what would that feel like internally, to you and only you?

In a business relationship, perhaps you want to feel more secure. In a personal relationship perhaps you want to feel more at peace and relaxed.

Then ask WHY? Why do you want to feel these emotions versus what you currently feel?  Take some time with this. Journal about it. Put pen to paper.

Practice. This stuff doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and patience, so go easy on yourself, but be firm with yourself.

...EMBODIMENT. Next, embody the qualities you’d like to feel. Safe. Secure. Peaceful. Excited. Relaxed. Fun. Even successful.

How? Put yourself in situations that make you feel this way. This involves taking massive responsibility for yourself, what you create, whom you co-create with, and truly owning your shit so that you can shift to embodiment of the better. A simple suggestion day-to-day: do what you love.

...QUESTION YOURSELF. Why do I want that thing? Why am I expending so much time and energy on this? What am I aiming to feel by gaining that? When you get clear and realize it is rooted in your most absolute authentic self, whether that shows up as a positive or negative, then you know you have something to work with. You can trust it. And that has an absolute ripple affect toward what you really want. Why? Because we can become at peace with it, embrace it, shift it if need be, and move forward.

...TRUST. This is a big one. I can say that for me this one was, and still is, a frickin’ head banger. But with a lot of practice, it happens.

I am not talking about trusting or not trusting a family member, a partner, or an acquaintance. I am talking about trusting that everything happens as it is supposed to. I am talking about trusting timing, right timing, and that in time things fall into place whether they are what you think you need or not. It is happening to support that authenticity that you found in the above practice. The only way to find it and work with it is to get really curious, get really really gritty, vulnerable, and honest with yourself, chip away at the details, and practice practice, practice.

Trust. Breathe. Let it happen.

I LOVE talking about embodiment and utilizing the breath and shifting states, so if you wanna really geek out, please contact me.

We all stumble around and spill milk on a regular basis. That, too, is part of the process.

Let’s set some intentions.

Best to you in the new year!


In the motions and the things that you say
It all will fall, fall right into place
As fruit drops, flesh it sags
Everything will fall right into place
When we die some sink and some lay
But at least I don't see you float away
And on split milk, sex and weight
It all will fall, fall right into place
- Modest Mouse



At Aprés Coaching, we really do believe that with health comes everything else. Not to say there are not other realms to be considered beyond nutrition and exercise. But it has been published time and time again, backed by science, that our gut is now considered our second brain. What you consume affects not only your physical body, but your mind and your emotions.

When you are eating well, you are clear-headed, potentially more aware of yourself as well as your words and actions, more productive, and simply feel good. This in turn affects yourself, your relationships, your career, your entire reality for the better.

Organic foods can be a stretch for many to understand, approach, and sometimes to make sense of financially. Holistic health coaches can arm you with information, answer your why’s, and look at all aspects of your life in order to tweak certain areas so that you can easily add in organics where you can.

Understanding labeling is a first step.  HERE, Whole Foods Market breaks down organic labeling, so that you can put your knowledge toward your buying power. Start where you are. Embrace change. Food is medicine. Be well.