Hola corazón, I'm María, and I would love to help you communicate confidently and authentically.
Let me tell you a secret. I used to be a shy, subdued, people-pleaser, and in constant need of validation. Now, after a long journey of healing, questioning, unlearning and relearning, I am a confident, unrestrained, opinionated, authentic speaker.
I am not here to give you a blueprint on how to be more confident and authentic in your expression and communication. Only you can find your own voice. But I can provide you with exploratory tools to find your own path towards confident self-expression in any non-native language you want to express yourself in.
Authentic self-expression became very important in my life when I realised how performative my expression was, how much I was seeking to fit it and how unseen I felt.
Being authentic means that you act in ways that show your true self and how you feel. I had to learn who my true self actually was because my expression had been so influenced by the need to be a nice girl, quiet, never rocking the boat, pleasing and accommodating others that I really didn’t know who I was. I only knew there was a disconnection between who I felt I was and how I expressed myself.
As a result, the belonging that I was so desperately seeking was unfulfilled. People didn’t know who I really was so they couldn’t relate to me.
With time, therapy, coaching and other means, I discovered who I truly was and how to express it.
I discovered how to feel safe enough to express it, and how to do it with confidence.
Authenticity is a survival need. –Gabor Maté
I am here to promote a conscious use of language and reclaim the adoption of nuanced language. I am here to help us navigate an increasingly polarised and dualistic society. I will help you embrace critical thinking and inclusion to allow for deep connection and communication.
My approach combines experiential learning (embodied cognition) with neuroeducation, mindfulness, creative writing and poetry therapy.
Embodied cognition advocates that understanding involves acting with a physical body in an environment in which that body is immersed. Embodied bilingual (multilingual) language proposes that the way the body interacts with its environment influences the way a person thinks or creates mental images.
Neuroeducation studies the activities that occur in the brain when individuals learn and apply this knowledge to improve the learning process.  Many studies argue that mindfulness practises are beneficial in the learning context.
Creative writing, like poetry, has a significant impact on the emotional connection the student develops with the language itself and helps increase their vocabulary and understanding the language rhythm and intonation.
Metaphor is embodied in language. – Dennis Potter
how can I serve you?
I work with Spanish language learners, multilingual seekers and language teachers/coaches. I offer 1:1 coaching, group sessions, council circles, retreats, self-paced language courses, training for language teachers…
Click here to have a look at the different ways we can work together.
who am I?
I am a deep thinker, language lover and very interested in how the mind works, including authentic self-expression and poetry.
I call Spain and Ireland home. Spanish is my mother tongue, and English is the language I currently express myself better in, but they don’t tell the whole story, and certainly, they don’t exist in different boxes.
I am an introverted, multi-passionate person, and I panic whenever I have to give my “elevator pitch”. I am a human, and as such, who I am and what I do, do not fit in a box nor are static. But for clarity and connection’s sake, I work with languages, mostly Spanish. I write multilingual poetry and essays. I love dancing, moving my body and being in nature.
• Trauma-Informed Teaching, delivered by educational consultant Ryhan Nadji (2022).
• Intercultural Awareness, HSE, Ireland (2022).
• “Understanding trauma and supporting the needs of people fleeing war and/or persecution”, webinar delivered by Jennifer Hayes, Department of Psychology, HSE, Ireland (2022).
• Poetry Therapy Practitioner (in training) by iaPoetry (2021).
• Emotional learning based on thought training by Instituto Cervantes (2017).
• Transforming Business, Society and Self with u.Lab (Online, MIT X, 2016)
• DELE and SIELE examiner by Instituto Cervantes (2014, 2016)
• Diploma Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language by Instituto Cervantes (2011)
• MA. in Scenery Arts by Universidad de Burgos. (2008)
• BA. in Humanities (Applied Languages) by Universidad de Burgos (2005).
Informal research and training in embodied/experiential learning, integrational lingüistics, identity, multiculturalism and multilingualism, creative writing.