Dara Merin

A little about me

Who I am
What I believe
Why I do what I do


I believe that it's never too late.

I believe that it's always possible to become stronger and healthier than you've ever been before — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I believe that we know in our hearts what's really good for us, once we can see and hear beyond the noise of this modern world and the ever-present media.

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I believe that delicious, nourishing food is an integral part of the healing path, but that it's only one piece, and there's SO MUCH MORE to consider.

I believe it's always possible to get closer to the life you know is possible for you deep in your heart.


Years ago — 15 to be exact — I felt hopeless.

After a childhood in which I wasn't exactly a picture of health, I was nearing 30 and was so deeply ill that I honestly thought I'd simply be sick forever. The best doctors in New York City had exhausted all of their options to help me, including half a dozen courses of antibiotics and major surgery. My immune system was beyond compromised, and I found myself at a dead end with not a clue where to go next. I had no energy, was harboring chronic infections in my body, and years of TMJ had my jaw clicking so loud that you could actually hear it across the room! I was addicted to the sugar highs from the incredible cookies I was constantly baking myself and had no idea what my purpose in life was. I couldn't think straight and felt worthless. My relationships were all falling apart and I was isolated and unhappy, with zero direction and barely an ounce of self worth. I felt deep despair, like life was working against me, and I had a looming feeling that my life was over. And I was in my late twenties!

I had literally tried everything suggested to me and I was at my wit's end, ready to give in and accept living as a shadow of myself for the rest of my life, since I didn’t know what else to do.

Thank the heavens that I somehow ended up in a healing session that changed the course of my life. In the high desert of Arizona, more relaxed and calm than I'd ever been before after a deep healing session, sage smoke wafted all around. The practitioner of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, which I'd never had before, told me he could see the immensity of my grief and defeat and that I was clearly very ill. He also said he saw great potential inside of me. He said that he saw my role in this lifetime as a Healer, but that before I could help heal anyone, I had to heal MYSELF. As he was saying this, I truly thought he was nuts, but something about everything he spoke rang true and resonated with an inner knowing deep in my heart.

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I had no choice but to course correct and seek WISE guidance BEYOND my comfort zone.

My longtime studies of food, cooking, and culinary cultures from around the world gave way quickly to immersion into the world of health and nutrition. I went off hormonal birth control, gave up sugar cold turkey, began working at organic farmer's market, dived deep into studies of Herbalism and learning about plants, learned to ferment foods just like my Eastern European grandma had, and moved from my urban home to reside in a giant Permaculture garden. Everything began to change for me as my Healing Journey picked up speed. 

Almost a decade and a half later, I am proud of my enviable good health and the satisfaction and happiness I've achieved. 

I have a unique breadth and depth to me because of all that I've experienced and healed. I've augmented my thorough culinary studies from my twenties with A TON of knowledge about health and wellness, and personal commitment and experience. I know what it really takes to heal, become resilient, and bring about lasting transformation— whether it be in body, mind, or spirit. I never stop learning and feel fully empowered to change the things in my life that no longer serve me.

And I'm here to help other women do the same thing. In many ways, I've become the healer I was told I would become, and now it's my mission to help YOU be happier, healthier, and stronger.

Today, I guide women as they journey down the road I've already walked. I've got 15 years of experience and education and am armed with a multitude of tools, practices, and skills to assist women to let go and release old patterns that don't serve then, learn to trust the inner knowing they have inside them, and take action towards achieving their most radiant health and well-being. I serve as a resource and come to you with so much warmth, depth of presence, compassion, and insight, all rooted in wisdom that comes from my wide breadth of life experience. 

My work is to inspire you and instill within you the conviction that's necessary in order to create real, heartfelt change in your life, whatever that looks like for you right now. I've seen over and over how easy it is to get lost on the path to truly flourish in life and I’m here to help you find your way.

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If you feel called to consider working together and want to know more about what that looks like, let’s talk!