testimonials for Dara Merin

Testimonials + Praise

for Dara


for cooking + classes ~

"As a fellow food lover, chef and nutrition educator, I am thrilled with Dara's classes. She has a commitment to local, sustainable foods with her own hands in the dirt, the expertise of a fine chef, and the enthusiasm and joy to create fantastic classes! You will not be disappointed with The Sage Table, you will certainly be inspired."   — Laura C.  

"Dara is a wonderful and inspired teacher. I took the fermentation class which seriously changed my life ! I went home with the tools to make fermented vegetables, and a SCOBY for making kombucha. We had a chance to sample may delicious recipes and then she cooked us an amazing meal with exotic and marvelous flavors. I just took her Cosmic Chocolate class, and again, it was an illuminating, exciting, delicious and life changing experience. Dara is knowledgeable, passionate  and it's sheer delight to sit in her kitchen and soak all the deliciousness. I can't wait until her next offering!"  — Fran S.

“Whether one is already an expert or knows very little, you will leave with tons of new and useful information. Dara has a beautiful way with people. She is a wonderful teacher and has a passion for cooking that is both healthy and delicious! I highly recommend her classes.”    — Jeromy J.

"I loved learning about the sources of these intriguing and delicious ingredients and getting a handle on using them myself.  It has been so inspiring to explore the culinary possibilities Dara has opened me up to.  She makes everything easy, accessible, approachable, and FUN.  Thanks Dara, for you have forever enlightened my cooking experience!"  — Kait S.

"Loved, loved, loved the Cosmic Raw Chocolate Making class.  I came home so high and glowing on chocolate and medicinal herbs. Dara offered lots of tips, samples, and thorough explanations - all in a convivial environment with wonderful people.  Can't wait to take more of Dara's classes and enjoy the camaraderie around learning, cooking, and eating healthy sustainable food in that fabulous and inspiring kitchen."  — Lawrence N. 

I've just been feeling so much gratitude for you and your teachings. I've been putting lots of the teachings into action. I feel great. I feel grateful. I've been spreading your knowledge around. I LOVE your classes! They are so empowering. Knowledge is power and I am feeling it!  — Jo H. 

"Dara is a masterful chef who teaches with energy and warmth. She has a wealth of cooking techniques for flavor and nutritional value, local resources for fresh produce, spices, dairy, dining and much more. Her classes are well paced and packed full of information, community and fun. In every way, Dara's classes demonstrate the true meaning of nourishment -- from stove-top to table. Each class ends with an old-fashioned communal dinner of the night's preparations. I come away with much more than recipes. I come away truly nourished."    — Suzanne M.

"Dara is cooking outstanding food, meal after meal, week after week. The ingredients she uses are of the highest quality available on earth, often fresh from the farmers market. I love how I can simple throw out a desire for some kind of a dish, and Dara creates the most delicious recipe. Her knowledge goes way beyond what a cook ‘needs to know’, and she incorporates a tremendous amount of healing knowledge about food and nutrition into her cooking. I highly recommend hiring Dara as your personal chef, it is the best investment in your future and health you can possibly do!" — Gitta S.

"Dara did not disappoint! My experience there ended up being even more than I had expected! Dara is a wealth of information. I surprised myself with how many questions I was inspired to ask, and wonderfully surprised at how extensive and helpful her answers and suggestions were. If you are a beginning cook, The Sage Table will have you up and running with great recipes, techniques, and resources for cooking. If you are already a seasoned cook, you will be happy you came too. Dara is a pro and will really help you fill in anything that may be missing in your cooking skills and repertoire."  — Gemma P.


for coaching, consulting + mentoring ~

Dara’s energy is utterly infectious and completely inspirational.

She is the embodiment of what she teaches and coaches, and she is one of the most vibrant, positive, wise and energetic women I have met. I’m so blessed to have met her and feel I’ve found a friend for life. Dara is kind, attentive, honest and creates personalised and astute observations on areas of your life you are looking to improve. She has an incredible knowledge in the health and wellbeing sector and is also inspiring on lots of other areas of spirituality, creativity, food and lifestyle. She is also a lot of fun to be around and will lift you up when you most need it! I would not hesitate to recommend Dara and her coaching to any other soul looking to uplift and upgrade their life and health. Thank you Dara for being YOU!’
 ~ Vita Gottlieb, Textile Designer, London


Dara knows how to light your fire! 

Call on her when you are ready to ignite your life in the sacred fire of transformation. She skillfully wove many dimensions into our coaching — wisdom, intuition, intelligence, compassion, and gracious, loving applause. While she supported me in setting concrete goals, and taking continuous action, she also stood for the Inner Shift, that would source the outer expressions of my becoming a fulfilled and successful woman. I cried through the first three calls, as we revealed and healed deep-seated beliefs that have kept me stuck. I put powerful energy in motion, and boldly continue to move forward. 

I am lighter, freer, and more clear having worked with Dara.  Inner shift, indeed.  I truly Believe in the Highest Version of Me, as I work to bring Her into embodied, active focus.
~ Athena Grace, Yoga Teacher, Writer, Mother, Nevada City, CA


"Dara literally turned my health around with a nutritional consultation.  I was constantly sick with little colds, and she took a personal interest in my health.  I had her come shopping with me at Rainbow Grocery and tell me what to buy to be healthier, and how often to eat various foods and supplements.  My doctor afterward confirmed every one of Dara's recommendations.   My health has been 1000% better ever since.  Thanks, Dara!"  
~ Peter S., Entrepreneur, Oakland, CA


Dara has changed my life with her knowledge,
inspiration, and positive motivation.

She inspired me to listen and learn about myself, which was difficult for me as I thought my I had my life all figured out and needed no changes. Dara taught me to have an open mind.

I listened to her many words of wisdom and am now working on changing my relationships, my nutrition, my sleep habits, and exploring positive changes in every aspect of my life. I was struggling to maintain the status quo because it was my comfort zone and I was afraid to disrupt it. Because of Dara, i am working towards a happier, healthier, more stable life. Without her, I would not have had the courage to try doing everything better!
~ Violetta Zeikus, Realtor, New York, NY


Dara is a gifted health coach. 

She is obsessed (in a good way) with all health-related info and has a rare ability to store impressive amounts of data about cutting-edge and high-tech health technology in her personal bio-computer. Since she has been coaching me, I've just simply felt better, had more energy, and have been more focused than ever. My long-term sugar addiction and related candida symptoms are gone due to the healthy transition into a Bulletproof-style diet based on healthy fats, lots of veggies, and moderate protein.

Dara is a savvy, brilliant woman brimming with excitement to help people live into the most vibrant, healthiest version of themselves.   
~ Mathias P., Musician + Entrepreneur, Sebastopol, CA


Working with Dara is a delight!

I definitely had resistance to working with a coach, but Dara put me at ease with so much grace and care. I experienced her as “my own inner voice personified” — listening through what I shared and reflecting back what mattered to me, shining light in dark corners long and shaking longstanding cobwebs of self-sabotage and inertia.

Although the long-term patterns that began shifting are still a “one-day-at-a-time” challenge, I have a new sense of possibility for my life, having experienced for the first time ever what it feels like to take charge of previously out-of-control habits around sleep, work, and self-care.

I appreciate the fine line she walked, serving as a supportive champion who could sense just how hard to push so as to move me forward without triggering an “autonomy hissy fit” in my inner rebel. And I don’t know what brilliant stroke of intuition led her to put a particular powerful daily practice in front of me at the exact moment that she did … but that alone was a huge benefit, and it came in perfect timing! Dara, you are definitely an inspiration — a bright spirit, a wise and gentle guide, and a powerful force for good!
~ Laurie M., Book Editor + Nutrition Diva,  Emeryville, CA 


Besides knowing Dara as a magnetic and vibrant woman, I have been inspired by her ideas, classes and advice for years. 

In my first coaching session with her, she made a simple observation that helped me reframe my situation, with compassion. This pretty much released me from the stagnation I had been experiencing, and I went into action. Dara also emailed me lots of great resources to support my goals and was super wise and generous with herself and her time.

Working with Dara helped me leap forward into the projects and goals I had been avoiding. She helped me step back into my own vibrancy and magnetism. Dara will infect you with her vivacious fun nature; she always seems to know something exciting about the latest food and health trends. I highly recommend her for coaching, classes, or anything she is offering! ~ Catherine Rose, San Leandro, CA

As a coach, Dara holds a great container,  and she has an diverse toolkit of processes that can address any number of areas for those seeking life coaching. She is an absolute expert on health, wellness, and nutrition.  I found her sessions to be encouraging, thorough, and I especially appreciated the homework and follow-up. 

~ Shera Sever, Business Consultant + Communications Strategist, San Francisco, CA

I really appreciate the reflections I receive from Dara. It's clear she really sees my essence and my greatest potential. It's especially meaningful because I have great respect for the person that she is and the powerful way she shows up in the world. I feel more empowered, free, and light, and I'm so grateful for the way she gives her gifts to me. 

~ Matthew T., Writer + Investor, San Francisco, CA

What's really been helpful is when you reiterate and extrapolate what I say to help me really hear the truth — to see myself in a positive light, believe in myself & what's really possible. As a coach, you help erase the 'Doubting Thomas in me, helping me see what's really underneath and feel into what's real. I appreciate all the insights you've helped me gain and the tools you've given me to help me move forward!

~ Devorah L., Teacher, Woodacre, CA

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