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Welcome to my mighty and humble spot in the cyber-universe. In a modern and dogma-free way, I teach people about the grace of life.

 

Ever since I can remember I’ve had a fascination with spirituality and emotional health.

Being born and raised in the Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Irish father gave me a front row seat to the effects of oppression. Meaning I understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of people who come from wounded legacies. Healing these restricting emotional patterns in my own life has greatly informed my work.

Ever drawn to a career in human services, I completed an M.A. in Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University in 2002, then moved to Seattle, WA where I became a private practice psychotherapist. I started a family in 2006 and due to the fatigue of a mystery illness, becoming a mother was one of the most profound and difficult transitions I ever made.

I lived in Seattle for twelve years and struggled with my illness for most of that time. In October 2012 I hit rock bottom and that’s when I realized my Divine Mind and the path of forgiveness. It was my most significant spiritual education to date.

My health is now recovered and I am forever changed by this experience. Today I am devoted to upholding a forgiveness path that is free from spiritual and religious trappings and that delivers participants an experience of grace that is all theirs.

Here are some very nice things people have said about me and my work. You can also find my relevant life experiences below:

The Goddess Process will fill you up, hold you, and deliver in areas you didn’t even know you were deficient in.” A.M. Centennial, CO

“A masterful teacher.” L.S., Seattle, WA

“I have loved, loved, loved, The Goddess Process. It has been such an incredibly beautiful experience for me. I feel truly blessed.” K.L. Seattle, WA

“To this day, [The Goddess Process] was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever given to myself. Some of the most memorable and meaningful moments of my life are encompassed within that one week.” L.B. Portland, OR

How to Forgive was an excellent experience.  Huge and lasting shifts occurred with just a little effort.” J.K. Seattle, WA

“Dara’s spirituality is so alive, you can almost see it, taste it and smell it. She was the perfect muse to help me re-birth me back into the world.” M.I. Boulder, CO

“Dara is a genius. She has synthesized so much powerful information in a way that is truly more than the sum of its parts.” C.M. Seattle, WA

“Thank you. Your work is so powerful and healing and I flew home on my bike like I was one with all of humanity, the earth, the sky, and eternity.” A.S. Seattle, WA

“Dara makes the forgiveness process fun, yet also deep, meaningful, doable, and effective.” C.M. Seattle, WA

“I knew, even before experiencing the course, that I would love The Goddess Process. What I didn’t know was how much the course would ripple out into all areas of my life.” J.L. Seattle, WA

“Dara will take you to the depths of your divinity.” F.B. Seattle, WA

“Dara is 21st century High Priestess” T.E. Seattle, WA

“A defenseless warrior” M.B. Boulder, CO

“Dara has succeeded where many with the ancient knowing have struggled- in bringing this wisdom into a modern context that channels magic back into the world in a way that is relevant and needed NOW.”  L.H. Seattle, WA

“I cannot thank you enough. You have literally changed my life. What a powerful being you are!” D.V. Seattle, WA

“This work is beyond important, it is vital.” A.T. Boulder, CO

“Dara is an inspiration and a treasure.” T. Z. Boulder, CO

“To have had my life rocked by such a powerful and gentle wave called Dara is a gift I will treasure immensely.” K.J. Seattle, WA

“Being new to The Goddess Process, I was a little leery about what to expect. Dara’s open and truthful way of speaking and acting allowed me to take in the information with out judgement. It was refreshing to learn from someone who is able to put her ego aside and give fully from her heart.” A.T. Boulder, CO

“It was the most seen and loved environment I have ever been in.” W.C. Brooklyn, NY

The Goddess Process was one of the deepest most connected experiences of my life.” J.B. Los Angeles, CA

“Dara as the perfect mix of the East Coast and West Coast. She has her feet firmly on the ground with a head full of real-world knowledge.” L.P. Lafayette, LA

“I loved every minute of every aspect of The Goddess Process. It is so unique, relevant and positive.” T.B. Parkland, FL

“In the world of forgiveness Dara is brilliant, sincere, and affirming.” C.M., Seattle, WA

“I applaud Dara for creating this wonderful tool for women of all ages and walks of life. It is a true labor of love.” R.E. Los Angeles, CA

“Dara McKinley is the true embodiment of a modern-day goddess.” L.H. Seattle, WA

“Dara’s been a radiant beam of light and truth.” L.I. Vail, CO

“You make me fiercely proud to be a woman. The way you weave incredibly important messages about the feminine WITH your brand of humour, wit, and light is beyond magnificent.” T.G. Toronto, CA

“It’s hard to get the ying and yang right. Nice to see it done so beautifully. It’s kinda perfect.” M.K. Seattle, WA

“This experience opens my heart to feel love in a whole new way.” E.W. Seattle, WA

“Dara McKinley is pure genius and light.” K.C. Seattle, WA

“I used to know my life was great. Now I feel that my life is great.” C.B. Seattle, WA

How to Forgive was an incredible course filled with lots of juicy rituals and practical tools.” C.C. Seattle, WA

“I walk differently on the planet now and can fight off the demons of doubt and stress without choosing fight or flight.” T.F.F. New Orleans, LA

“I’ve done lots of workshops, therapy sessions and personal growth trainings and never has the “work” been so fun!” F.B. Seattle, WA

“The gratitude I feel for this class is indescribable. Loved, loved, loved every minute of the class and am so excited about the next 6 weeks!” N.P. Seattle, WA

“The course was life-changing. Although I exist in the same world of everyday deadlines and stresses, I deal with it differently. I’ve learned to harness the positive and discovered so much of it, that there just isn’t room for the negative anymore.” T. F. Seattle, WA

“Dara has clearly walked the path that she is teaching and delivers the information in a way that’s concise, beautiful, and full of magic.” J.B. Los Angeles, CA

“I am so grateful for this experience, it’s impossible to convey in words. I have taken lots of classes and done lots of “work” in this subject area, but none of them hit home quite the way this retreat did.” M.T. Los Angeles, CA

Relevant life experiences:

  • Graduated SUNY Buffalo with BA in Psychology, 1993
  • Worked and volunteered with delinquent adolescent girls, chronically mentally ill adults, the elderly, hospice, the crisis center, an outpatient family clinic, and the physically disabled, 1995-2002
  • Graduated Naropa University with an MA in Contemplative (Buddhist) Psychology 2002
  • Completed The Nia Technique White Belt, Blue Belt, & Brown Belt Trainings, 2002-2005
  • Cared for my dying father, 2002-2003
  • Established a successful Nia Technique movement program and a Buddhist inspired psychotherapy practice, 2004
  • Completed Dr. Reginald Ray’s Meditating with The Body program, 2005
  • Birthed my first child and began asking some big questions about womanhood and feminine power, 2006
  • Two-time graduate of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts and two-time recipient of The Pleasure Revolutionary Award, 2008-2011
  • Birthed my second child, 2009
  • Taught feminine essence retreats and workshops in Mexico and Seattle, 2008-2014
  • Created The Goddess Process, 2014
  • Created How to Forgive, 2015

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