Jayson Gaddis, relationship student & teacher and host of the Smart Couple Podcast, is on a mission to teach people the one class they didn’t get in school – “How to do Romantic Relationships.” That’s why he founded The Relationship School®. He was emotionally constipated for years before relationship failure forced him to turn his life over to learning about relationships.
Now, he’s been married to his amazing wife since 2007 (after some brutal break ups) and has two beautiful kids. When he doesn’t live and breathe this stuff with his family, he pretty much gets his ass handed to him.
Ellen Boeder, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist living in Boulder, CO, with her husband and two kids. She is a Level 3 Candidate in the PACT model of working with couples. She is an ongoing student in neurobiology, attachment, physiological psychology, relationship, and yoga. She also is a fan of putting the books down and heading outside to play in nature with her family.
Daxe is a founding member, Mentor and Level 1 Coach at The Relationship School®. Her entry into working with people was self-help groups and facilitating a year-long cycle for young mothers. She has training in group facilitation, coaching, conflict moderation, public speaking, NIA dance, and literary writing.
She holds a PhD in ecology and has worked at various institutions across the world, including Harvard University and ETH Zürich among others, satisfying the vagabond within her.
She has been married for 13 years (together for 16). Her husband is American, and she is German; their kids were born in Cambridge, MA, and in Vienna, Austria. Daxe lives in Switzerland, loves family time, yoga, the outdoors, archery, dance, music and crafting.
Jennifer loves to learn. And relationships provide her one of the richest contexts for learning – about the relationship, about herself and another, about communication, conflict, individual needs and wants, about being human, and ultimately, about what love really is.
In Jennifer’s learning journey, her body has been a long-time, trusted, and deep teacher – primarily through dance and Ashtanga yoga, which she has been teaching since 2000. Beyond physical possibilities are the infinite facets of the mind and human condition. She sees every day how discipline and commitment yield a certain steadiness and build a foundation for growth and learning to be embodied. She believes that anyone willing to do the work can reap the rewards.
What Jennifer once perceived as a lack of connection and presence in her past planted the seeds for her core values to emerge and incite the process of becoming more and more herself. This has become her renewable resource – the fuel that kindles the flame that burns bright within her – the light she wants to share!
Jennifer has been working with Jayson Gaddis for over three years; and is a founding member, Mentor, and Certified Level 1 Coach at The Relationship School®. You can find her at TWO TREES. and studio 72 in Portland, Maine, and continuing to study with Jayson virtually and in Boulder, CO where she plans to relocate this fall.
As a student and a seeker on this path of life, Julie learns and grows every day. One of the biggest things she has learned is that when she steps more into connection, she steps more into herself and her own power…and that feels really good!
Prior to launching her own coaching practice, Julie worked for 15 years as a small business owner and an athletic coach & mentor to athletes of all ages. Julie also has experience in conflict moderation and group facilitation. Her formal education includes a BA in Psychology, and she is currently a Certified Level 1 Relationship Coach with The Relationship School®
In addition to coaching, Julie is also a mother, a salsa dance instructor, a writer, a sometimes yogi, a friend, a rebel, a fine wine lover, and an all around beautifully-flawed, quirky, fun human.
High School Facilitator
If anyone would have told Denise 10 years ago that today she’d be on a path towards teaching others how to have fulfilling long-term relationships she probably would’ve laughed. Back then, Denise was in the throes of postpartum depression, identity collapse, and the only way she knew to keep my head above water was to live in a fairly constant state of anger and resentment.
After a decade of personal growth and some serious looking in the mirror, today Denise lives within a marriage committed to authenticity, loving connection, spirit, and a willingness to look at her part. Cultivating meaningful, loving relationships is Denise’s highest priority and she is inspired to her core to help others do the same. Denise is a founding member and recent graduate of the Relationship School® DPIR course. She has been married for 13 years and has 2 children (ages 11 and 8). Denise’s roots are in the field of education as a naturalist, bird trainer, peace corps volunteer, and recent founder of a Montessori charter school. I live in the driftless region of Wisconsin and she loves to knit, build gigantic puppets, and explore the outdoors.