Clarity. Confidence. Community. Connection.

Bernadine's STORY


I’ve been supporting, guiding, coaching, mentoring and witnessing the power and potency of women of all ages for over 25 years.

I have called Santa Cruz my home since 1994. Immersed in this unique culture, I’ve had two home births, became a massage therapist and ontological coach, founded a rite of passage program for teen aged girls, and transformed my experience as a single mom from surviving to thriving between 2007-2020. I am now married to an incredible man and recently became a grandmother! Currently working out of my office at The Healthy Dragon off of River St. in Santa Cruz, Ca.







My inspiration became more clear...


Over the years, I discovered that when women connect to themselves and each other, we get grounded and more clear about life priorities and how to implement them regardless of the circumstances. We can unearth wisdom that gives us deep satisfaction to help us Remember Who We Are. We can then release the fears that tend to drive us in challenging times - fears for our children and for the future we feel victimized by because it feels so unknown.

I am very aware that when women gain the courage to make choices that inspire joy in their everyday lives, something miraculous begins to emerge.

This breakthrough is what invented: Women Who Are Up To Something.

Membership, Wise Council and Classes

3 ways to get started together



Present Powerful Women 

Monthly membership that you can participate in virtually and in person in Santa Cruz County, Ca. 


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Wise Women's Council

A consistent conversation where women share wisdom and challenges, supporting one another as we develop deep connections for growth and powerful vulnerability in a safe and loving container.


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Friday noon classes

Every Friday, Present Powerful Women offers a membership series of educational classes open to the public and free for members! 


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DiscoverHER podcast interview



“I credit the work we did together to the incredibly strong self care routine that now pervades my life with ease.” 


Podcast interview on DiscoverHER


I felt that Bernadine trusted in my capacity to discern and find my way forward, and in her trust and enthusiasm, I felt validated and encouraged.” 



“Bill helped me create an attainable financial plan that is already changing my life.” 



“After listening to just one episode of Bill’s podcast, everything started falling into place.”



“Bill is the secret sauce to my recent financial gains. I can’t thank him enough.” 


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