When the intrepid traveller and yoga teacher developed a neurological illness that saw her lose her ability so speak, walk and remember things, she started looking for solutions to help her brain recover.
She found motivational speaker Tony Robbins, and began learning NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming. And that led her to a free TCI event held in Perth and hosted by Matt Lavars.
“I loved it,” says Machelle.
“Before then, I had the ingredients to help people but not the recipe to use them.
“I wanted to do what I’d seen Matt do, so I signed up.”
That was 2017, and Machelle started in level one then eight weeks later switched to Pro Coach.
“I was looking for something that incorporated everything that I wanted to do with human behaviour. I loved the feeling of it and how everyone was a community.
“It’s a beautiful world. Imagine if the rest of the world was like that, a place that empowers and supports everyone?”
Now living back in New Zealand after stints in WA and Fiji where her partner was a pilot, Machelle is now a holistic nurse with training in massage, hypnotherapy and ayuverdic treatments whose business is called The Holistic Health Institute.
She combines her coaching skills with her health expertise, mostly in group workshops: “We start with self love because I find once you start helping people with their mind and loving themselves it’s easier to move onto the other areas.”
While she says learning the business side was challenging, Machelle is a natural entrepreneur who started a pet minding business in primary school and renovates houses with her partner to build up a property portfolio!