~Dragonfly Academy~

Individualized, Personalized Coaching

YOUth (ages 5-18) and Family plans (Learn the skills together!)

Coaching is offered in Dee DiGioia’s home studio in Los Osos, CA

“Dragonfly Academy” is a personalized YOUth enrichment program integrating evidence-based strategies and practices of mindfulness and social emotional learning to address a child or teen’s specific areas of challenge, including, but not limited to anxiety, stress, anger, impulsive tendencies, and social challenges, while developing the essential life skills of emotional intelligence, or “Sm’Heart skills” — the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century!  

Personal coaching is a great alternative when the times or locations of our community classes do not work for you, or when a more individualized approach may be beneficial.

I create a safe, supportive, and accepting environment and helping each student feel confident to try new things, discovering his/her gifts, reaching new heights in physical, mental and emotional well-being grounded in science and positive psychology! Your child/teen will become empowered with the confidence for facing the challenges and stresses in life today by cultivating healthy life skills & habits for positive attitudes, behaviors, relationships, as well as resilience for well-being and success throughout all stages of life. Your child will come to learn that experiences don’t have to overwhelm them and they can learn to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs. Give your child an edge to succeed academically and socially with a whole new set of life skills because “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

My roles have varied over the years as a speech-language therapist, preschool director, bullying prevention specialist, and Mindfulness and Life Skills Coach, to name a few. My studies have included specialized learning and training in areas including trauma, anxiety, sensory challenges, life coaching, autism, bullying, and so much more. I have worked with large groups, small groups, and individuals for 35+ years serving youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and communication challenges. I have pioneered mindfulness programs in schools in Northern CA before moving here.  And I have created Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) for youth to meet their individual needs. “Dragonfly Academy” lesson content for one child may look quite different than for another child, based on their individual needs, personalities, and developmental levels. That’s what makes this home program so YOUnique! “On-your-own” practices in between our sessions will be a critical component of this program.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than providing youth with the skills I wish I learned when I was growing up! Check out my blog “I see you…” on anxiety.
See Program Options and Booking Links below!

“Dee DiGioia has a sensible, kind, and effective approach in working with children. Her manner and techniques seem tailor-made to fit the unique child she meets in her sessions. After 12 sessions with my daughter, I heard beautiful and self-affirming statements and behavior from my daughter at random moments where she was able to relax herself instead of succumbing to anxiety. It has been helpful for her to expand her toolkit for calming herself. The other day I saw her keyed up and she began tapping her fingers together in a purposeful sequence that {Dee} showed her. It worked! We recommend Dee wholeheartedly.” ~M.L.A., parent

Dragonfly Academy: Personal Coaching

Dragonfly Academy in Dee’s home studio Los Osos (photo used with permission)
Coaching is available for ages 5-18.
Family members are welcome to join and learn the skills together!


Choose 30 minute OR 60 minute sessions each, scheduled at your convenience

A minimum of 8 sessions are recommended.

“On Your Own” practices will be assigned in between sessions.

Parent may participate in the sessions in full or in part (we will discuss a plan that will best support your child).
Renew as may times as you’d like.


Complimentary initial consultation.

$30 per 30 minute session // $60 per session 

Family options: 2nd sibling or a parent 50% discount; 3 or more family members free for up to 4 total.

Jump in at these extraordinary introductory rates considering the additional time spent creating individualized weekly plans, practice assignments, answering your additional questions, and follow-up!

PAY NOW! (get the FREE app!) https://venmo.com/Dee-DiGioia

MK YOU is an approved Vendor for Inspire.
Rates are subject to change. These rates have been updated 3/16/19. 


Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (my home studio) ~ 1520 4th Street, Los Osos, CA 93402

BOOK an appointment

Book With Me

Click on link above (or see boxes below). Go to the box for “PERSONAL COACHING: Complimentary Initial Consultation” and/or “PERSONAL COACHING for Youth/Family Session” – choose 30 min or 60 min. Click on “See Times”. Choose the location for “Mindful Kindful YOUniversity”. You will then be directed to a calendar for available times to schedule an appointment!

Contact Dee if you have any questions or would like help with scheduling!


“S— was having a friend over to play yesterday and she told her dad to tell her she ‘had’ to do yoga before they could play video games. She said to act like it was his requirement. So funny. I really do see an improvement in S—‘s ability to control her reactions and I really appreciate your classes.” -GR
The child mentioned above is receiving personal coaching to manage difficult emotions and life circumstances. She found a way to interact with her friends in a way that helps her feel good!

To Schedule a Session:

“Concern over my daughter’s perfectionist tendencies led me to contact Dee DiGioia regarding mindfulness coaching.  While initially resistive and skeptical, my daughter has come to enjoy and benefit from the sessions.  Dee is a kind, caring, and energetic teacher who employs a variety of approaches, including discussion, music, visualization, and movement.  My daughter is learning tools and techniques to calm and quiet her mind, as well as developing self-acceptance, compassion, and gratitude.  I believe that what she is gaining from the sessions will serve her well on many levels and stages of her life.” ~C.T., parent

~~~~~~~~~~ WHO? ~~~~~~~~~~

Dragonfly Academy Personal Coaching is beneficial for YOUth between the ages 5-18, including those with SPECIAL NEEDS/CHALLENGES.

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity was founded to address the challenges youth face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being, such as:

  • stress, overwhelm;
  • self-awareness;
  • distraction, impulse control, difficulty focusing;
  • bullying and social issues;
  • difficult emotions — anger, anxiety, depression, etc.

MK YOU equips and teaches HOW to cultivate the inner resources, or “superpowers” for reducing stress and experiencing more balance, resilience, and over-all well-being, including being mentally “available for learning”. These positive experiences will transform, not only inner peace and happiness, but also social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community! These are skills for life! Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful

What is behind the name “Dragonfly Academy”?  The symbolism of the dragonfly aligns with the intentions of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity. The dragonfly is often associated with transformation, wisdom, adaptability, resilience, and power. The dragonfly begins its life submerged under water as a nymph and endures many obstacles and challenges before emerging as the revered and beautiful dragonfly. As we shed any negative or unskillful patterns of limiting thoughts, behaviors, and habits, then we are growing our “wings” and are empowered to experience a whole new way of living in happiness, health, wisdom, and well-being. This is our true nature. May you be Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful * Skillful!


Dragonfly Academy SCHEDULING is flexible!

REPEAT the program as many times as you wish for continued benefits, just as you would repeat any good fitness program.  A minimum of 8 sessions are recommended. You can custom schedule your days.  The best progress will be seen with consistency in attendance, however life happens — illness, doctor’s appointments, travel — if you need to skip a week or two, no problem, just let me know! There will be an expiration to your pre-paid classes within a reasonable time frame to ensure your commitment. Emotional intelligence develops by learning and practicing skills over and over. We’ll keep the content fresh, but continue to practice and build on what we have previously learned! “On your own” practice will be emphasized. Learning never ends at the YOUniversity!

What happens when the prepaid sessions are over and you want to attend more classes?

Perfect! That means you are understanding the value of these lessons, and perhaps even seeing some positive results in your child from this class. Simply sign up for additional sessions.  Since this is individualized for your child’s needs, it will include new content and continued practices building upon the foundations already learned.

What does the parent do during our session?

Parents are welcome to drop off their child for our sessions at my home studio. Sometimes, the child feels better having parent present for part of, or all of the session, until they feel comfortable, and that is completely fine. There is no right or wrong way! There may be times when it is preferable to have the parent present. Everyone and every situation is different. We can discuss these options at our initial consultation. 
Feel free to leave your car parked and take a walk to the nearby Sweet Springs Nature Reserve, or the Los Osos Labyrinth, or the local deli and restaurants in Baywood, such as the Back Bay Cafe or Noi’s and Doi’s 2nd Street Cafe. There are also the shopping centers on LOVR such as Miners, Ralphs, and more. During nice weather, parent is welcome to hang out on our deck in front with a view of the bay or in back for shade or sun.
There are also options for the parent to learn the skills along with the child. See our family discount plans!


Be sure to check out our other informational pages:

What is MindfulnessResearch and Benefits, Why Mindfulness, and What students are saying about mindfulness 


Dee DiGioia (di JOY uh) ~ Certified Mindfulness & Well-Being Life Skills Coach

Served youth for 30+ years, including those with social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and communication challenges in my roles as a Speech-Language Therapist, Autism Movement Therapist, Preschool Director, Bullying Intervention Specialist, Author, and more. Founded “Caring and Courageous Kids” in 2009 (bullying intervention), and founded “Mindful Kindful YOUniversity” in 2017. Pioneered a mindfulness program for K-5 classrooms at an inner city charter school in Sacramento, CA, and am developing youth and adult programs where I now live on the Central Coast of CA. Made a decision to follow my own advice for well-being by leaving the stresses and challenges of working in special education in the public school setting. Following my heart and calling to share mindfulness and well-being programs to address the challenges youth (and adults) face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being. I believe mindfulness is the missing piece (and peace) in education and am bringing my vision to fruition! I am grateful to have the experiences and resources to share the wisdom, science, and evidence-based practices of mindfulness and more, which have proven over and over to lead to greater resilience, more joy, and peace in life.

Photos of my home studio in Los Osos, CA (below):

I rarely take photos during our personalized sessions. These were staged to show my home studio and the kinds of things we do!