"There is little doubt in my mind that this awareness is key to achieving long term changes. The ITC method is deceptively simple and yet profound. I had read up on it prior to yesterday's class, and I had understood the concept on an analytical level. However, your teaching of ITC went much deeper. I really got it." -- T.B.
"What a revealing and thought-provoking day. I love Mariko's inviting style--she breaks down barriers almost immediately with her approachability, and her gentle invitation to come into this (hard!) work, ITC requires being in a place of vulnerability, but Mariko created a safe space where I was able to explore my "stuff" without fear. Thank you, Mariko!" -- C.Z.
"Thank you, Mariko, for providing such an insightful day! I discovered many things that I didn't know or realize about myself. I found it fascinating to discover that there are many common themes which are at the root of immunity to change. You gently guided us to conclusions about ourselves that we otherwise would have never realized! Thank you for this session!" -- P.S.
From"From Midlife Through Retirement: Catalyst for Change" A North Seattle College Continuing Education Course
"Your class has been the best birthday gift I could have given myself."
"Loved the class! ...you did a great job and my wheels have been turning ever since!"
"Thank you for the care you are taking with us, sharing perspectives and resources."
"I thoroughly enjoyed your course and am so glad that I took it!"
"You are such an inspiring teacher! Thank you, Mariko, for touching base with us and encouraging us onward... It is a pleasure to take your class. Thanks so much!"
"I think your class is excellent. You have given me the material I need to evaluate where I want to be in retirement in all aspects of my life. I wish you all best and will certainly recommend your class."
"Made you really think!"
"Instructor compassionate about helping create a quality life post retirement; genuine concern for students . Goes above and beyond."
"Mariko is extremely well read and prepared to teach a course on this subject. I most appreciated her wisdom and ability to connect the dots."
"I received the material I was looking for so that I can evaluate where I want to be in retirement in all aspects of my life. The instructor was very positive and helpful."
"You and our class last quarter have been on my mind. It was a good experience for me and I thank you for all you invested in it to make it worthwhile for us. ..You have a lovely way of connecting with your students and of working with their interests."
“Thank you so much for offering 'Midlife through Retirement'. ....you offer people many great things to think about and the courage to face the future with excitement in knowing they can control the direction they move now as much as when they were younger."
From past "Clarity Circle" participants:
"I became clear about what I still need to accomplish in my current job and have a tentative timeline within which to do it. I am also feeling much more comfortable about our plan to move. I don’t fear the isolation any more. I am confident that wherever I go, I will find and build a community where I can find balance between introspection and interaction. I’m feeling the pull of moving toward something and less of struggle about moving away!" Later: "Now, that I’ve had a little more than a week to mull the experience over, I continue to find it a helpful touchpoint."
"Thank you all for a very interesting and productive session. I have a lot to think about! "
From past encore group participants:
"The group and your guidance helped me to start thinking about what to do in my future. It made me much more aware of the NEED to think about this, rather than just float along."
Did this experience help you to think differently about the future? "Yes, and the survey (self-assessment) results prove it!"
"I thought your facilitation of the process was done skillfully and with great sensitivity and thought...I could tell you enjoyed doing the facilitation and sharing your passion for the process."
"Everyone has things to say, but honing in on what those things may indicate is a real gift. It was a totally non-judgmental atmosphere, supportive and positive. I think your guidance on thinking about specific questions was great."
"I enjoyed the others' input and histories and wise thoughts. A smaller group might feel more intimidated about opening up, and larger would be too much for you to keep track of – I think you did an amazing job as it was."
"I think this is a much needed experience for those contemplating the transition to the next phase of life after paid employment for sure."