Melinda Rodriguez is a Professional Life Awareness Coach and the Founder & Director of The International Awareness Academy. She is also a Professional Drum Circle & Rhythm Event Facilitator, Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Spiritual Counselor through the American Board of Hypnotherapy. Melinda has trained with world-renowned teachers such as Dr. Doreen Virtue, Arthur Hull and Mamady Keita, founder of the Tam Tam Mandingue, school of West African Drumming.
Melinda is recognized around the globe as a beloved and well-respected teacher and mentor in the field of personal and spiritual growth. She has helped thousands of people discover their power and inner wisdom since she began her path in 1996. Melinda enjoys working one-on-one with clients in her private practice and is passionate about teaching others to discover & achieve their highest potential.
In 2000, after constant requests and a high demand for spiritual development training, Melinda began teaching the acclaimed Certified Spiritual Healing Practitioner Course. The success and popularity of this life-changing course, and requests from people all over the globe to participate led her to launch the distant study format which is now available. Furthermore, the evolution of her own private practice prompted Melinda to teach the coaching method that she developed over the years, yielding extraordinary results. The Certified Life Awareness Coach program is also now available through distant study as well as locally in the Southern California area.
Within the last 7 years, Melinda has also found her passion for the drum and sharing it’s magic with others. Through her study of Native American, Middle Eastern and West African percussion, she has facilitated countless drumming events with an empowering style that enables people to feel inspired and uplifted. In fact Melinda’s drum circles and rhythm events have been described as “fantastically fun & exciting.” With her entertaining and feminine flair, she has become known as the “Drum Diva” in her community.
This love of the drum and how it transforms people led Melinda to work with The Drum Café, an internationally acclaimed team building drumming experience that has presented over 4000 drumming events in 19 Countries for the top companies in the world. In addition to teaching and working with clients, she now travels extensively throughout the West, sharing this ancient tool with modern audiences. Through the Drum Cafe, Melinda has had the great fortune of working with Grammy award winning musicians and Master African Drummers.
In 2004, Melinda released her first CD – The Ultimate Shamanic Journey which is a meditation tool using the healing beat of the drum. Recently, Melinda launched “Diva Drums,” which offers beautifully hand painted drums that are designed by women, for women. She has performed with the Divas of Diva Drums in many local events with her own signature Diva Drum which has prompted a high demand for these amazing drums as well as constant requests for the Divas’ phenomenal performances.
In her private practice, Melinda works with various modalities such as Life Awareness Coaching, Spiritual Counseling, Shamanic Therapy, Reiki and Intuitive Development, helping her clients achieve profound transformation. Melinda passionately enjoys assisting people to open their heart and mind to recognize the power that dwells within; guiding them towards enhanced consciousness, healing, and purpose. Her ever-increasing travel schedule has prompted her to launch a new IAA Certified Teacher Course for CSHP, CLAC, and CSTP graduates. In this new course, Melinda is passing her torch of knowledge onto her gifted students so that they may carry on the wisdom contained within these courses when she is traveling. This new course also enables her graduates outside of California and abroad to spread this knowledge face to face within their communities.