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My name is Negar Tayyar and I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). My coaching practice is focussing on individuals who want to live an empowered life and realize their full potential.

My story in a nutshell

I was born in adverse circumstances in post-Islamic Revolution Iran and in the middle of the devastating 8-year Iran-Iraq war. In the late 1980s my family and I finally managed to escape Iran and became refugees who moved from country to country and camp to camp until we ended up in Germany. I continued my nomadic life lived in 7 countries, speak 7 languages and now live in Oakland, California. You can read more about my story here.

My Life purpose

My life purpose manifests itself through my work as a life coach and philanthropic advisor. I have been coaching individuals from all walks of life in 13 countries over the last 12 years. As the philanthropic advisor to ‘The Global Whole Being Fund, a global grant-making body, I am supporting organizations, which are following their ‘logos’ by serving forcibly displaced people in 14 countries. These organizations are living out their full potential and transforming the refugee support system.

You can get a better idea of my work and underlying values in the two articles: 

  • Asset-based grantmaking, here.

  • The Greek experiment, here.

  • In Search of Logos, here.


I am also involved in the following two initiatives: 

  • Co-founder of Two Ravens Trust, an initiative that supports interdisciplinary projects linking art, culture and wellbeing.

  • Co-founder of Judo Journeys, a global initiative improving the wellbeing of youth through the art of Judo.

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The butterfly is most emblematic of my work. My work as a co-active coach is centered on personal transformation. Through my work, I enable my clients to pay attention to the areas of their life they desire to change or transform. In co-active coaching, we say that you never 'coach the problem but the person.' This philosophy lies at the heart of my work.

My practice is grounded in the Co-Active Coaching Model embodying the following four cornerstones:

  • People are naturally creative, resourceful and whole.

  • Dance in the moment.

  • Focus on the whole person.

  • Evoke transformation.


As humans, we have the innate ability to address the challenges we face throughout our lives. I acknowledge the inner wisdom and strength of my clients and enable them to connect to their inner voice. 


Life is impermanent. My work engages with changes and sees the potential to transform into change. My coaching aims to co-create and mutually transform one another.

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Grounded in the Co-Active model, I engage the whole person and pay attention to every aspect of being human: mind, body, spirit, and emotion. 


I engage my clients in a fluid and creative process. By being present, curious, and courageous, I work with whatever arises. I view whatever surfaces at the moment as a learning opportunity and invitation for playful discovery.

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I coach individuals from all walks of life. My clients include philanthropists, techies, lawyers, social entrepreneurs, visual and performance artists, therapists, entrepreneurs and individuals seeking for their professional calling.

What my clients have in common is their longing to connect with their life purpose and their commitment to explore their purpose with courage and curiosity. I thrive working with my clients on their biggest challenges in life. 

My clients prefer to connect once a week or biweekly mostly via phone. We usually adjust the frequency to my client's needs and schedules. Most of my current clients reside in Northern America and Europe. As a global citizen, I would also love to work with clients in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. A majority of them prefers to connect via phone; some like to communicate via Skype or Zoom. The session length depends on my client's needs and preferences. 



Are you curious about co-active coaching? Schedule a complimentary sample session! I encourage curiosity, one of my core values, and hence offer a free 30-minute session on the phone or any communication app for free.

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(c) Photo by Brett Zeck on Unsplash





I feel utterly grateful for my clients and the richness they add to my life. Due to respect for their privacy, I am adding the following testimonials with their initials. 

Negar has been a valuable presence in my life. I greatly appreciate her intuition, perspective, reinforcement, and all of her recommendations (books, poems, audiobooks, journal articles, etc.) that have led me to go deeper, ultimately strengthening my core being. Working with Negar has been a wonderful, organic process. I’ve appreciated that our sessions are not super structured, but a rare opportunity for me to share what I need at that moment the most. What a gift it is to have someone who truly listens to you, understands you, and challenges /supports you to keep growing.

A.A. international development expert working on global issues


Working with Negar has been a deep, adventurous, joyful and challenging process. She has held me accountable and is a reliable partner as I am exploring my journey. Her presence, attention, eye for detail has helped me to access my intuition and allow it to have space. Since we embarked on our journey, I feel that I am finally following my bliss.

K.D., artist, performer and interior designer


Negar is committed to co-create whatever I need. I enjoy the flow of our sessions and the depth, which is sometimes bringing me to my edge.

V.K., lawyer and philanthropist


Negar lead me to a huge personal unlock!

K.L., Co-active coach

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I was introduced to Negar by natural causes. I was not actively searching for a Life Coach, but when I called her up to try to sell her an advertising program, her energy spoke to me, and we ended up chatting for about 25 minutes. 2 of them were about advertising. A man from Iran once told me, "You can feel decency even over the phone." It's funny how life works - I called her up to sell her something, but I ended up getting sold by her! We then began working together, and she helped me get into a new mindset where I could power through life's obstacles and frustrations with ease. For me, I always let red tape frustrate me, but Negar helped me develop tools to power through red tape and get what I want from life. I learned that this was not hard with Negar's support--it is only hard when I let the saboteurs run my life. Her help with setting intentions allowed me to unleash my inner power and get this done. Negar helped me hear and see success before it happens to me. How do I feel? Light, like Aladdin when he and Abu are riding the Magic Carpet. I also see a swirling storm--somewhat like a dust storm--but rather than sand swirling; I see lots and lots of money swirling. Negar helped me see that believe it or not; I can achieve the best life possible by using these tools. She also taught me how to be friends with myself, or my other self- the inner being who is the real powerhouse. His name is Lanky. He walks around solo and treats each day as a gift. The ability to even write this review is a miracle I am grateful for. Thanks, Negar!

B.A., author, marketing/sales expert



If you are intrigued to work with me and want to experience Co-Active Coaching through, just reach out. Schedule a free sample session. Send me an email negar(at) or fill in the form. I am looking forward to hearing from you. 

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