My name is Mel. I’m an archer, writer, and yogi. I offer you my arrows, my words, and an enthusiastic down dog or two.
I live in Upstate New York, in an intentional community with my little weird, modern, ever-shifting bio and chosen family. I am a USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach and Level 2 instructor trainer, a RYT200 yoga teacher, and an NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
I specialize in developing mindset, mobility, strength and flexibility for archery.
I shoot barebow recurve and compound and dabble in traditional longbow. I’ve won state tournaments and placed in the top 10 in my division at national events. I believe archery has an entry point for everyone, which makes it unique as a sport and physical discipline. I have also come to understand archery as a mental game, and believe the skills gained by the practice of archery (or nurturing an archery practice) benefit the holistic wellness of the dedicant. For women and minority genders, disempowered or differently-abled folks, archery can be life changing — I’ve seen it happen and I’m devoted to coaching those misfits who might never have otherwise thought of themselves as athletes.
During my obligatory weekly 40, I am a strategic communication specialist at Cornell University, where I also teach archery and advanced archery as part of the Physical Education program.
I also enjoy spending time with my dogs and kids (in that order, usually 🙄), camping and hiking in Upstate New York, reading and watching a little television when I can – mostly comfort shows I’ve seen many times over. Star Trek and Supernatural are favorites.
I teach classes occasionally. You’re invited to join! Else, feel free to subscribe to my journal. If you find my posts useful or compelling, consider supporting the site. Contributions will fund coaching and range time. 🤗