About/FAQs

Darla Mae Swanson

Wellness Coach

Welcome to my website! I am a Wellness Coach and Creative Nature Writer.

Organized Mind Wellness Coach

Feed the Kids!

My heart aches for children who don’t have enough food to eat. I donate 5% of all Organized Mind proceeds to feeding nutritionally compromised children in Minnesota.

I specialize in stress reduction, conducting workshops via Organized Mind, LLC that train/coach people on moving toward wellness with three scientifically proven tools:

  • breathwork
  • expressive writing
  • nature connection

Breathwork for Wellness

As a yoga breathing coach, I am certified and experienced in breathwork techniques that cleanse the respiratory system, balance the nervous system, calm the mind, and reduce stress.

Expressive Writing for Wellness

It is documented by top scientists that expressive writing helps release past and present issues that cause negative emotions, aid healing from traumatic experiences, and calm the mind. I have developed the TELL (tell, express, let go, list gratitudes) method of expressive writing/journaling that is taught exclusively at Organized Mind workshops. 

Nature Connection for Wellness

Through ecotherapeutic nature guiding, I love helping others connect with nature – the outdoor world of flora and fauna. Being connected to nature is proven to have many health benefits, including:

  • Lowered heart rate
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Sense of calmness
  • Better immunity

I’ve been privileged to have had opportunities to enjoy the world without walls in many forms – ocean, lakes, rivers, wetlands, mountains, woods, and prairies. I love what the natural world provides for enjoyment, exploration, and wellness.

Visit my Organized Mind page for more information about wellness coaching.

Nature Writer

Nature Writer
Creative Nature Writer

I Love Writing About Nature! 

I’d love to help you with your next nature writing project, whether it is personal (a poem of tribute for that nature-loving person in your life), for your website (a blog about something from the natural world), or for a periodical (feature article for newspaper or magazine). I have decades worth of experience in exploring nature and writing about it.

Take a look at some writing samples on my Wellness & Nature Notes page! 

Fishing & Mental Health

Nature Inspires Poetry

Hike to Devil’s Backbone

My education and experience have afforded me the necessary skills to write effectively and creatively.

  • B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota
  • Certified proofreader/copyeditor
  • Certified copywriter
  • Certified creative writer
  • Journalist
  • Writing and grammar teacher
  • Creator and publisher, educational materials and nature journals
  • Feature writer
  • Nature columnist

My time engaged in outdoor activities, exploration, and observation (along with a whole lot of research) has given me a knowledge of plant and animal life.

Most recently, I have generated a weekly nature column, published in the Crosby-Ironton Courier, for over five years. Outdoor adventures – fishing, hiking, kayaking, foraging in the woods, bird watching, etc. – provided me with writing material. Nature never runs out of things to see, explore, observe!

It’s simple: I love nature!

Contact me for your next nature writing project! Oh, and I have a fantastic guarantee for you. If I don’t deliver the finished product by our agreed upon deadline, the final 50% payment due for my services will be waived. Yeah, you heard me write. Er… right. 

 

 

FAQs 

How do I contact you for a coaching/training session?

For coaching/training with employee groups or as a public event (yoga studio, chiropractic office, etc.), go to my CONTACT page and click on the email link. I regularly check my emails and typically respond within a day. You are also welcome to text me at 218-851-8142. I don’t answer calls from unknown numbers but will respond to your text. If you prefer to call, leave me a voice message.

What is your fee for a coaching/training session?

Fees will be set as soon as we determine your specific needs. If you provide your email (visit CONTACT page), I will send you workshop options that includes basic fees. Some sessions are a flat rate while others are per person. You will know the fee(s) involved prior to a contractual agreement. Contact me for a free consultation or to answer any further questions you have.

What is your fee for writing services?

My fees are based on industry standard. The size of your project, type of copywriting, and complexity will be factored into pricing. I can provide a quote when you CONTACT me for a free consultation. You will know the fee(s) involved prior to a contractual agreement.

What kind of turnaround time can I expect for writing services?

It will depend upon your project. Most projects take several days, depending on the topic. We will review your project and agree on a deadline together.

Do you format, design, or post the writing project for me?

I do not. I am a copywriter, which means I provide the written piece and you take it from there. Rest assured, I provide proofread copy that is creative, researched, fact checked, and compelling.