From an early age, Julie Mandarino has been fascinated with understanding people and how they develop. This fascination led her to pursue psychology and meditation, both for her own development and as a means for helping other people. For many years, she taught the Transcendental Meditation technique. She then completed a Ph.D. in psychology and worked as a psychology professor, specializing in child and adult development as well as family dynamics.
In 2005, Julie discovered Shadow Work®. Almost immediately, she recognized the depth of the model and the power of its tools. From her perspective, Shadow Work® is pushing the edge of modern psychology into new realms. Soon after, Julie and her husband Joe became Certified Shadow Work® Facilitators and Coaches. In 2008, she left her college position and has become increasingly involved with Shadow Work® programs since then. She and Joe have developed the Shadow Types survey for assessing peoples’ Shadow Types and, as Certified Shadow Types Trainers, they offer workshops to train people to learn about the Shadow Types and to administer the survey. They are also part of a team with Cliff Barry that is adapting Shadow Work® and Shadow Types for organizations. As part of this team, Julie has been working with Jeff Fard to produce a book (soon to be released) for presenting this material to the corporate world.
Julie’s main passion, however, lies in promoting strong, healthy relationships and strengthening the family unit. While a college professor, she gained extensive training with leaders in the field of relationship dynamics and skills. Her most popular course was one that she and a male colleague offered on “Sex, Love and Intimate Relationships.” She is now working to integrate this background with Shadow Work® to develop a program that applies Shadow Work® to coaching couples.
Julie continues to do individual coaching and to lead Shadow Work® groups with the other local facilitators in Fairfield, Iowa, where she and her husband live. In addition to Shadow Work®, her other main joys include dancing, fashion design, meditation, and women’s circles. And more and more, she enjoys simple, leisure time. Julie can be reached by phone at (319) 481-2753 or by email at [email protected].