If you can dream it, you can make it happen.





We believe in the power of learning

We help make learning accessible and affordable. We coach people to become the best version of themselves; to create the life they were born to live – to step out of their comfort zone and discover their true potential.

How is Acorn Principle different?

Growing out of a loving partnership of 34 years, we are a husband and wife team who are passionate about people and committed to supporting others to live their best life. 

We draw on the knowledge and expertise of our former professions  -   25+ years each in community learning and development, management and social work - with additional professional qualifications and experience in coaching, mindfulness and leadership.  We use our skills and compassion to connect with the people we work with and, through support and challenge, we help them navigate their learning journey 

Michele and Raymy

Our added element of magic comes in the form of brain-based coaching, having studied the neuroscience of leadership and applied the principles of neuroleadership and mindfulness to our own lives.

Our personal life experience has shaped us to be the people we are today.  Just as the acorn begins life in darkness, not knowing that it has the potential to become a great oak tree, we have taken the lessons that life has given us and this has refined the people we are and the genuine service we provide to clients.

We believe in the power of connection

We nurture connections between people and within people. We show you how to connect with your authentic self and we train coaches who transform lives and bring out the best in others.

Life Is... What You Make It - A Taste of Coaching

Join us for our INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP from 10.30am - 12.30pm on 17th or 18th  November

Our introductory 2 hour workshop gives you an opportunity to experience the power of coaching for yourself and take away clarity on where you are now, where you want to be and a practical Workbook to support your onward journey in 2019.

Saturday 17th November

10.30am - 12.30pm

(North Edinburgh - £20)


Sunday 18th November

10.30am - 12.30pm

(Central Edinburgh - £20)


Register your interest here and we will send you full joining instructions, venue details and a link to buy your ticket.  While you're there, buy one for a friend too!

Life is... 28 Steps to Personal Growth

£114.00 GBP every year

  Life is... 28 Steps to Personal Growth If you could transport yourself, through time and space, to a day 8...

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Life Is......What You Make It Membership

£12.00 GBP every month

By choosing to join my membership you are committing to uplevel your life and I look forward to supporting you on you...

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"Working with Michele has created a huge change in my life. Before taking her on as my coach, I felt enclosed, like a prison and I couldn’t see how to get out. Coaching gave me a torch to find the way out (or a machete to hack down the jungle that was around me). Now I feel like I’m moving on... What I’ve learned – when I’m tired I don’t have a good frame of mind so need to be aware of that. Ensure I get enough sleep and prepare to keep a good balance in my life."

Dr Simone Meddle
Professor of Neurobiology

"Children’s Wellbeing (ELC) set out to achieve a culture change around giving feedback and managing difficult conversations. They responded through the design and delivery of bespoke training that fully addressed our needs. Michele’s knowledge and expertise in coaching and training, her flexibility in adapting to need and her enthusiasm were invaluable. Feedback from practitioners was very positive. We appreciated Michele’s ability to fully engage and motivate her audience. As a service we fully recommend Acorn Principle. "

Eileen McHendry
Training Officer, local government

"“The Advanced Certificate in Coaching Practice online course has been fantastic. It has shown me the simple and effective framework from which coaching is based as well as providing support, a growing network of colleagues and substantial resources to underpin my coaching practice. Both Michele Armstrong and Alistair Gray have been fantastic facilitators and mentors to me. I cannot recommend them or this course highly enough. Very inspiring and encouraging place to begin your coaching journey. Do it!”"

Barry Craig
Professional Coach and PT

"Being coached by Michele quite literally changed my life"

Dr Simone Meddle

Mindful Talent Academy

Become a coach

The Advanced Certificate in Coaching Practice forms the basis of our Trusted Coach training course and is accredited by the Association for Coaching.  This programme is delivered online in our Mindful Talent  Academy.  

From foundations to qualification, this course will take you on a life changing journey, equipping you to serve and change lives... and get paid for doing so.

Find out more about the Mindful Talent Academy and our latest offer

Michele on Coaching

I was born to do this.  It is my purpose.  I have come to appreciate  that learning is the key to growth – personal and professional.  I like to show others the way because of the changes in my own life.

I now offer coach training on line in order to make it accessible to more people; I run self-coaching programmes to support individuals in developing the skills to help them make sustainable change in their own lives.  I am passionate about helping others to find fulfilment in life. Running an online business enables me to reach out and  connect with a wide variety of people from all over the world. I do what I do because it is my calling; my life purpose.

Coaching with Acorn

We create optimum conditions where people can  learn – connect – grow...  and give back.   Those we serve learn how to live their best lives with love and compassion and a desire to encourage others find their own pathways.  Lives are transformed from the inside out through our  coaching.

The life cycle of the acorn reflects this journey: acorn – seedling – sapling – oak

...and then the tree gives back in the form of new acorns.

Is Acorn a good fit for you?

We welcome people from all walks of life. People who find themselves at a crossroads in life; people in transitition, people who have been through life's trials and don’t know where to turn next. Our individual clients are usually at a stage of beginning to question their own true purpose in life or asking, “is this as good as it gets?”

Does this sound like you?

  • Are you ready to step up and step out of your comfort zone?
  • Are you ready for change – although maybe feel that you don’t have the confidence to do anything different right now.
  • Are you in transition because you have experienced a big life change (e.g redundancy,  new job, kids left home, relationship break-up, bereavement)?


We work with people who don’t want same old/ same old but who are looking to re-ignite the inner spark.

People who want to do something different; to connect with their authentic self and begin to shine.

Getting support and connection from others is a big lever to help us get where we want to go... or to work out where we want to go.

Wayne Dyer said,

If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”. 

We help people to begin to notice what they are paying attention to; to see, think and feel differently – because this will lead them to discover a life they love living.

Find Out More

Here's how you can access one-to-one or group coaching with Acorn


How satisfied are you with your life right now?

Is everything just as you want it to be?

Are you feeling stuck or limiting yourself with negative self-talk?

Ask yourself these questions then listen to your heart!


Let me help you find the key to unlock the doors:

- to a more fulfilling future;

- to your authentic self.

Watch my video then contact me for a free coaching conversation.


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Life Is... A Guide to the 28 Steps

If you believe that Life is what you make it then this guide will show you the way