About Us



Slade Machamer

Slade is Essence Lab’s Co-founder and senior facilitator for individuals, couples, and groups. In addition, he’s a Level 1 trained IFS Facilitator and has completed additional training in IFS for Coaching. He has been involved in emotionally focused ‘parts work’ for over ten years serving as a facilitator, trainer, and workshop leader. In addition, he has over a decade’s experience in men’s work, and has trained in multiple schools of yoga.


Slade recently stepped from a leadership role with a global business coaching company where his last 7 years was focused on building a compassionate and highly personal culture amongst the 100+ international coaches.


Slade’s north star has always been a quest for what is most real and most vital in one’s relationship to themselves, to others, and to spirit. After decades exploring these questions in a variety or leadership, training and facilitation roles, Slade fulfilled a lifelong dream of building a healing and learning company with his wife, best friend and renowned therapist Mesha Machamer. In this endeavor called Essence Lab they weave together over 40 years combined experience working with people with the deep experience and learning of their own marriage.

















Mesha Joy Machamer MA

Mesha is an Essence Lab Co-founder, consultant and trainer. She has a Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology from CIIS and has worked with individuals, couples, and groups for over twenty years. Her passion and focus has been on the  transformational potential of relationship using the present moment. This Relationship Practice emerged from many years of curating what works. She is known for her unparalleled ability to meet people where they are and bring them into a new experience of themselves. Together with her husband Slade, she works with groups, Individuals and couples on the Art and Practice of relationship.