Our Story

Ready to Grow was born in 2020 right after COVID-19 arrived. Our founder, Angelica Hildebrandt Zapata, realized the urgent need in the Latinx community to access culturally relevant training and coaching programs that help them navigate and overcome not only the challenges of the pandemic but the continuing social inequities and personal stressors people were going through.

In 2021, Ready To Grow began to partner with community based organizations and wellness providers that wanted to support the mental, physical and emotional health of the community using mindfulness practices that are trauma- sensitive and meaningful to their specific needs. We now have expanded our offerings to all businesses that are looking to incorporate mindful and compassionate initiatives into their organizational goals and cultures.

Our Team

Angelica Hildebrandt

CEO and Founder

Angelica was born and trained as an educator in Bogota, Colombia. She is a certified life coach, a marketing professional, and an education consultant, specializing in Early Childhood Development. She was trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based resilience (REAL-Pro) at University of Washington’s Center for Child and Family Well-being where she also worked leading the adaptation and implementation of mindfulness and compassion programs for community-based organizations and early learning professionals serving the Latinx community in WA. Currently, Angelica leads Ready To Grow, and teaches mindfulness at Green River College and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Shayla Collins


Shayla Collins works at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Odessa Brown Children’s Center and at University of Washington’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND), offering mindfulness and compassion programs to parents throughout the King County Area

In addition, Shayla facilitates sessions with individuals who have interfaced with the criminal justice system through Progress House. As a member of the Board of the Arc of King County, Families of Color Seattle, and Guided Pathways, she vigorously advocates for people from all walks of life. 

Shayla is a certified National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Family instructor and has been trained in the Finding Calm curriculum. Shayla is a born and raised Seattleite and the mother of two wonderful boys.

Fabiola D. Robinson


Fabiola D. Robinson is a certified Mindfulness teacher by the University of California, Berkeley. She was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the States after finishing college, with a Computer Science degree. She found meditation during her 30s. Inspired by the changes meditation had on her life and understanding what a wonderful tool it is, she decided to study Mindfulness. She has also been trained in Radical Compassion and Positive Neuroplasticity. Fabiola believes positivism is contagious and provides support to create growth and connection. Fabiola loves her family, traveling, the ocean and learning.

Carolina Haycock


Carolina is an ICF-Certified Professional Coach (CPC), A Certified Yoga, Breathwork and Meditation Teacher (500RYT), A Tibetan Sound Healing Practitioner, a Women Circle Facilitator with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business. She is a Mom to 2 kiddos and a puppy, and a woman doing her best to be a little better each day.

Carolina has over 25 years of experience in Meditation and Self Development. She gets the honor of helping people who want to feel better, solve their problems, feel emotionally balanced and tackle their goals but they aren’t sure how to get off the hamster wheel or get moving.


Bibiana Giraldo


Bibiana is a mother, wife, and teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in education and 22 years of experience in the education field. Mindfulness instructor certified by the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center of the University of California, Berkeley. Certified to teach Mindfulness in education and parenting by the American organization Mindful Life™. 

Trained by Conscious Parenting and Conscious Discipline.

Some of her goals include promoting Mindfulness in Education, and helping parents reduce stress and strengthen their relationship with their children through Mindfulness in Conscious Discipline and Parenting. She facilitates the Mindfulness in Education course at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 

Maricarmen Navarro


Maricarmen Navarro is from Valencia, Spain and began her journey of helping people learn and grow by completing her Masters in English Philology from the University of Valencia. She moved to the United States in 2000, and began her 19-year teaching career at Seattle Country Day School. During her time there, she taught Spanish, Mindfulness and Yoga after gaining certificates of completion for Mindful Educators from Mindful Schools.

In 2019, Maricarmen decided to focus her entire energy on the study of Mindfulness and spiritual growth. She has completed a post graduate programs in Bioneuroemotion, Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy for Abundance (RTHA) and holds a certificate from the Spiritual Response Association (SRT). Her mission is to help others to improve the quality of their life through a deep understanding of who they really are.


Ingrid Wajnrajch


Ingrid is a licensed psychologist, born and trained in Argentina. Since 1997 she has been providing therapy services for mothers during the perinatal and postnatal period, incorporating mindfulness-based stress management and self-compassion practices that support positive and healthy parent-infant relationships.
Mindfulness has transformed Ingrid’s life professionally and personally. She is now certified to teach MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) by Brown University, she is certified in MBCP (Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting) by Nancy Bardacke, and has completed her training to facilitate Listening Mothers through the Community of Mindful Parenting.
Ingrid says “We all want to be happy! My intention is to share tools that can help us be present, awake an happy every day”.



Attain peace of mind and move toward a greater level of health and well-being


Wellness Providers

Partner with Ready To Grow to train your staff and incorporate mindfulness into your practice.


Partner with Ready To Grow to support your team’s well-being, resilience and productivity.


Detox your life and find work-life balance with our personal coaching packages and personal growth classes.


Enroll your children in mindfulness classes to help them lower their stress and anxiety, and have more self-control, attention, and resilience.