The Meditative Groomer Academy

Please be patient with us while we get up and running. We have a hopeful start date of September 2022 but it will all depend on how the remodel goes! Feel free to check out the info we have below and let us know if you have any questions.

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The Meditative Groomer Academy is a Holistic Pet Grooming Academy. We bring in education with instruction from industry leaders all over the United States in order to prepare our students with the most rounded and diverse set of knowledge out there.

We will have programs for all levels of pet groomers and stylists out there utilizing a variety of teaching styles with a special emphasis on neurodiverse learners.

“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”

– Eric Butterworth

Seed Program- 3 weeks

The Seed Program is the first building block to becoming a groomer. This program will introduce you to the world of pet grooming with proficiency in the foundational job of pet bathing and prepare the student to join the workforce in a bather position.

In this program you will learn:

  • First Aide/CPR
  • Dog Behavior 101
  • History of dogs 101
  • Canine Skin and Coat
  • Anatomy and Physiology 101
  • Wellness in the Grooming Salon
  • Salon Sanitation
  • Talking to clients 101
  • Procedural Proficiency
    • Bathing
    • Blow dry
    • Brush out
    • Deshed
    • Nails trims
    • Nail grind
  • Course Project Creative Presentation

Seedling Program- 3 Weeks

The seedling program is the second building block to becoming a groomer and will prepare the student to join the the workforce in a grooming assistant position.

In this Program you will learn:

  • Health and Nutrition For dogs
  • Dog Behavior 102
  • Coat Types 102
  • Anatomy and Physiology 102
  • Talking to clients 102
  • Meditation and Groomer self care & wellness
  • Procedural Proficiency
    • Paw pads
    • Sanitary
    • Feet trim
    • Clean face and feet
    • Silhouette trim
    • Face Trim
    • Ear plucking
  • Course Project Creative Presentation

Sprout- 6 Weeks

Our longest and most hands on program will prepare students with proficiency in a introductory groomer position.

In this program you will learn:

  • How to read breed Standard 101
  • Basic Hanstripping
  • Classroom Presentation of Procedures
    • Smoothies
    • Kennel clip
    • Lamb trim
    • Face types
    • Tail types
    • Ear types
  • Course Project Creative Presentation

Plant- 3 Weeks

The Plant Program is a continuing education program for those who have already passed the Seed, Seedling, and Sprout Programs or tested out of them. In this program students will gain, with proficiency, the skills to elevate their skills to become a Stylist.

In this program you will learn:

  • How to read breed standard 102
  • Breed Standard trims for:
    • Sporting
    • Hound
    • Working
    • Terrier
    • Toy
    • Non-sporting
    • Herding
  • Advanced Handstripping

Flower- 2 weeks

Our Flower Program is our highest level dog grooming Program. This 2 week program is a crash course continuing education marathon intended for students who have passed or tested out of our Seed, Seedling, Sprout, and Plant Programs and want to elevate their grooming to show and competitive level Styling.

In this Program you will learn:

  • Introduction to Show Grooming Styles and Patterns
  • Corrective Grooming
  • Creative Grooming
  • Asian Fusion
  • Basic business management
  • Intro to competitive grooming
  • Show handstripping
  • Test prep for Master groomer Certification

Coming soon!

Cat bathing Program

Cat Grooming Program

Stephenie Calhoun

Owner and Head Instructor

Stephenie has been grooming for 10 years. She is the Training manager of Calling All Paws, a certified Nash Academy instructor, and Illinois State Grooming Team Captain. Stephenie lives with her husband John in Waukegan with her cockapoo, Nibbler, Irish wolfhound mix, Addison, 3 cats, Chiana, Fry, and Banner, and 3 turtles. Stephenie is obviously passionate about animals and teaching but also enjoys her hobbies of gardening, resin art, and cooking.

Coming Soon!

Our outside instructors are still being finalized as we continue to work towards our hopeful opening date of 09/2022.

Please be patient as we continue to update our info

Coming Soon!

Our outside instructors are still being finalized as we continue to work towards our hopeful opening date of 09/2022.

Please be patient as we continue to update our info

Coming Soon!

Our outside instructors are still being finalized as we continue to work towards our hopeful opening date of 09/2022.

Please be patient as we continue to update our info

Coming Soon!

Our outside instructors are still being finalized as we continue to work towards our hopeful opening date of 09/2022.

Please be patient as we continue to update our info

Coming Soon!

Our outside instructors are still being finalized as we continue to work towards our hopeful opening date of 09/2022.

Please be patient as we continue to update our info