About

I combine the professional coaching, mentoring and facilitation skills I have learned with my experience of life in order to work in evolutionary partnership with you.

My approach

I coach and facilitate from a spiritually and emotionally intelligent perspective, including tried and tested coaching, mentoring and facilitation approaches. My intention is to embrace  profoundly inspiring and empowering ancient teachings and universal truths in a modern context in that work that I do. I employ questions and practices in coaching and facilitation that reflect that aim and that are designed to stimulate deep inquiry and catalyse powerful insight. This is the surest way I have so far found to encourage myself and others towards their authenticity, their purpose in life and their unique part in the larger picture of the collective, conscious and sustainable evolution of humanity.

My main influences and teachers are leaders in the psychospiritual arena, such as Eckhart Tolle, Sri Aurobindo, John Welwood, David Frawley, Marshall Rosenburg, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Byron Katie and Joanna Macy.

What this means for you.

For you, this means that I hold a safe, welcoming and encouraging space for you to explore your true nature, your connections with others and the world at large and what a meaningful and fulfilling life and livelihood means for you. Coaching works on the fundamental premise that we all have whatever inner resources that we need within us to get to where we want to go in life. These resources may be under-developed and there can be obstacles on the path.  By working with, and developing, your emotional and spiritual intelligence, you will find yourself better placed to face the obstacles, and integrate the lessons, offered to you. You will also feel more self-empowered in making the most of the opportunities you are given as you commit to your chosen path.

Personal

Love, compassion, cooperation, growth, openness, honesty and integrity are all important to me. My life has its foundations set in my intention to prioritise quality of life and honouring the sacred above a more materialistic standard of living.

In my personal life, I have experienced some of the more common challenges and obstacles, (and also a few unusual ones) that affect many of us. On the whole, I enjoy challenges and opportunities for growth. What I’ve learnt so far about obstacles encourages me to intend to approach such events and situations with acceptance, presence and a willingness to act in service and partnership where possible. The challenges and obstacles I’ve experienced personally include major surgery and long term convalescence, living alongside disability, death of loved ones, divorce and redundancy. Living through these experiences has been a major source of strength and transformation.

I have also been fortunate enough to experience the fruits of many opportunities including: the joys and stresses of affluence and status, of parenthood and family life, the fulfilment of meaningful work as well as the richness of a simple, sustainable life based on an orientation towards the sacred.

Professional

Professionally, I am educated to masters degree level and continue to further my education through personal and professional development courses and autonomous learning. I have an IIC (International Institute of Coaching) accredited Professional Coaching Diploma and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

My particular interests are in transpersonal coaching and engaged spirituality.

My coaching business is the fourth small business that I have run. In addition to this I have had experience of running a medium sized company jointly with my ex husband and I have worked for two major international corporations in industrial sales, marketing, and training functions. My experience in the education and training of others and in facilitating their personal and professional development spans more than 20 years. It also includes voluntary work for a family support group, a children’s rights organisation and Transition Town initiatives.

Simplifying Life – How I shifted lifestyle and livelihood.

For me, it all started in 1998 with my children being unhappy and stressed in school. I felt that their educational needs were not being met and decided to quit my job and sell my business in order to home educate them. That reduced our income to the point where we could no longer afford to pay the mortgage. Coincidentally, my husband’s job had changed slightly in nature which meant that he was free to spend some of his time working from home.

We quickly realised that we needed to completely reassess how we were living and how we were earning a living. What we really wanted to do was change our focus and prioritise our family life together. We had set a conscious intention to change and had begun our journey. Having started to question the assumptions of compulsory mass schooling and finding many of them to be at odds with our personal values, we found ourselves questioning many other cultural beliefs and for us this was watershed time! Suddenly, it was almost as though we had too many choices. We knew we had to sell the house to stay afloat financially, but really we could now live anywhere, not being tied by schooling or work.

We decided in the end to move to the West Country to be nearer close family members. We also decided to use the opportunity to buy a much less expensive house. This left us with the freedom to earn less money between us and gave us both the opportunity to choose work that enabled us to do what we really enjoyed.

As with many couples, deciding to reassess our lives in an honest way meant facing some challenging relationship issues. A few years after our move to the West Country, we chose, amicably, to part company. With the children growing up and venturing into adulthood, I was able to devote more and more time to coaching and group facilitation. I have also learned permaculture, to grow food and continued to grow myself on every level (physical and emotional wellbeing, spiritual growth). Since remarrying in 2009, I now divide my time between my work, growing food, spending time with my partner, family and friends and playing an active part in the Heart and Soul group of one of our local Transition Town initiatives.

Am I the right coach for you? Please feel free to contact me to arrange a no-obligation, exploratory telephone conversation.