“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The programmes that I present to you on this website are based on journeys that I have taken and continue to take.
I am a lifelong explorer. My background laid the foundation for an ongoing study of the ‘geography of the soul.’ Professionally, I have been a guide, a coach and a supportive change agent since my early 30’s.
I look forward to accompanying you on your path for a time, using my skills, expertise and life experience to guide you to a greater vision, an expansion of possibility, to a healing of your broken heart and to the most aligned expression of your love and gifts into the world.
The back story!
My childhood was spent partly in England and partly in the United States. I had an American education between the ages of 7 and 16. No doubt several changes of school was good for learning about transition. It was less good for establishing long term friendships or a sense of belonging.
I had a fascination for maps in childhood, which led me to study geography at university and then begin my career in the travel industry.
Once in the business world, I found my place. I began to take an interest in organisational maps, particularly those that connected people and their skills with job titles. I left the travel industry to take a professional qualification in Personnel Management.
Following HR roles with the Chloride Group and then with ICL, I moved into Executive Selection and Management Consulting with KPMG. Then I jumped a fence into Career and Outplacement Consulting.
This was my introduction to coaching and my foundation for working with clients on questions of meaning, purpose and value in their careers and lives. And it was an exciting business to be in during the late 80’s and early 90’s when companies were downsizing and reviewing ‘job for life’ practices. Consequently, many people ‘woke up’ to the need to be self responsible with regard to their careers.
My interest switched to maps for personal development and to the navigation of life changes.
I was passionate about my career and about being successful as a woman in business. But, close to burnout, I left my corporate job for self employment and a personal journey. (This was a major turning point in my life. What was yours?)
My success in the workplace had been based on my thinking, my creativity and the responsibility I was prepared to shoulder. In line with the demands of the workplace, I had well developed ‘masculine’ skills. But their more ‘feminine’ counterpart had not been developed. In particular, I had been ignoring signals from my body, until I couldn’t any longer…..
My personal quest began with yoga and psychotherapy in the 90’s. I also studied Gestalt and Psychosynthesis applications to leadership.
I discovered a whole set of new maps, including ones for uncharted territory.
A few years later, I co-founded a leadership training company. Spiral Consulting offered workshops on leadership skills for uncertain times of change and transition, which require a more ‘feminine’ approach.
Meanwhile, in my personal life, my marriage had broken down and I moved from London to Surrey to begin a new life as a single mother.
I prioritised my daughter and my personal journey took on a new level of intensity through the 5 years I trained in the Universal Tao system. (including chi kung, meditation, shamanism and tantra)
I began searching for a new template for my life in the ancient traditions that had an understanding of masculine and feminine energies as complementary rather than conflicting.
Subsequently, I looked for a female teacher, looking for the truth of tantra, rather than western commercial applications. I found what I was looking for in the Indian meditation traditions, which I had encountered originally via hatha yoga. Since 2007, I have been a student of yogini Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati, a teacher of Sri Vidya.
My journey and practice has been of utmost importance to me and remains a deep commitment. I very much work and live from the perspective that its important to integrate the spiritual and material aspects of life – at least if you want happiness and fulfilment.
A few years ago I realised that I needed a new structure for my professional work. I entered into an intensive period of training at coaching’s leading edge. I hold certifications in Awakening Coaching and Deeper Love Coaching. I’ve pursued a ‘love affair’ with an approach called Tribal Marketing for 2 years and by the end of 2018 will be fully certified in that too. (I am currently taking on clients in my final few months.)
Are we meant to work together?
Please book a free of charge exploratory conversation to find out.
- B.A. – Geography (that’s how my lifelong interest in maps of all types was expressed at that age)
- Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (although you won’t find me listed as I no longer pay the annual fee)
- Diploma in the Inner Craft of Leadership (Re-Vision)
- NLP Master Practitioner (Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna)
- Women’s Shamanic Healing Practitioner (Shamanka)
- Independent Funeral and Wedding Celebrant (FOIC)
- Certified Soul Alchemist Practitioner (Ascended Relationships)
- Certified Qigong and Meditation teacher (by more than one school)
- Certified Tantra teacher (by more than one school)
- Certified Awakening Coach in all aspects of Awakening Coaching
- Certified Deeper Love™ Coach (Awakening Coaching Institute/Arjuna Ardagh)
- Tribal Marketing Coach (Jeffrey Van Dyk)