Coaching is about change
Sometimes life forces a change. Sometimes a change has grown from within and yearns for self-expression. Sometimes it’s a vision you are ready to actualise.
Coaching gives you perspective, space to explore, encouragement to commit, structure to realise the change. It feels so good to get clarity and move into the new phase of your life.
Ways of working
- coaching conversations with deep listening, clarifying and reframing, together with a range of tools and techniques
- setting goals and holding them lightly, or tightly, as needed
- guided meditation for calming and tuning in
- option to use yoga nidra and other embodied practices to shift at another level
- option for bespoke coaching retreat stay here at VG
Some visions: business idea, vocation, re-location, project, side-hustle, health and fitness, spiritual path, work-life balance, a life aligned with values
Some life changes: menopause, retirement, children leaving home, financial circumstances, new career
Some hard changes: diagnosis, bereavement, job loss, estrangement, divorce/separation
Coaching is not counselling or therapy, which tend to look back towards formative experiences, deal with trauma, and explore deep personal feelings. Coaching looks forward and sets goals, addressing your current barriers to moving on. It may be relevant to refer a coaching client to counselling or therapy if former issues want addressing.
Mentoring vs coaching: you are the expert in your life
In mentoring a person more experienced in your field gives an informed bigger picture, resources and professional advice. My qualification involves mentoring, and fields in which I could mentor include yoga teaching and spiritual vocation. Coaching would inevitably be there too.
However, coaches do not need to be in your area of expertise, and often better if not because you are the expert in your life. Coaching is generally not about advice; you will already know on some level the solution yourself. The coach’s role is to support you to identify and implement it.
Fiona’s relevant certification and practice
- Advanced Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring, certified by the Association for Coaching and ILM
- ILM Award in Workplace Coaching Level 3
- Regular supervision
- Ongoing and relevant CPD to develop my skills
- Professional insurance
- Member of Association for Coaching
- Follow the Association for Coaching code of ethics
- Enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) automatic update service
- Also trained and insured for Yoga Practices – Senior Yoga Teacher Yoga Alliance Professionals
My qualification includes coaching and mentoring for business and my life and other professional experience means not just change but transformation. I enjoy working with people at all stages of life and journey.
The Viveka Gardens story
It might seem that VG has always been here. But it was only through coaching, just four seminal sessions, that I saw the vision indeed was ‘a thing’, and that yes indeed, I could do it. There were so many reasons why not, and easily I could still be in my old life. Coaching, together with yoga nidra for visioning, and I see now, the divine having a plan, as well as the creativity of it all bubbling up all gave me courage. I was at a hinge point in my life and I stepped forward.
The VG vision started as an aspiration to a simple, monastic life in nature and in tune with the seasons of the day, the year, and life. I had an instinct that the service of hospitality would teach me much, and hopefully benefit others. The ‘golden threads’ of my life, all my various experience and training, supported me. I set out, not quite knowing how it would be but having found the place, the organic listening to what was right continued. A lot of nidra, journalling and prayer.
And no sooner had I got to Devon than a new path began to open. Once you step forward, make yourself available, you never quite know what the Divine has in store for you (should you choose to accept the challenge!). There’s always a lot of research and practicalities so there is work on many levels. Angels find you along the way and you develop resilience in the face of set backs. Coaching can aid you with a mindset. If not in the first place, you come to understand more about what the divine has always intended for you.
I am a yoga teacher and hold space for transformative rest at my small retreat place in Devon, Viveka Gardens. With long experience in yoga spirituality I came to Christian faith in 2016 and vocation called: I am currently in training to be a non-stipendiary priest in the Church of England.
The key values I bring to my work at VG are sabbath (deep rest), shalom (flowing peace, and space for grace), and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Coaching work tends not to be framed in Christian terms (though it can be); my mission is simply to help people become who they are intended to be. I am on a spiritual path, and maybe I can come alongside you on yours.
I am also very earthy and practical, with the embodied practices of yoga, managing the parcel of land here, delighting in veg and flower growing, and offering vegan soulfood.
Kitchen disco, textiles, jazz, exploring Devon water and land, and Emily in Paris are some other joys. I have two grown up children, and continue to dither about adopting a dog.
- I see you with unconditional positive regard
- I listen wholeheartedly to your experience and inspirations
- I believe you to be the expert in your own life
- I ask you the right questions to clarify and to gently challenge
- I hold your vision when the way forward is hard to see or you get sidetracked
- I am alongside you, a non-anxious presence and your champion
- You have changes you want to make
- You acknowledge that change is rarely straightforward
- You have a growth mindset
- You are willing to reflect on your strengths and barriers
- You commit to making space to work on your goals
- You celebrate your gifts and your achievements